Juvenile Law Center

2018 Leadership Prize Nominations

Juvenile Law Center is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Leadership Prize. The Leadership Prize recognizes outstanding work on behalf of youth in the child welfare or justice systems by nominees of any profession – law, government, the arts, media, entertainment, sports or any other field.

Recipients of the Leadership Prize are leading lights in the field whose inspirational careers have served as beacons for the next generation of advocates. Their work has substantially improved the lives of our most vulnerable youth. Awardees have changed the field of children’s rights through a lifetime of work on behalf of youth in the child welfare or justice systems or through a landmark contribution with enduring significance. 


Nominations for the 2018 Leadership Prize are now closed. Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

 2018 Leadership Prize Selection Committee:  

  • James Bell, W. Haywood Burns Institute, Chair 
  • Mary Lee Allen, Children’s Defense Fund, 2017 Leadership Prize Recipient for Child Welfare 
  • James Forman, Jr., Yale Law School
  • Vernon Francis, Dechert, LLP 
  • Riya Saha Shah, Juvenile Law Center 

Leadership Prize recipients will receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding leadership; a Tiffany engraved award; travel funding to attend the event for themselves and up to three additional guests; and up to 20 guest invitations to attend the event.   

We will celebrate their accomplishments at the Leadership Prize Celebration on May 9, 2018 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

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