Pursuing Justice

A Constitutional and Human Rights Jurisprudence for the Child

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Please join the Children and Family Justice Center on September 6th, 2013 for Pursuing Justice: A Constitutional and Human Rights Jurisprudence for the Child, a symposium featuring two panel discussions, a keynote address by Bryan Stevenson and a sit-down conversation between children’s rights advocates. 

The first panel, Children’s Rights Coming Home, will explore the ways in which children’s human rights standards and principles are being integrated into both U.S. constitutional law and practices.

For the second panel of the symposium, Abolishing JLWOP and Extreme Sentencing of Youth: Taking Miller to the Ground, panelists willdiscuss their role in various strategies to challenge extreme sentencing of youth, including legislation, litigation, education, and coalition building.

The symposium will conclude with a conversation between Bernardine Dohrn, founder and former director of CFJC, and Barbara Ransby, professor of history and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Come strategize and learn about justice for youth! 

*Lunch will be provided.

*Symposium information, the agenda, flyer, and speaker biographies can be found here

This event is free to the public, but please consider donating to the Children and Family Justice Center! Your support greatly impacts our efforts to invest in the next generation of ethical and reform-minded lawyers and clients.


      • Bryan Stevenson
      • Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative | Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

        Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. EJI recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court holding that mandatory life without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. EJI has also initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts. Mr. Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards including the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize, the Olaf Palme International Prize, the ACLU National Medal Of Liberty, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award, the NAACP Ming Award for Advocacy, the Gruber Prize for International Justice and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, has been awarded 13 honorary doctorate degrees and is also a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.

         You can also watch him speak on Ted Talks!


Daniel B. Rodriguez | Dean and Harold Washington Professor, Northwestern University School of Law


Julie Biehl | Director of Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University School of Law
11:15AM - 12:30PM PANEL

Children's Human Rights Coming Home
12:30PM - 1:00PM Lunch provided.

Robert Schwartz | Executive Director Juvenile Law Center


Bryan Stevenson | Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative, Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law
2:00PM - 3:00PM PANEL

Abolish JLWOP: Taking Miller to the Ground

Bernardine Dohrn and Barbara Ransby
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