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Child Advocacy Program

  • Y-Lab Open House

    March 7, 2023

    Please stop by the yellow house (23 Everett Street, Second Floor) to visit the Youth Advocacy & Policy Lab (Y-Lab) and learn about the clinics…

  • Photo K. Henning wearing red dress leaning against a white ledge.

    The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth, with Professor and Author Kristin Henning

    February 28, 2023

    Harvard Law School’s Youth Advocacy and Policy Lab (Y-Lab) is pleased to host Kristen Henning, Blume Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic…

  • Panelists including Scott Westfahl, Michael Gregory, and Sabrineh Ardalan sit at the front of a classroom.

    ‘We’re able to be our best selves … where we feel safe and supported’ 

    October 25, 2022

    Harvard Law School faculty members Sabrineh Ardalan, Michael Gregory, and Scott Westfahl candidly discussed their experiences with mental health, during and after law school, and shared how those have informed their work and strategies for well-being.

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    Clinics in Action

    July 15, 2022

    For one day in the 2019–2020 academic year, Harvard Law Today followed just a handful of Harvard Law's 47 legal clinics to see their work — and their efforts to advance justice — in action.

  • young African American child holding his father's hand and looking up at him

    Uplifting children’s voices in the Child Advocacy Clinic

    December 14, 2021

    In Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Clinic, students practice a variety of legal skills in order to amplify the voices of their most vulnerable clients: children.

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    What Betsy built

    June 14, 2021

    Betsy showed that advocacy can be married with academia and modeled how to unapologetically take a stand.

  • young African American child holding his father's hand and looking up at him

    Evaluating President Biden’s first 100 days: Children and families

    April 30, 2021

    In evaluating President Biden's first 100 days, Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Bartholet says the president has been a champion for children and families, but she hopes he will also reform the current homeschooling regime .

  • Young girl sitting with her bunny stuffed animal at a table with a pencil in her hand watching a teacher on a laptop.

    Will online schooling increase child abuse risks?

    August 14, 2020

    As more schools plan for remote learning, Elizabeth Bartholet and James Dwyer argue that school districts, child protective services, and other agencies across the nation must adopt new safeguards to prevent and respond to incidents of child maltreatment.

  • Evolving and Adapting: The HLS Clinical Landscape 3

    Evolving and Adapting: The HLS Clinical Landscape

    June 26, 2018

    More than 100 years after students started the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, there are now 40 clinics and Student Practice Organizations at HLS, focused on everything from cyberlaw to veterans’ rights.

  • Amy Volz ’18

    Volz, Jung win David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award

    May 22, 2018

    In recognition of their demonstrated excellence in representing clients and undertaking advocacy or policy reform projects, Amy Volz ’18 and Ha Ryong Jung (Michael) ’18 were named the 2018 recipients of the David A. Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award, named in honor of the late Clinical Professor David Grossman ’88.

  • An advocate for children, Ha Ryong (Michael) Jung ’18 has also taken a wider view

    An advocate for children, Michael Jung ’18 has taken a wide view

    May 7, 2018

    In his time at Harvard Law School, Ha Ryong (Michael) Jung ’18 has completed extensive coursework and clinical training in children’s rights, human rights and child protection, criminal justice, international and foreign law, and human rights advocacy and negotiation to shape a future career in child advocacy.

  • Elizabeth Bartholet, Dean Martha Minow, Snow Wu, and Paulo Barrozo S.J.D. posing together

    Children of All Nations supports work of Child Advocacy Program with $250,000 gift

    September 23, 2016

    The Child Advocacy Program (CAP) of Harvard Law School recently received a $250,000 gift from Children of All Nations (CAN). The gift, which will be distributed over five years, will provide funding to CAP to pursue its international human rights work on behalf of unparented children and their right to family.

  • Elizabeth at the front of a classroom speaking

    After ‘Baby Bella’: Bartholet indicts systemic failures to protect at-risk children

    September 24, 2015

    Elizabeth Bartholet '65, renowned child welfare advocate and founding faculty director of Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program, has been at the center of many public conversations following the discovery of the child, once known as Baby Doe, but since identified as Bella Bond.

  • Seth Hoedl ’15 and Seth Packrone ’15 win Exemplary Clinical Student Award

    May 27, 2015

    Harvard Law School’s Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs has recognized graduating students Seth Hoedl ’15 and Seth Packrone ’15 for exemplifying putting theory into practice through clinical work.

  • Jointly Held Copy

    December 6, 2013

    Gerald Storch J.D./M.B.A. ’82 was barely into his first semester of law school when he realized that, for him, something was missing. Storch had majored…

  • HLS’s Child Advocacy Program transcends disciplinary boundaries

    April 1, 2013

    When Elizabeth Bartholet ‘65 and Jessica Budnitz ‘01founded the Child Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School over eight years ago, they intended the program to serve as a model for other law schools. They intended the program to educate law students about the importance of working across traditional disciplinary lines. But they did not expect their ideas to transcend those boundaries by inspiring action within another discipline, namely journalism.

  • Building a Bridge of Redemption

    September 1, 2008

    Christina Greenberg’s client was labeled disruptive and was sent home from elementary school every single day last spring. The 8-year-old—who is mentally disabled, has hydrocephalus, seizures and is in a wheelchair—then lost summer services because his school district failed to submit the necessary paperwork. His mother—struggling to care for her son and his disabled twin on $1,000 a month—was desperate when she reached Greenberg, a summer intern with Massachusetts Advocates for Children.