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Culture Clash: The Challenge Of Lawyering Across Difference In Juvenile Court, Tamar R. Birckhead Jan 2010

Culture Clash: The Challenge Of Lawyering Across Difference In Juvenile Court, Tamar R. Birckhead

Tamar R Birckhead

In analyzing the causes of wrongful convictions of youth in juvenile court, the role of the defense attorney can be overlooked and its importance underestimated. Although juvenile defenders are trained to advocate based on their young client‟s expressed interest rather than relying on what they deem to be in the child‟s best interest, this basic tenet is often more challenging to follow than is commonly acknowledged. The norms of effective criminal defense practice—which emphasize rigorous oral and written advocacy with little mention of whether the client has learned a lesson from the experience—stand in direct contrast ...