Art of Social Change: Archive of Selected Video Recordings – Fall 2012

Click below for video recordings of CAP’s course, “Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education, and Juvenile Justice,” offered in fall 2012. Please note that not all classes were recorded, and some portions of particular videos have been edited. Harvard Law School is committed to the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities. For accommodations to access the content of archived video recordings on this page, please contact

Week 2: Child Maltreatment: The Family Preservation Policy Debate, September 20, 2012

Guest Lecturers:

Andrew Hoffman, Managing Attorney for the Boston Office, Child and Family Law Division, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Leora Joseph, Former Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Child Protection Unit, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Class Readings: Reading Packet #2; Nobody’s Children, pp. 33-67; Optional Supplement to Reading Packet #2


Week 3: Substance Abuse & Child Maltreatment: the Family Drug Court Model, September 27, 2012

Guest Lecturers:

Jeri Cohen, Circuit Judge, Juvenile Division, 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami, FL

Jeanne Miranda, Assistant Director, UCLA Health Services Research Center, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA

Class Readings: Reading Packet #3; Nobody’s Children, pp. 67-81, 207-32


Week 4: Nowhere to Go: Children Aging Out of State Care (A Film Screening & Discussion), October 4, 2012

Guest Lecturers:

Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Author, The Language of Flowers, and Co-Founder, The Camellia Network

Arden O’Connor, Founder, Rediscovery House and Founder, O’Connor Professional Group

Vanessa Roth, Producer/Director, Big Year Productions

Class Readings: Reading Packet #4; Nobody’s Children, pp. 81-110, 176-204


Week 5: Igniting a Movement: Principles Behind Successful Social Change Efforts, October 11, 2012

Guest Lecturers:

Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green Foundation

Scott Sherman, Founder and Executive Director, Transformative Action Institute

Class Readings: Reading Packet #5


Week 6: Bullying: How to Create Safe School Climates for All Children, October 18, 2012

Guest Lecturers:

Michael Gregory, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Education Law Clinic, Harvard Law School

Mary Flannery, Founder, Raw Art Works

Chris Gaines, Director of Real to Reel Film School, Raw Art Works

Class Readings: Reading Packet #6


Week 7: Education Reform: Early Education, October 25, 2012

Guest Lecturers:

Sherri Killins, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

Amy O’Leary, Campaign Director, Early Education for All, Strategies for Children

Jane Tewksbury, Executive Director, Thrive in 5, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services

Wayne Ysaguirre, President and CEO, Associated Early Care and Education, Inc.

Class Readings: Reading Packet #7


Week 8: Education Reform: Community Organizing, November 1, 2012

Guest Lecturers:

John Affeldt, Managing Attorney, Public Advocates Inc.

Mark Warren, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston

Will Poff-Webster, Alumni Staff, Boston Student Advisory Council

Carlos Alberto Rojas Alvarez, Student, Political Activist and Community Organizer, Youth on Board and the Boston Student Advisory Council

Jason Williams, Executive Director, Stand for Children Massachusetts

Class Readings: Reading Packet #8


Week 9: Child Mental Health: Strategies for Protecting the Most Vulnerable, November 8, 2012

Guest Lecturers:

Emily Kernan, Director, Mental Health Advocacy Project, Lawyers for Children

Steven Schwartz, Legal Director and former Executive Director, Center for Public Representation

Lisa Lambert, Executive Director, Parent/Professional Advocacy League

Class Readings: Reading Packet #9


Week 11: The School of Second Chances: Model Schools in Juvenile Facilities, November 29, 2012

Guest Lecturers:

Christine Kenney, Director of Educational Services, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services

David Domenici, Director, Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, and Co-Founder, Maya Angelou Academy

Jason Szanyi, Staff Attorney, Center for Children’s Law and Policy

Class Readings: Reading Packet #11


Week 12: Children Dying While Incarcerated: The New Frontier for Youth in Massachusetts, December 6, 2012

Guest Lecturers:

Reginald Dwayne Betts, Author and National Spokesperson, Campaign for Youth Justice

Lael Chester, Executive Director, Citizens for Juvenile Justice

Barbara Kaban, Director of Juvenile Appeals, Youth Advocacy Division, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Class Readings: Reading Packet #12