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Children's Rights: Fall 2009 Schedule

About the theme

This fall the Center for Law, Diversity & Justice is focusing broadly of issues of "Children's Rights."

More events will be added, please check frequently.

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LDJ & ACS Reception

Wednesday, October 7th, 4-6pm, Fairhaven Auditorium.

American Cultural Studies and the Center for Law, Diversity & Justice invite you to attend a Welcoming Reception for first generation students and students who may be interested in ACS and/or LDJ coursework at Fairhaven College. The reception will take place from 4pm-6pm on Wednesday, October 7th in the Fairhaven Auditorium.


The reception is an informal opportunity for students to learn about the ACS and LDJ curricula and to meet the students and faculty at Fairhaven. Our other guests include current ACS and LDJ students, Fairhaven and ACS faculty, and the College Success Foundation Scholars. If you have questions, please contact the CLDJ through Alex Rolnick


Prelaw Workshop

Fri, October 9, 12:00pm – 1:30pm Legal Information Center, VU 462

WWU pre-law advisor Prof. Paul Chen will give a workshop on applying to law school. He will discuss the most important aspects of the application process, whether you SHOULD go to law school, and share from his own experiences of law school. Prof. Chen’s presentation will last roughly 60 mins., followed by 30 mins. of open Q&A. FREE Pizza will be provided courtesy of the A.S. Legal Information Center


Naturalization Training

Friday October 9th 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Fairhaven College Immigration attorney, Scott Railton (Chang & Boos), will train students to volunteer at Bellingham’s first “Citizenship Day” organized by the Washington New Americans Program with Bellingham support from CLDJ

Jason DallmanRaquel Montoya-Lewis, Chief Judge, Lummi Nation

“Juvenile Justice in Indian Country”

Tuesday October 20th 7:00-8:20 – Communications Facility, Rm 105, Western Washington University

A presentation by Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis and Jason Dallman on their work with the Lummi Juvenile Justice Team Pilot Project.


A Model for Community-Based Juvenile Justice Courts: Lummi Juvenile Justice Project

This presentation chronicles the development and implementation of the Juvenile Justice project of the Lummi Nation, located in Washington State. The Juvenile Justice Project is based on the fundamentals of positive youth development principles and incorporates restorative practices, particularly Peacemaking Circles, as a way to promote accountability and community healing from juvenile crime and develop youth in ways that are relevant and meaningful to their circumstances and interests. We will revisit the history and trends of the Juvenile Justice system in the United States and then go on to describe how our program has evolved since it’s inception, including the perceived need for change and the ensuing activity that has resulted in the implementation of a positive developmental approach in our work with tribal youth that become involved with the court. Peacemaking circles will be discussed as our means for resolving conflict, creating a sense of accountability, and restoring harmony to the community. We will also discuss the resistance we have encountered as well as data management and tracking procedures.


Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the history and trends of the Juvenile Justice system.
  • Learn how positive youth development principles can be used in the Juvenile Justice system.
  • Increase awareness of the practical implications of using Peacemaking Circles in a Juvenile Justice setting.


Jason Dallmann, M.A. Currently, Jason serves as the program coordinator for the Lummi Juvenile Justice Project in Bellingham, WA. He has extensive experience working with at-risk youth in various settings, including crisis care, residential case management, and mentoring programs. In addition to his work with youth, he has served as a trainer and consultant regarding systems thinking and change processes. Jason was a lead qualitative researcher for the Whatcom Prosperity Project- an inquiry into issues related to poverty and prosperity in Whatcom County- and currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Human Services program at Western Washington University. Jason has a B.A. in Human Services from WWU and a M.A. in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University Seattle.


Citizenship Day

Saturday October 24th 9:00-4:00 p.m.

Bellingham Technical College Washington New Americans’ Citizenship Day coordinated by Scott Railton, Niall Ó Murchú and Donna Rieper and staffed by Fairhaven Students and volunteer immigration attorneys.


“Immigrant Youth's Contributions to Families and Society as Language and Culture Brokers”

Wednesday November 4th 12:00 – Fairhaven Auditorium

Talk by Professor Marjorie Faulstich Orellanna, UCLA.

When we consider the relative costs and contributions of immigrants to U.S. society, the general assumption is that adults make contributions, while children are only a drain: they “take” from the educational and health systems without giving anything back. This is an assumption that bears reconsideration. In this talk I show how society benefits from the largely invisible work and unremunerated that the children of immigrants do as language and culture brokers. I argue that this is part of the labor cost equation that should be contemplated in this era of global economic restructuring. Using illustrations from ethnographic data in three immigrant communities over a decade, I show children at work in a variety of contexts and discuss how children experience their work.


Marjorie Faulstich Orellana is Professor and Director of Faculty for the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research documenting the multitude of ways in which children use their knowledge of two languages and cultures to read, write, speak, listen and do things for their immigrant families—“language brokering”—is reported in the book Translating Childhoods: Immigrant Youth, Language and Culture. as well as in such journals including American Anthropologist, Reading Research Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Journal of Adolescent Development, Social Problems, Educational Researcher, and Linguistics and Education.


Law School Information Fair!

Tues, November 17th, 10am-2pm WWU Viking Union Multipurpose Room

Explore your legal career options! Law Schools and Public Policy/Administration Programs will be visiting. For the full list of schools, download the flyer. Sponsored by Career Services Center, the Legal Information Center, and the Center for Law, Diversity & Justice. See the Career Center website for updates.


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