Holistic Advocacy: Working to End the School to Prison Pipeline for Crossover Youth

With the support of a $1 million grant from the Everychild Foundation, in 2017 the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy launched its three-year Integrated Legal and Education Advocacy Project to provide holistic juvenile justice, education, and social work advocacy to Los Angeles “crossover children” – children involved in both the dependency and juvenile justice court systems who are especially vulnerable to the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

On March 11-12, education, juvenile justice and dependency advocates from across Los Angeles County and the nation gathered to discuss lessons learned over the course of the project and obstacles still to be overcome in direct client service and policy advocacy. Given the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and its longterm impacts on crossover youth, the symposium focused on this unique historical moment and its opportunities for systemic change.

The goal: to collaborate on actionable strategies for advancing holistic, integrated advocacy for crossover youth as a gold standard and working collectively across the county to change systems that may hold these youth back from reaching their full potential.

Effective Collaboration When Representing Crossover Youth

"Effective Collaboration When Representing Crossover Youth" featured (clockwise from top left) Sean Kennedy, Vivian Wong, Megan Stanton-Trehan, Jaryn Saritzky, Jeanette Lomeli and Isabel Daniels.

March 11, 2021

This panel that kicked off the symposium begins with welcoming remarks from Center for Juvenile Law & Policy Executive Director Sean Kennedy, LMU Loyola Law School Dean Michael Waterstone, and Everychild Foundation founder and president Jacqueline Jacobs Caster. The panel discussion starts at the 7-minute mark.

Panel

Isabel Daniels, CARE Attorney, Children's Law Center of Los Angeles

Sean Kennedy, Kaplan & Feldman Executive Director, Center for Juvenile Law & Policy, LMU Loyola Law School

Jeanette Lomeli, Social Worker, Juvenile Justice Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Jaryn Saritzky, Dual-Status Attorney, Children's Law Center of California

Megan Stanton-Trehan, Clinical Director and Adjunct Professor, Youth Justice Education Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Vivian Wong, Adjunct Professor and Staff Attorney, Youth Justice Education Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Changing the Narrative Through Education Advocacy in Defense Practice

"Changing the Narrative Through Education Advocacy in Defense Practice" pictured (clockwise from top left) Andrew Bouvier-Brown, Brooke Harris, Mark Wynn and Linden Millard.

March 11, 2021

Panel

Andrew Bouvier-Brown, Attorney at Law, Law Office of Andrew Bouvier-Brown

Brooke Harris, Managing Attorney and Adjunct Professor, Juvenile Justice Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Jeanette Lomeli, Social Worker, Juvenile Justice Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Linden Millard, Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Linden K. Millard

Vivian Wong, Adjunct Professor and Staff Attorney, Youth Justice Education Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Mark Wynn, Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender

Trauma and Its Impact: Why Foster Youth Cross Over and Key Intervention Points

"Trauma and Its Impact: Why Foster Youth Cross Over and Key Intervention Points" pictured (clockwise from top left) Samantha Buckingham, Dr. Jorja Leap, Cindy Galvan, Dr. Robert Hernandez, Dr. Artha Gillis and Ludivina Vasquez Snow.

March 12, 2021

Panel

Samantha Buckingham, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Cindy Galvan, Social Worker, Youth Justice Education Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Dr. Artha Gillis, M.D., Ph.D., Office of Dr. Artha Gillis

Dr. Robert Hernandez, Senior Lecturer of Social Work, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Sean Kennedy, Kaplan & Feldman Executive Director, Center for Juvenile Law & Policy, LMU Loyola Law School

Dr. Jorja Leap, Adjunct Professor; Executive Director, Health and Social Justice Partnership, UCLA School of Social Welfare and Luskin School of Public Affairs

Jeanette Lomeli, Social Worker, Juvenile Justice Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Ludivina Vasquez Snow, Program Manager, Juvenile Justice- CASA of Los Angeles

Serving Crossover Youth During Covid-19 and Beyond

"Serving Crossover Youth During Covid-19 and Beyond" pictured (clockwise from top left) Victor Leung, Betty Fang, Eva Grenier and Alaina Moonves-Leb.

March 12, 2021

Panel

Betty Fang, Policy Associate, Education and Youth Justice, Children's Defense Fund-California

Eva Grenier, Attorney, Children's Law Center CARE

Brooke Harris, Managing Attorney and Adjunct Professor, Juvenile Justice Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Victor Leung, Director of Education Equity, Deputy Litigation Director, ACLU Foundation of Southern California

Alaina Moonves-Leb, Senior Attorney, Statewide Education Rights, The Alliance for Children's Rights

Megan Stanton-Trehan, Clinical Director and Adjunct Professor, Youth Justice Education Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Vivian Wong, Adjunct Professor and Staff Attorney, Youth Justice Education Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Lessons Learned: Addressing Legal and Systemic Challenges in Los Angeles County

"Lessons Learned: Addressing Legal and Systemic Challenges in Los Angeles County" pictured (clockwise from top left) Phal Sok, Corina Constantin-Marconi, Ruth Cusick, Erin Palacios, Barbara Duey and Maggie Brandow.

March 12, 2021

Panel

Maggie Brandow, Attorney Supervisor, Children's Law Center of California

Samantha Buckingham, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Corina Constantin-Marconi, Ph.D., Offices of Dr. Corina Constantin-Marconi

Ruth Cusick, Senior Supervising Attorney, Statewide Education Rights, Public Counsel

Barbara Duey, Supervising Attorney, CWLS and CARE Program Director, Children's Law Center of California

Brooke Harris, Managing Attorney and Adjunct Professor, Juvenile Justice Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School

Erin Palacios, Youth Law Center

Phal Sok, Organizer, Youth Justice Coalition

Megan Stanton-Trehan, Clinical Director and Adjunct Professor, Youth Justice Education Clinic, LMU Loyola Law School