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About the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative
As one of the first legal clinics of its kind, the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic
continues to be one of the premier law school clinics in the country. The Juvenile Justice
Clinic is a law school program in which students represent youth charged with misdemeanor
and felony crimes in the District of Columbia under close faculty supervision. The Clinic
provides highly effective representation to their clients by protecting the youth's rights in the
juvenile justice system and working to improve the youth's chances of becoming a productive
The Clinic recently launched the Juvenile Justice Initiative to raise the level of practice
among juvenile defenders in the Mid-Atlantic region and to advocate for policy reform in the
juvenile justice system locally and nationally. The Juvenile Justice Initiative has focused
much of its work on racial justice reform. Key events during the last few years have included
coordinating an assessment of the DC indigent juvenile defense delivery system, convening
an important symposium on race and juvenile justice, and training defenders and other
juvenile justice stakeholders on strategies for identifying and correcting racial bias.
About the Race and Juvenile Justice Fellowship
The Race and Juvenile Justice Fellowship is a newly created position designed to
enhance the racial justice advocacy of the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative (GJJI). The
Fellow will work with GJJI staff to improve the systems youth encounter through policy
reform and to develop resources to raise the level of practice among juvenile defenders across
The Race and Juvenile Justice Fellowship will combine elements of legal research,
community outreach and policy advocacy. The fellow will be supervised by Clinic Director
Kristin Henning and Policy Director Eduardo Ferrer.
Because the Race and Juvenile Justice Fellow is a new position, we expect that the
Fellow’s responsibilities will evolve over time, but will likely include:
• Work with GJJI and the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) to develop
and implement a racial justice toolkit for defenders to empower juvenile
defenders with empirical research, sample motions and other resources to raise
racial justice arguments on behalf of their clients.
• Work with GJJI and NJDC staff to launch Ambassadors for Racial Justice (ARJ), a
pilot program for defenders of color particularly interested in challenging racial
injustice in the juvenile justice system. ARJ is designed to encourage participants to
pursue a career in juvenile defense and to provide support and mentorship to these
defenders once they enter the profession. Youth in the justice system face significant
hurdles to success, and affording them the opportunity to be represented by
specialized highly skilled lawyers of color is critically important as they navigate their
• Work with GJJI and NJDC staff to develop racial justice training curriculum and
materials for juvenile defenders.
• Planning and hosting community listening sessions about race and juvenile justice,
• Legal research and writing projects about race and juvenile justice, as assigned by
Kristin Henning and Eduardo Ferrer. For example, Professor Henning is currently
authoring a book on race and juvenile justice, so there will be opportunities for
research to assist with this project.
• Updating online systems such as the GJJI website and assist with social media
outreach as needed and relevant to racial justice work.
Additionally, the Racial Justice fellow may:
• Assist faculty in the Police for Tomorrow fellowship by researching best practices and
proposing strategies for improving community-police relations for youth of color.
• Coordinate the next race and juvenile justice symposium. In 2017, GJJI hosted its first
interdisciplinary symposium entitled "The Right to Remain Children: Race and
Juvenile Justice 50 Years After Gault," in partnership with the National Juvenile
Defender Center. Fifty years after In re Gault, the seminal case that guaranteed
accused youth the right to appointed counsel, the over-criminalization of youth of
color continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing the juvenile system.
• Manage "Youth in Proximity", an online resource system that connects our clinic
clients with volunteers who can meet their needs. Through the system, our clients
gain access to everything from school supplies and clothing donations, to community
service opportunities and job placement assistance.
• Design and execute a project of his or her own that advances GJJI’s racial justice
mission, during the second year of the fellowship. Fellows with clinical experience in
criminal or juvenile defense may also have some opportunity to represent clients in
delinquency proceedings during this final year.
The Fellow must possess strong writing, communication and public speaking skills, the ability
to manage long-term projects from conception to completion, and a willingness to collaborate
with other clinic colleagues and juvenile system stakeholders.
Benefits available to legal fellows at Georgetown Law will apply.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please access the application with instructions here:http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/academic-programs/clinical-programs/our-clinics/JJC/upload/Race-and-Juvenile-Justice-Fellow-App-2.pdf