How Prioritizing Kids Benefits Us All

Join us to hear from New York Times bestselling author, and Professor of Law, Adam Benforado, as he offers a sharp indictment of America’s mistreatment of children and a bold agenda for placing youth rights at the center of policymaking.

We have an ability unparalleled in human history to ensure the well-being of kids, but we have not seized the moment. This is a moral problem, but it’s also an economic and social one: by failing our children today, we doom ourselves in the years ahead. The root cause of nearly every major challenge we face—from crime to poor health to poverty—can be found in our neglect. But in that sobering truth is also the key to changing our fate as a nation. We must reform our world—our institutions, our laws, our business practices, our parenting—to put children first.

Benforado is a professor of law at the Drexel University Kline School of Law and the New York Times best-selling author of A Minor Revolution: How Prioritizing Kids Benefits Us All and Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice. His research, teaching, and advocacy are focused on children’s rights and criminal justice. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he served as a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and as an attorney at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. He has published numerous scholarly articles and his popular writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Scientific American, Time, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic.

Benforado will speak at Duke as part of the Wilson Lecture. Endowed by Robert R. Wilson, this prestigious lecture is open to the public and the entire Duke University campus. This lecture series brings speakers to campus to highlight important conversations in public law. Event partners for this lecture include the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Center for Child and Family Policy, and Duke Centennial. For questions about this event, please feel free to email

The livestream will be viewable via the Sanford YouTube page: The event will be recorded, and the recording will be available at the link after the event.