Juvenile Law Center


The Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellowship in Children’s Law

The Zubrow Fellowship provides an opportunity to engage in a wide variety of advocacy efforts on behalf of children in the foster care, juvenile and criminal justice systems. Zubrow Fellows are involved in litigation, legislative efforts, training, and policy work on issues ranging from the rights of dependent youth aging out of the foster care system to the needs of incarcerated children. The Zubrow Fellows are exposed to all aspects of Juvenile Law Center's work, which includes responding to opportunities that arise through cases, crises and collaborations. As a result, much of the Fellows' work is determined by the nature of the opportunities that arise during their tenure.

Juvenile Law Center is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, those who are disabled, and those with personal experience in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems to apply. 

AWARDS:  The Zubrow Fellowship is a two-year fellowship. The Fellow will be provided with an annual salary of $52,000, plus health care benefits, disability insurance and life insurance. In addition, Juvenile Law Center will provide a program for loan repayment assistance of up to $10,000 per year toward payment of qualified1 education debt.

ELIGIBILITY:  Applicants who are in their final year of a JD, JD/dual degree program, graduate degree program in law, or who are judicial law clerks, may apply. Attorneys who have already worked after law school in either the public interest or private sector will not be considered. Individual questions about eligibility should be addressed to [email protected].

CRITERIA:  In general, applicants will be judged on the extent to which they possess the vision, drive and skills required to create and sustain the work that furthers Juvenile Law Center’s mission. The selection committee will consider the applicant’s competence, character and commitment. The Fellow will be expected to begin the fellowship in September 2018.

SELECTION PROCESS: In late October 2017, semifinalists will be interviewed via web conference by a panel of Juvenile Law Center attorneys. In November 2017, finalists will be invited to Philadelphia to interview with a selection committee. The selection committee will make its decision in mid-November 2017.

It is generally expected that an applicant who applies and interviews for the Zubrow Fellowship will accept the Fellowship award if offered, so applicants should carefully consider their interest in the Fellowship before applying and/or accepting an invitation to interview.

MATERIALS FOR SUBMISSION:  Applicants must submit an application form, resume, law school transcript, essay responses, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.

DEADLINE: Applications are due 5:00P.M. EDT October 2, 2017. In late October 2017, semifinalists will be interviewed by web conference by a panel of Juvenile Law Center attorneys. In November 2017, finalists will be invited to Philadelphia to interview with a selection committee. The selection committee will make its decision in mid-November 2017.

Find answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about the Zubrow Fellowship.

Named for Sol Zubrow, Juvenile Law Center’s first president of the Board of Directors, and his wife Helen, the Zubrow Fellowship in Children’s Law has been training children’s advocates for over 14 years. Sol Zubrow was Juvenile Law Center’s President of the Board of Directors during its formative years, from 1976-1993. He and his wife, Helen, remained connected to the work of Juvenile Law Center until their passing. In 2001, Sol and Helen’s son, Barry Zubrow, Juvenile Law Center’s current Board President, honored the memory of his late parents by establishing an endowment for Juvenile Law Center to create and maintain the Fellowship.

Current and Former Zubrow Fellows


Suzanne Meiners-Levy 

New York University School of Law 

Litigation Director, Advocate Consulting Legal Group (Naples/Tampa, Florida)



Nina W. Chernoff 

Georgetown University Law School 

Associate Professor of Law, City University of New York (Long Island, NY)



Vincent P. Herman

Boston College Law School 

Senior Counsel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Washington, D.C.)



Riya Saha Shah 

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Senior Supervising Attorney, Juvenile Law Center



Neha Desai 

UC Berkeley School of Law

Staff Attorney, National Center for Youth Law (Oakland, CA)



Sherry E. Orbach

Columbia Law School 

Founder and Executive Director, Foster America (Washington, D.C.)



Emily C. Keller 

University of Michigan Law School



Katherine E. Burdick 

UC Berkeley School of Law

Staff Attorney, Juvenile Law Center



Monique Lin-Luse

Georgetown University Law School

Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (New York, NY) 



Elizabeth-Ann Tierney

New York University School of Law

Assistant Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)



Lauren A. Fine 

Duke University School of Law 

Co-Director, Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (Philadelphia, PA)



Catherine Feeley

Northwestern Law School

 Charlotte Immigration Court, Department of Justice Honors Program Judicial Law Clerk



Jean Strout 

Harvard Law School 

Staff Attorney/Equal Justice Works Fellow, Support Center for Child Advocates (Philadelphia, PA)



Whiquitta Tobar 

Georgetown University School of Law 



Danielle Whiteman

New York University School of Law

Christina Sorenson
University of Richmond Law School

1 The amount of loan assistance a Fellow will receive depends on the amount and type of debt that s/he has incurred.  Both federally funded and private educational loans are covered, including commercial bar loans.  Non-traditional loans, e.g., loans by a relative, are not covered.  Fellows are required to maximize their participation in all other loan repayment assistance programs for which they are eligible.  Juvenile Law Center will calculate a Fellow’s yearly repayment amount as though outstanding loans, i.e., those not eligible to be covered by any other program, were on a 15-year repayment term.  The 15-year term is applied for calculation purposes regardless of the actual term of the loan.  Fellows do not have to formally consolidate at that rate to receive assistance.  Loan repayment assistance is treated as a taxable fringe benefit. 

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