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Nova Law Review Symposium 2015 : Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline


When Sep 18, 2015 - Sep 18, 2015
Where Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Abstract Registration Due Jun 1, 2015
Submission Deadline Sep 1, 2015
Final Version Due Sep 28, 2015
Categories    law

Call For Papers


2015 Nova Southeastern University, Nova Law Review Symposium

Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline

“In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunities of an education.
Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it,
is a right that must be made available on equal terms.”
- Chief Justice Earl Warren, Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center and the Nova Law Review seek submissions for the Nova Law Review Symposium being held on September 18, 2015, entitled “Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline,” and co-sponsored by Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer’s Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Miami Dade Public Defender Office, and the Anti-Defamation League.
Funneling school disciplinary matters into the criminal justice system stigmatizes the children and disrupts learning. In far too many cases, our educational system fails our youth. Empirical studies reflect that this pattern of discipline in our schools disproportionately targets children from lower socioeconomic families, minorities, students with learning disabilities, and students from abusive homes.
NSU Law, the Nova Law Review, and a broad coalition of nonprofit organizations have come together to build a national platform to address this issue. Academics, practitioners, consultants, students, policy-makers, educators, community activists, and thought leaders are invited to exchange ideas, form effective strategies, and engage in meaningful dialogue about systemic change for educational reform and new approaches to school discipline. We invite participants to publish articles for the Nova Law Review or to participate in the symposium without a published paper. Authors and presenters are invited to submit proposals on topics relating to the theme, which may include such topics these:
Educational Issues:
• Tenure for teachers
• Use of suspension and expulsion for discipline
• Zero tolerance policies in schools
• Bias in standardized testing
• Charter Schools

Juvenile Justice Issues
• Disproportionate use of suspension and expulsion in minority students
• Re-directing children away from the system
• Drug offenses
• School Resource Officers – Cops in Schools
• Direct Filing Children to Adult Court
• Unchecked Government Power
• Juvenile Records
• Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Adjudication
• Sexual Offender Status for Juveniles Change beyond the Classroom:
• Data driven program models
• Pilot programs and grant funding
• Coalition partnership strategies
• Impact litigation
• Mapping the pipeline
• Re-directing prison money to educational reforms

Juvenile Justice Reforms:
• Partnerships between schools and law enforcement
• Holistic representation
• Post-adjudicatory juvenile defense attorneys
• Specialized juvenile defenders
• Educating law enforcement
• Re-entry programs

Call for Papers
Submissions & Important Dates:
- Please submit materials to
- Submission Deadline for Abstracts: June 1, 2015
- Submission Deadline for First Draft of Manuscripts: September 1, 2015
- Submission Deadline for Completed Articles: September 28, 2015
- Symposium Date: September 18, 2015
Law Review Published Article: The Nova Law Review will review, edit, and publish papers from the symposium in the 2015 symposium issue. Papers are invited from scholars and practitioners across all disciplines related to the program. Please submit a title and abstract (of 500–1000 words) or draft paper for works in progress. Abstracts or drafts should be submitted by June 1, 2015. Submissions may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all speaking positions are filled.
Presentations (without publication) based on Abstracts: For speakers interested in presenting without submitting a publishable article, please submit an abstract of the proposed presentation. Abstracts should be submitted by June 1, 2015. Submissions may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all speaking positions are filled.
About Nova Law Review: The Nova Law Review publishes three academic issues annually including the annual symposium issue and the annual review of Florida Law. The Nova Law Review is proudly celebrating its fortieth year of publication.

About The Partners:

About the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center: The Law Center is nationally recognized for leadership on diversity, international programs, and its Lawyering Skills and Values program, which emphasizes legal reasoning, writing, and research with an introduction to lawyer interviewing, counseling, negotiating, mediating, advocating, and other critical skills in a simulated law firm experience. The Law Center has a variety of interdisciplinary programs including partnerships with the Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, the College of Medical Sciences, and many more. The Law Center is only one of eighteen colleges and centers, with NSU being classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with “high research activity.” NSU has grown to become the ninth largest private research university in the United States.

For More Information:

- Kerry Valdez, Editor-in-Chief, or (954) 552-4132
- Kathy Perez, Assistant to the Director, or (954) 262-6295

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