News Release


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March 12, 2012

Christine Morganti, (505) 797-6028

A Collaborative Approach to the Juvenile Justice System

Albuquerque, N.M.—Every time a juvenile enters the juvenile justice system, it affects each and every one of us, our community and our future. Juveniles are citizens who enjoy many of the same constitutional rights, liberties and protections as adults. While the juvenile justice system has evolved, there is still more work to be done.

A continuing legal education presentation emphasizing a collaborative approach to the issue will be presented Thursday, March 22, at the State Bar Center. Speaker Hon. M. Monica Zamora, 2nd Judicial District Court, will show why the community in general must take an active role in reducing the number of youth who enter the juvenile justice by requiring school discipline policies that provide for individualized assessments and interventions. Zamora will also show how redefining the purpose of school resource officers will have the potential to positively impact education and create a safe learning environment through a collaborative interagency approach.

The program is sponsored by the State Bar Disability Committee, which provides information and assistance to ensure access to counsel for persons who have a disability.

Visit to register and to view the full schedule.

Note: News media are welcome to attend and cover this event. Please notify Christine Morganti, or (505) 797-6028 if you plan to attend.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.