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April-June 2015

In this issue: Meet The New Executive Director, Reflecting on Nevada’s Child Welfare System, Ten Years Later, California Developing Evaluation Rubrics To Improve Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth

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April – June 2015 VOLUME XXXIV No. 2



Meet the New Executive Director

July 1, 2015
On August 1st, 2015 Jesse Hahnel became just the fifth director in the National Center for Youth Law’s 45 year history. Hahnel was selected after a nationwide search that produced many highly qualified candidates. He stood out especially for his extraordinary accomplishments on behalf of…

NCYL’s 2015 Summer Clerks

July 1, 2015

Melissa Adamson is a rising second year student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. This summer she will be assisting Senior Attorney Rebecca Gudeman on issues related to adolescent health care. When she returns to school, Melissa will serve as the Co-Coordinator…

Publications – April-Jun 2015

July 1, 2015
        Better Than Zero: How alternative discipline is replacing zero tolerance to break the school-to-prison pipeline
Advocacy & Communication Solutions The notion of breaking the school-to-prison pipeline has been gaining a great deal of national attention recently and the conversation has gained…

At the Center — Apr-June 2015

July 1, 2015
FosterEd: Los Angeles Welcomes Angela Vázquez as Education Policy Manager Angela Vázquez brings to her work a passion for ensuring equity for vulnerable youth from birth through young adulthood, especially as life opportunities are impacted by trauma and instability. She has worked with young women…

Reflecting on Nevada’s Child Welfare System, Ten Years Later

July 1, 2015
  By NCYL Staff Ten years ago, a group of foster children, foster parents, relatives, and advocates set out to reform the child welfare system in Clark County, Nevada. Two lawsuits later, the National Center for Youth Law’s legal work in the state concluded when…

Alumni News — Apr-June 2015

July 1, 2015
Former NCYL law student Clifford Rechtschaffen left his law professor position in 2010 to become a senior advisor to Governor Jerry Brown. He is the Governor’s expert on climate, energy, and the environment. He previously held a similar position when Jerry Brown was the Attorney…