The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted to advance HB 1381 today, which YSRP hopes will usher in a more humane era of support and care for youth involved in the criminal legal system.
On February 9, 2018, YSRP staff and interns, as well as volunteers and Advisory Board members, participated in a student-led conference, “Liberty and Justice: Moving from Some to All,” which celebrated civil rights legal work in Philadelphia. The day-long conference, the first of its kind organized by students from law schools across the Philadelphia area, also offered CLE credits to practicing attorneys, and called on students to become activists and advocates at the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy at Drexel Law School. YSRP was represented in most of the day’s panels. As student organizer Catherine Grainge notes in the March 2018 edition of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter (page 13), YSRP JLWOP Reentry Coordinator John Pace participated in the “Trauma in Our Streets and Systems” panel, which was moderated by YSRP volunteer and Drexel law and psychology PhD student Dan Flack. Advisory Board member David Rudovsky shared his expertise on the Civil Rights Litigation panel, which was moderated by YSRP intern and Villanova law student Waqar Vick Rehman, and Co-Director Lauren Fine shared her experience starting YSRP on a panel entitled, “Leading Social Change,” which was moderated by Temple Law student, YSRP volunteer and conference planning committee member Liz Schultz. The program ended with a students-only session moderated by Temple Law student and former YSRP intern Rachel Leffel, along with attorney Alex Turner and YSRP client-partner Kameron, who spoke about their collaborative, partnership approach in Kameron’s case.