About the Conference

The Zealous Advocacy Conference, now in its 14th year, is an annual training seminar organized by the Center for Children, Law & Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. The conference is the premier professional development training for juvenile public defense attorneys practicing in the Southwestern United States.

  • Topic: Intersection of Race, Gender, Adolescent Development, and Juvenile Justice
  • Location: University of Houston Law Center (Click for address and directions)
  • Date: Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization has approved the course for 14 hours of specialization in Criminal Appellate, Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law.

  • Schedule of Events

    Friday, September 25, 2015

    Keynote Speaker
    Hon. Darlene Byrne, 126th District Court – Travis County, Texas and President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

    8:30 AM – 9:00 AM:

    Breakfast & Conference Registration

    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: 

    Welcome

    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: 

    Keynote Speaker
    Hon. Darlene Byrne, 126th District Court – Travis County, Texas and President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

    10:30 AM – 10:45 AM:

    Break

    10:45 AM – 11:45 AM:

    Conference Session
    Adolescent Development

    Pamela Vickrey, Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys

    11:45 AM– 1:00 PM:

    Lunch

    Ethics Game (Ethics Credit)
    Prof. Ellen Marrus, University of Houston Law Center &
    Chris Phillis, Director, Maricopa County Public Advocate
    (Lunch will be provided)

    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM:

    Legislative Session

    2:30 PM – 3:30 PM:

    Girls and Juvenile Justice (Ethics Credit)

    Prof. Ellen Marrus and Prof. Malikah Marrus, Hood College, MD.

    3:30 PM – 3:45 PM:

    Break

    3:45 PM – 5:00 PM:

    Working with Crossover Youth (Ethics Credit)
    Judge Schneider, Judge Ellis and Judge Griffith

    Saturday, September 26, 2015
    Keynote Speaker
    Prof. Geoff Ward, University of California, Irvine
    8:30 AM – 9:00 AM:

    Breakfast & Conference Registration

    9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: 

    Race and Juvenile Justice

    Prof. Geoff Ward, University of California, Irvine

    10:15 AM – 10:30 AM:

    Break

    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM:

    Raising Race (Ethics Credit)

    Prof. Ellen Marrus. University of Houston Law Center Nadia Seeratan, National Juvenile Defender Center

    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM:

    Lunch

    (Lunch will be provided)

    1:00 PM – 2:15 PM:

    Shackling

    David Shapiro

    Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling

    2:15 PM – 3:30 PM:

    Using Social Workers to Build Your Case

    Prof. Malikah Marrus, Hood College, MD. and Sariah Donnahoo

    3:30 PM – 3:45 PM:

    Break

    3:45 PM – 5:00 PM:

    Ethics Panel (Ethics Credit)

    (1.25 hour; 1 hour ethics)

    Prof. Ellen Marrus, University of Houston Law Center &
    Chris Phillis, Director, Maricopa County Public Advocate

  • Featured Speaker:

    The Honorable Darlene Byrne
    Judge, 126th Judicial District Court in Austin
    President-Elect Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges

 

Recommended Conference Hotel

Hilton at the University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Street
Houston, Texas, 77204-3902
Tel: 832-531-6300
Fax: 832-531-6301
**deadline for reserving room at conference rate is Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Reference University of Houston Law Center when making reservation

 

Free for University of Houston Students

We are happy to waive registration fees for current University of Houston students.

  • To register: e-mail us and we'll place you on the registration list.
  • J.D. and L.L.M. students from other law schools can attend for $40. E-mail us for more information.

 

Register Early and Save

  • $80 if you pre-register by September 11, 2015
  • $200 if you register after September 11, 2015

 

Register Online Through Paypal

All paid registration includes a 2-day Visitor Parking Pass (we will mail your parking pass for all registrations prior to the conference).

Register by Mail

  • Print and return the Printable Registration Form in our Conference Brochure.
  • Include your registration check payable to "UHLC Law Center Foundation”
  • Send the form and payment check to:

    University of Houston Law Center
    Center for Children, Law & Policy
    4604 Calhoun Road
    Houston, TX 77204-6060

  • Please do not hesitate to e-mail us if you have any questions or concerns!