Youth Justice Clinic
Created to address the growing need for skilled lawyers in juvenile justice litigation and research positions, the Youth Justice Clinic will focus on the “school-to-prison pipeline.” It will partner with the Legal Aid Society to handle school suspension cases related to clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies; and it will work with other organizations and government agencies in doing impact work that will address problems associated with youth in the education and justice systems. Cardozo students will work in two-person teams under direct supervision, developing litigation, research, writing and advocacy skills. In addition, they will work in case development, client interviewing, counseling, drafting complaints, motions, advocacy materials, as well as learning oral advocacy in a wide range of settings.
Ellen Yaroshefsky - Director
Ellen Yaroshefsky is Clinical Professor of Law and the Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Ethics Center at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. She teaches professional responsibility courses, organizes ethics programs and is the director of Cardozo’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. Ellen created the Youth Justice Clinic and will be working with students this Fall.
Yaroshefsky is a member of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, an independent monitor that investigates corruption and helps maintain integrity in state government.
She represents lawyers and law firms in criminal, civil and disciplinary matters and serves as an expert witness on legal ethics issues.
She serves as an ethics consultant and frequently lectures on topics involving the law of lawyering to a wide variety of bar associations and other groups. She is cochair of the Ethics, Gideon and Professionalism Committee of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, cochair of the Ethics Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the ethics advisor for the Prosecutorial and Judicial Complaint Center of the New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the advisory board of the Justice Center of the New York County Lawyers Association and of New York State Bar Association Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, and has served on various committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She has received a number of awards for litigation and received the New York State Bar Association award for “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education.”
From 1975-82 she was a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Seattle, Washington. In 1982 she joined the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, litigating civil rights, criminal and international human rights cases. She was in private practice in New York from 1988-1992 and has been a full-time member of the Cardozo faculty since then. Prior to joining Clayman and Rosenberg, Ms. Yaroshefsky was of counsel to Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, specializing in the law of lawyering.
NY Family Court
Adolescents and the Supreme Court
Constitutional Values: 8th Amendment
Stops, Detentions and Constitutional Rights
Girls and LGBTQ Issues
Problem Solving Courts and Other Alternatives
School-to-Prison Pipeline Resources
School Suspension Hearing Manual and Simulation Materials
In Search of Meaningful Systemic Justice for Adolescents in New York Panel Summary
Raise the Age Campaign
Recent Articles & Publications
Youth in Solitary Confinement
Judith Kaye Taskforce
Youth Justice Organizations