The ABA’s Criminal Justice Section is the “unified voice of criminal justice.” As part of the section, the Juvenile Justice Committee advocates for creating policy geared toward better standards for minors in the criminal justice system. Law students should become a member of this section and committee to follow current issues in criminal law, network with more than 20,000 members, receive information for internship and mentorship opportunities, and a free subscription to Criminal Justice Magazine.
Law students also receive free e-membership for one year, which includes electronic access to the Section’s newsletter and Criminal Justice Magazine. In addition, the section hosts two competitions for students. The annual William Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition awards a cash prize, one-year section membership, and airfare and accommodations to receive the award with the possibility of publication. Also, the Section hosts the National Trial Advocacy Competition at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
The Law Student Activities Committee offers law students the ability to work on the Citizen Amicus Project, which allows contribution to constitutional law issues. This year the project is focused on the Fourth Amendment issue of warrantless search using a narcotics dog from outside the home.
During the month of October, The Criminal Justice Section conducted its fifth annual Fall Institute in Washington, D.C. The section included a juvenile justice track and conducted a plenary session on over-criminalization and over-reliance on incarceration. There were also continuing education courses offered on how to incorporate developmental competence into your juvenile justice practice, reforms and realignment efforts to utilize community-based facilities, and the implications of Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs.
In February at the Midyear Meeting in Dallas, Texas, the Juvenile Justice Committee will host a second continuing education course on Miller v. Alabama and the practical implications for lawyers. There will be a Criminal Justice Section reception to follow.
For more information about the Criminal Justice Section and the Juvenile Justice Committee, visit the website.