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Juvenile Law Conference Looks at Juvenile Development and Culpability
"The Mind of a Child: The Relationship Between Brain Development, Cognitive Functioning, and Accountability Under the Law" will be held March 10-11
February 11, 2005
Startling developments in brain mapping show that a child's brain is truly different. This raises serious questions about trends to enhance punishment for juveniles who commit criminal acts. An upcoming conference at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law will look at recent research into the development of a child's brain and its implications for the individual's state of mind, juvenile culpability, and accountability.
The conference, "The Mind of a Child: The Relationship Between Brain Development, Cognitive Functioning, and Accountability Under the Law," will be held March 10 and 11, 2005, and is sponsored by the Justice for Children Project at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, in conjunction with the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law and the Center for Law, Policy, and Social Science (currently undergoing a name change to the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies).
Unlike other symposia, which have focused on social scientific explanations for juvenile behavior and crime, this interdisciplinary symposium will look to recent developments in the science of brain development and function and how it can be applied to the state of mind when a child commits a crime. Prominent academics, practitioners, and researchers in the fields of criminal and juvenile law, medicine, psychiatry, and psychology will discuss these new developments and share their insights.
The conference is open to the public. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits up to 9.0 hours has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio. For registration information, call (614) 292-6829.
The Justice for Children Project is an educational and interdisciplinary research initiative at the Moritz College of Law. Created in 1998, the project seeks to remedy both systemic and individual problems affecting children nationwide. Through its primary components - research, legal reform, and the direct representation of children - the project builds bridges between theory and practice to advance children's rights. The project promotes the publication of scholarly articles and original interdisciplinary research and sponsors symposia, as well as educating and training lawyers for children.
Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 other countries and include state supreme court justices, federal district and circuit court judges, current and former U.S. senators and representatives, state attorneys general, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with nonprofit organizations and public interest law firms.