Providing Holistic, Client-Centered Advocacy for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
Addressing the Causal Relationship Between Unmet Special-Education Needs and Court Involvement
Representing Wrongfully Convicted Youth and Juveniles Sentenced to Unjust Prison Sentences
Providing Free Legal Representation to Individuals with Past Criminal Justice Involvement
Comprehensive report documents how “deputy gangs” have negatively impacted policing and the fairness of legal proceedings in Los Angeles.
The IFGEC prepares individuals to provide court testimony explaining what drives young men and women to join gangs, thereby providing a balance to the often one-sided gang narrative in criminal trials.
Symposium gathers juvenile justice, dependency and education advocates to discuss lessons learned over the course of the three-year holistic representation project.
The Juvenile Justice Clinic (JJC) and the Youth Justice Education Clinic (YJEC) responded immediately to the urgency of the pandemic for their young clients, many of whom are foster youth.

The core mission of the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy is to foster systemic reform of the Los Angeles County juvenile justice system, through the direct legal and social services we provide to court-involved youth and their families. The heart and soul of the Center are our community legal clinics, where since 2004 the Center has advocated for children in the juvenile justice and education systems while shaping law students to serve in the public interest. From legal representation in juvenile court (JJC), due process hearings, disciplinary hearings, and IEP meetings (YJEC) through to post-conviction advocacy for youth sentenced to unjustly disproportionate adult prison sentences (JIFS Clinic and the CCCJP), and culminating in support upon re-entry (CCCJP), the CJLP intercedes on behalf of court-involved children at every stage of their legal trajectories.

CJLP’s system reform efforts aim to reduce minority over-representation in the juvenile justice system; decrease the rate at which children are prosecuted as adults; interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline; and re-direct the juvenile justice system to its original purpose of individualized, community-based rehabilitation. In furtherance of these efforts, in addition to direct representation through the clinics, CJLP engages in advocacy, symposia, research and strategic litigation.

Center for Juvenile Law and Policy

Founders Hall 2nd Floor
919 Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213)736-8339
cjlp@lls.edu

Sean Kennedy

Kaplan Feldman Executive Director
(213)736-8302
sean.kennedy@lls.edu