Press Releases

MacArthur Foundation

December 08, 2008

MacArthur Foundation taps Barry Law to lead state’s juvenile justice initiative

MacArthur Foundation awards Barry Univ. $100K grant for its juvenile justice efforts.

By: Jeremy Jones

The Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) at the Barry University Dwayne O. Andres School of Law in Orlando has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to participate in the newly created Models for Change Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (JIDAN). Barry University’s partner in this Florida effort is the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office.

The Florida Bar News

August 15, 2007

Barry UNIVERSITY center to train lawyers to represent kids

A scathing report by the National Juvenile Defender Center revealed that Florida's delinquency system fails to provide children adequate legal representation. When it comes to indigent children charged with crimes, the report found troubling problems of "Florida's high rates of waiver of counsel, lack of zealous defense advocacy, hectic courtrooms, and inadequate defense resources." (full article)

Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

July 16, 2007

Barry Law School Receives $778,000 Grant from the Eckerd Family Foundation

Barry University’s Andreas School of Law announces receipt of a $778,000 three-year grant from the Eckerd Family Foundation to start a Juvenile Justice Center at its Law School campus in Orlando. The Center will train lawyers and law students to represent children accused of crimes in Florida’s juvenile delinquency system.

Children’s Campaign, Inc.

Roy Miller, President

Juvenile Justice Center Opens at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

Legal representation of children in the juvenile justice system was an issue intensely debated by the Florida Juvenile Justice Blueprint Commission. One of the reports cited was the Florida Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings, released in the Fall of 2006 by the National Juvenile Defender Center.