Barry University awarded $100,000 grant for new center

The Florida Bar Foundation has awarded the Barry University Dwayne O. Andrews School of Law a $100,000 grant to jumpstart its new Juvenile Life Without Parole Defense Resource Center.

Barry Law School began plans for the Resource Center following the May 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Graham v. Florida, which ruled it cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a minor to life without the possibility of parole if convicted of a non-homicide offense.

The Resource Center is projected to last for two years and aims to address the needs of juvenile defendants. Students and professors will work together to tackle public policy, as well as review individual cases. They have already identified 115 juvenile non-homicide offenders in Florida alone, and project a larger number country-wide.

“We are very excited about this partnership with The Florida Bar Foundation. With these funds, we can jump start this effort to help the courts and Florida remedy these illegal sentences and begin a discussion on what is an appropriate sanction for children who commit serious crimes,” said Gerard Glynn, director of Clinical Programs at Barry Law School.

The Florida Bar Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 1956 by Florida lawyers and the Supreme Court of Florida. It aims to provide greater access to justice through funding programs such as Barry Law School, which seek to improve the administration of justice.