BRANDEIS SEMINARS IN THE HUMANITIES AND PROFESSIONS


The State Justice Institute has just renewed their generous grant to the Brandeis Seminars in the amount of nearly $40,000, the same amount it had allocated for programs in juvenile justice in 1999-2000. The previously funded 18-month grant, "Juvenile Justice at Crossroads: Literature-Based Seminars for Judges, Court Personnel and Community Leaders" enabled us to create and implement seven day-long seminars under the aegis of the Center and in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Judicial Institute. This continuation grant for the Period from July 2001 through June 2002 will allow Dr. Mary E. Davis, academic director of the Brandeis Seminars, and Marilyn J, Wellington, judicial educator of the Massachusetts State Judicial Institute, to extend and expand their important work with various constituencies in the field of juvenile justice. Through the Brandeis Seminars this new grant will explore vital issues including those of young female offenders, racial and socio-economic disparities among juveniles, and community involvement for crime prevention and offender reintegration. Our aspiration is to impel participants toward pragmatic solutions to problems confronting those who work in diverse areas of juvenile justice – courts, clinics, schools, agencies, police, and community groups.

Copies of the curriculum, Juvenile Justice at the Crossroads: Literature-Based Seminars for Judges, Court Personnel and Community Leaders, are available at request.