The Juvenile Justice Center at Suffolk University Law School receives a $98,000 federal grant to support its efforts on behalf of indigent youth


The grant from the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will help make possible the Center's holistic approach to juvenile justice, which encompasses the efforts of an education attorney, defenders, a caseworker and a staff member dedicated to policy issues. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy supported the Center in its efforts to procure the grant.

“The Juvenile Justice Center is thrilled to receive support from the federal government in times of such adversity,” said Lisa Thurau-Gray, managing director of the Juvenile Justice Center. “We're very grateful to Senator Kennedy for recognizing the importance of strong juvenile defense.”

The Juvenile Justice Center, founded in 1998 with a grant from the Justice Department, serves more than 500 youth charged in delinquency matters annually. It also trains law students in juvenile legal matters.

Its educational advocates have represented students facing suspension or expulsion and youth in need of special education services. The Center has offered training on adolescent development to MBTA Police, seminars for juvenile defenders and annual statewide conferences.

This year's conference, “Children on Trial: Kids, Coercion & Crime,” will take place June 17 at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

The Juvenile Justice Center is now supported by Suffolk University Law School and government and private foundation grants.

For nearly 100 years, Suffolk University Law School, in the heart of downtown Boston, has remained one of the most respected names in legal education. Its expansive curriculum—more than 200 upper-level elective courses, specialty concentrations, joint-degree programs and an LL.M. in global technology—enables students to gain a strong academic foundation. A wide range of hands-on experience, including clinical programs, internships and moot court competitions, provides students the practical skills necessary to succeed. Suffolk Law's diverse and supportive community comes together in Sargent Hall, which was dedicated in 1999 and is among the country's most inspiring, modern and technologically advanced settings for the study of law.

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