Crisanne Hazen is the Associate Director of the Youth Advocacy & Policy Lab (Y-Lab), Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic, and a Lecturer on Law. Her background is in laws affecting children and youth of all ages. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, she worked in San Jose, California, as a supervising attorney at Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY), a program of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. She started her legal career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at LACY, where she created a know-your-rights curriculum for pregnant and parenting teens. She went on to provide direct representation to children and youth in a variety of civil proceedings including family law, domestic violence, guardianships, housing, immigration, benefits, special education, and school discipline. She worked on policy issues affecting children in the juvenile justice system, victims of domestic violence and other abuse, and special education students. She also managed several population-based projects, including a CSEC project, transition-age foster youth project, and a medical-legal partnership clinic. Before attending law school, Crisanne worked in higher education in Long Beach, California; at a community-based church in Denver, Colorado; and as a community organizer in Helena, Montana.
Crisanne received her J.D. from the University of California-Davis School of Law and her B.A. from Harvard University. She is licensed to practice law in California and Massachusetts.
- Supreme Court of California, California (2006)
- Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Massachusetts (2017)