What kids want from their lawyers, how to address Bias and Adultification

This is a recording of our first Fighting Racial Injustice training event about what kids want from their lawyers and how to address bias and adultification.

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This seminar took place on 19 May 2022. For more detailed practical advice and information, check out our full legal guide on Background, childhood, legal representation & trauma.


Aika Stephenson (Chair), Co-founder & Legal Director, Just for Kids Law

Aika is the co-founder and legal director of Just for Kids Law. Aika is a solicitor and youth justice expert with many years’ experience representing young people in criminal proceedings and particularly those with Special Educational Needs.

Kristin Henning, Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Centre

Kris Henning is currently a Professor at Georgetown University Law Centre where she is Deputy Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic. Kris is best known for her work in juvenile defence and for her critically acclaimed book, The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth.

Renaldho Pelle, Director, Animator & Illustrator

BAFTA-nominated director, animator & illustrator working in 2D digital/traditional animation, storyboarding, character design and illustration. Director and animator of Judged – a short film made by YJLC and a group of young people about what it feels like to be a kid going to court.

Joanne Cecil, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Joanne Cecil is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers. She has a mixed public law and criminal practice, with particular expertise in child rights and youth justice. She has a wealth of experience in representing children and she is renowned for having been instructed in many test cases relating to children in the criminal justice system.