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Juvenile Law Center’s Leadership Prize recognizes outstanding individuals working in any field—law, government, the arts, media, entertainment, sports, business, or any other sector—who are fighting for the rights and well-being of youth in the child welfare and justice systems.

Recipients of the Leadership Prize are leading lights whose inspirational careers are beacons for future generations and whose work has substantially improved the lives of youth. Awardees have achieved lasting change through a lifetime of work on behalf of youth, a landmark contribution to the field of children’s rights, or exceptional efforts to shine a light on the most important issues affecting youth today.


Help build and sustain the field of child advocacy with Juvenile Law Center for years to come. Your generous support is more important now than ever, as we respond to new challenges and threats to many hard-won reforms for youth. Recognizing and honoring the trailblazers among us is critical to creating and sustaining a better world for our youth.

Sponsor levels start at $2,500 and can be submitted online up to $10,000. We suggest sponsorships above $10,000 be fulfilled offline. Sponsorship gifts of $10,000 and above may be also fulfilled across multiple years.

Click here for our sponsor form or call Rosie McNamara-Jones at (215) 625-0551 ext. 118 to set up a sponsorship.



Nominations for the 2018 Leadership Prize are now closed. We will open nominations for our 2019 Prize in September 2018.

Questions? Contact us at leadershipprize@jlc.org.

2018 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 

Winners & Celebration

Congratulations to the 2018 Leadership Prize Winners! Learn more about the 2018 Leadership Prize winners.

Attorney Francis V. Guzman
Attorney Francis V. Guzman
Judge Steven C. Teske
Judge Steven C. Teske

Teen Vogue, represented by Allison Maloney, News and Politics Editor
Teen Vogue, represented by Allison Maloney, News and Policy Editor


Juvenile Law Center’s annual Leadership Prize was first awarded in 2015 to recognize individuals working to reform the child welfare and justice systems. The inaugural recipient, Juvenile Law Center Co-Founder Robert Schwartz, not only brought Juvenile Law Center to national and international prominence over the course of his 40 years of leadership, he also helped develop the nascent field of children’s law, inspiring thousands of children’s rights advocates working nationwide. Today, Juvenile Law Center is recognized both nationally and internationally for its expertise as a trailblazer in the field of children’s rights law.

Leadership Prize winners include attorneys, national and international children’s rights advocates, members of the judiciary and the media. See past winners here.


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