Last Held: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Center for Law & Justice, Rutgers University-Newark
The Fourth Annual Conference on Youth Development and Juvenile Justice will highlight the critical emerging issue of social media with respect to how contemporary adolescents organize their social activities and behavior. The "digital street" is the new gathering place, with smart phone technologies and social media applications virtually paving new paths for social interactions and in turn creating new opportunities for constructive engagements as well as problem behavior. At the same time, social media sites have hit the radar of law enforcement, and the legal and ethical issues surrounding social media surveillance pose interesting challenges to managing the "digital street" safely and effectively. All the while, youth who already have been arrested and detained still endure the difficult conditions of confinement in the juvenile justice and sometimes adult criminal justice systems. Join the Center on Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice at Rutgers-Newark for an important scholarly event where all of these issues will be on the table.
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We are pleased to announce that the following speakers will be featured at this conference.
Jeffrey Lane is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Rutgers University New Brunswick. Lane studies urban community through ethnographic fieldwork that examines the same people in person and online and just published The Digital Street with Oxford University Press. His first book (Under the Boards, University of Nebraska Press) examined the role of race in the basketball industry. Lane holds a PhD in Sociology from Princeton University and is a junior fellow of the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as American Behavioral Scientist, New Media & Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Journal of Consumer Culture and written about in popular news outlets like The Atlantic and Vice.
Rachel Levinson-Waldman serves as Senior Counsel to the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law. Ms. Levinson-Waldman is active on issues related to policing and technology, including law enforcement access to social media and social media surveillance of students, as well as on the federal government's surveillance practices for immigration purposes. Ms. Levinson-Waldman's recent publications include an essay in the Howard Law Journal on law enforcement use of social media for monitoring and surveillance and an article in the Emory Law Review on the intersection of the Fourth Amendment and a range of surveillance technologies. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Levinson-Waldman served as counsel to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Ms. Levinson-Waldman is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Chicago Law School, and clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
At the age of fifteen, Eric was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in seven years. Eric remained in prison for thirteen years and was released at the age of twenty-eight. When he was released, Eric was reentering a society that was undergoing rapid change, largely driven by the age of technology that had dawned. He took his story and struggle to create a path of redemption, using memory, music, and mentorship to guide others.
Advance Registration: TBD
On-site Registration: TBD
Advance registration closes on June 3. After that date, participants must register on-site on June 6.
Cancellation Policy: Registrants will receive a refund (minus $25.00 cancellation fee) through 4:00pm on May 23.
Rutgers-Newark Center for Law & Justice, Lower Atrium – B070, 123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Parking: Prepaid parking will be available on Deck 2 (166 Washington St.) and Deck 3 (180 Washington St.) at a Special Discount Rate of $8.00. All attendees who wish to park in either Rutgers deck mentioned must register and pay for parking online via the following link:
Please note: Rutgers faculty, staff, and students are not eligible to utilize this visitor parking registration system and must only utilize lots where they are permitted to park. Rutgers utilizes license plate recognition technology that captures and reads a vehicle license plate to confirm that the vehicle is registered and has permission to park on campus. You will not receive a physical hangtag or decal.
Continental breakfast and lunch will be available for all attendees. Vegetarian options included.
Social Work CE Credits: This conference is approved for 4 CE hours.
Please complete registration for the YDJJ 2019 Conference. Once you have completed registration for this event, please visit the link below to submit payment separately to the Rutgers School of Social Work for CE Credits.
Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE): NJ: 4.0 | NY: 4.0 | PA: 3.5
Please complete registration for the YDJJ 2019 Conference. Once you have completed registration for this event, please visit the link below to submit payment separately to the Rutgers Law School for CLE Credits.
Hotel accommodations are available at a special low rate at the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel (just a few blocks from campus).
Individuals should call the hotel at 973-622-1000 (option 1 for reservations) and reference the group by name to make reservations.
Group Number: 2153
Group Name: Youth Development & Juvenile Justice
8:30 am: Registration and light refreshments
9:15 am: Conference Welcomes & Welcome Address
Paul Boxer, Ph.D., Co-Director, Rutgers-Newark Center on Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice
David Lopez, Co-Dean, Professor of Law and Professor Alfred Slocum Scholar, Rutgers Law School
Robert Johnson, MD, FAAP, Dean, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Interim Dean, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
9:30 am: How the "Digital Street" Changes Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Jeffrey Lane, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication, Rutgers School of Communication and Information
Introduction and moderated Q&A by Paul Boxer, Ph.D.
Rutgers ethnographer Jeffrey Lane will discuss The Digital Street, his new book on the role of communication and technology in the transformation of neighborhood violence and juvenile justice. Based on five years of ethnographic study, Lane illustrates the online and offline experiences of black teenagers in the shadow of the Harlem Children's Zone and sweeping gentrification when social media came to permeate all facets of life. The book shows how street life in Harlem plays out on and across the physical street and the digital street among youth, neighborhood adults, and the authorities and explains how social media use and the visibility of online interaction shape neighborhood violence and its countervailing forces.
11:00 am: Could Your Instagram Land You in Jail? How Police Use Social Media for Surveillance and Monitoring
Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Esq., Senior Counsel, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Introduction and moderated Q&A by Laura Cohen, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director, Rutgers Center on Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice
A recent study shows that almost every teenager in the United States - 97% - uses at least one major social media platform, and nearly half of all teens are online "almost constantly." It's not an exaggeration to say that for many teens, they live their lives online. But it's not just their friends and family who may be interested in those posts; sometimes law enforcement is surfing the web as well. What do the courts say about this practice? Who's affected the most? And if it's all posted publicly, what's the big deal? We'll be exploring the current legal landscape and the hard questions raised by social media monitoring of youth by law enforcement and the private industry.
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Some People Understand Differently: A Journey
Eric Campbell, Music Producer, Songwriter, and Creator and Executive Director of SPUD Inc.
Introduction by Prof. Laura Cohen
Eric will discuss his years as a juvenile lifer in the adult prison system, his quest for freedom, his career as a music and media entrepreneur, and SPUD Inc., his innovative, music production-based program for at-risk youth.
2:30 pm: Panel Discussion - Combatting Juvenile Life without Parole in New Jersey
Alexander Shalom, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
Tyler Dougherty, New Jersey Office of the Public Defender
Eric Campbell, Executive Director of SPUD Inc.
Moderated by Prof. Laura Cohen
Since 2012, states have taken steps to comply with the United States Supreme Court's landmark decision in Montgomery v. Alabama, which outlawed mandatory life without parole sentences for youth. This panel will explore current litigation in New Jersey, ongoing re-sentencing efforts, and the parole process.
3:00 pm: Closing Remarks
Prof. Laura Cohen
The Rutgers University-Newark Center on Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice (RUN-CYVJJ) is a collaborative center based on a strong foundation of existing community partnerships and faculty research and aimed at making Rutgers-Newark the premier academic hub in the nation for engaged scholarship on youth violence and juvenile justice with both local and national impact.
The RUN-CYVJJ is an engine for enhancing services to youth and families in the Newark community and beyond; expanding educational and training opportunities for faculty, students, practitioners, and policymakers; and securing large-scale, long-term external funding for integrated and interdisciplinary research-service activities.