20th Annual Robert E. Shepherd Jr.

Juvenile Law and Education Conference - Defending Difference: Mental Health Challenges in Child Advocacy

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CLE Credits
The Conference has been approved for 6.5 CLE credits, including 1 Ethics credit.

Conference Agenda
All events will be held in the Law School Moot Court Room, Room 101, and the Atrium.

May 15, 2015

8:00 - 8:50
Registration

8:50 - 9:00 (Moot Court Room)
Welcome and update on the Indigent Defense Commission’s New Resource for Court Appointed Attorneys and Public Defenders

9:00 - 9:30 (Moot Court Room)
Keynote Address
Nell Bernstein
, is a powerful leader and spokesperson on incarceration and its impact on youth and families. Her second book, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, was published by The New Press in June and has already drawn national attention. She is the coordinator of the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (SFCIPP), and co-author of SFCIPP’s bill of rights for children of incarcerated parents, which has been adopted or replicated in at least 16 states.

9:30 - 11:00 (Moot Court Room)
First Plenary - Understanding Adolescent Development
Marty Beyer, PhD. is a juvenile justice and child welfare consultant, whose work focuses on the impact of cognitive, moral, and identity development, trauma, and disabilities on youth offenses and service planning. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a U.S. Justice Department monitor in New York state juvenile facilities. She was a LGBT consultant to the Hawaii Office of Youth Services and an expert in Rosie D. (a Massachusetts class action on behalf of Medicaid-eligible children).

11:10 – 12:30 (Moot Court Room)
Second Plenary
- Mental Health Diagnosis & Treatment
Moderator: Adrienne Volenik, Director Education Rights Clinic University of Richmond, Dr. Aradhana A. (Bela) Sood, M.D., M.S.H.A, FAACAP, Professor, Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine, William B. Reichhardt, Attorney and Counselor at Law, and Marty Beyer, PhD., is a juvenile justice and child welfare consultant.

12:30 - 1:30 (Atrium)
Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 (Room 101)
2015 Legislative Update
JustChildren—Kate Duvall, Attorney, JustChildren Program, Jeree Thomas, Skadden Fellow with JustChildren, and Angela Ciolfi, Legal Director, JustChildren Program.

TRACK 1 - Juvenile Defense Breakout (Room 101)
1:30 - 2:20
Expert Witnesses – The Mechanics of Securing and Using an Expert
Julie McConnell, Director, Children’s Defense Clinic, University of Richmond, Catherine Mullins, Legal Resource Attorney for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, and Sara Gaborik, Attorney and Counselor at Law.

2:30 - 3:30
Advocating for Children in DJJ Custody

Moderator: Julie McConnell, Director, Children’s Defense Clinic, University of Richmond, Deron Phipps, Policy and Planning Director for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, Dr. Lisa Floyd, Deputy Director of Education for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, Ashaki McNeil, Reentry Manager for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, and Jeree Thomas, Skadden Fellow with JustChildren.

TRACK 2 - Guardian ad Litem Breakout (Moot Court Room)
1:30 - 2:20
Turning 18: One day from Childhood to Adulthood

Kathryn Todryk, Assistant Public Defender & Sentencing Advocate Office of the Public Defender City of Franklin, Isle of Wight & Southampton County, Eric Reynolds, Assistant Attorney General with the Virginia Office of the Attorney General in Richmond, Sarah Denham, Senior Assistant City Attorney, Richmond City Attorney’s Office, Jennifer Newman, Guardian ad litem, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Adrienne Barnes, Guardian ad litem, Attorney and Counselor at Law, and Nell Bernstein, author of Burning Down the House

2:30 – 3:30
Advocating for Children in Public School
Adrienne Volenik, Director, Education Rights Clinic, University of Richmond, Audrey Burges, Assistant County Attorney for Henrico County, and Lisa Bennett, JustChildren, Legal Aid Justice Center.

3:40 - 4:40 (Moot Court Room)
Third Plenary - Ethical Issues in the Representation of Children as a Criminal Defense Attorney or Guardian Ad Litem
Katherine Poindexter, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Julie McConnell, Director, Children’s Defense Clinic, University of Richmond, Kathryn Todryk, Assistant Public Defender & Sentencing Advocate Office of the Public Defender City of Franklin, Isle of Wight & Southampton County, Adrienne Volenik, Director, Education Rights Clinic, University of Richmond, and Sara Gaborik, Attorney and Counselor at Law.

5:00
Adjourn