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From Professor Bernadette Atuahene

Professor Atuahene is looking to hire a Federal Work Study-eligible student to work on piloting a social justice curriculum focused around documentary films.†The class meets at Perspectives Charter School (located at 1930 South Archer Avenue) from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday from August 26 through October 22 and from 2:40 to 3:30 p.m. from October 25 through January 8. Experience teaching or working with youth is useful but not required. Those interested should submit a resume and a letter of introduction to Mariah Shaver at mshaver@kentlaw.edu.

From Professor Ralph Brill

The Project: Judge Helaine Berger is the Chief Judge of the Child Protection Division of the Juvenile Court. The Division hears cases involving abused and neglected children. She is currently undertaking the creation of a Specialty Court for the Child Protection Division, the purpose of which will be to provide needed services to enable return to parentsí care, or to find permanent replacement homes when these services cannot cure the family problems. The proposal will be the basis for analysis by the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges as a potential Model Court, for proposed adoption throughout the country.

The student selected will work with us in helping to design this model court, and possibly helping to write articles about the court or proposals for grants. Presently, the student will be asked to aid in doing a statistical analysis of all cases that have been filed within the last six months. The data will be combined with information from focus groups,literature in the field and models used in other settings (such as the Criminal Drug Courts) to draft the statute creating the Specialty Court. Time is of the essence in working through this data.

The student selected will receive one credit hour of independent study. She/he must have sufficient day hours available to do the data analysis at the court, will meet with Judge Berger weekly as she assigns the work, will meet frequently (time to be determined) with me for updates (while maintaining confidential information learned during the analysis of data), and will prepare an article for publication in the Kent Commentator at the close of the semester on the project and its progress. The student chosen must have her/his own laptop with Microsoft Excel, sufficient day hours available as agreed to with Judge Berger, a good work ethic, and common sense. It is expected that opportunity will continue to remain on the project for the spring semester, if desired.

To apply: please send me a letter of application and a resume, with a deadline of September 24th to rbrill@kentlaw.edu.

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