Youth, Rights & Justice, Portland
Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia
The Oregon Premiere of KIDS FOR CASH
June 22, 2014 • 3-6:30pm
World Trade Center Auditorium (25 SW Salmon Street, Two, Portland, OR)
3:00 pm Film Screening
5:00 pm Panel Discussion
5:45 pm Reception (light hors d'oeuvres & no-host bar)
Moderator: Hon. Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State
Panelists: Mark McKechnie, Executive Director, Youth, Rights & Justice, Portland; Robert May, Film Director, Kids for Cash; Robert Schwartz, Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia; and Hon. Nan Waller, Presiding Judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court
The "kids for cash" scandal unfolded in 2008 over judicial kickbacks in Pennsylvania. Two judges were accused of accepting money from the builder of two private, for-profit juvenile facilities. In return, the judges contracted with the facilities and imposed harsh sentences on juveniles brought before their courts to increase the number of inmates in the detention centers. Read more about the documentary film on the scandal here: Kids for Cash
“Riveting! A real-life thriller that rivals the most dramatic fiction in terms of emotional impact.”
- The Hollywood Reporter
Hon. Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State
The Hon. Kate Brown is Oregon’s 24th Secretary of State. She was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Secretary Brown practiced family and juvenile law and taught at Portland State University before beginning her career in public service.
Mark McKechnie, Executive Director, Youth, Rights & Justice
Mark McKechnie has served as the Executive Director of Youth, Rights & Justice, formerly the Juvenile Rights Project, since 2008. He first joined YRJ as a social worker in 1999, and has worked to support kids in various venues—from residential treatment centers to community mental health programs—for over twenty years. He has been instrumental in advancing several key laws in support of Oregon’s most vulnerable children.
Robert May, Producer and Director, Kids for Cash
Robert May was executive producer for the Oscar®-winning film Fog of War, as well as the internationally acclaimed film Stevie. May also produced Sundance Film Festival-award winning The Station Agent and the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary, The War Tapes. May has been chronicling the events of the Luzerne County “kids-for-cash” scandal, which Juvenile Law Center uncovered in 2007, for over four years. He also happens to live in Luzerne County, PA.
Robert Schwartz, Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center
Robert Schwartz founded Juvenile Law Center in 1975 and has been its executive director since 1982. In his career at Juvenile Law Center, Schwartz has represented dependent and delinquent children in Pennsylvania juvenile and appellate courts; brought class-action litigation over institutional conditions and probation functions; testified in Congress before House and Senate committees; and spoken in over 30 states and internationally on matters related to children and the law. Schwartz is chair of the Advisory Committee to the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Livingston Hall Award, presented by the American Bar Association, and the Stephen M. Cahn Award, presented by the National Association of Counsel for Children for career achievement.
Hon. Nan Waller. Presiding Judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court
Judge Nan Waller was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court in 2001 by Governor John Kitzhaber, and appointed to serve as Presiding Judge for Multnomah County by Chief Justice De Muniz beginning in 2012. She was named National CASA Judge of the Year in 2011.
The Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, founded in 1975, has become a national advocate for children’s rights, working across the country to enforce and promote the rights and well-being of children who come into contact with the justice, child welfare and other public systems.
Youth, Rights & Justice works in the courts, legislature, schools and community to improve the lives of Oregon children who are abused, neglected or in trouble. Also founded in 1975, it is a not-for-profit, public interest law firm based in Portland, Oregon.
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