Juvenile Justice: Law, Policy and Opportunities for Reform

The Fall 2013 Northern Kentucky Law Review Symposium, Juvenile Justice: Law, Policy and Opportunites for Reform, will focus on constitutional, practical and policy matters related to court-involved juveniles and will include a screening of Minor Differences, a documentary about young men who were incarcerated in a maximum security prison for juveniles. 

The symposium will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013.  Lunch will be provided, and a reception will follow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

The symposium will be located in the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.  See Visit Chase for directions and parking information. The Student Union is located next door to the College of Law.

The symposium is complementary and open to the public.  Registration is not required, but is requested by October 1, 2013.  To register, please fill out this form. For questions, contact Stephanie Hunley or phone 859.572.5402.

5.0 general CLE credits approved for Ohio and Kentucky.

This year’s Northern Kentucky Law Review Symposium is jointly sponsored by NKU Chase College of Law and the Children’s Law Center.

The Northern Kentucky Law Review, founded in 1973, is an independent journal, edited and published entirely by the students of NKU Chase College of Law.  Law Review will publish the papers featured in the fall 2013 symposium issue of the Northern Kentucky Law Review.

Juvenile Justice Law Review Symposium


9:00 a.m.        



Amy Halbrook
Director, NKU Chase Children’s Law Center Clinic
Chase College of Law

Jeffrey Standen
Dean, Chase College of Law

Hon. Karen Thomas
Chief Regional District Judge, 17th Judicial District

9:15 a.m.

Introduction to the Day

Kim Tandy
Executive Director, Children’s Law Center

9:30 a.m. 

Panel:  Recent Supreme Court Cases in the Context of Adolescent Development

Moderator:  Mark Stavsky, Chase College of Law

Daniel Davis, PhD., ABPP
Forensic Psychologist

Kimberly Jordan
Professor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

11:00 a.m.              

Panel:  Kids in Court:  A Continuum

Moderator:  Erin Davies, Children’s Law Center

Tim Arnold
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto
Litigation Director, Children’s Law Center

Stephanie Vetter
Annie E. Casey Foundation

12:30 p.m.             

Keynote/Lunch:  “Reducing Youth Incarceration:  Perspectives of System  Stakeholders”

Jason Zeidenberg
National Council on Crime and Delinquency

2:00 p.m.                

Panel:  Reform Opportunities

Moderator:  Katayoon Majd, Public Welfare Foundation                   

Whitney Westerfield

Kentucky State Senator, Third District

Hasan Davis
Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice

Hon. Karen Thomas
Campbell County District Court

Glenda Edwards
Trial Division Director, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

Steven Gold
County Attorney, Henderson County Attorney’s Office

3:30 p.m.                

Film and Panel:  Minor Differences

Moderator: Lauren Litton

Heather Dew Oaksen
Documentary Filmmaker

Joseph Downs
Film Participant

Matthew Stafford
Film Participant

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.