Conyers Convenes Group to Discuss Youth Violence

Chicago's Black Legal Community Meets to Stem Youth Violence
Dawn Turner Trice
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2013

Herschella Conyers is an attorney who, along with several judges, recently invited a bunch of people to the University of Chicago to talk about violence and the growing number of teens getting entangled in the criminal justice system.

Typically, these types of gatherings are organized by social workers, community activists, educators, politicians or even clergy. What was unique about this one is that it was put on by African-American judges and legal experts who often interact with youth at a point when interventions — if there had been any — have failed.

A clinical professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, Conyers was a public defender from 1986 to 1993. She would be the first to tell you that many of the chil