2014 National Convening Agenda

McDermott Will & Emery – 500 North Capitol Street, NW  |  Washington, DC 20001

November 13-14, 2014


Wednesday, November 12, 2014


     Healing & Hope Reception / Jones Day – 300 New Jersey Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20001


Thursday, November 13, 2014


    Breakfast & Opening Remarks


     Keynote address: Long View of Juvenile Justice Reform & the “My Child” Test–what would you want if it were your child in conflict with the law?

Bart Lubow, consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and former director of their Juvenile Justice Strategy Group


     Plenary: The “My Child” Test Applied: These Are ALL Our Children

What would it mean to apply the “my child” test to all of our children? How might we respond differently when they get into trouble or make bad decisions?

This plenary highlights domestic and international models for holding kids accountable and provides a look at various approaches to restorative justice, which is intended to hold “offenders” accountable in meaningful ways while seeking to bring about “wholeness” for the victims. It also will provide a primer on why children are different and how that difference makes children amenable to these different modes of accountability.

11:15-11:30am (Break)


     Plenary: Looking Forward: The Growing Movement to End JLWOP

How has the movement to end JLWOP changed or expanded over the years? What have been the setbacks or difficulties we’ve encountered? Who’s is helping to lead the fight?

This plenary features a diverse panel of advocates and supporters sharing why they are involved in the movement to end JLWOP and what their role has been over the years. The discussion will highlight the different areas in which the movement has expanded and the support we are seeing from new and unlikely allies. Panelists will explain why it has been important for national entities and supporters to get involved and what that means for the broader movement.


     Legislator of the Year Award Ceremony Lunch


     Plenary: Innovative Approaches to Reform

This is not the advocacy of yesteryear. In these days of heightened media access, greater interactivity among all facets of the juvenile justice community, and sophisticated tactics from our opponents, we must use creative approaches to ensure that our advocacy is effective.

This plenary explores some of the innovative work being done to increase public education, win in court, and convince policymakers of the changes that are necessary. We look at work happening on a variety of fronts and engage participants on ways to expand even beyond this.

2:50-3:10pm (Break)


     Concurrent Workshops with Tracks Related to Litigation, Advocacy, Organizing, and Communications

5pm forward

Dinner on your own

Friday, November 14, 2014


     Breakfast & session with documentary filmmakers in the field


     Plenary: Racism and the Myth of the Juvenile Superpredator: Unpacking the role of race in the extreme sentencing of children

James Bell, the founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute

When examining the data around the population of youth who are most likely to receive extreme sentences, the impact of race in our country’s sentencing practices becomes undeniable. This plenary is designed to explore the historical and systematic racism built into the myth of the juvenile superpredator, which helped to fuel a wave of harsher sentencing policies in the 1990s. We will expound upon how such false narratives which painted black and brown youth as dangerous and irredeemable still impacts national sentencing policies today and continues to harm children, families, and entire communities.

11:00-11:15am (Break)


     Concurrent Workshops with Tracks Related to Litigation, Advocacy, Organizing, and Communications


     Lunch & Closing