2022 Leadership Prize Celebration

prize poster with headshots of winners


Recipients of the Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize are leading lights whose inspirational careers are beacons for future generations and whose work has substantially improved the lives of youth. Please meet us online on May 12th to celebrate and honor our 2022 Leadership Prize winners: 

  • Dorothy E. Roberts, J.D.; Scholar, Professor of Africana Studies, Law & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania 

  • Cyntoia Brown Long, Author/Speaker; Foundation for Justice, Freedom and Mercy

  • Tom Grisso, Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Click on each to meet our winners. 

Watch the Replay Here!


Our Virtual Program Book


Be a Leader in Support!

Help honor, 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. Sponsorship begins at $1,500. Sponsorships of $10,000 or more may be fulfilled across multiple years. 

For assistance download this form or use our online formFor assistance contact Rosie McNamara-Jones at (215) 625-0551 x118 or rmcnamara-jones@jlc.org


Program Book Ad or Tribute To Honor Our 2022 Winners

Click here to place an ad or special message to honor the 2022 winners in our VIRTUAL program book!  Contact us directly at development@jlc.org for help.  Deadline for ads is May 6, 2022. Click here to download our Ad Packet and Spec sheet for directions for how to create your ad. Juvenile Law Center can also build the ad for you!


Our 2022 Leadership Prize Selection Committee

  • Manuela Arciniegas,  Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government, Ford Foundation

  • Sacha Coupet, Professor of Law, Loyola University School of Law; Board of Directors, Juvenile Law Center

  • Frankie Guzman, Senior Director of Youth Justice Initiative, National Center for Youth Law, 2018 Leadership Prize Winner

  • Shobha Lakshmi Mahadev, Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

  • Nadia Mozaffar, Senior Attorney, Juvenile Law Center 


About the Leadership Prize

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.

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 either 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.  See past winners here.