Juvenile Law Center Welcomes Three New Fellows

Juvenile Law Center,

National children’s rights public interest law firm appoints Emily Satifka, Michael Joseph and Sara Guiang

Philadelphia, PA (September 5, 2019): Juvenile Law Center today announced the hire of three new Fellows - Emily Satifka through the Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellowship in Children’s Law; Michael Joseph, a project-based Fellow with the organization’s Economic Justice team supported through the Penn Law Review Public Interest Fellowship; and Sara Guiang, an Americorps VISTA & PHENND Fellow.

Ms. Satifka is a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine School of Law where she was a Public Service Scholar. She was a board member for the school’s National Lawyers Guild chapter, and interned at the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Nashville Defenders. She also previously worked for Americorps. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania and graduated from Temple University.  

“Being at Juvenile Law Center gives me the opportunity to work on the issues I am most passionate about, specifically regarding the intersection of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems,” said Ms. Satifka. “I am beyond excited to get started learning and working.”

Mr. Joseph joins the organization after graduating from University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Prior to law school, he interned at Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, focusing on the coordination of reentry support for individuals serving sentences of life without parole and preparing for resentencing hearings in the wake of Montgomery v. Louisiana. He also participated in Penn Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic, representing clients in preliminary hearings, probation violation hearings, and misdemeanor trials. His project will focus on ending juvenile costs, fines and fees.

“I am extremely grateful and excited to join Juvenile Law Center’s Economic Justice team to help combat racial and economic injustice in the juvenile justice system, said Michael Joseph. “I look forward to working with the organization to create a more equitable system that prioritizes children’s needs over monetary sanctions.”  

Ms. Guiang joins the organization from Las Vegas, Nevada, where she received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected youth in the foster care system. At Juvenile Law Center, her work will focus on the Youth Matters: Philly app, a web-based app that bridges the gap between vital resources in Philadelphia and older youth in foster care or facing housing instability.

“I am delighted to be working with Juvenile Law Center to empower our most vulnerable youth through the Youth Matters: Philly web-based app,” said Ms. Guiang. “Through the use of technology, we are truly providing youth with the tools they need to access vital social services in the Philly community. I am so excited for the year ahead, and truly grateful to be working with an organization that continuously advocates for our youth.”

Juvenile Law Center is dedicated to growing the field of zealous children’s advocates, and its fellowship program is a central part of that work.

 “Working with fellows is a terrific experience for all of us - they bring new perspectives, critical questions and amazing energy,” said Sue Mangold, Chief Executive Officer of Juvenile Law Center. “Their works increases the capacity of our office to do the critical work needed on behalf of youth in the justice and child welfare systems. I began my legal career as a fellow at Juvenile Law Center. It is exciting to welcome these talented and committed fellows to our team.”

Juvenile Law Center is proud to welcome these three distinguished Fellows to our office. Ms. Satifka, Mr. Joseph, Ms. Guiang and Ms. Mangold are all available for comment and interview.

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Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for youth in the foster care and justice systems.

Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. We fight for youth through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values. For more information about Juvenile Law Center’s work, visit www.JLC.org.