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Ohio First Lady to keynote Juvenile Law Symposium

April 21, 2009 | Events

Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming two-day symposium at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law centered on issues pertaining to juvenile law. First Lady Strickland will present the speech, titled “By the Want of Means for Their Cultivation,” Thursday, April 30, from 11:15 a.m. until noon at the Moritz College of Law’s Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave.

First Lady Strickland is expected to discuss educational reform and how a strong educational system not only benefits the children enrolled in the program but entire communities as well.

The symposium, titled “Reinventing Juvenile Law: A New Construct for Practice and Policy,” will take place on April 30 and May 1. Discussions will focus on timely and cutting edge issues pertaining to delinquency, abuse, neglect, dependency, and termination of parental rights cases. Leading experts from around the country will gather to look at reinventing juvenile law in light of developments in neurological and socioscientific research and the growing incorporation of these concepts in legislative acts and judicial decisions.

Among the topics to be discussed are scientific understandings of best interests, reinventing termination of parental rights hearings, using economic stimulus funds to improve school climate, strategies to reduce school referrals, medical-legal partnerships to improve advocacy for children, new programmatic strategies for juvenile sex offenders, and the importance of In re Gault.

To read more about the event and to register, visit A few seats remain at the symposium, and the Supreme Court of Ohio has approved 12.75 hours of CLE for those attending the event.

The symposium is sponsored by the Justice for Children Project, which is a joint venture of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies. Started in 1995, the project engages in research and law reform while providing law students with exciting opportunities to explore the legal issues pertaining to children.

First Lady Strickland earned her doctoral degree in educational psychology at the University of Kentucky, where she met her husband, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. She went on to work for many years in a public school system as an educational psychologist. She also authored a screening test for kindergarten-age children and a children’s book, The Little Girl Who Grew Up To Be Governor.
First Lady Strickland serves as chair of the Family and Children First Councils, and is proactive in her work on education, the environment, renewable energy, and inclusion.