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Feld to Receive Juvenile Justice Award

AUGUST 6, 2008—Barry Feld ('69), University of Minnesota Centennial Professor of Law, has been selected to receive the 23rd Annual Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award, given by the Juvenile Justice Committee of the ABA's Criminal Justice Section.

"Through his teaching, research, policy analysis, and insightful articles and books," said Robert G. Schwartz, co-chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee and Executive Director of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, "Barry Feld has long been one of the nation's most provocative proponents of fair and just treatment of young offenders."

Feld has been a member of Minnesota's Law School faculty since 1972 and recently was honored with its Stanley V. Kinyon Teaching Award for excellence in education in the Tenured Teacher of the Year category. He teaches juvenile law, education and law, criminal procedure, and torts.

His book Bad Kids: Race and the Transformation of the Juvenile Court received the Outstanding Book Award from both the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. "Barry Feld is considered to be the top juvenile justice scholar of our era," said Victor Streib, Fisher Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law and a national authority on the death penalty in juveniles. "His books, chapters, articles, and papers in this field are unmatched in quantity, quality, or influence."

"Our society needs people like Barry Feld who are willing to step forward to provide information, research, scholarship, and advocacy on the issues involving children," said Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Paul H. Anderson ('68). "We are fortunate to have Barry as part of our legal system in Minnesota, and the nation is fortunate to have been the beneficiary of his scholarship and his advocacy skills."

Feld received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1969 and his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in 1973. He was a visiting scholar at the National Center for Juvenile Justice, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

He has served as Assistant Hennepin County Attorney in the Juvenile Division and has been a member of the Minnesota Department of Corrections Special Committee on Serious Juvenile Offenders, Minnesota and Hennepin County juvenile justice task forces, and the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Legal Representation of Juveniles.

The Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award recognizes the skill and commitment of lawyers who devote a significant portion of their practice to the rights and interests of youth and children and who contribute significantly to the field of juvenile justice. The award was established by the ABA Juvenile Justice Committee in 1985 to honor the memory of Livingston Hall, a leader in the field.

ABA President William H. Neukom will present the award to Feld on Aug. 10, 2008, at the ABA's annual meeting in New York.

 

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