Books and Reports

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Making Detention Reform Work for Girls: A Guide to Juvenile Detention Reform (with Richard A. Mendel and Angela Irvine) (2013)

Throughout the nation, court-involved girls frequently pose minimal risk to public safety but suffer with...

 

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Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice (with Francine H. Jacobs) (2011)

This accessible, edited volume reflects the multiplisciplinary, multisectoral nature of juvenile justice, including chapters by...

 

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Consent to Medical Treatment by Minors in Massachusetts: A Guide for Practitioners (2006)

This guide is designed for healthcare providers, social service agency employees, and other practitioners who...

 

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Taking on the Challenge: Phase I of the Hyams Foundation Girls' Initiative (2006)

This report describes Phase I of The Hyams Foundation’s funding initiative for eight programs providing...

 

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Detention Reform and Girls: Challenges and Solutions: JDAI Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform #13 (2005)

This report is part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)...

 

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Girls in the Juvenile Justice System: Perspectives on Services and Conditions of Confinement (2003)

This report details the results of original survey and interview research on perceptions of Judges,...

 

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Transforming Social Inquiry, Transforming Social Action: New Paradigms for Crossing the Theory/Practice Divide in Universities and Communities (with William R. Torbet, ed.) (2000)

This edited volume describes models of interdisciplinary collaboration in which universities and communities work together...

 

Articles

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Justice for Girls: Are We Making Progress?, Criminal Justice (2013)

Social expectations that girls behave obediently, modestly, and cautiously result in the detention and incarceration...

 

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Justice for Girls: Are We Making Progress?, UCLA Law Review (2012)

Over the course of more than a century, structural gender bias has been a remarkably...

 

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Gender Matters in Juvenile Justice (with Meda Chesney-Lind), New York Law Journal (2010)
 

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Reframing the Response: Girls in the Juvenile Justice System and Domestic Violence, Juvenile and Family Justice Today (2009)

This article provides an overview of the role gender plays in juvenile justice processing. It...

 

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Access to Community Healthcare for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Initial Lessons From the Massachusetts Health Passport Project, Women, Girls and Criminal Justice (2007)

From 2004-2010, the author directed the Massachusetts Health Passport Project (MHPP), aimed at facilitating continuous...

 

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When Individual Differences Demand Equal Treatment: An Equal Rights Approach to the Special Needs of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System (with Marsha L. Levick), Wisconsin Women's Law Journal (2003)

This article argues that disparities girls face in the juvenile justice system can be remedied...

 
Prostitution and Teenage Girls, Women, Girls & Criminal Justice (2000)
 
Probation and the Delinquent Girl, Women, Girls & Criminal Justice (2000)
 
The Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project: Representing Girls in Context, Juvenile Justice Journal (Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) (1999)
 

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Foreword to the Symposium "Struggling for a Future: Juvenile Violence, Juvenile Justice" (with William Talley Jr), Boston College Law Review (1995)
 

Contributions to Books

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Children's Rights and Relationships: A Legal Framework (with Hon. Jay Blitzman), Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice (2011)

This chapter provides an overview of United States children’s law, framed both in terms of...

 

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The Role of Gender in Youth Systems: Grace's Story (with Jessica H. Greenstone), Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice (2011)

This chapter —written from a legal and developmental perspective —describes the experiences of ‘‘Grace,’’ a...

 

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The System Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Girls (with Lisa Goldblatt Grace), Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice (2011)

This chapter, which is written from the perspectives of law, public health, and social work,...

 
Promoting Justice for Girls in an Unjust System, Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System, Policy Issues and Practice Strategies (2006)
 

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Contributor, Justice by Gender: The Lack of Appropriate Prevention, Diversion, and Treatment Alternatives for Girls in the Justice System (2001)
 
Contributor, America's Children Still at Risk (2001)
 
Effective Advocacy Strategies for Girls: Promoting Justice in an Unjust System, Legal & Social Welfare Issues of Girls & Adolescents (2001)
 
Leadership and Lawyering: Learning New Ways to See Juvenile Justice, Transforming Social Inquiry, Transforming Social Action: New Paradigms for Crossing the Theory/Practice Divide in Universities and Communities (2000)
 
Law in the School-Linked Services Model: Problems and Possibilities, Collaborative Practice: School and Human Service Partnerships (1999)
 
The Role of Context in the Representation of Children, Who Speaks for This Child? A Dialogue about the Legal Representation of Children (1999)
 

Selected Professional Activities

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Know the Law, National Girls Institute (2013)

A series of 11 "Know the Law" legal briefs posted to the National Girls Institute...

 
Panelist, Stop the Pipeline to Prison: Create Educational Opportunities, Jobs and Wealth, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Metropolitan AME Church organizations (2012)
 
Advisory Board Member, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Girls Institute (2012-present) (2012)
 
Visiting Lecturer, Renmin University Law School, Comparative Law Program (2012)
 
Member, Board of Directors, New England Juvenile Defender Center (2002-2012) (2012)
 
Member, National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, (2011-2012) (2012)

Appointed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to advise Departments of Justice and Health and...

 
Technical Assistance Provider, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) (2000-present) (2012)

Authored Detention Reform and Girls: Challenges and Solutions: JDAI Pathway #13 (2005) and Making Detention...

