Making the Sentencin...

Making the Sentencing Case: Applying Developmental and Neuroscientific Research to Youth and Emerging Adults

Juvenile Law Center and the Arizona Capital Sentencing Project will host the panel discussion “Making the Sentencing Case: Applying Developmental and Neuroscientific Research to Youth and Emerging Adults.” This event is intended for lawyers and mitigators representing youth or emerging adults in criminal sentencing matters, including cases seeking the extension of U.S. Supreme Court caselaw banning extreme sentences for juveniles to individuals 18 or older.

  • The discussion will feature lawyers and researchers showcasing current and emerging scientific research regarding the developmental traits and characteristics of teens and adolescents as well as emerging adults over 18.
  • Presenters will discuss the research and its applicability to sentencing laws and practices, both at initial sentencing and post-conviction, for youth and emerging adults
  • The discussion will also address contrary “expert” testimony, including the Welner Report, and provide practice tips on how to challenge it.

Panelists:

  • BJ Casey, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale University and Guest Investigator, The Rockefeller University
  • Arielle Baskin-Sommers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Yale University, Adjunct Professor Yale Law School
  • Leah Somerville, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Psychology and Center for Brain Science Harvard University
  • Rebecca Woodman, Attorney at Law, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Amy Armstrong, Director/Staff Counsel, Arizona Capital Representation Project.
  • Sam Kooistra, Staff Counsel, Arizona Capital Representation Project
  • Moderator: Marsha Levick, Chief Legal Officer, Juvenile Law Center

NOTE: This webinar is not sponsored by WDA, please contact the Juvenile Law Center and the Arizona Capital Sentencing Project with any questions.

For more information and to register for the event click here.