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Pratik Butala

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Pratik Butala  is a strategic and integrative problem solver who has dedicated his life to the development of a better world for all. As a Senior Product Manager with The Vanguard Group Inc., he is responsible for developing foundational and strategic digital capabilities powering the Vanguard investor experience. In his role, he leads an organization of cross-functional teams to deliver and enhance technology that will improve the chances of investor success so that they may live a life of love, dignity, and security. Before joining Vanguard in November 2016, Pratik served as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP for over six years, where he led and executed strategic engagements in collaboration with senior leaders at Fortune 100 clients across the financial services, telecommunications, and life sciences industries.

Pratik has been a committed community advocate and volunteer throughout his professional career. At Vanguard, in addition to an on-going mentorship with US armed forces service members through American Corporate Partners, Pratik served on the inaugural Vanguard Hometown Grants Committee in Pennsylvania. Prior to his tenure at Vanguard, he served as a mentor for Summer Search, a pro-bono consultant for Achievement First, and a young professional board member for Strive for College.

During his MBA studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Pratik was a member of the Zell-Lurie Institute’s Social Venture Fund and was elected as the Director of Portfolio Management for the fund. During his first year of studies, he was also selected as a Non-Profit Management Board Fellow, serving on the board of the University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU). He was subsequently hired as a Summer Fellow by Education Pioneers, serving at the Uncommon Schools charter network in New York City.

Pratik received his MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, and his BS in Management and International Business from New York University, Stern School of Business. He is also a graduate of the DiverseForce on Boards program and proud member of Cohort 9.

Maya Brown

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Maya Brown J.D. is a Senior Manager of Business Development – Diversity & Inclusion at the international law firm White & Case LLP. In this role, Maya advises attorneys and firm leadership on client-related diversity & inclusion strategy and challenges. Maya also serves as an adjunct professor, lecturing on business and law topics at George Washington University. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University, Maya returned to Temple University Beasley School of Law where she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree. Outside of the office and classroom, Maya is a proud “big sister” mentor through Big Brother Big Sister and a member of the National Bar Association Women’s Lawyers Division (WLD). A Jersey girl at heart, Maya now splits her time between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and being an “auntie” to a host of nieces and nephews.

Mary Horstmann


Mary Horstmann has spent her career working to expand access to broader economic opportunities for underserved residents and communities. She currently serves as Vice President of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., leading grantmaking in the Delaware Valley, focused on the expansion of affordable housing, access to quality jobs for individuals with barriers to employment, and resources for entrepreneurs of color to start and grow their business. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade at the City of Philadelphia, launching new policies and programs to help communities thrive, most recently as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Health and Human Services. This work included developing collaborative approaches to reduce evictions, expand early childhood education, and combat hunger and homelessness. Before entering local government, Horstmann served as the Pennsylvania Program Director for the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national training organization dedicated to empowering emerging community leaders to build their capacity and expand their impact. She has also worked as a political fundraiser and community organizer.

Dara Ingram

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Dara Ingram is a proud native of Philadelphia. She earned a Master of Science degree in Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Languages and Culture (French) from nearby Lincoln and West Chester Universities, respectively. Ms. Ingram is a federal government employee, who spent most of her career as a supervisor with the Department of Defense (DoD), supporting Naval Aircraft Engine programs. In 2019, she began working for the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) as an Executive Officer in the Office of Management Services/Administration. As Director of Administration, she is responsible for managing various office budgets, personnel actions, and related administrative tasks that assist office Directors in meeting their short and longer-term strategic goals.

In 1998, Dara’s younger brother was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, at the age of fifteen. This later inspired her to join the Pennsylvania Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (PACFSY). For more than a decade, Dara was heavily involved in the organization’s efforts to help abolish life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders (JLWOP). Today, she remains a strong advocate for youth justice.

Molly Kenney

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Molly Kenney is a Supervising Attorney at HELP: MLP, where she counsels and represents low-income pregnant and parenting people in many of Philadelphia’s maternal-child health home visiting programs through the FAIR Project. She also teaches in the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Previously, Molly was a public defender for several years, first at The Bronx Defenders and later at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She also previously practiced at a private firm, representing plaintiffs in complex class action litigation and in several pro bono matters focused on access to justice. In 2019, The Legal Intelligencer named her a Lawyer on the Fast Track. Molly is a graduate of American University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and she is a Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholar.

