Annual Symposium

Each year, the Law Review hosts a Symposium and publishes an issue on a trending legal topic. Traditionally, the Symposium is held in the Spring, and the issue is published later that Spring. Previous topics range from the Internet of Things to immigration.

2022 Symposium

The American University Law Review Presents: The Impact of Race on Youth [in]Justice

The American University Law Review's 2022 annual symposium—The Impact of Race on Youth [in]Justice—explored and analyzed the nexus of racial justice and youth justice, with an incredible keynote address from Donnell Drinks of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, and panels that focused on effective transformations in the juvenile legal system, juvenile immigration and the backlog of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications, and issues in the family regulation and child welfare system. We were thrilled to host preeminent scholars in this space to discuss these issues in topically-specific panel discussions.

Missed the event? View each panel below! 

Panel 1: Effective Transformations in the Juvenile Legal System Panel Discussion, featuring the following participants:

  • Binny Miller, Co-Director, Criminal Justice Clinic & Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law (moderator)
  • Attorney General Karl Racine, Attorney General, Washington, D.C.
  • Professor Kristin Henning, Blume Professor of Law & Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative, Georgetown Law Center
  • Professor Kim Taylor-Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law Emerita, New York University School of Law

Panel 2: Keynote Address, featuring

  • Donnell Drinks, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Panel 3: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Application Backlog Panel Discussion, featuring the following participants:

  • Professor Jayesh Rathod, Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic & Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law (moderator)
  • Dalia Castillo-Granados, Director, Children's Immigration Law Academy, American Bar Association
  • Professor Randi Mandelbaum, Director, Child Advocacy Clinic, Clinical Professor of Law & Annamay Sheppard Scholar, Rutgers Law School
  • Professor Adrian Alvarez, Assistant Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law
  • Teresa Lee, Acting Managing Attorney, Kids in Need of Defense Washington, D.C. & Northern Virginia

Panel 4: Issues in the Family Regulation/Child Welfare System Panel Discussion, featuring the following participants:

  • Professor Ann Shalleck, (moderator)
  • Professor Jane Spinak, Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Professor Nancy Polikoff, Professor of Law Emerita, American University Washington College of Law
  • Professor Kara Finck, Director, Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic & Practice Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Professor Jessica Dixon Weaver, Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow, & Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Past Annual Symposia