Art: Speaker Schedule Fall 2006

Below is the schedule for the Fall 2006 CAP course Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education and Juvenile Justice (Course # 30691A), which was formerly called Child Advocacy Policy Workshop.

Students will be exposed to a variety of strategies for changing law and policy, focusing on the areas of child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption both domestic and international), education, and juvenile justice. We will bring into the classroom as visiting lecturers leaders from the worlds of policy, practice, and academia – people who have themselves operated as successful change agents, and who represent different disciplines, career paths, and strategies for change.

The course, which is co-taught by Prof. Bartholet and Ms. Budnitz, meets from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in Pound 107 at Harvard Law School on Thursdays in Fall 2006. Following each class meeting, we will host a reception where students will have the opportunity to talk informally with the visiting speakers, as well as with the HLS Faculty and those from the Boston-area child advocacy community who form a regular part of our audience. Each student will have the option of attending one of the dinners involving the visiting speakers, the Faculty, and interested others, that will take place after the reception.

Date Topic Speakers
Sept. 7 Overview: Child Advocacy: Where Have We Been & Where Are We Going? (Perspectives from the Directors of Leading Child Advocacy Centers) Bernardine Dohrn, Director of the Children and Family Justice Center & Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School
Robert Schwartz, Founder & Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center
Sept. 14 Overview: The Role of the Courts, the Government, and Empirical Research
David D. Meyer, Professor, University of Illinois College of Law
Audrey Smolkin, Director of Research and Policy Analysis, Center for Adoption Research at University of Massachusetts Medical School
Sept. 21 Education: Charter and Pilot Schools and Other Innovations, and Their Reform Potential John King, Founder and Former Co-Director, Roxbury Preparatory Charter School
Linda Nathan, Headmaster, Boston Arts Academy
Rick Weissbourd, Lecturer, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Kennedy School of Government
Sept. 28 Education: Perspectives on Special Education Susan Cole, Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor, Special Education/Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative Clinic of the Family and Children’s Law Practice Unit, Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center
Michael Gregory, Lecturer on Law and Senior Fellow, Special Education/Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative Clinic of the Family and Children’s Law Practice Unit, Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center
Dan Losen, Senior Education Law and Policy Associate, Harvard Civil Rights Project
Rhoda Schneider, General Counsel and Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Education
Oct. 5 Child Welfare: Promising Prevention Strategies: Early Home Visitation Marianne L. Ehrlich, President & CEO, Healthy Family Initiatives, Houston, Texas
Heather Weiss, Founder and Director, Harvard Family Research Project & Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Oct. 12 Child Welfare: Working for Reform Within and From the Outside Eileen Crummy, Director, Department of Human Services Office of Children’s Services, Division of Youth and Family Services, New Jersey
Cecilia Zalkind, Executive Director, Association for Children of New Jersey
Oct. 19 Child Welfare (Int’l): Romania’s Homeless Children: Problems, Politics and Policies Related to Institutional Conditions, Foster Care, and International AdoptionJoint Session with the Human Rights Program at HLS Charles Nelson, Richard David Scott Chair of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston
Eric Rosenthal, Founder & Executive Director, Mental Disability Rights International
Sara Dillon, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School  
Nov. 2 Child Welfare: Parental Substance Abuse: The Problem and Some Innovative Solutions Joseph P. Ryan, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Meghan Wheeler, Project Director, National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Nov. 9 Child Welfare: Case Study of an Innovative Model: The Treehouse Foundation Judy Cockerton, CEO & Founder, The Treehouse Foundation
Kerry Homstead, Easthampton Community Facilitator, The Treehouse Foundation
David Chilinski, President and Founder, Prellwitz-Chilinski Architectural
Nov. 16 Juvenile Justice: Transfer to Adult Criminal Court & Life Without Parole (LWOP): Problems and Potential Challenges Mark Soler, Executive Director, Center for Children’s Law & Policy
Marsha Levick, Legal Director, Juvenile Law Center
Nov. 30 Juvenile Justice: Abolishing the Juvenile Court Barry Feld, Centennial Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Expert Panel of Juvenile Justice Advocates & Academics including: Lael Chester, Executive Director, Citizens for Juvenile JusticeJosh Dohan, Director, Youth Advocacy ProjectMarjory German, Juvenile Court Judge, Suffolk Juvenile Court, Trial Courts of Massachusetts
Dec. 7 The Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green Foundation
Matt Klein, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Foundation New York