Salomon Moreno-Rosa

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Salomon Moreno-Rosa is a Consultant at Envoy Growth, a social impact consulting firm, where he supports private and public sector organizations with operational growth and strategic planning, new market expansion, and impact measurement. Prior to Envoy, Salomon led community-based programs and youth development initiatives at the Urban Affairs Coalition and conducted policy research and development at the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (SICP) and the Office of Council President Darrell Clarke at Philadelphia City Council.  Salomon is a 2019-2020 Buchholz Fellow through the Committee of 70 and serves on the board of Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) and the Eastern Steering Committee for Draw the Lines. Salomon is a native of Amherst, MA and holds master’s degrees in Public Administration and Education Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Johannah Rogers


Johannah Rogers is currently a Senior Brand Manager at Diageo where she offers strategic brand direction to win the hearts and minds of consumers on Diageo’s biggest business Crown Royal. Prior to this role, Johannah served as both Senior Brand Manager and Brand Manager of various leading brands within the Diageo portfolio. She has been responsible for leading multicultural marketing of the respective brands she managed to grow penetration with these diverse segments. Prior to Diageo, Johannah spent 3+ years in marketing at Campbell Soup Company where she garnered numerous awards and accolades for her work on the U.S. Soup business. In particular, she counts her work on the Andy Warhol limited edition soup cans sold exclusively at Target as her greatest accomplishment. Prior to her tenure at Campbell’s, Johannah spent 4 years working for the NBA in Team Business Development. Johannah has a passion for both lifestyle and multicultural marketing, passions she developed at Kellogg School of Management where she received an MBA with concentrations in Marketing, Accounting and Organizational Management. Johannah is a proud Duke Blue Devil. At Duke, she gained a B.A. in both Economics and Theater Studies. Johannah hails from Brooklyn, NY but is currently living in Harlem, NY. She enjoys running; traveling the world and playing with her dog Bane.

Rukiya Ross


Rukiya Ross (she/her/hers) is Vice President of Business Strategy at Springboard Collaborative, an education non-profit. At Springboard, she is responsible for financial strategy, legal, HR, DEI, communications, and operations. She began her career at Goldman Sachs where she was on the private equity compliance team. Rukiya is Treasurer of her alumni class at Princeton, a Princeton Annual Giving class agent, and board Secretary of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni. She is a member of the Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) Alumni Advisory Committee. In addition to volunteer activities at her alma mater, Rukiya is a member of the Junior League of Philadelphia, where she serves on the Brand and Marketing Committee, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rukiya is a graduate of Princeton University, with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a certificate in African American Studies. She is an avid reader and traveler, who loves to learn. A Detroit native, Rukiya lives in Center City Philadelphia with her husband, Jason, and dog, Coco.

Harper Seldin


Harper Seldin Harper Seldin is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU LGBTQ & HIV Project. Before joining the ACLU, Harper practiced at Cozen O’Connor, where he was a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation department.  Along with his pro bono work for transgender rights, including serving as co-counsel in Doe v. Boyertown Area School District, Harper represented large technology clients in state and federal court, both at trial and on appeal. In 2021, he was named one of the “Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40” by the LGBT Bar Association. He is also a member of the Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board and the Law Alumni Society Board of Managers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His published legal scholarship focuses on child welfare.  Harper graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as an articles editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  He received a B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Troy Spence


Troy Spence has over 12 years of experience managing teams, forming genuine relationships, and effectively utilizing his network to address risk for Fortune 100 companies. As the Managing Director of Risk and Compliance for the Reinvestment Fund, he is directly responsible for leading the design and implementation of tailored, sustainable, and adaptable risk and compliance programs, including but not limited to governance, policies and procedures, metrics, monitoring, and escalation. He contributes to operational and strategic initiatives across the organization and advises staff and senior management on key decisions based on an understanding of business impact on resources, compliance requirements, and other risk factors.

Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund, Mr. Spence was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers with 14 years of experience in risk management and investigations, advising Fortune 100 companies to identify gaps and mitigate risk by designing and executing enterprise-wide risk management programs and activities.

Mr. Spence is consistently chosen to lead dynamic teams to quickly build rapport, establish themselves as qualified partners, and enhance value. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh.

