Maureen Barden is a 2013 Soros Justice Fellow at the Health Law Project in Philadelphia. Barden, most recently the prisoner reentry coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is working with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project to develop and implement model policies and practices that build on opportunities provided by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to give former inmates better access to health care. Barden spent 18 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District, serving as chief of government and health care fraud and senior trial counsel as well as coordinating her office’s strategies for addressing violent crime. As one of the Justice Department’s first six prison reentry coordinators nationwide, Barden played a pivotal role in establishing in Philadelphia one of the first federal reentry courts for high-risk offenders, and referred to that work as one of her “proudest achievements.” She began her project in May, and her fellowship lasts until November 2014. She attended St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD), and is a graduate of Columbia University and New York University School of Law.
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Barbara Beck, co-founding partner of Sage Communications, which partners with nonprofit, foundation and public agency leaders to help them think about new ways to influence and educate. Beck previously worked as a public affairs officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She also worked at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as director of news and public affairs. In addition, Beck has two decades of experience in the news business at The Philadelphia Daily News and The Los Angeles Herald Examiner. She is on the board of the Print Center and the advisory board of Flying Kite, an online news site.
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Bradley S. 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.
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Sophie Bryan is the Program Director for Invest Health at Reinvestment Fund. In this role, Sophie is responsible for the overall management of the Invest Health initiative and provides day-to-day oversight focused on team management, program delivery, and quality control. Invest Health is a new collaboration between that Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund that brings together diverse leaders from mid-sized U.S. cities across the country to develop new strategies for increasing and leveraging private and public investments to accelerate improvements in neighborhoods facing the biggest barriers to better health.
Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund in 2016, 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 other roles at the School District included leading the Strategy Delivery Unit in the Superintendent’s Office and directing policy and authorizing work in the Charter Schools Office.
Sophie’s prior experience includes serving as Chief of Staff to a Philadelphia City Councilman, in which role she focused on budgetary issues (including a successful lawsuit against the City to keep neighborhood branch libraries open when the Mayor proposed to close them), 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.
Sophie graduated with honors from Harvard College, with a BA in History and Science, and from Harvard Law School.
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.
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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.
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Dana Cook is the Deputy Director for the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation (ACCR), a death penalty resource center that provides trial level consultation and training in capital cases in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Prior to that, she worked at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, both as a social worker and a mitigation specialist. She began in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit representing Direct File Juveniles. After working in this unit for two years, she worked in the Homicide/Special Defense Unit as a mitigation specialist. There she represented capital and non-capital clients charged with homicide. Over the past several years, Dana has become a trainer and presenter at death penalty conferences. She has presented on various topics including client relationships/team building; storytelling/presenting mitigation; age as a mitigator and poverty as a mitigator. Prior to working at the Defender, she was an investigator in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Defender Office in Philadelphia. She began her career as an investigator at the Post-Conviction Defender Office in Nashville, TN. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration in 1996 from Middle Tennessee State University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.
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Edwin Desamour was born and raised in North Philadelphia. Edwin’s life experiences have inspired him to pursue a career serving the youth in his community. When Edwin was 16 years old he was convicted of 3rd degree murder, and spent over 8 years in prison. When he returned to the community he felt a sense of urgency to prevent young people from making the same decisions. He also wanted to demystify conceptions about prison, and the lifestyle he formerly lead. When Edwin first came home from prison he was tempted to return to life on the streets. At a critical moment, he was offered an opportunity to provide crisis intervention and conflict resolution through the Philadelphia Anti-Drug Anti-Violence Network (PAAN). Edwin worked for PAAN for 6 years. Following his work with PAAN, he worked for 3 years as an Education Specialist at Women Organized Against Rape, raising awareness about violence and sexual assault. Edwin also worked at Congreso as the Latino Juvenile Justice network Coordinator. His work in this position was guided and funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change project. In this position he educated community members about juvenile justice issues specific to the Latino community. Most importantly he provided group presentations, and mentoring relationships that offered youth opportunities to improve self esteem, learn good decision making, and experience positive lifestyle options. Edwin’s passions to make a positive impact on the community lead him to found MIMIC: Men in Motion in the Community. Edwin is currently the director of MIMIC, an organization made of up men from the community who have transformed their lives, and who are passionate about decreasing violence in the community. In addition to directing MIMIC, Edwin also serves as a motivational speaker, educator and mentor, teaching youth about healthy relationships, and making healthy life choices. Edwin also serves on numerous committees and coalitions that serve the community.
