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Public Interest Law Review Symposium: Defining the School to Prison Pipeline

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Offered Virtually, Via Zoom
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Defining the School to Prison Pipeline: Education, Housing, and the Criminal Legal System

This Symposium will be held virtually via Zoom. An in-person event will not be offered.

Join the University of Richmond School of Law Public Interest Law Review, in partnership with the Black Law Student Association, for a virtual symposium on the school to prison pipeline. “School to prison pipeline” refers to the phenomenon in which children are funneled from school to the juvenile justice system as a result of over-criminalization of students in the educational system, while disproportionately affecting people of color.

This program will bring together advocates, academics, and attorneys to explain how education, housing, & the criminal legal system play both separate and intertwined roles in perpetuating the school to prison pipeline. Presenters will analyze these three elements and educate attendees on the school to prison pipeline, with an eye toward Virginia-specific issues.

Featured Speakers

  • Keynote Address by Valerie Slater, Esq. // RISE for Youth
  • Rodney Robinson // 2019 National Teacher of the Year

Registration is free, but required. 5 CLE credits approved.

  • 9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:10 a.m. - Race and the Criminal Legal System: A Recipe for Reform | Julie McConnell
  • 10:00 a.m. - Break
  • 10:10 a.m. - Keynote: The Public Health Crisis of Juvenile Justice System Involvement | Valerie Slater
  • 11:00 a.m. - Break
  • 11:10 a.m. - Panel on Education or Incarceration: Teaching Tolerance | Kevin Woodson, Allison Gilbreath, Valerie L'Herrou, and Cassie Powell (Moderated by Doron Samuel-Siegel)
  • 12:00 p.m. - Break
  • 1:00 p.m. - The Child Welfare to Prison Pipeline: Exploring the Weaponization of Education on Marginalized Children and Families | Fallon Speaker
  • 1:40 p.m. - Panel on Modern-Day School Segregation in Virginia Schools and Housing | Rachael Deane, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Kathy Mendes, and Mariah Williams (Moderated by Tara Casey)
  • 2:25 p.m. - Break
  • 2:30 p.m. - My Experience Fighting the School to Prison Pipeline | Rodney Robinson
  • 3:20 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Contact: Mary Ruth Walters, Events & Communications Manager, 804-289-8895