The 2018 Edward Ross Lecture in Litigation Children’s Rights Litigation
in the Age of Trump:

“The Fierce Urgency of Now”

Presented By Marsha Levick

MARCH 20, 2018 @ 12:00 NOON

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2018 Lecturer

Marsha Levick, ESQ.


Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, co-founded Juvenile Law Center in 1975. Throughout her legal career, Levick has been an advocate for children’s and women’s rights and is a nationally recognized expert in juvenile law. Levick oversees Juvenile Law Center’s litigation and appellate docket. She has successfully litigated challenges to unlawful and harmful laws, policies and practices on behalf of children in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.  Levick also spearheaded Juvenile Law Center’s litigation arising out of the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania juvenile court judges’ corruption scandal, known as the “kids for cash” scandal, where Juvenile Law Center successfully sought the expungement and vacatur of thousands of juveniles’ cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and is pursuing civil damages for the children and their families in a federal civil rights class action.

Levick has authored or co-authored numerous appellate and amicus briefs in state and federal appeals courts throughout the country, including many before the US Supreme Court, and has argued before both state and federal appellate courts in Pennsylvania and numerous other jurisdictions. Levick co-authored the lead child advocates’ amicus briefs in key recent United States Supreme Court cases, including Roper v. Simmons (juvenile death penalty unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment); Graham v. Florida (life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of non-homicide offenses unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment); J.D.B. v. North Carolina (a juvenile’s age is relevant to the Miranda custody analysis under the Fifth Amendment); and Miller v. Alabama (mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of homicide offenses unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment). Levick also served as co-counsel in Montgomery v Louisiana, where the Supreme Court ruled Miller retroactive throughout the country. Levick is a frequent speaker and lecturer on children’s rights nationwide, and has also co-authored numerous scholarly articles on children’s rights.

Levick serves on the boards of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center, and is a member of the Dean’s Council, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Levick has received numerous awards for her work, including:

  • Temple University’s Women’s Law Caucus Professional Achievement Award (2006)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Child Advocate of the Year Award (2008)
  • Foundation for the Improvement of Justice Award (2009)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association’s Andrew Hamilton Award (2009)
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Citizen of the Year (2009) (co-recipient)
  • American Association for Justice Leonard Weinglass Award (2010)
  • American Bar Association Livingston Hall Award (2010)
  • Rutgers-Camden Black Law Student Association Champion of Justice Award (2010)
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Women of Distinction (2010)
  • Clifford Scott Green Bill of Rights Award, Federal Bar Association, Philadelphia Criminal Justice Section (2010) (co-recipient)
  • Good Shepherd Mediation Program Shepherd of Peace Award (2010)
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Thurgood Marshall Award (2011) (Co-recipient)
  • Friends Select School, Distinguished Alumnae Award (2011)
  • Arlen Specter Award, The Legal Intelligencer (2013)
  • Philadelphia Award (2015)

Levick was a finalist for The Legal Intelligencer 2016 Attorney of the Year. Levick is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University Law School. Levick is currently an adjunct faculty member at Temple University Beasley School of Law.




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Edward Ross died well before any of his family or colleagues were ready. His life and career spanned some 65 years, first as a son and brother then a husband, father, teacher and lawyer. His work in the early years was the quiet labor of helping people in a general practice in first Philadelphia and then New Jersey.

In 1992, Ed partnered with Stephen C. Rubino and together they began a 15 year run as specialists in the area of adult survivors of early childhood sexual abuse. Ed was a tireless voice of justice to hundreds of diverse clients in desperate need of representation against the most powerful governmental and religious institutions in society. His devotion to his family is what drove him to excellence and what defined him as a man and as an attorney.

Ed had a tireless work ethic. He was also a man who could make you laugh in the worst of times. An adventurer who traveled the entire U.S., including Hawaii, as well as the eastern Arctic in Nunavut Canada. A deep thinker. A humane and decent man. Unrelenting. Kind. A person who you could count on no matter how dire the circumstances. A person who put the task at hand and the interest of others before himself.

A bright light went out on January 5, 2008. We will never hear his laugh again but we will always have his memory and that can bring a smile to the face of anyone who knew him.