July 10, 2014 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Ellen Marrus recently shared her expertise on the juvenile justice system during a week-long “boot camp” for youth advocates at Georgetown University Law Center.
Marrus, the George Butler Research Professor of Law and director of the Center for Children, Law & Policy at the Law Center, led four major presentations and conducted numerous smaller group sessions dealing with litigation skills and strategy.
The Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy for juvenile defenders drew participants from 28 states who worked closely with 12 JTIP trainers, including Marrus. The “boot camp” offered intensive training on substantive law and litigation skills for new and experienced juvenile defenders with the goal of raising the quality of representation for accused youth nationwide. The program was co-sponsored by the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic and the National Juvenile Defender Center from June 23 to 28.
Marrus presented major sessions on the “Role of Counsel;” “Transfer,” dealing with laws that certify youths for adult court; “Cross-Examination,” sharing effective skills and techniques; and “Raising Race” as an issue in all aspects of the delinquency process.
Marrus called the program an unqualified success and said feedback from participants indicated they gained skills and knowledge that will prove invaluable in their practice.