Marsha Levick

Co-founder, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of Juvenile Law Center, America’s oldest public interest law firm for children.

Levick has published many articles on children and the law, and has participated in numerous cases before the US Supreme Court as well as federal and state courts nationwide. Notable cases include Roper V Simmons, Graham v Florida, and Miller v Alabama, all cases striking severe adult sentences for juveniles in the criminal justice system, and JDB v North Carolina, requiring consideration of youth in the Miranda custody determination. Levick also served as co-counsel in Montgomery v. Louisiana, where the Supreme Court ruled Miller retroactive across the country. Levick spearheaded Juvenile’s Law Center’s work in the Luzerne County Pa “Kids for Cash” judges’ scandal, the subject of both a book and an award winning documentary film. Levick serves on the board of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, and is a member of the Dean’s Council of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Levick has been honored for her work by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, the American Association for Justice, and received the Philadelphia Inquirer 2009 Citizen of the Year Award (co-recipient). Levick was also the inaugural recipient of the 2013 Arlen Specter Award, established by the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer, and the recipient of the 2015 Philadelphia Award. Levick is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law.