NCYL’s kick-off seminar was held on June 6 and was honored to present Tirien Steinbach, Executive Director of the East Bay Community Law Center, as the keynote speaker.
Tirien Steinbach is a passionate leader in the campaign for justice. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Tirien has devoted her legal career to serving her community through a range of advocacy methods. Her past work includes representing prisoners on death row through the California Appellate Project, founding the Suitcase Clinic Legal Services project to defend the civil rights of homeless people, and incubating the East Bay Community Law Center’s Clean Slate practice, which to date has helped remove employment, housing, and education barriers for over 5,000 clients in Alameda County. Tirien is a Lecturer at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) and serves as Executive Director of the East Bay Community Law Center, one of the first and largest community-based legal clinics in the country. Tirien has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the inaugural Hon. Thelton E. Henderson Social Justice Prize.
Thursday, July 18 (12-1pm)
Understanding the Challenges Facing Youth in California’s Juvenile Justice System
Frankie Guzman, Soros Justice Fellow, National Center for Youth Law
A discussion of the history and future of California’s Juvenile Justice system from the perspective of an attorney whose experience serving “juvie life” in the California Youth Authority informs his current advocacy for improved treatment and alternative sentencing for youth charged with serious offenses.
Thursday, July 25 (12-1pm)
The Promises and Pitfalls of Public Interest Class Action Litigation
Bill Grimm, Senior Attorney, National Center for Youth Law
Leecia Welch, Senior Attorney, National Center for Youth Law
A discussion of class action litigation as an approach to reforming state and county foster care systems, using specific examples from NCYL’s work in various states. Hear from two seasoned litigators about the opportunities that litigation offers for systemic change and the procedural hurdles that make obtaining class-wide remedies challenging.
Thursday, July 29 (12-1pm)
Clerkships: Insights for Aspiring Public Interest Attorneys
Angela Chan, Senior Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus, and former Law Clerk for the Hon. Napoleon A. Jones of the Southern District of California
Allison Elgart, Legal Director, Equal Justice Society, and former Law Clerk for the Hon. Robert P. Patterson, Jr., of the Southern District of New York
Jesse Newmark, Interim Executive Director and Staff Attorney, Centro Legal de la Raza, and former Law Clerk for the Hon. Richard A. Paez of the Ninth Circuit and the Hon. Dean D. Pregerson of the Central District of California
Come hear inside tips on how to obtain a clerkship and learn how the clerking experience can be useful for a career in public interest law.
Thursday, August 1 (12-1pm)
Combatting Implicit Bias in the School-To-Prison Pipeline
Michael Harris, Senior Attorney, National Center for Youth Law
Is that student “disrupting class” or “taking initiative”? Engaging in “disorderly conduct” or “showing advocacy skills”? School staff’s perceptions of student behavior can result in disparate outcomes for youth, including disparate rates of exclusionary discipline and school-based arrest. Learn how implicit racial bias shapes these perceptions, fueling the School-To-Prison Pipeline, and about current advocacy efforts to derail that pipeline and keep kids out of juvenile court.
Thursday August 8 (12-1pm)
What’s the Prefrontal Cortex Got to Do With It? Understanding the Teen Brain to Improve Advocacy
Rebecca Gudeman, Senior Attorney, National Center for Youth Law
Hannah Benton, Staff Attorney, National Center for Youth Law
As advocates, how can we argue both that our teen clients should have autonomy in reproductive health decisions and that they are less culpable than adults for their mistakes, particularly mistakes that result in arrest? Learn about current neuroscience research around adolescent brain development, its implications for teenage decision-making skills and how to use this research to better advocate for teen clients.
All sessions (with the exception of the kick-off event) will be held at NCYL on the 16th Floor. NCYL is located at 405 14th Street, Oakland, 94612 (corner of 14th and Franklin) — just one block from the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART Station. Please feel free to bring your lunch. NCYL will provide treats. Email Miranda Perry, mperry(at)youthlaw.org, with any questions.
Staff and summer clerks watched the Oakland Athletics beat the Yankees!
NCYL Summer Clerks; Clare Kruger, Chelsea Bell, Jane Schroder, Anisha Asher, and Kelly Orians