Juvenile Justice: annual symposium to be held June 14

Juvenile Justice: annual symposium to be held June 14

LUBBOCK, Texas -

(Press Release)

Community members and professionals wanting to learn more about the Juvenile Justice System are encouraged to attend the Annual Juvenile Justice Symposium hosted by Lubbock County Magistrate, Honorable Melissa McNamara. Speakers will gather at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center to discuss several different topics affecting our youth today.

  • Senator Charles Perry will be giving an update on what to expect in the 2019 legislative session.
  • Renee Hawkins, Forensic Scientist for Toxicology in the DPS Crime Laboratory in Austin, will discuss trends for common drugs of abuse and the several drugs increasing in popularity.
  • Dwight McDonald, Attorney for Clinical Programs at the Texas Tech University School of Law, will moderate a panel of professionals discussing hot topics for juveniles. This year’s topic: “The CPS to Juvenile Justice Pipeline and Disproportionality. Is There a Problem?”
  • Joseph Jones, Laboratory Supervisor for PinPoint Testing in Little Rock, Arkansas, will present the effects of drugs and alcohol on the teenage brain.
  • Patrick Metze, the Director of Criminal Clinics at the Texas Tech University School of Law will give an update on juvenile case law.
  • Dr. Charles Crews from the Texas Tech University College of Education will share his knowledge on juvenile addictions.

The registration fee is $100 if participants register by June 13th or $125 at the door. The fee includes continuing legal education credits, lunch, light refreshments, and program materials.

The training will be held at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock, June 14, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with registration and Continental Breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m.

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 6 hours, of which .5 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit. Other continuing education credits may be available.

For more information, or to register, contact the Texas Dispute Resolution System™ at (806) 775-1720.

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