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DOJ Slams Shelby County Juvenile System

The U.S. Justice Department said today that juvenile offenders in Shelby County are denied due process rights and that black children are treated differently and more harshly than white children by the Juvenile Court. The investigation by the department’s Civil Rights Division began in August 2009 and included the review of 66,000 case files from a five-year period. Among other violations, it found repeated failures to protect children from self incrimination, failure to notify children and their parents of charges prior to hearing dates, a pattern of sending children to detention without warrants if they were arrested on weekends or holidays, a lack of thoroughness in deciding to charge juveniles as adults, and a lack of safe conditions at the detention center. And while these failures applied to all children, the DOJ said there was a verifiable and noticeable difference in how black children were treated. Read more in The Memphis Daily News or download the report

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Benjamin Hooks Documentary and Conference This Week

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will host the Red Carpet Premiere of "Duty of the Hour," a documentary on the life of Benjamin L. Hooks, April 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre. The event is part of the Hooks Institute Annual Civil and Human Rights Conference taking place April 18-29. Learn more about the documentary and the conference or call the Hooks Institute at (901) 678-3974.

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Firm Recognizes 3 Law Students

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP recently awarded $15,000 in diversity scholarships to Vanderbilt University law students Zeterrika C. Tanner and Wendy P. Wright, and first-year University of Alabama law student Rhojonda A. Debrow Cornett. The three were also awarded summer clerkships at one of the firm’s offices.

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Law School Admissions Workshop Set for March 14

"Thinking about Law School?" is the theme of a workshop for prospective law students to be held March 14 at the University of Tennessee College of Law. The free event, to be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m., is for college graduates, currently enrolled college or community college students, high school students and school advisers. Participants will learn how they can prepare for law school as an undergraduate and how to choose the right law school. All sessions will be held in Room 132 of the law school. Learn more from the school

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Court Accepts College Admissions Race Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether the University of Texas' race-conscious admission policies violate the rights of white applicants. The high court has had an evolving record on the discretion of state officials to decide who attends their institutions. In 2003, the court said universities could narrowly tailor their admissions policies to consider an applicant's race. The Texas case is further complicated over issues of standing. Oral arguments are set for this fall with a ruling scheduled for early 2013. Read this CNN report on WCYB Channel 5 Bristol

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