Juvenile Reform: Where Do We Go From Here?
Perry Moriearty and Marsha Levick presented on the topic: Recognizing a Turning Point For Juvenile Justice and the Abandonment of the "One Size Fits All Punishment" (looking forward after the trilogy of United States Supreme Court cases)
Perry Moriearty is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota where she teaches criminal law, race and the law, and co-directs the Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic. Professor Moriearty received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and her Juris Doctorate degree from New York University. She spent five years in private practice and a year with the Juvenile Defense Network, a juvenile division of the public defender’s office which worked to train juvenile defenders in Massachusetts. Professor Moriearty previously taught at the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Sulfold University Law School, which represents children charged with delinquency and criminal offenses. In 2016, Professor Moriearty received the Shanara Gilbert Award for her work commitment to social justice and clinical teaching.
Marsha Levick is the Deputy Director, Chief Counsel, and co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Spending her career working as an advocate for women’s and children’s rights, Levick is a nationally recognized expert in juvenile law. She has successfully advocated for the expungement and vacatur of thousands of juvenile cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Levick has authored and co-authored numerous amicus briefs within the federal courts and United States Supreme Court, including the key juvenile cases of Roper v. Simmons (juvenile death penalty unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment); Graham v. Florida (life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of non-homicide offenses unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment); J.D.B. v North Carolina (a juvenile’s age is relevant to the Miranda custody analysis under the Fifth Amendment); and Miller v. Alabama (mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of homicide offenses unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment). Levick also served as co-counsel in Montgomery v. Louisiana, where the Supreme Court ruled Miller retroactive throughout the country. Levick is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received her Juris Doctorate degree from Temple University Law School. She also works as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University Beasley School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.