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Arlene Rivera Finkelstein
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.
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Austin Dodge Hoggan is a Manager at myCIO Wealth Partners in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Austin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology in 2006. Austin worked at Citigroup from 2007 to 2010 on the U.S. Equity Trading Floor in Manhattan. In 2010 he moved to Philadelphia and began his career at myCIO Wealth Partners. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Austin began mentoring through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and continued for nine years. Austin was able to see his mentee graduate from high school and to continue on to college.
Jamie Gullen is a staff attorney in the employment unit at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. Jamie’s work focuses on the impact of juvenile and criminal records, particularly on youth and young adults who are facing barriers to education and employment opportunities. Jamie’s work in this area includes direct representation of hundreds of young Philadelphians each year, policy advocacy, and community education and outreach. Jamie graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she received several awards for commitment to public interest work. She also co-founded two student-run pro bono projects, and interned with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Education Law Center. Prior to law school, Jamie was a teacher in New York City through Teach for America, and earned her M.S. in Teaching from Pace University. Jamie received her B.S. in 2007 from Cornell University.
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 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.
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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).
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Earthen E. Johnson
Earthen E. Johnson is an associate in Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP’s nationally ranked Investment Management Practice Group. Earthen’s practice primarily involves representing and counseling a variety of clients and organizations in the investment management industry, including multi-series and multi-class mutual funds, master-feeder funds, money market funds, registered alternative products and exchange traded funds. She has participated in fund formations and reorganizations; drafted exemptive applications, prepared registration and proxy statements and handled various securities filings for both open-end and closed-end funds. Earthen has also assisted in counseling boards of directors on fund governance and fiduciary duty issues. Earthen earned her J.D., cum laude from Drexel University School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Scholar, senior member of the Drexel Law Review, and participant in the Civil Litigation clinic. She received her B.A. in history and American studies from the University of Virginia, where she was a Merit Scholar, on the Dean’s List, recipient of the Longevity of Excellence Award and a member of the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Society. Between college and law school, Earthen taught third grade in Camden, NJ through Teach For America and then led an educational non-profit organization in Philadelphia. In 2013, Earthen was recognized as a Pennsylvania Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer.
Tremaine (Tre) Johnson is originally from Trenton, NJ. He was a 2001 Teach For America Houston corps member, where he taught HS English for two years. After teaching in Houston, Tre went on to teach in Howard County, Maryland and later worked for the Urban Alliance Foundation in Washington, D.C. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2006, he served in grant-writing and admissions roles for the Mariana Bracetti Academy and Freire Charter School and then joined the Teach For America Philadelphia staff as the director of community and district partnerships in 2010. During his 4-year tenure with the organization, Tre led the region’s alumni affairs team before stepping into the role of executive director, overseeing the 26-member staff, roughly $6 million dollar fundraising budget and overseeing the organization’s strategic plan. After serving the last two years as the Senior Manager of the District Advisory Board and Strategic Partnerships, working closely with the Superintendent’s Office and District Divisional Teams to ensure policy engagement, investment and alignment with the nine member Advisory Board and key city stakeholders, Tre has recently become the Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy for JerseyCAN. His work is concentrated in Camden, NJ still, working with local leaders, community organizations and families to advocate for quality education across the city. Outside of work, Tre serves as Vice Chair at Independence Charter School and writes freelance for Philadelphia Magazine. He graduated from the University of Maryland.
Reuben Jones is a community activist and social justice advocate who serves as Executive Director of Frontline Dads, Inc. where he provides transitional services to men and women returning from incarceration, mentoring for “at-risk” youth, and social justice advocacy. He also serves as the Social Services Director for Focused Deterrence Gun Violence Reduction Strategy, where he works to reduce gun violence in Philadelphia by conducting prevention-based, interventions with perpetrators of gun violence. Reuben is a trauma-informed clinical therapist who obtained his Masters Degree with honors in Human Services from Lincoln University. His social justice advocacy work has included “Ban The Box,” bail reform, voter education, voter registration and voting rights advocacy for returning citizens, juvenile lifers with the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, and prison decarceration. Reuben is an active member of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, the NO215Jails Coalition, the South Philly Prevention Coalition, and the Philadelphia Anti-Violence Coalition. Reuben served on the Mayor’s Transition Team (Public Safety Committee) and on the Universal Pre-K Commission. Reuben is a National Institute of Corrections-trained facilitator for the “Thinking For a Change” cognitive skills development program in the Philadelphia County prisons where he works with men preparing for release. Additionally, Reuben Jones is the founder of “Peacemakers,” a violence prevention initiative that teaches conflict resolution skills and mediation to “at-risk” youth. For his humanitarian efforts, Reuben Jones was awarded the Presidential Service Award from President Obama in 2016 and is a 2017 Just Leadership Fellow.
Rebecca Livengood is a Skadden Fellow at the ACLU-NJ, with a focus on the educational rights of incarcerated children, and particularly young people in solitary confinement. Her work includes individual representation, impact litigation, and policy advocacy in the fields of education law and conditions of confinement for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the ACLU-NJ, Rebecca was a law clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Chagares on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Stewart Dalzell in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. While clerking, Rebecca volunteered with the federal reentry program. While in law school, she was on the board of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented women in domestic violence and divorce proceedings and spearheaded a program to represent workers in wage and hour suits. She was the Student Writing Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and she has written various articles on workers’ rights. Rebecca is a South Orange, New Jersey native, and she received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Kendra Nelson is a Finance Manager at the corporate headquarters of Toys R Us Inc. in Wayne, NJ. In this role she provides financial and strategic consultation to company leadership with a focus on sales and margin. Kendra has over 10 years of finance experience ranging from credit advisory roles to traditional FP&A roles. In 2016 Kendra completed Echoing Green’s nonprofit leadership development program called Direct Impact. Direct Impact is an experiential board leadership training program focused on preparing business leaders for high impact nonprofit board service. Kendra was born and raised in New York City and spends time teaching financial literacy courses to youth throughout the city. Kendra graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with an MBA in Finance & Accounting. She also received her BS in Mathematics from the University at Albany – SUNY.
Decker Ngongang is a Senior Fellow at Frontline Solutions and an independent consultant providing advisory services to individuals and institutions in the social sector. Along with formal engagements, Decker has written and speaks extensively on the non-profit sector, education and social justice issues. Prior to Frontline, Decker launched and managed the Black Male Achievement Social Entrepreneur Fellowship Program at Echoing Green.
Before Echoing Green, Decker served as Director of Community Outreach with Communities for Teaching Excellence, a project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and as Vice President of Programs at Mobilize.org. Decker’s career began at Bank of America where he was a Global Markets and Investment Banking Compliance Risk Manager. Along with formal engagements, Decker has written and speaks extensively on the non-profit sector, education and social justice issues.
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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.
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Robert Schwartz co-founded Juvenile Law Center in 1975 and has been its executive director since 1982.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.
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Jeffrey Shook is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and an Affiliated Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. He received a PhD in social work and sociology and an MSW, both from the University of Michigan; a JD from American University; and a BA in economics from Grinnell College. His primary appointment is in the School of Social Work and he holds affiliated appointments in the School of Law and Department of Sociology. His research examines the intersection of law, policy, and practice in the lives of children and youth. Specifically, his research focuses on the transfer of juveniles to the adult criminal justice system, the administration of juvenile justice, the movement of youth across child and youth serving systems, and the experiences of youth “aging out” of the child welfare system. Jeff also is involved in efforts to end the sentencing of juveniles to life sentences without the opportunity for parole both in Pennsylvania and nationally.
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