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Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic Update

Friday, November 16, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joseph Tulman
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In March 2012, Professor Tulman conducted a training on the use of special education advocacy to extricate children from the delinquency system for attorneys, probation officers, school personnel, and judges in Dallas County, TX, and he did a similar training in September in Collin County (which is contiguous to Dallas County). In October, Professor Tulman joined forces with Jamie Rodriguez from the D.C. Public Defender Service and Deborah St. Jean, Antioch alumna and Maryland public defender to conduct a training for juvenile defenders in Puerto Rico. Professor Tulman again teamed with Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. St. Jean to conduct a workshop on disability rights and delinquency at the National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit.

The Took Crowell Institute at the U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law received a grant this summer from the Meyer Foundation and a grant in November from the Prince Charitable Trusts to support its work to reverse the school-to-prison pipeline in D.C.

In the current semester, Took Crowell Fellow Lisa Geis, a clinical instructor in the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic, wrote and filed a motion to dismiss a truancy case that resulted in the prosecutor's withdrawing the petition. The theory of the motion is that the filing of the truancy petition violated both the federal special education law and the District of Columbia's delinquency intake provision. Ms. Geis worked with Krista Krueger, 3L, to obtain the same result for another client in a truancy case.


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