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Friday, December 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Addressing the Legal Needs of Homeless Youth

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This session explores the intersection between youth homelessness and the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Presenters will discuss how certain laws, policies, and practices, such as quality of life ordinances, status offenses, and harsh school discipline practices, criminalize homeless youth. These laws, policies, and practices make it harder for homeless youth to access housing, create barriers to staying in school, prevent them from ending the vicious cycle of homelessness and poverty, and unnecessarily entangle those who are already helpless and vulnerable with the justice systems. Presenters will discuss efforts to address legal needs and to coordinate a community response that is trauma-informed, culturally appropriate, and developmentally and age-appropriate. This session will also provide legal tools, innovative legal aid models, strategies for a comprehensive provision of supportive services, and model policies for communities to work with different stakeholders that can aid in decriminalization efforts at the local, state, and national levels.


Brian Blalock

Youth Justice Project Director, Bay Area Legal Aid
By building a strong presence in the community and collaborating with system partners, Brian Blalock has focused his career on supporting vulnerable and disconnected youth in the Bay Area. Before Tipping Point, Brian founded and directed the Youth Justice Project at Bay Area Legal... Read More →

Jamie Gullen

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services Inc.
Jamie Gullen is a supervising attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia and also co-directs CLS’s Youth Justice Project (YJP). Jamie’s work focuses on removing barriers to education and employment for young people who have juvenile or criminal... Read More →
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Amy E Horton-Newell

Director, American Bar Association
Amy Horton-Newell has served as the director of the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty since 2001. She coordinates ABA policy development and programming related to the special legal needs of people experiencing homelessness and poverty, and she collaborates with national, state... Read More →

Amy Louttit

Public Policy Associate, National Network for Youth
Amy Louttit, J.D., is public policy associate at the National Network for Youth, an organization that mobilizes the collective power and expertise of our national community to influence public policy and strengthen effective responses to youth homelessness. Amy began working in the... Read More →

Michael Santos

Attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Michael Santos is an attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty whose work focuses on advocating for homeless youth access to education through public education, impact litigation, and policy advocacy. Before joining the Law Center, Michael had a long history of... Read More →

Naomi Smoot

Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Naomi Smoot is executive director of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice where she oversees member relations and development, fundraising and grant management, as well as CJJ’s initiatives in government relations, leadership development, juvenile justice reform, communications, and... Read More →

Friday December 8, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room 2 Meeting Room Level

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