Every year, 1.5 million youth are arrested across the country. The moment each of these children encounters the police, a record is created. These records are not confidential. They do not disappear when the young person’s case is closed or when they become an adult. These records interfere with children’s opportunities to move ahead in life and demonstrate their ability to make better choices.
Juvenile records are increasingly available to the public and have the potential to affect a young person’s ability to enroll in a higher educational institution, obtain employment, obtain housing, or enlist in the military. Yet,
Riya Shah is a senior supervising attorney at Juvenile Law Center. She leads Juvenile Law Center’s Second Chances initiative, focusing her efforts on juvenile record confidentiality and expungement. Riya was also instrumental in Pennsylvania’s successful challenge to the imposition of harsh registration laws for youth charged with sexual offenses and provides consultation on litigation efforts across the country to eradicate juvenile sex offender registration laws.
She has written extensively on collateral consequences, expungement, sex offender registration, and the right to counsel. Riya employs legislative and litigation strategies to implement juvenile justice systems reform at the state and federal levels and works on Juvenile Law Center’s litigation and policy efforts aimed at reducing the practice of youth tried as adults and subject to extreme sentences.
Dina Lexine Sarver is a rising second year law student at University of Miami School of Law. Dina serves as a juvenile justice advocate and shares her personal story about her involvement in the juvenile system. Her areas of interest include speaking on various topics such as the school-to-prison pipeline, lack of adequate representation, and minimizing the harmful impact of juvenile records—something she knows all too well.
Prior to attending law school, Dina dealt first-hand with the numerous barriers her juvenile record imposed on her adult life including obtaining a college education. Dina has also interned with Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.
Excellent- all around. Having a youth formerly in the juvenile system speak on these issues was amazing. It was edifying and heart-lifting professionally and personally.
Very interesting topic explained in an easy-to-understand way. Thank you!
I really love the testimony of the former juvenile offender.
Excellent presentation on the need to have juvenile records expunged. Also, highlighted the disparity of people of color and the inherent bias in expunging records.
Policy, law and practical ramifications effectively interwoven. Recommend!
Good summary. I had not realized how much states differ.
Speakers were excellent. Having a person who had been through the process was excellent.
Excellent information on how juvenile records can affect a person’s future. I really learned a lot - thanks!
Outstanding course! Very informative.
One of the BEST CLE's I have ever seen! Thank you from someone who works in Juvenile Justice.
I so prefer the panel format for webinars, if only to get away from the hour-long talking head. In this case, however, the combination of the speakers increased the value of the program immensely. Both were effective speakers, both were well-prepared -- nothing new for Lawline -- and Dina's story was extremely affecting. I highly recommend this program.
I am absolutely shocked by what I have learned in this one hour presentation! Dina's Story is an unbelievable nightmare. Everyone should watch this program and know where your state is on expunging juvenile records.
That was really a good presentation. Loved the personal story. This should be made available as a public service for all non-profit organizations that work with juveniles. They need to hear this. I have a presentation to a group of juveniles, and plan to share this info. I also may include pro bono expungement services for juveniles as a part of my practice. Thanks.
Excellent clarity on juvenile records, and variance of treatment of such records in different jurisdictions.
This talk was very relevant and timely. In Minnesota our new expungement law took effect a couple of years ago and this presentation helped me immensely.
The speakers did a great job. One of my favorite seminars so far
Great subject matter. Both presenters were excellent.
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