Lecture Focuses on Juvenile Justice and Adolescents

February 22, 2005

Fran Simon
Phone: 504-247-1425

"Less Guilty by Reason of Adolescence" is the topic of a free, public lecture sponsored by the Tulane University Section on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on Thursday, March 10, from 2 - 5 p.m. on the 11th floor in the Pan American Life Center, 601 Poydras St., New Orleans.

Psychologist Laurence Steinberg will discuss current information about:
- adolescent psychological and brain development
- competence of adolescents to stand trial as adults
- adolescents' criminal culpability
- the juvenile death penalty

"I will talk about why we should treat adolescents as adolescents under the law, not as adults," says Steinberg, a professor of psychology at Temple University, who is director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.

The Barbara Lemann Lectureship is supported by the Institute of Mental Hygiene. Continuing education credit for social workers will be offered. For more information, call 504.988.5402.

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