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Children's Rights Clinic, School of Education to host panel on school delinquency

April 1, 2013

Drake Law's Middleton Center for Children's Rights along with the Drake University School of Education are hosting a panel on the topic of school discipline Monday, April 1 at the Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic from 6:30-8 p.m. The forum is titled, "Identifying School Discipline:  When should student contact be treated as delinquency?"

Keeping schools safe, while not relying heavily on juvenile courts to address problem behavior at school, has become a prominent issue generating national debate. We want to help our young people and ensure their successful futures, but when does misbehavior at school cross the line and become a police matter? Please join us for an important multi-disciplinary panel discussion on this topic at Drake University.

Panelists include:

Marilyn Lantz, LW’76
Chief Juvenile Court Officer
5th Judicial District

Randall Wilson, LW’74
Legal Director, ACLU of Iowa

Constance Cohen, ED’72, GR’77, LW’87
Associate Juvenile Court Judge

Kathy Nesteby
Iowa Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning

Ruth Wright
Community Schools District Coordinator
Des Moines Public Schools

Sgt. Lillie Miller, GR’04
School Resource Officers Supervisor
Des Moines Police Department

Connie Cook, LA’68, GR’75, ’81
Retired Associate Superintendent and Principal
Des Moines Public Schools Discussion

Moderator: Brent Pattison
Director of the Lyle and Joan Middleton Center for Children’s Rights

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please reserve your spot by contacting Rondolyn Hawkins at, 515-271-3857.

This panel discussion is co-sponsored by the Drake University School of Education and The Lyle and Joan Middleton Center for Children’s Rights with funding from the Joan and Lyle T. Middleton Endowment.