Tyra Virden


Tyra Virden is a dedicated and compassionate professional with extensive experience in nonprofit services, education, case management, and disability advocacy. With a background spanning over two decades, she has demonstrated her commitment to making a positive impact in her community. Tyra holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in early childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education from Temple University, Philadelphia.

Tyra’s professional journey includes roles such as Director of Constituent Services in the Pennsylvania Senate, where she effectively advocated for constituents; needs, and introduced the first Black Business Forum in Delaware County, PA. Also, as a Social Support Coordinator on a COVID Response Team, providing vital social and mental health support to individuals impacted by the pandemic.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Tyra is deeply involved in community and volunteer work. She serves on the boards of Girls First in addition to the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project. Past service includes Chairwomen of the Delaware County Local Right to Education Task Force, collaboration with the Upper Darby Parent Involvement Program, and service on the Upper Darby School District/University of Pennsylvania School Board Budget Committee.

Tyra resides in Drexel Hill with her biggest accomplishments, her three children.

Bradley Bridge


Bradley S. Bridge is an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Philadelphia. Mr. Bridge graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Psychology in 1976 and from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1979. From 1979 to 1983 he worked in the State Appellate Defender in Chicago, Illinois representing indigent defendants in their appeals to the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court and in federal habeas corpus cases in the Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit. From 1983 to the present he’s worked with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. His responsibilities have included representation of indigent defendants in Municipal Court, the Court of Common Pleas (waivers and jury trials, homicide and non-homicide cases), Juvenile Court, Mental Health Court, Pennsylvania Superior Court and Supreme Court, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and in the Third Circuit. His current assignment is with the homicide and appeals units. In connection with that, he is currently challenging in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Superior Court and in Courts of Common Pleas the constitutionality of sentencing juveniles to life imprisonment without parole. Other responsibilities include evaluation of cases that should be reopened in light of police corruption. He was involved in litigating issues arising out of the 39th District scandal as well as the Bureau of Narcotics Investigations and others. This has led to well over 450 cases being reopened and vacated from 1995 to the present.

Sophie Bryan


Sophie Bryan is the Executive Director of Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal volunteering in the greater Philadelphia region and the pro bono arm of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Leveraging the power of volunteerism, VIP volunteers and staff assist thousands of clients and families annually in important civil legal matters impacting shelter, employment, family composition, and financial stability. Prior to joining VIP in June 2017, she was the Program Director at Reinvestment Fund for the Invest Health initiative, an effort to improve health and well-being in low-income neighborhoods in 50 mid-sized U.S. cities through better integrating community development, local government, and health sectors; training teams of cross-sector leaders; and attracting new sources of capital. Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund, Sophie held a series of positions at the School District of Philadelphia, most recently the Chief External Relations Officer, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic advocacy, government relations, external engagement, and communications plans to support the School District’s strategic priorities. Sophie’s prior experience includes serving as Chief of Staff to Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green, in which role she focused on budgetary issues, tax policy, ethics and campaign finance reform, and reforming the City’s real estate assessment and taxation system. Before joining local government, Sophie practiced law for eight years, primarily in the legal services field where she represented low-income clients, first in Boston and then in Philadelphia. Sophie served for five years as an adjunct professor at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, teaching an upper-level writing course. A native Philadelphian, Sophie graduated with honors from Harvard College, with a BA in History and Science, and from Harvard Law School.

Lisa Campbell

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Lisa Campbell has been a public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia since 2004.  She is currently the Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association.  After graduating cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she went on to clerk for the Hon. Mary A. McLaughlin on the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  As a public defender, Ms. Campbell has handled countless adult and juvenile cases during rotations through the various trial units.  She has experience handling complex and serious juvenile cases, as well as leading and training teams of attorneys in the Juvenile Unit.  Ms. Campbell has provided trainings for her office as well as attorneys across her state on a variety of issues.  She currently is researching and presenting on the issue of collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications and the need for expungements of juvenile records.  

