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April-June 2009


Alumni News — Apr-June 2009

July 1, 2009
Michelle Cheng, NCYL staff attorney from 1998-2000, looks forward to rejoining NCYL as a part-time volunteer attorney, beginning Fall 2009. Michelle took a break from working to raise her two sons, Ollie and Gabe, who are in kindergarten and 2nd grade. Her husband, Monty, has…

At the Center — Apr-June 2009

July 1, 2009
Jessica Breslin has completed her second year at Georgetown University Law Center.  She is a section editor for the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law and is active with the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.  Jessica earned her undergraduate degree from the…

Advocacy Intensifies to Eliminate Life without Parole for Youth

July 1, 2009
There is growing public awareness that is it unjust to hold juvenile offenders to the same standard of blame as adults. Scientific research shows that youth do not have the same capacity as adults to use reasoned, mature judgment, or to control impulsive behavior. Newspaper

No Child Left Behind Fails to Close the Achievement Gap

July 1, 2009
by Jesse Hahnel Recently released results from the 2008 administration of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)1  suggest that the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is failing to close the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students. The results call into question