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Duke Forum for Law & Social Change at Duke University School of Law, “Our Youth at a Crossroad; The Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Adjudication”

• Memphis Mayor and Juvenile Court of
Memphis and Shelby County

• Bernardine Dohrn, J.D. of Northwestern University
School of Law, Chicago, IL

• Randee J. Waldman, J.D. Director, Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA

Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, MA; Regional Coordinator; West TN; STEP, Inc. / Consultant, Restorative Justice Practitioner Importance of Restorative Justice

Dr. Robert J. Koterbay, M.D. F.A.A.P., Pediatric Associates of Fall River, MA, Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine

Interview of Randle L. Jennings, Teacher, Memphis City Schools

Memphis Interviews of Stakeholders reveal a unique point of view

National Strategy for Children’s Right to Education and Counsel. Sponsored by: American Bar Association, and Northwestern University School of Law

dukelaw dukeshieldFebruary 18, 2011
Precious Resources Directors attend Duke Forum for Law & Social Change at Duke University School of Law
“Our Youth at a Crossroad; The Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Adjudication”
The directors of the Film “Precious Resources Caught in a Pipeline,” a forum of attorney participants, from throughout the United States who discussed the collateral effects of the School to Prison Pipeline. Important topics of discussion were; “Collateral Consequences of Arrest and Court involvement;” “Invisible Punishments: The Obligation to Inform Juvenile Defendants of the Collateral Consequences of Adjudications;” “Pains of Imprisonment Across Types of Correctional Facilities: Consequences of Harsh Punishments for Juveniles;” Creating Positive Consequences: Using Juvenile Adjudication to Improve Educational Outcomes;” “Truancy Prosecutions of Students and the Right (to) Education;” “Collateral Consequences of the Delinquency Process: Eviction from Public Housing;” and “Immigration Consequences of Juvenile Adjudications: How Our Immigration System Violates Fundamental Human Rights of Children.” The directors arranged interviews with attorney participants and their clients to lend a more personal perspective to the issues addressed in the documentary film.
 
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A. C Wharton, Mayor
Jerry W. Maness

Precious Resources Crew Interviews Memphis Mayor and Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County

Reporter, Otis L.Sanford, for The Commercial Appeal (Memphis Newspaper) reported in July, 2010 that leaders, Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. and Juvenile Court Judge Person, "made public a practice that had been quietly going on in the city for the past few months. Police have been issuing more summonses to juveniles accused of minor offenses instead of hauling them Downtown in the back of a squad car to the detention facility at Juvenile Court." Due to news of these efforts interviews were scheduled this summer with Mayor A. C. Wharton and Judge Person of the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County to discuss their new policy and practice.

The Memphis collaboration represents the first steps of a progressive and positive approach in Juvenile Justice and the reduction of the criminalization of young people. Precious Resources Crew M. Wayne Dyer, Barbara H. Dyer, and Carrie Dyer, conducted interviews with Jerry W. Maness, Director of Court Services Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County on July 27 th and with A. C. Wharton Jr., Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee on July 30th.

 
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Interview of Bernardine Dohrn, J.D. Clinical Professor, Child Advocate, Children and Family Justice Center of Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL
Ms. Dohrn, Nationally known advocate for childrens rights was interviewed while speaking the at Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline: The Continued Criminalization of Our Youth/ Strategies for Systemic Change Conference sponsored by Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, (TACDL) Nashville School of Law, Nashville, TN.
 
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Randee J. Waldman, J.D., Director, Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA
Ms. Waldman supervises law and social work students in their representation of young people charged with delinquent and status offenses, engages in policy work related to juvenile justice issues, and teaches a course in juvenile justice. Earlier Ms. Waldman spent over five years as a Senior Attorney at Advocates for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring quality and equal public education services for New York City's most vulnerable students. While at AFC, Ms. Waldman represented parents and students at all levels of administrative proceedings to obtain appropriate special education services for students with disabilities, represented students in student discipline cases, served as co-counsel in several impact litigation cases in federal court, and directed the pro bono and law student intern programs.
 
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Memphis crew interview of Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, MA; Regional Coordinator; West TN; STEP, Inc. / Consultant, Restorative Justice Practitioner Importance of Restorative Justice
Ms. Sakho Works with STEP, Tennessee a Parent Training and Information (PTI) center funded by the federal law: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, (IDEIA) to inform and train parents of children with disabilities regarding their child’s right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Additionally, Ms. Sakho has a background in Restorative Justice which emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime.
 
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Interview of Dr. Robert J. Koterbay, M.D. F.A.A.P., Pediatric Associates of Fall River, MA, Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine
Dr. Koterbay discusses how Disability affect student navigation through the school system and the quickness to judge on the part of school officials turns typical actions of young students with disabilities to referrals to police. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is also discussed and how students are affected by the extraordinary experiences that they might have in their home, community and school and how PTSD is related to student behavioral experiences.
 
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Interview of Randle L. Jennings, Teacher, Memphis City Schools

Mr. Jennings relays accounts of some of the issues related to the community, schools, society, and the need for the system to change. Some of the issues covered are need for stronger family structure, boosting children’s self-esteem, and the importance of community activities such as organized sports. Precious Resources Memphis Crew M. Wayne Dyer, Barbara H. Dyer, Carrie Dyer, and Richie Rutledge conducted and filmed this interview with the aid of Memphis teacher Wendy Blair.

 

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Memphis Interviews of Stakeholders reveal a unique point of view

“Precious Resources Caught in a Pipeline” crew interviewed five students, three males and two female with personal accounts of their school experiences. Through the interviews, students gave an account of the obstacles that are present in the inner city and demands required of them by the public school system. Precious Resources Memphis Crew M. Wayne Dyer, Barbara H. Dyer, Carrie Dyer, and Richie Rutledge conducted and filmed the interviews.

 
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Precious Resources Caught in a Pipeline directors were invited to participate in Raising Hands; Creating a National Strategy for Children’s Right to Education and Counsel. Sponsored by: American Bar Association, and Northwestern University School of Law
The directors of the Film “Precious Resources Caught in a Pipeline” met with attorneys from across the nation who gathered in Chicago to discuss successful strategies to promote and implement policies that are grounded in human rights principles. Summit participants participated in roundtable Socratic dialogue of the School to Prison Pipeline regarding it’s human rights violation against public school students and continued to work on a draft model school code that applies standards to promote high quality education with dignity in U.S. public schools.