National Center for Youth Law

At the Center

Alumni Profile - Novella Coleman

December 3, 2021
What brought you NCYL? In Spring 2010, I participated in a Child Advocacy Clinic through Harvard Law School that matched me with NCYL as a Law Clerk. I worked in person in the Oakland office for three weeks and remotely for the rest of the…

NCYL’s Founding Timeline - As told by NCYL Founder Tom Smegal

September 15, 2021
“I was fortunate to be one of the founding members of NCYL. At the time—in the 1960s—I was a Board Member at the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. Several Legal Aid Board Members and I saw the need and opportunity to create an organization

Ma’Khia Bryant

April 21, 2021
Just hours before Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, police in Columbus, Ohio, fatally shot Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black teenager living in foster care. Her death is a stark reminder of the systemic violence inflicted upon Black, Brown and