Frank Cervone

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Frank Cervone is the Executive Director of the Support Center for Child Advocates, the lawyer pro bono program for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. Previously, he was a staff attorney at Delaware County Legal Assistance Association and adjunct clinical professor at Villanova University School of Law, where he instructed law students in domestic abuse and child support litigation, and served as counsel for Saint Gabriel’s System, an agency providing treatment services for juvenile offenders. He serves as chair of the Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund, and chaired the Advisory Committee on Child Welfare Services, served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Adoption Law, of the Joint State Government Commission, the research arm of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He also serves as a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee. He is also a member of the board of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance and a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee Working Group. He is a founder and co-director of the National Children’s Law Network. Frank is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University School of Law, and he has a master’s degree in theology and ministry from LaSalle University. He lectures and trains both lay and professional audiences in child abuse and child advocacy.

Lauren Fine, Esq.


Lauren Fine, Esq., is the co-founder and past co-director of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP), where she led the mitigation/sentencing advocacy team for youth and juvenile lifers and did policy advocacy work during the organization’s first eight years. Prior to founding YSRP, Lauren was a Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law at Juvenile Law Center, a federal law clerk, and a research assistant/project manager at the Brookings Institution. At Juvenile Law Center, among other projects, she advanced efforts to end the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without parole, including co-authoring Amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme courts. Lauren is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2015 American Express-Ashoka Emerging Innovator, a 2016 Claneil Emerging Leader Fellow, and a 2016 American Bar Association Lawyer on the Rise. She is also a published author, including op-eds in the Philadelphia Inquirer and articles in The Champion, For the Defense, and The Legal Intelligencer.  Lauren is the past Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, a member of the Duke Philadelphia regional alumni board, and a member of the Duke Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Yale University and Duke University School of Law.

Arlene Rivera Finklestein


Arlene Rivera Finkelstein is Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She directs the Law School’s wide array of public interest programming, which includes one of the first mandatory pro bono programs in the country. TPIC supervises 26 student pro bono groups, advises students on how best to prepare themselves for public interest careers, and oversees the school’s public interest scholarship program. Finkelstein also teaches Legal Interviewing and Client Counseling at the Law School. Before coming to Penn Law, she was the inaugural director of the Public Interest Resource Center at Widener Law School. Finkelstein began working at Widener as a professor of legal research and writing, where she also taught interviewing and counseling, and public interest law. Finkelstein serves on a number of legal services boards including Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Friends of Farmworkers, and the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She received her JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and her BS from Cornell University. She began her legal career as an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she focused primarily on the defense of juveniles.

Tara Grove

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Tara Grove is the education editor at The New Press, where she acquires for the press’s celebrated list of progressive education titles and also edits books about race, gender, justice, and inequality. The New Press publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world. Underlying the press’s editorial program are three aims: to broaden the audience for serious intellectual work, especially by reaching out to audiences intellectually redlined by commercial publishers; to bring out the work of traditionally underrepresented voices; and to address the problems of a society in transition, highlighting attempts at reform and innovation in a wide range of fields. Tara is also a member of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity, an emerging think and do tank based at New York University. Before transitioning to book publishing, Tara worked with young mothers in Philadelphia’s homeless shelter system as a case manager and trauma recovery facilitator.

Umi Howard


Umi Howard is the Director of The Lipman Family Prize at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.Umi has spent the past fifteen years working in the social sector. His experience includes direct service, program development & management, consulting, board service and organizational leadership in the nonprofit sector. During this time he served in various roles at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania for over eight years. Umi and his wife, Sylvie, also ran a sustainable travel business based in Ecuador called Solidarity Travels. Umi has traveled extensively and lived abroad for more than 6 years. He brings an intense passion for the community empowerment and educational opportunity embodied in the Lipman Family Prize and hopes this work will help bring recognition to the University of Pennsylvania as a hub of learning for the social sector.

Sara Jacobson

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Sara Jacobson is Director of Trial Advocacy and an Associate Professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.  Since joining the law school in 2008, Jacobson has written and worked on issues surrounding teen sexting and juvenile life without parole (JLWOP).  She also volunteers with the ACLU.  Before coming to Temple, Jacobson was an assistant public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia for nine years, where she spent much of her time working with juveniles.  At the Defender Association Jacobson served as the Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Unit and taught a Criminal Defense Clinic for the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  As Assistant Chief, she helped create the Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania (JDAP), and directed three annual statewide trainings for juvenile defenders across Pennsylvania.  Before joining the Defender Association, she worked as a public defender in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Jacobson is a graduate of the Temple Law LLM in Trial Advocacy Program, Temple Law School, and Ursinus College.  She is also a graduate of the National College of Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute and the teacher training program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).

