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Education
Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania •
Challenged the presence of armed juvenile probation officers in school buildings.
Older Youth in Foster Care
Pennsylvania Superior Court •
Argued against a per se rule removing a well-cared-for and loved child from a home because of a parent’s drug use.
Access to Healthcare
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania •
Argued an appeal in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reverse the criminal conviction of an adult (Hartford) under Pennsylvania’s Interference with Custody of Children Statute. Argued that a parent has no right of "custody" to control abortion decisions and that the prosecution violated the right to choose an abortion, as well as the right to travel to a state allowing abortion without parental consent.
Solitary Confinement & Harsh Conditions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit •
Challenged the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Act 53, which assists parents in obtaining treatment for minors afflicted with a drug or alcohol dependency by allowing for involuntary commitment.
Youth Tried as Adults
U.S. Supreme Court •

This appeal raised a question of first impression: Is a juvenile entitled to request a jury trial in juvenile court when 1) the protective features of the juvenile court have been largely eliminated by statutory amendments, and, 2) a delinquency adjudication would lead to automatic adult status upon a next arrest? The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the denial of the right to a jury trial.

Access to Counsel
United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania •
Challenged the lack of due process procedures when a county revoked a juvenile’s probation.
Education
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit •
School-aged youth awaiting trial in either juvenile or adult facilities remain entitled to basic education under PA law.
Older Youth in Foster Care
Pennsylvania Superior Court •
Argued for a half-brother’s standing to participate in child welfare proceedings involving his sibling and that the child advocate’s representation of both children constituted a conflict of interest.
Older Youth in Foster Care
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit •
Supported class certification in a lawsuit brought on behalf of children in Philadelphia’s foster care system.
Older Youth in Foster Care
U.S. Supreme Court •
Surveyed statutes and social science literature in a lawsuit involving the interpretation of the “reasonable efforts” to preserve and reunite families provision of the Adoption and Assistance Child Welfare Act.