News Archive

Bill Signed to Remove Graduation Barriers for At-Risk Youth

On September 22, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law AB 2306 by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, which requires school districts to exempt a student from local high school graduation requirements once the student transfers to the district from a juvenile court school. It also clarifies that pupils in juvenile court schools have a rigorous curriculum that […]

Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Federal Court Questions Detention of Immigrant Youth

YLC was of counsel on a recent motion to enforce the settlement agreement in Flores v. Lynch which challenged the federal government’s practice of indefinitely detaining immigrant children without a hearing.  The Flores settlement agreement requires that children be provided with bond redetermination hearings in front of an immigration judge.  The government has consistently failed to provide […]

Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2016

YLC Works to Ensure Trauma Screening for At-Risk Youth

Childhood trauma is the leading public health issue of our time and one that disproportionately impacts children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  When unaddressed, trauma can cause lasting harm, lead to a host of problems in adulthood, and even shorten lives. With our care and support, all our children can heal and […]

Posted Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Urge Governor Brown to Sign AB 2005

Urge the Governor to sign AB 2005 so California can have more informed and careful decision-making when out-of-state congregate care is under consideration for probation-supervised youth. The stakes are high for these young people. Taking them far away from their home communities can have a devastating impact on their futures as critical links to family, […]

Posted Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

YLC Seeking Staff Attorney and Policy Advocate

Youth Law Center is pleased to announce two exciting job opportunities.  We are looking to hire an experienced full time staff attorney as well as an experienced policy advocate to support our advocacy on behalf of children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  See job announcements for descriptions of positions and […]

Posted Monday, August 29th, 2016

Help the Louisiana QPI Community Hit by Flooding

Last Wednesday foster parents, youth, birth parents, social workers, judges, administrators and community partners from across Louisiana came together to start their QPI journey. The excitement and energy in the room was inspiring. Today, sadly, many of the people in that room, their friends and colleagues have lost their homes and possessions to the floods […]

Posted Monday, August 15th, 2016

YLC asks Court to Depublish Opinion in Ivan N.

YLC filed a request with the California Supreme Court to depublish In re Ivan N, a recently issued California Court of Appeal opinion holding that foster youth education rights do not apply to probation supervised foster youth.  The court badly misinterpreted several statutory provisions that are critical in ensuring that probation-supervised foster youth are treated equitably and […]

Posted Monday, July 25th, 2016

YLC Writes Amicus Letter to Support Right to Quality Education

YLC filed a letter in support of the Petition for Review in two cases that were consolidated for appeal, Campaign for Quality Education v. State of California and Robles-Wong v. State of California.  The cases present a core question particularly important to court involved youth – whether the fundamental right to education under the California […]

Posted Monday, July 25th, 2016

Fulfilling the Promise of Gault

Youth Law Center is proud to be a co-sponsor of a conference “celebrating” the 50th Anniversary of the landmark decision In re Gault, which affirmed a child’s right to an attorney in delinquency proceedings.  The conference entitled, Fulfilling the Promise of Gault – Due Process and Effective Advocacy for Youth in the 21st Century,” examines how the […]

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Expanded SSI Application Window for Foster Kids

The federal government recently extended the time for foster youth to apply for SSI from 90 days to 6 months prior to leaving foster care. The extension will be piloted for one year, starting August 1, 2016, while the SSA assesses if it decreases gaps in coverage for disabled youth who are eligible.  Youth Law […]

Posted Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Youth Law Center Co-Sponsors Court School Forum

On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, Youth Law Center is co-sponsoring a forum on education for youth in the juvenile justice system.  The event entitled, “Education Reform’s Missed Opportunity: Young People in California’s Court Schools,” will address the failure of the juvenile justice system to meet the educational needs of kids in their care. Jennifer Rodriguez […]

Posted Friday, July 8th, 2016

YLC Seeks Fellow for Juvenile Justice Education Project

The Youth Law Center (YLC) is seeking applications from third-year law students and judicial clerks who are interested in working on juvenile justice and child welfare advocacy issues and in applying for fellowships offered by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works Foundation, or other sponsored fellowships. For a fellowship to begin in September 2017, […]

Posted Friday, June 10th, 2016