Children’s Law Symposium in Houston, Texas

On Wednesday, October 26th, Children at Risk will host a symposium on children’s law in Houston, TX.  Topics include juvenile justice, juvenile mental health, immigration, human trafficking, and education.  Speakers include Texas Senator John Whitmire and Federal District Judge Michael Schneider.

Entrance is $90 for attorneys in private practice, $50 for non-profit/government attorneys and non-attorney professionals, and $20 for students.  Lunch will be provided, and CLE credit is pending.  You can early register here.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011


Fulbright Tower

1301 McKinney Street

Houston, Texas 77010

For more information, email RJ Hazeltine at [email protected].


Have You Committed A Felony Today?

On Friday, October 7th, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, in conjunction with The Heritage Foundation, will be hosting an event discussing the difficult maze that Capitol Hill staffers navigate to stay on the right side of the law.  The event will feature Ross Garber of Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, as well as Timothy O’Toole of Miller & Chevalier, and will be moderated by Paul Larkin of The Heritage Foundation.

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Rayburn House Building, B354 B339

Washington D.C., 20515

12:00 pm-1:15 pm

Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to [email protected] or (202) 608-6205 by October 5th.


Penn Law Review Symposium: “Sentencing Law: Rhetoric and Reality”

On October 28th and 29th, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, is hosting a symposium on the issues surrounding American sentencing law.  The two-day seminar will feature a number of prominent legal figures.  During the symposium, Right on Crime signatories Asa Hutchinson and John DiIulio will participate in a panel discussion entitled “The Politics of Sentencing.”  The panel is co-sponsored by Right on Crime and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The panel discussion takes place at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 28th.

For preregistering attendees, symposium admission is $75 for professionals in private practice, $35 for government, nonprofit, and academic professionals, $10 for students, and free for University of Pennsylvania students.  Meals will be served, and the program has been approved for 12 hours of CLE credit.  To preregister, click here, and scroll to the bottom of the page.

October 28th-29th

University of Pennsylvania Law School

3400 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

For more information, contact Eric Cheng at [email protected].


The Texas Model

The Texas Public Policy Foundation has launched a series of short papers that defend the “Texas Model” of government.  The latest papers cover the Texas adult corrections system and the Texas juvenile justice system.  Click below to read them:

The Texas Model: Adult Corrections

The Texas Model: Juvenile Justice


Restorative Practices: A Different Kind of School Discipline

Laura Mirsky, writing for Educational Leadership, discusses the application and results of restorative practices in a few public schools that have implemented them. Restorative practices are an alternative to “exclusionary and punitive discipline,” according to Mirsky, such as detentions or suspensions. These practices, when used in schools, involve a focus on repairing harm by having the youth offender confront his or her behavior and responsibility for it.

Mirsky goes on to describe different types of restorative practices. A restorative conference involves each affected party discussing what happened, how it affected them, and how to repair the harm done. This tactic can show an offending child the effects of his or her actions from others’ perspectives, which can lead to future reform. Another practice is the affective statement, or a way to express feelings in a highly personal way rather than with anger or blame. According to Mirsky, such statements expressing feelings build relationships and make the consequences of one’s actions far more tangible. Finally, restorative practices can also include restorative circles, or a way to involve group dynamics in information sharing and feedback processes, which strengthens the sense of community and togetherness.

The article also describes the results enjoyed by schools using restorative practices: lower rates of misbehavior, which decreases suspensions and expulsions, and even improved academic performance. Restorative practices must be employed in conjunction with traditional discipline in order to be effective, but they are certainly worth consideration. In Texas and across the nation, school discipline is in dire need of reform—and restorative practices may be, in some situations, a good solution.