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Highlights of Our Work – December 2017

Morgan Lewis Joins Litigation Team›
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has joined NCYL, Children’s Rights, and Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics in an on-going legal action against the State of Missouri for placing foster children on psychotropic drugs without adequate safeguards in place. The case M.B. v. Tidball seeks to ensure Missouri enacts policies and practices that reduce the risk of harm to the children in its custody.

Scott T. Schutte, Managing Partner in Morgan Lewis’ Chicago office, along with attorneys Daniel Fahner, Courtney McCormick, Ning He and Maria Doukas, are supporting the effort. They  participated in a recent effort to mediate the issues in the lawsuit and have played a critical role in the discovery process. Special thanks to NCYL Board member and Morgan Lewis Partner Brian Rocca for making this collaboration possible.

NCYL Joins Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights ›
NCYL has joined a coalition of more than 200 organization committed to the protection and promotion of civil and human rights in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals. By joining the Leadership Conference, NCYL looks to more actively engage in the national debate on these issues while contributing our particular expertise on issues affecting children and youth.
Not A Crime to Be Poor ›
NCYL Board President Peter Edelman, a nationally recognized expert on poverty, has just authored a new book on the criminalization of the poor. In Not a Crime to be Poor, Edelman shows how  the U.S. has criminalized those without money and shines a light on lawyers, activists, and policy makers working for a more humane approach.

In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the Justice Department’s Ferguson Report exposed to the world a system of fines and fees levied for minor crimes in Ferguson, Missouri, that, when they proved too expensive for Ferguson’s largely poor, African American population, resulted in jail sentences for thousands of people.

As former staffer to Robert F. Kennedy and current Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman explains in Not a Crime to Be Poor, Ferguson is everywhere in America today. You can order a copy of Not a Crime to be Poor here.