Juvenile Justice Academy to Begin on June 4th

Posted: May 24th, 2012 | by Yuval Sheer

We are proud to announce that our second annual Juvenile Justice Academy will commence on June 4th. This summer, our participants include thirty students from myriad disciplines, such as law schools, social work schools and related fields.

The Academy will be hosting national and international juvenile justice experts, and we will be welcoming the following speakers:

Laurence E. Busching, Esq., Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Youth and Family Justice, New York City Administration for Children’s Services.

Honorable Monica Drinane, Supervising Judge of the Bronx County Family Court. The students will meet Judge Drinane at the Bronx County Family Court where they will have an opportunity to learn about the court’s work.

Honorable Eduardo Padro, Presiding Judge of Manhattan’s Youth Part. The Youth Part adjudicates the cases of all 13-, 14-, and 15-year-olds who are tried as adults in New York County Supreme Court. The students will hear from Judge Padro in his courtroom and will have the opportunity to observe court proceedings.

Robert Schwartz, Esq., Executive Director of Juvenile Law Center. The Center is the oldest non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the United States and a national advocate for children’s rights.

Nancy Ginsburg, Esq., Director, Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project, The Legal Aid Society.

David Chura, Youth advocate, author of I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup, and former teacher at the Westchester County Correctional Facility.

Alexandra Cox, a Soros Justice Fellow. Ms. Cox has been researching the conditions of confinement of youth in NYS Office of Children and Family Services facilities. She is the author of the website Organizational Change in Juvenile Justice-an Inforamtion Library.

Ashley Cannon, Director of Public Policy, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City.


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2011 Graduating Class of the Juvenile Justice Academy


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