Juvenile Interrogations and Confessions
Elizabeth (Betsy) Clarke presented on the topic: Intersection Between This Year's 50 Year Anniversary of Miranda and Next Year's 50 Year Anniversary of In re Gault
Megan Glynn Crane presented on the topic: Juvenile Confessions and Interrogation
Megan Glynn Crane
Megan Crane is Co-Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) at Northwestern University of Law in Chicago, where she regularly represents wrongfully convicted juveniles who confessed to crimes they did not commit. Ms. Crane also participates in juvenile confession cases nationally as amicus counsel. She supervises second and third-year law students as they co-counsel defendants in various stages of post-conviction proceedings. Before joining CWCY, Crane represented individuals sentenced to death in California with the Habeas Corpus Resource Center.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Clarke
Elizabeth Clarke is the founder and president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI). JJI has successfully advocated for numerous reforms in Illinois that have positively impacted children in conflict with the law including raising the age of juvenile court from 17 to 18, ending automatic adult prosecution for drug offenses and for 15 year olds, and closing 3 juvenile prisons.. Clarke co-founded the Midwest Juvenile Defender Center, the National Juvenile Justice Network, and the North American Council on Juvenile Justice—where she currently serves as the director. Clarke’s past work experience includes Juvenile Justice Counsel for the Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Chicago, Illinois, for six years, and her service in the Office of the State Appellate Defender for fifteen years. While in the State Appellate Defender’s Office, Clarke was appointed as a Legislative Liaison and Juvenile Justice Coordinator. Clarke has authored numerous articles and is a national and international speaker on justice issues, including the chapter on Appellate Review in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Juvenile Law Handbook and a detailed study of the Illinois juvenile transfer provisions published in the National Journal of the Juvenile and Family Court Judge’s Association. Clarke was named a “Champion for Change” in 2009 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a National Youth Advocate by the National Juvenile Justice Network in 2013. Clarke is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. She earned her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.