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235.32 sec. 001 - Youth Justice Law, Practice and Policy (Fall 2022)

Instructor: Jonathan T Laba  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Laura Ridolfi  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person

Meeting:

W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 134
From August 24, 2022
To November 30, 2022

Course Start: August 24, 2022
Course End: November 30, 2022
Class Number: 32211

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 30
Waitlisted: 8
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 08/09 03:52 PM


This course will provide an overview of the philosophy, objectives and evolution of the youth justice system, with an emphasis on examining current issues from a practice and policy perspective. These issues will include the integration of adolescent development principles into youth justice policy, the goals and best practices in juvenile “disposition” (sentencing), the presence of pervasive racial and ethnic disparities, the school to prison pipeline, whether to “raise the age” of juvenile court jurisdiction, and the transfer of youth to the adult criminal system. While the course will examine national trends, there will be focused examination of reform policies California has adopted and rejected in recent years, as well as reforms the State is considering adopting in the near future. Both doctrinal study and practice exercises will be employed to allow students to gain an understanding of the system as it exists today as well as how to work toward system reform as a defense attorney, prosecutor, policy advocate, or as a pro bono practitioner.

Jonathan Laba, a 1996 graduate of Berkeley Law, currently supervises the juvenile unit in the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office. For most of his career, Jonathan has augmented his “day job” as an adult public defense trial and managing attorney with extensive youth justice policy advocacy efforts, including legislative and amicus work, training of juvenile defenders across the state, and engagement with community-based youth justice organizations. Having taught the Criminal Law Ethics Seminar for the past decade at Berkeley Law, Jonathan is excited to develop and teach this course geared to introducing students to both the theoretical underpinnings of the juvenile legal system as well as how to engage with, and improve, the system as a lawyer and advocate.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Criminal Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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