Lecturer on Law
Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Blitzman was a founder and the first director of the Roxbury Youth Advocacy Project, a community based interdisciplinary public defenders unit which created the basis for the development of a statewide department. Jay also co-founded Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ). Since becoming a judge, he has continued to present and write on a wide range of juvenile justice and child welfare issues. He is a co-founder of Our RJ, formerly known as the Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion program, and serves on that group's advisory committee. Significant presentations include: Debating the future of the juvenile court before the National Academy of Sciences National Resource Council (D.C. 1999; "Theory and Scope of Juvenile Court"), "Are We Re-Criminalizing Status Offense Conduct?", (Conn. Juvenile Court Conference, Oct. 2004); "The Future of Indigent Defense" (DOJ, D.C. 2000), ABA panels moderated by Charles Ogletree; "A Call to Justice" (D.C. 2008), and "New Paradigms in Juvenile Justice" (Boston 2009). Cradle/School to Prison Pipeline; "Keeping Kids In School and Out of Court" (Member of MA. delegation, March 2014, N.Y.C)., ABA-American Psychological Association conference, (D.C. 2014), Annual JDAI Conference (Philadelphia, June 2014), focusing on the Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion Program (JCRD), "Disrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline" at the annual Massachusetts Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Conference in October 2014, ABA Annual Conference (Boston 2014). Applying emerging science to juvenile practice presentations: "The Adolescent Brain and Juvenile Justice" (Boston ABA 2014), "Juvenile Justice and the Adolescent Brain", MGH Center on Brain, Behavior and the Law (March 2015), "Re-thinking Juvenile Justice"; ABA Webinars, beginning June 2015; "Adolescent Brain Development: Youth Status and Juvenile Justice"; (Conference of Chief Justices and State Court Administrators, July 2015); "Alternatives to the School-to-Prison Pipeline" Conference, (Civil Rights Unit of U.S. Attorney, Harvard School of Education, Cambridge, 2016); "Positive School Climates- Keeping Kids In School", Clark University, MA, 2016; NCFJCJ Schools Pathways to Juvenile Justice, Atlanta, 2016. Jay has served as consultant for the MacArthur Foundation and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In 2013, Middlesex County Juvenile Court was one of sixteen sites selected to participate in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges School Pathways to Juvenile Justice Initiative. In 2014, Middlesex was awarded a Trial Court Innovation Grant to help develop a court restorative justice diversion program. Judge Blitzman has also testified before the Presidential National Rape Elimination Act Commission regarding juvenile detention and submitted written testimony to the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission ("Access to Juvenile Justice"; Mass. L. Rev. 2010). Publications include, "Children's Rights and Relationships: A Legal Framework"; (with Francine Sherman; in Juvenile Justice (Wiley & Sons 2011), Gault's Promise; Barry L. Rev. (Vol. 9 Fall 2007), "Access to Justice in Juvenile Court", Mass. L. Rev. (Vol 93, No. 1, 2010); "Are We Criminalizing Adolescence?"; ABA Criminal Justice Digest (Forthcoming, 2015); "Delinquency Practice"; Massachusetts Criminal Practice (Lexis- 1998- 2008). Judge Blitzman is the Co-Editor of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court Bench Bar Book (MCLE 2003, 2008, 2011, 2014). He was also an advisory board member for the Boston Bar Association publication, "Gideon's New Trumpet". Jay was an advisory member of the board of the Light of Cambodian Children and is currently on the advisory board of the Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion Program. At the request of former MA SJC Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, Jay is piloting a judicial-school outreach program pilot that entails participating in classroom civics education with middle school students and teachers. He also serves on the advisory committees of the Lowell School Strategic Plan, and the RISE Cambridge, MA Health Alliance initiative. Jay teaches at Northeastern University School of Law (Juvenile Courts) and has been a visiting faculty member of Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop program since 1986, becoming a Team Leader in 2014. He has also taught at B.U. Law School, Suffolk Law School, and the U Mass Lowell School of Criminology and Justice Studies. Judicial appointments include tenures on the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) Committees on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, Study Groups on Judicial Conduct and Judicial Comment. He was a member of the SJC Study Group on Eyewitness Identification and is a member of the Standing Committee. He served on the SJC Committee on Judicial Ethics from 2000-2010. Jay is a designated judicial mentor for the Juvenile Court, is the chair of the Juvenile Court Sentencing Best Practices Committee, a member of the Juvenile Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and served on the Juvenile Court Raise the Age of Jurisdiction committee. He is also on the ABA Advisory Committee for the Commission of Youth At Risk. Judge Blitman's awards include the Boston Bar Association John Brooks Public Service Award, The Juvenile Court Judge Leo Lydon Award, the Adolescent Consultation Services Award from the Middlesex Juvenile Court Clinic, and a 2015 Special Recognition from the Massachusetts Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) program. He was the 2016 recipient of the Hon. Paul Chernoff Servant of Justice Award, given by the Greater Lowell, MA. Bar Association. The Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) annually presents the Jay D. Blitzman Youth Advocacy Award.