Juvenile Law Center

2017 Leadership Prize Celebration

Congratulations to the 2017 Leadership Prize Winners!

Child Welfare Leadership Prize

MaryLee Allen is the Director of Policy for the Children's Defense Fund. From its inception, the Children's Defense Fund has challenged the United States to improve policies and programs for children. Over the years, it has become known for careful research on children’s survival, protection and development in all racial and income groups and for independent analyses of how federal and state policies affect children, families, and communities.


Juvenile Justice Leadership Prize

Inspired to work on behalf of youth by her upbringing in the South Bronx by Puerto Rican migrants, Gladys Carrión believes that our juvenile justice system should treat young people as we would treat our own. Her work has been rightly lauded by publications like the New York Times and Village Voice.


Special Prize for Global Advocacy

Lois Whitman is the founding director of Human Rights Watch’s Children’s Rights Division, which investigates and works to end human rights abuses against children globally, including the use of child soldiers, extreme sentences in the criminal justice system, the worst forms of child labor, torture of children, attacks on students, teachers, and schools, and abuses of migrant children. She remains a deeply-valued senior advisor.



2017 Leadership Prize Event Photos - March 20, 2017 National Constitution Center (click to enlarge)















Thank You to Our Sponsors


Rosewater Fund



Nadeem and Gina Bezar
Sandra and Tom McCoy
Barry and Jan Zubrow



Annie E. Casey Foundation
Casey Family Programs
Kathleen and Nicholas Chimicles


E. Rhoda Shaten Charitable Foundation
Carole Haas Gravagno
Holland & Knight
Ann and Ken Krogulski
Stephen Labaton and Miriam Sapiro
Mira Rabin and Thomas Whitman
Skadden Arps LLP



DLA Piper
Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman
Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
Independence Foundation
Susan Vivian Mangold and Daniel Mangold
Ann Rosewater and Robert Kronley
Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis
Amy Schwartz and Eric Koenig
Robert G. Schwartz


Photography by: Baiada Photography

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