Youth Justice Program at Washington University law school March 22 and 23

Experts on youth advocacy and school desegregation will come together March 22 and 23 for a series of events as part of the Youth Justice Program at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

Events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Bryan Cave Courtroom of Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 310.

The Youth Justice Program begins at noon Thursday, March 22, with a lecture by Kristin Henning, JD, juvenile justice expert and professor of law at Georgetown University. Henning will speak about “Overcriminalization of Normal Adolescent Development in Communities of Color and the Crisis in Indigent Juvenile.”

Henning’s lecture, part of the Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series, is co-sponsored by the law school’s Clinical Education Program, the Black Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society.

Program events continue from 1:15-5 p.m. March 22 with the conference “Liddell is 40: Commemorating the Desegregation Movement in St. Louis and a Look at the Future of Urban Education.”

The conference will cover topics such as segregation in St. Louis, the history of Liddell litigation and the failure of federal education initiatives.

To view a complete list of conference topics and speakers and to RSVP, visit

On Friday, March 23, the Youth Justice Program concludes with the 12th annual Access to Equal Justice Colloquium sponsored by the Clinical Education Program on “Evolving Standards in Juvenile Justice: From Gault to Graham and Beyond,” from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The colloquium will cover topics such as the past, present and future of juvenile court practices, adolescent development issues, and the disproportionate representation of minority youth in adult prisons.

Colloquium co-sponsors are the law school’s Juvenile Rights and Re-Entry Project – Civil Justice Clinic, the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office, the Gephardt Institute for Public Service and the National Juvenile Defender Center.

To view a complete list of topics and speakers and to RSVP, visit: