Juvenile Law Center

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Deputy Director and Chief Counsel
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Child Welfare Policy Director
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Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus

Jessica Feierman, Esq.

Associate Director

Jessica Feierman, Associate Director, joined Juvenile Law Center in 2006. Jessica engages in litigation and amicus efforts on a wide variety of subjects, including juvenile life without parole, institutional conditions, and adult sentencing.

With Juvenile Law Center Deputy Director and Chief Counsel Marsha Levick, Jessica co-authored the lead child advocates amicus briefs in Graham v. Florida, where the U.S. Supreme Court struck life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of non-homicide offenses under the Eighth Amendment; Safford v. Redding, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held a school strip search unconstitutional; and J.D.B. v. North Carolina, where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a juvenile's age is relevant to the Miranda custody analysis under the Fifth Amendment. 

 

Jessica also engages in policy advocacy and public education on the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, with a particular focus on the impact of trauma and adolescent development on juvenile and child welfare policies, and on the educational obstacles and opportunities facing court-involved youth. Prior to joining Juvenile Law Center, Jessica was a litigation fellow at the ACLU National Prison Project, where she litigated prison conditions cases in federal court. From 2001-2003, Jessica was a teaching fellow in the Georgetown University Law Center's Street Law in the Community Program. From 2000-2001, Jessica served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jessica is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and was awarded an LLM in advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.

Jessica has a deep interest in community and youth engagement and activism. Prior to attending law school, Jessica founded and directed the Teen Health Initiative (now called the Teen Activist Project) at the New York Civil Liberties Union. At Juvenile Law Center, she launched Juveniles for Justice, a youth engagement and advocacy program for justice system-involved youth. Jessica serves on the Board of the Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania and Public Citizens for Children and Youth. 

Articles and Publications by Jessica

Jessica Feierman, Naomi Goldstein, Emily Haney-Caron, Jaymes Faircax Columbo, Debtors' Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Finesa nd Fees in the Juvenile Justice System, 2016.

Julian D. Ford, Patricia K. Kerig, Neha Desai, and Jessica Feierman, "Psychosocial Interventions for Traumatized Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Research, Evidence Base, and Clinical/Legal Challenges," OJJDP Journal of Juvenile Justice, April 2016.

Katherine Burdick, Jessica Feierman, Catherine Feeley, Autumn Dickman, Robert G. Schwartz, Building Brighter Futures: Tools for Improving Academic and Career/Technical Education in the Juvenile Justice System, 2015.

Jessica Feierman, Kacey Mordecai, Robert G. Schwartz, "Ten Strategies to Reduce Juvenile Length of Stay," 2015.

Catherine Feeley, Jessica Feierman, "Understanding FERPA: Sharing Education Records to Improve Outcomes for Children in the Juvenile Justice System," 2015.

Jessica Feierman, "Embedding Detention Reform in State Statutes, Rules and Regulations," 2014.

Jessica Feierman, Lauren Fine, "Trauma and Resilience: A New Look at Legal Advocacy for Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems," 2014.

Jessica Feierman, Rachel M. Kleinman, David Lapp, Monique N. Luse, Len Reiser, and Bob G. Schwartz, "Stemming the Tide: Promising Legislation to Reduce School Referrals to the Courts," Family Court Review, Vol. 51, Issue 3, July 2013. 

Marsha Levick, Jessica Feierman, Sharon Messenheimer Kelley, Naomi Sevin Goldstein, “The Eighth Amendment Evolves: Defining Cruel and Unusual Punishment Through the Lens of Childhood and Adolescence,” University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Policy, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Spring 2012).

Jessica Feierman, “The Decriminalization of the Classroom:  The Supreme Court’s Evolving Jurisprudence on the Rights of Students,” in The Journal of Law in Society, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Fall 2011).

Katherine Burdick, Jessica Feierman, and Maura McInerney, "Creating Positive Consequences: Improving Education Outcomes for Youth Adjudicated Delinquent," Duke Forum for Law & Social Change, Vol. 3:5, 2011.

Jessica Feierman, Emily C. Keller, Marcia Glickman, Rachel Stanton, "Navigating the Juvenile Justice System in Pennsylvania: A Guide for Parents and Guardians," 2011.

Jessica Feierman, Marsha Levick, and Ami Mody, "The School to Prison Pipeline ... and Back: Obstacles and Remedies for the Re-Enrollment of Adjudicated Youth," New York School Law Review, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2009/10.

Jessica Feierman and Riya Shah, "Protecting Personhood: Legal Strategies to Combat the Use of Strip Searches on Youth in Detention," in Rutgers Law Review, No. 67, 2007.

Jessica Feierman, “The Power of the Pen”:  Jailhouse Lawyers, Literacy and Civic Engagement,” in Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 2, Summer 2006. 

Jessica Feierman, “Creative Prison Lawyering:  From Silence to Democracy,” in Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, Vol. XI, No. 2, Spring 2004. 

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