Juvenile Law Center

July 16, 2015

Groundbreaking Booker Amendment Shines a Spotlight on the Educational Needs of Homeless Students and Foster Youth

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate has approved a groundbreaking amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, a bi-partisan bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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July 07, 2015

Professor Susan Mangold Selected to be Juvenile Law Center’s Next Executive Director

Juvenile Law Center is pleased to announce that Susan Vivian Mangold, Professor of Law at SUNY Buffalo Law School, will become its next Executive Director effective October 14, 2015.  

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January 23, 2015

Announcing Juvenile Law Center's National Search for a New Executive Director

Juvenile Law Center, the nation’s oldest non-profit public interest law firm for children, is seeking a new Executive Director.
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January 10, 2014

"Kids for Cash" Judge Ciavarella Found Liable for Enactment of Zero-Tolerance Policies and Violation of Kids' Constitutional Rights in Federal Civil Rights Action

Late yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted plaintiffs’ motion for partial summary judgment against former Luzerne County Juvenile Court Judge Mark Ciavarella, the judge at the center of the now infamous 'kids for cash' scandal. Specifically, U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo found that Ciavarella violated the constitutional right of the children who appeared before him to an impartial tribunal, as guaranteed by the Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. Ciavarella is currently serving a 28 year federal prison sentence following his criminal conviction in February 2011 on charges arising out of the scandal.

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November 07, 2013

Juvenile Court Judge Finds Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Law Unconstitutional Under State and Federal Law

In a landmark ruling for Pennsylvania, York County Court of Common Pleas Judge John C. Uhler ruled yesterday that Pennsylvania's recently enacted law requiring that juveniles convicted of sexual offenses be subjected to lifetime sex offender registration, violates their rights under various provisions of the Pennsylvania and United States Constitutions, as well as Pennsylvania's Juvenile Act.

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October 31, 2013

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Fails to Follow U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Finding Mandatory Life Without Parole Sentences for Juveniles Unconstitutional

We are deeply disappointed that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided not to follow the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama, that juveniles convicted of homicide can no longer receive mandatory sentences of life without parole. The decision also ignores the trend in both state and federal courts to find Miller retroactive.

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October 17, 2013

Juvenile Law Center Announces Partial Settlement in Luzerne County Juvenile Litigation

Juvenile Law Center has announced that a partial settlement with a second set of defendants has been reached in the Luzerne County juvenile-court civil litigation.

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April 30, 2013

Juvenile Law Center Named Best "Law" Website in the 17th Annual Webby Awards

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced today that Juvenile Law Center has been named the Best “Law” Website in the 17th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet's highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. 

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December 20, 2012

First "Kids for Cash" Settlement Approved

On December 14, 2012, U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo gave final approval to a $17.75 million settlement in the Luzerne County, PA “kids for cash” cases with real estate developer Robert Mericle.

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August 16, 2012

California Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling Prohibiting Lengthy Sentences for Juveniles Convicted of Non-Homicide Crimes

The California Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling today in People v. Caballero, holding that a term of years sentence that is effectively a de facto life without parole sentence for a juvenile in a non-homicide case violates the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Graham v. Florida

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