Established conditions of confinement in juvenile detention centers.
Filed a civil rights class action lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania law and practices that governed the detention of youth charged with committing delinquent acts.
Challenged the adequacy of Philadelphia’s program of aftercare probation, which was responsible for a child’s course of treatment in, discharge from, and supervision following detention for juvenile offenses.
Filed a class action lawsuit seeking appointment of counsel for all children in dependency proceedings, as guaranteed under state law.
Represented Pennsylvania children in challenging the way the state implemented the funding formula that paid for services for delinquent and dependent children.
Challenged abusive conditions at state-run youth center.
Challenged the legality of Pennsylvania’s system of providing health care to poor children eligible for Medical Assistance.
Supported class certification in a lawsuit brought on behalf of children in Philadelphia’s foster care system.
Argued for a half-brother’s standing to participate in child welfare proceedings involving his sibling and that the child advocate’s representation of both children constituted a conflict of interest.
School-aged youth awaiting trial in either juvenile or adult facilities remain entitled to basic education under PA law.
Argued that a sentence of 110 years to life (three consecutive life-terms) for a non-homicide offense committed as a juvenile violates the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Graham v. Florida.
Argued that sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of homicide are unconstitutional.
Argued that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of homicide offenses are unconstitutional.
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