Marsha Levick is the co-founder, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of Juvenile Law Center, the oldest public interest law firm for children in the United States. For more than 35 years, Levick has been an advocate for children’s and women’s rights and is a nationally recognized leader in juvenile law.
Levick has written many briefs before the US Supreme Court as well as other federal and state courts, including Roper V Simmons, striking the juvenile death penalty; Graham v Florida, striking juvenile life without parole sentences for non-homicide crimes; JDB v North Carolina, requiring consideration of youth status in the Miranda custody determination; and Miller v Alabama, striking mandatory juvenile life without parole sentences in homicide cases. Levick has also written many scholarly articles on children and the law. Levick has led Juvenile’s Law Center’s work addressing the Luzerne County Pa “kids for cash” judges’ scandal, believed to be the largest judicial corruption scandal in American legal history.
Levick serves on the board of several national non-profit organizations, including the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, and is a member of the Dean’s Council of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Levick has received numerous awards for her work, including recognition from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, the American Association for Justice, and was the co-recipient of the Philadelphia Inquirer 2009 Citizen of the Year Award. Levick was also named the inaugural recipient of the 2013 Arlen Specter Award, established by the Legal Intelligencer to recognize the lawyer or judge who has done the most to promote the law, the legal profession or justice in Pennsylvania in the last ten years. Levick is an adjunct professor at both the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law.