Juvenile Law Center

Randee Waldman

Clinical Professor of Law and Director
Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, Emory Law School

Intern, Summer 1996

Lessons Learned

My time at Juvenile Law Center was brief (6 weeks), but memorable. First and foremost, my memories are of the people: in the office, the passion, the commitment, and the dedication were everywhere I turned; from my time at the jail, the kids’ stories remained with me.

I worked on 3 substantive projects, and amazingly all 3 remain clear in my mind almost 20 years later. Substantively, I worked on my first class action lawsuit (Brian B.), and was able to bring back to Chicago some of the ideas formulated. I also worked on a judicial deskbook on delinquency and an amicus brief on sibling adoptions. Each of these tasks helped me to grow as a lawyer. Importantly, each of these tasks also taught me about using the law to advance policy and create systemic change.

Impact on my Career

Prior to joining Juvenile Law Center, I had spent a year working in juvenile justice as a clinic student. With this background, ALL of my contacts at Haverford College told me I needed to contact Bob and spend time at Juvenile Law Center. They couldn’t have made a better recommendation. I’ve remained connected with Juvenile Law Center for the past 20 years, have found a career in juvenile justice, have collaborated on projects, and now consider those at Juvenile Law Center to be both mentors and colleagues.

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