Youth, Education and Justice: Legal Theory and Practice

Student-attorneys in the Youth, Education and Justice LTP (formerly the School to Prison Pipeline LTP) will examine the different entry points for children into the juvenile and criminal justice systems; with particular emphases on the impact of policing practices on Baltimore’s youth and the connections between public school disciplinary practices, law enforcement practices and the juvenile/criminal justice systems. The LTP will examine several issues of critical importance, including reform efforts stemming from the U.S. Department of Justice investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department; law enforcement engagement with youth; law enforcement presence in public schools; fourth amendment issues in public schools; zero tolerance laws and policies; out-of-school suspension and expulsion; the impact of juvenile/criminal justice system involvement on educational opportunities; and the disproportionate impact of these laws, policies and practices on schoolchildren of color (particularly African-American and Latino/a schoolchildren) as well as schoolchildren with disabilities. This LTP will deeply explore issues of race and poverty (as entry points into the juvenile and criminal justice systems), trauma and stigma (as end points of the justice-involvement) and lawyering strategies aimed at keeping children in school.

Student-attorneys will address and strive to reform various connections between youth, education and the juvenile/criminal justice systems. The lawyering roles will include working on reform efforts related to policing in Baltimore, client representation, utilizing restorative practices and conflict resolution strategies in public school settings, and broader advocacy efforts, including policy and legislative reform, writing amicus briefs, writing policy papers and/or engaging legal organizations at the local, state and national levels working on these issues.

This LTP includes a seminar component that meets twice weekly. While this LTP is a one-semester course, full year participation in the course—in the fall as a Clinic I student-attorney and in the spring as a Clinic II student-attorney— is encouraged and desired to continue the reform-oriented work.

In addition to attending the mandatory Law Practice Orientation at the start of the semester, students in this course are required to attend the Mediation Clinic’s one-day training focused on conflict resolution and mediation strategies.

Prior to registering for this course, students must meet with Professor Pinard and receive approval to register.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course