 
MacArthur Foundation, Consultant (2010)

Consulted on ways to incorporate girls' issues into MacArthur Foundation juvenile justice grant-making

 

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Meeting the Challenges Faced by Girls in the Juvenile Justice System: Testimony before the Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee, Sherman, Francine T. "Meeting the Challenges Faced by Girls in the Juvenile Justice System," testimony, March 11, 2009, before the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee, Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee. Available at: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/3.11.10_sherman.pdf. (2010)

Testimony by Francine T. Sherman, Clinical Professor and Director, Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at Boston...

 
DYS Facility Self-Assessment Team Member, Spectrum Girls (2009)
 

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Massachusetts Health Passport Project Evaluation Final Report (with Francine Jacobs, Rachel Oliveri, Jesica Greenston, and Claudia Miranda-Julian) (2009)

Prepared for Francine Sherman, Esq., Director, Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at Boston College Law School....

 
Clark County, Nevada, Consultant, 2007 (2009)

Assisted Las Vegas and surrounding county to reduce the use of detention for girls and...

 
Lead Consultant, The Hyams Foundation (2006)

Lead consultant for Girls’ Initiative, which funded eight community-based programs for system-involved girls; developed learning...

 
Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Consultant (2004)

Evaluated disproportionate minority contact and diversion of youth in Framingham Juvenile Court

 

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Co-Founder, Artistic Noise, Inc., (formerly Hear Us Make Artistic Noise H.U.M.A.N.) (2001)
 
Named a Founder, Citizens for Juvenile Justice (2000)
 

Selected Presentations

Moderator, Youth in Prison: The Reality of the System, The Arts and Social Responsibility Project, Boston College (2013)

On April 30, 2013, Professor Sherman served as the moderator for the Youth in Prison:...

 
Partcipant, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Inter-site Conference (2013)

Professor Sherman participated in two workshops, Reducing Disparities at the Intersection of Gender, Race and...

 
Speaker, Workshop Organizer, Moderator and Presenter, Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Annual Conference (2013)

Professor Sherman has served as a Speaker, Workshop Organizer, Moderator, and Presenter for a range...

 
Featured Speaker, Improving the Juvenile Justice System for Girls: Lessons from the States, Congressional Briefing, Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, & Public Policy, Washington, DC (2012)
 
Featured Speaker, Systemic Impediments to Girls’ Success, Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice (2012)
 
Featured Speaker, Working with Adolescent Girls, 13th Annual Juvenile Delinquency and Child Welfare Law Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2012)
 
Moderator and Speaker, The Legal Lives of Girls, American Bar Association, mid-year meeting, New Orleans, LA (2012)
 
Moderator, Questions of Social Justice, The Way to Carnegie: Practice, Practice, Practice: Boston College Third World Law Journal Symposium (2011)
 
Featured Speaker, The Legal Lives of Girls, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Children’s Justice and Safety Conference, National Harbor, Maryland (2011)
 
Featured Speaker, Girls in the United States Justice System, Israel Juvenile Court Judges’ Meeting, Tel Aviv, Israel (2009)
 
Featured Speaker, Social Welfare v. Social Control: Juvenile Justice in the United States, Israel National Juvenile Public Defender’s Conference, Tel-Aviv University, Tel Aviv Israel (2009)
 
Moderator, Clark County Girls Symposium on Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Las Vegas, Nevada (2009)

Assisted Las Vegas and surrounding county to reduce the use of detention for girls and...

 
Speaker, Girls in the United States Juvenile Justice System, Fifth Annual Girls, Community, and Justice Conference, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts (2009)
 
Featured Speaker, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Justice, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Orlando, Florida (2008)
 
Panelist and Discussion Leader, Health and Girls in the Justice System, Girls’ Initiative Community Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts (2008)
 
Speaker and Participant, Family Violence and Juvenile Justice, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Lake Tahoe, California (2008)
 
Keynote Speaker, Detention Reform and Girls: Challenge and Solutions, Annual Judges Conference, Washington, D.C. (2006)
 
Featured Speaker, Girls in the Juvenile Justice System, Tennessee Judges’ Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (2006)
 
Panelist: Are We Meeting the Needs of Adolescent Girls?, MCLE Seventh Annual Juvenile Delinquency and Child Welfare Law Conference (2005)
 
Women in Prison in Massachusetts: Maintaining Family Connections, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts McCormack Graduate School of Public Policy, Boston, MA (2005)
 
Data, Detention, and Girls, Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, San Francisco (2004)
 
Featured Speaker, Investing in the Future: Confronting the Needs of Girls in the Justice System, National Association of Women Judges 25th Annual Conference, Justice in America, Justice in the World, Washington, D.C. (2003)
 
Keynote Speaker, Girls in Crisis: The Challenges for Our Community, The Boston Foundation, Safe Communities Initiative, Boston (2003)
 
Program: Connecting Girls’ Programs and Girls in Juvenile Justice, Girls’ Coalition of Greater Boston (2003)
 
Keynote Address, Painting It Pink Is Not Enough, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and Women’s Legislative Caucus 2nd Annual Summit on Girls, Atlanta Georgia (2002)
 
Celebrating Boston Girls: Sharing Resources, Building Strengths, Northeastern University (2002)

Co-sponsored with the Ella J. Baker House, the College of Criminal Justice of Northeastern University,...

 
Speaker, Girls in the Juvenile Justice System Nationally, Office of the District Attorney, Kings County, New York (2000)
 
Speaker, Women in the Criminal Justice System, Women, Poverty and the Law, sponsored by Women & Philanthropy and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Chicago, Illinois (2000)
 
Speaker, Girls in the Justice System, Rockefeller Foundation, Next Generation Leadership Program, New York, New York (2000)