Art of Social Change: Selected Video Recordings, Spring 2018

Click below for video recordings of CAP’s course, “Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education, and Juvenile Justice,” offered in spring 2018. Please note that some portions of particular videos have been edited.


Week 2: Early Childhood Adversity and Its Life-Long Impact on Brain and Behavioral Development, February 1, 2018


Guest Lecturer:

Charles Nelson, Professor of Pediatrics, Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Education, Harvard University; Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children’s Hospital

Claudia Postelnicescu, Claudia M. Postelnicescu Law Office, Bucharest, Romania

Class Readings: Reading Packet #2


Week 3: Child Welfare: Foster Care System Reform, February 8, 2018


Guest Lecturers:

Deborah Dentler, Attorney, Law Office of Deborah Dentler

Garrett Therolf, Senior Investigative Reporter, University of California, Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program and Common Sense Media

Mark Hamlin, HLS ’16, Associate Attorney, Baker Botts LLP

Class Readings:  Reading Packet #3


Week 5: Child Welfare: The Intersection of Child Maltreatment and Parental Substance Abuse, February 22, 2018

Guest Lecturers:

The Hon. Jeri Cohen, 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County, FL

Frank Vandervort, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Class Readings: Reading Packet #5


Week 6: Education: Integration and other Strategies to Improve Disadvantaged Schools, March 1, 2018

Guest Lecturers:

Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of Schools, Dallas Independent School District

Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Class Readings: Reading Packet #6


Week 7: Education: Strategies to Protect and Enhance Opportunities for Vulnerable Youth Populations, March 8, 2018

Guest Lecturers:

Matt Cregor, Education Project Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Eliza Byard, Executive Director, GLSEN

Class Readings: Reading Packet #7


Week 8: Education: Systemic Reform Litigation, Policy Advocacy, and Community Organizing, March 22, 2018


Guest Lecturers:

John Affeldt, Managing Attorney and Education Program Director, Public Advocates Inc.

Saa’un Bell, Strategy Director, Californians for Justice

Class Readings: Reading Packet #8


Week 10: Juvenile Justice: A Successful Litigation Campaign to Eliminate the Juvenile Death Penalty and Life Without Parole, April 5, 2018

Guest Lecturer:

Marsha Levick, Co-Founder, Deputy Director, and Chief Counsel, Juvenile Law Center

Class Readings: Reading Packet #10


Week 12: Juvenile Justice: Working from the Inside to Achieve Reform, April 19, 2018

Guest Lecturers:

Tim Decker, Director, Missouri Children’s Division and former Director of Missouri’s Department of Youth Services

Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Scientist, Columbia School of Social Work

Class Readings: Reading Packet #12