Art of Social Change: Speaker Schedule
Fall 2006

Below is the schedule for the Fall 2006 CAP course Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education and Juvenile Justice (Course # 30691A), which was formerly called Child Advocacy Policy Workshop. Click here for the Fall 2006 CAP course Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education and Juvenile Justice.

Students will be exposed to a variety of strategies for changing law and policy, focusing on the areas of child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption both domestic and international), education, and juvenile justice. We will bring into the classroom as visiting lecturers leaders from the worlds of policy, practice, and academia - people who have themselves operated as successful change agents, and who represent different disciplines, career paths, and strategies for change.

The course, which is co-taught by Prof. Bartholet and Ms. Budnitz, meets from 5:00 - 7:00 PM in Pound 107 at Harvard Law School on Thursdays in Fall 2006. Following each class meeting, we will host a reception where students will have the opportunity to talk informally with the visiting speakers, as well as with the HLS Faculty and those from the Boston-area child advocacy community who form a regular part of our audience. Each student will have the option of attending one of the dinners involving the visiting speakers, the Faculty, and interested others, that will take place after the reception.


Sept. 7Overview: Child Advocacy: Where Have We Been & Where Are We Going? (Perspectives from the Directors of Leading Child Advocacy Centers)Bernardine Dohrn, Director of the Children and Family Justice Center & Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School

Robert Schwartz, Founder & Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center
Sept. 14Overview: The Role of the Courts, the Government, and Empirical Research
David D. Meyer, Professor, University of Illinois College of Law

Audrey Smolkin, Director of Research and Policy Analysis, Center for Adoption Research at University of Massachusetts Medical School
Sept. 21Education: Charter and Pilot Schools and Other Innovations, and Their Reform Potential

John King, Founder and Former Co-Director, Roxbury Preparatory Charter School

Linda Nathan, Headmaster, Boston Arts Academy

Rick Weissbourd, Lecturer, Harvard's Graduate School of Education and Kennedy School of Government
Sept. 28Education: Perspectives on Special EducationSusan Cole, Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor, Special Education/Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative Clinic of the Family and Children's Law Practice Unit, Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center

Michael Gregory, Lecturer on Law and Senior Fellow, Special Education/Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative Clinic of the Family and Children's Law Practice Unit, Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center

Dan Losen, Senior Education Law and Policy Associate, Harvard Civil Rights Project

Rhoda Schneider, General Counsel and Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Education
Oct. 5Child Welfare: Promising Prevention Strategies: Early Home VisitationMarianne L. Ehrlich, President & CEO, Healthy Family Initiatives, Houston, Texas

Heather Weiss, Founder and Director, Harvard Family Research Project & Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Oct. 12Child Welfare: Working for Reform Within and From the OutsideEileen Crummy, Director, Department of Human Services Office of Children's Services, Division of Youth and Family Services, New Jersey

Cecilia Zalkind, Executive Director, Association for Children of New Jersey
Oct. 19Child Welfare (Int'l): Romania's Homeless Children: Problems, Politics and Policies Related to Institutional Conditions, Foster Care, and International Adoption

Joint Session with the Human Rights Program at HLS
Charles Nelson, Richard David Scott Chair of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital Boston

Eric Rosenthal, Founder & Executive Director, Mental Disability Rights International

Sara Dillon, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School  
Nov. 2Child Welfare: Parental Substance Abuse: The Problem and Some Innovative SolutionsJoseph P. Ryan, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Meghan Wheeler, Project Director, National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Nov. 9Child Welfare: Case Study of an Innovative Model: The Treehouse FoundationJudy Cockerton, CEO & Founder, The Treehouse Foundation

Kerry Homstead, Easthampton Community Facilitator, The Treehouse Foundation

David Chilinski, President and Founder, Prellwitz-Chilinski Architectural
Nov. 16Juvenile Justice: Transfer to Adult Criminal Court & Life Without Parole (LWOP): Problems and Potential Challenges
Mark Soler, Executive Director, Center for Children's Law & Policy

Marsha Levick, Legal Director, Juvenile Law Center
Nov. 30Juvenile Justice: Abolishing the Juvenile CourtBarry Feld, Centennial Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Expert Panel of Juvenile Justice Advocates & Academics including: Lael Chester, Executive Director, Citizens for Juvenile Justice; Josh Dohan, Director, Youth Advocacy Project; Marjory German, Juvenile Court Judge, Suffolk Juvenile Court, Trial Courts of Massachusetts
Dec. 7The Next Generation of Social EntrepreneursCheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green Foundation

Matt Klein, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Foundation New York


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