New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement’s Fall 2012 Symposium

“Juveniles Are Different: Miller’s Limits on Punishing Juvenile Offenders,” focused on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent jurisprudence regarding the constitutionality of life without parole sentences for juvenile defendants.

Our featured panelists examined the legal and doctrinal challenges raised by the Court’s recent sentencing law decisions, the scientific and medical evidence relating to juvenile development cited in those opinions, and the state litigation that will result from Miller’s pronouncement.

Panelists for this event included:

Panel I: “Youth Matters”

  • Dan Birman, Documentary Film Maker, “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story”
  • Frank DiCataldo, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Roger Williams University
  • Wendy Kaplan, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Boston University
  • Kimberly Larson, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Tigran Eldred, Associate Professor of Law, New England Law | Boston (moderator)

Panel II: “Miller and its Aftermath”

  • Jeffrey Fagan, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Meg Garvin, Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute
  • Barbara Kaban, Director of Juvenile Appeals, Massachusetts Youth Advocacy Division
  • David Siegel, Professor of Law, New England Law | Boston
  • Louis Schulze, Professor of Law, New England Law | Boston (moderator)