Should the Science of Adolescent Brain Development Inform Legal Policy?

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Studies of adolescent brain development have influenced debates on issues such as the constitutionality of the juvenile death penalty and whether minors should be permitted to obtain an abortion without parental consent. Join adolescent development scholar Laurence Steinberg, PhD, as he examines whether burgeoning research on adolescent brain development should influence legal policy. 


Susanna Blumenthal, JD, PhD, Associate Professor of Law and History 
University of Minnesota

A. David Redish, PhD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience
University of Minnesota

1.5 hours of standard CLE credit approved. Please reference #172862.

Michael Georgieff, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Child Psychology
Steve Kelley, JD, Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Akshay Rao, PhD, Professor, Carlson School of Management

Laurence Steinberg, JD, is the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He was educated at Vassar College, where he graduated with a degree in Psychology in 1974, and at Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 1977.

Prof. Steinberg is past-president of the Developmental Psychology division of the American Psychological Association and a former resident of the Society for Research on Adolescence. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, and was Director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent and Juvenile Justice, and is currently a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

Prof. Steinberg has been the recipient of numerous honors, including lifetime achievement awards from the Society for Research on Adolescence and the American Psychological Association and teaching awards from the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, and Temple University.

November 15, 2012