David Rudovsky


David Rudovsky is a founding partner of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP.  He has practiced in the civil rights and criminal defense fields for over forty years, including cases on police and governmental misconduct, prisoners’ rights, first amendment freedoms, and racial discrimination. Mr. Rudovsky has argued two significant civil rights cases in the United States Supreme Court: Mitchell v. Forsyth (1985) (immunity of Attorney General for illegal electronic surveillance) and City of Canton v. Harris (1989) (liability of municipalities for civil rights violations by police).  He has also prepared numerous amicus briefs in civil rights cases in the Supreme Court and has argued scores of civil rights and criminal law cases in the federal and state courts. Since 1987, Mr. Rudovsky has been a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he teaches courses in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and Evidence. Mr. Rudovsky has written a number of practice books for civil rights and criminal cases.  These include Police Misconduct: Law & Litigation and The Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure in Pennsylvania.  In addition, Mr. Rudovsky has written a number of scholarly articles in law reviews on civil rights and the criminal justice system. Mr. Rudovsky is President of the Board of Directors of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and is Vice President of the Board of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. In 1986, Mr. Rudovsky was a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his work in Criminal Justice. He has also been honored by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation with the Judge Gerald F. Flood Award for Public Interest Accomplishments, the ACLU Civil Liberties Award, and the Philadelphia Bar Association Cesare Beccaria Award for Criminal Justice.

Robert Schwartz


Robert Schwartz co-founded Juvenile Law Center in 1975 and was its executive director from 1982-2015.In his career at Juvenile Law Center, Schwartz has represented dependent and delinquent children in Pennsylvania juvenile and appellate courts; brought class-action litigation over institutional conditions and probation functions; testified in Congress before House and Senate committees; and spoken in over 30 states on matters related to children and the law. Schwartz’s career has not been limited to Pennsylvania, but has included fighting nationally and internationally for juvenile rights. Schwartz chaired the American Bar Association’s Commission on Youth at Risk from 2011-2013. From 1992-98 and 2006-08, he was chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section. In 1993 he also co-authored the American Bar Association’s report,America’s Children at Risk; and in 1995 he helped author a follow-up report on youth’s access to quality lawyers,A Call for Justice. In 1993 he visited South Africa to help develop a legal system for children, and was invited to China in 2010 to speak to judges and lawyers about sentencing of youth. From 1996-2006, Schwartz was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. As part of the Network, he co-edited Youth on Trial: A Developmental Perspective on Juvenile Justice (University of Chicago Press: 2000). From 1996-99 he was a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. From 1991 to 2012, he was a gubernatorial appointee to the Commission’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee, which is the State Advisory Group that distributes federal funds in Pennsylvania and advises the governor regarding juvenile justice policy. Schwartz in 2005 became chair of the Advisory Committee to the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. From 2003-2012, Schwartz chaired the Board of the Philadelphia Youth Network. Schwartz is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Andrew Hamilton Award, presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association “for exemplary service in the public interest,” the Reginald Heber Smith Award, presented by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Livingston Hall Award, presented by the American Bar Association, and the Stephen M. Cahn Award, presented by the National Association of Counsel for Children for career achievement. Schwartz is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and of Haverford College, which in 2011 also awarded him an honorary degree.

Joanna Visser Adjoian, Esq.


Joanna Visser Adjoian, Esq., is the co-founder and past co-director of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, where she led the reentry team for youth and Juvenile Lifers and did policy advocacy work. Prior to co-founding YSRP, Joanna served as Associate Director and Staff Attorney of the Toll Public Interest Center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she oversaw the Center’s 26 student pro bono projects. Before joining the Toll Center, Joanna completed a Penn Law Postgraduate Fellowship at Juvenile Law Center, where she advanced efforts to end the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without parole, including co-authoring an Amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case of Miller v. Alabama.

Joanna is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2016 Claneil Emerging Leader Fellow, a 2016 recipient of the Penn Law Young Alumni Award, a 2017 recipient of the Penn Law Alan Lerner Rising Star Award, and was honored to receive the 2019 Haddon, McClellan, and Richardson Award from the Temple University Black Law Students Association. She is also a published author, including articles in The Champion, Court Review Journal, for the Defense, and The Legal Intelligencer. Joanna is a member of the Board of Directors of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Joanna received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.




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