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Events: CAP Working Paper Luncheon Series – Spring 2015

In spring 2015, CAP is hosting a Lunch Series with Harvard Law School and University Graduate Program students.   A different presenter will discuss his/her work-in-progress at each lunch, and attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions.  Lunch will be provided.

If you would like to attend one or more of the Lunch Series talks, please RSVP here to ensure that we have enough food available.

Upcoming lunches are:

  • Tues., Feb. 3, 2015
  • [Tues., Feb. 10, 2015, rescheduled to Tues., March 3, 2015]
  • Tues., Feb. 24, 2015
  • Tues., Mar. 3, 2015

Contact CAP Visiting Researchers and Scholars Program Coordinator Mary Welstead, cap@law.harvard.edu, with questions.

In Need of Protection and Capable of Action: Sexuality, Law and the Construction of Childhood and Adolescence (1950-1980)

sonja-matter-reformattedDiscussion with Harvard University History Department Visiting Researcher Sonja Matter

Tues., Feb. 3, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 PM
CAP Suite (WCC 4133)
Harvard Law School

Paper Topic: Sexuality functions as a marker for distinct life stages—this is most clearly demonstrated in criminal law. The criminal code of various countries not only determines a distinct legal age of consent but also implements gender specific differentiations in determining these boundaries. This presentation focuses on Austria in the post-war time and examines how legislation and jurisdiction defined sexual maturity: How did ideas about childhood and adolescence determine the balance between a right of sexual agency on the one hand and a right of protection from sexual exploitation on the other?

Biography: Sonja Matter is a visiting researcher in the History Department at Harvard University. She received her PhD at the University of Bern. Prior to attending Harvard, she was a lecturer in the History Department of the University of Bern, Basel and Lucerne. Her main research interests are women’s and gender history, legal history, history of interpersonal violence and history of the welfare state.

Bargaining in the Shadow of Children’s Voices in Divorce Custody Disputes


Discussion with Harvard Law School LLM Candidate Hiroharu Saito

Tues., Feb. 24, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 PM
CAP Suite (WCC 4133)
Harvard Law School

Paper Topic: This presentation considers the impact of hearing children’s choices/views in the judicial proceedings for divorce and child custody. It discusses how the divorcing parents’ negotiations and bargaining outside the court would change if the children’s voices were utilized inside the court.

Biography: Hiroharu Saito is an LLM student at Harvard Law School. Since his bar-qualification in Japan (2009), he has engaged in children’s issues on a pro bono basis while working at a Japanese leading corporate law firm, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. He resigned from the law firm in 2012 to pursue his academic career in the area of child and education law. He has an LLB (2008) and is receiving an MA in Education this March (2015) from the University of Tokyo.

Right to Be Born Free: Does the Law Support the Birth and Nurture of Children in Prison?

lotanna-nwodo-headshot-reformattedDiscussion with Harvard Law School LLM Candidate Lotanna Nwodo

Tues., Mar. 3, 2015 (Rescheduled from 2/10/15)
12:00 – 1:00 PM
CAP Suite (WCC 4133)
Harvard Law School

Paper Topic:
This paper analyzes the rights of Nigerian children who are born or who accompany their mothers to prison when their mothers are remanded in or sentenced to prison. It proposes a healthy balance between the rights of the child, the parental rights of the mother of the child and the duties of the State, and how to practically enforce the fundamental rights of a child caught in this web.

Biography: Lotanna Nwodo is an LLM candidate at Harvard Law School. Prior to his program at Harvard, he was an associate in the Corporate and Commercial Department of the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode. He has a law degree from the University of Nigeria and qualified to practice law in Nigeria in 2012. He is currently interested in the rights of children who are vulnerable as a result of decisions and activities of the State and how to enforce those rights.

2015 Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship

The University of Michigan Law School’s 2015 Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship is now taking applications.  Students who have completed their first year of law school but who have not yet graduated are eligible to apply.  Bergstrom Fellows are brought to Ann Arbor, MI for three days of training (May 18-20, 2015) both to learn the basic legal framework of child protection and foster care and also to hear interdisciplinary perspectives from experts in various fields, including child development, child sexual abuse, and drug addiction.  Students then work for ten weeks in child welfare law offices throughout the nation, such as non-profit organizations, legal services offices, government agencies, and more (click here for a sampling of past placements).

The 2015 application is due February 9, 2015.

CAP directors Elizabeth Bartholet and Cheryl Bratt have close ties to the Bergstrom Fellowship and would be happy to advise interested students.

CAP Grad Program Event – Fall 2014

Join the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) for a:

CAP Graduate Program Open House
Wed, Oct. 1, 2014
Noon – 1:00 PM
WCC 4133 (the CAP suite)
*We intend to begin the event promptly at noon.

The CAP Open House will provide an informal opportunity for Graduate Program students to get to know others at HLS who share an interest in children’s issues.  CAP faculty and affiliates will provide information about the Child Advocacy Program and describe CAP’s Working Paper Luncheon Series coming this spring 2015.

This event is targeted to Graduate Program students – SJD candidates, LLMs, Visiting Researchers and Scholars – but other HLS affiliates are welcome.  

A light lunch will be provided.

Event: Mississippi Delta Project – Spring 2014

Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Juvenile Justice in Mississippi

Mon, March 31, 2014
Milstein West A, WCC
Harvard Law School
Organized by the Mississippi Delta Project and co-sponsored by CAP and others.
Non-pizza lunch served.

Please join the Mississippi Delta Project for a lunch talk with Dr. Angela Robertson (Interim Director and Research Professor, Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University), whose research and testimony in front of the Mississippi House of Representatives’ Juvenile Justice Committee contributed to the passage of legislation requiring mental health screening of youths entering juvenile detention centers. Dr. Robertson has also researched the impact of adverse life events (including the impact of Hurricane Katrina) on various aspects of the lives of girls in the juvenile justice system, including substance abuse, mental health, and sexual risk behavior. Currently, she is working with state juvenile justice agencies to collect, analyze, and report data on juvenile crime and the juvenile justice system’s processing of youths.

Particularly among children, problems with mental health and substance abuse often go unacknowledged and untreated. In part as a result of this inadequate attention and rehabilitation, related delinquency often leads to time in juvenile detention centers, where mental health and substance abuse problems remain unaddressed. Without any robust institutional framework screening youths and providing mental health and substance abuse rehabilitation services, many youths are denied the opportunity to overcome their underlying issues and to avoid future incarceration. Furthermore, youth in the South, particularly the rural South, experience these problems in unique ways.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, the Child Advocacy Program, the Criminal Justice Institute, Child and Youth Advocates, Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences, and Student Association for Mental Health.