CHICAGO --- Steven Drizin, clinical professor of law at the Northwestern University School of Law, has been awarded the Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award by the American Bar Association.
Drizin, assistant director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic and legal director of the clinic’s renowned Center on Wrongful Convictions, was cited for “outstanding dedication and commitment to improving the juvenile justice system.”
The award was established by the ABA to recognize talented and dedicated advocates actively working to improve advocacy on behalf of juveniles in the justice system.
Drizin is the third Northwestern University Law School graduate to win the prestigious award. The other winners were Thomas Geraghty and Diane Geraghty.
At the law school clinic, Drizin supervises law students in delinquency and criminal appeals and in wrongful conviction cases. At the center, his research interests involve the study of false confessions and his reform work relates to requiring law enforcement agencies to electronically record custodial interrogations.
Prior to joining the Center on Wrongful Convictions, Drizin was the supervising attorney at the clinic’s Children and Family Justice Center where he built a reputation as a national expert on juvenile justice related issues. He was a leader in the successful effort to outlaw the juvenile death penalty and co-wrote an amicus brief in Roper v. Simmons, last term’s United States Supreme Court’s decision holding that capital punishment could no longer be imposed on offenders who were under the age of 18 at the time they committed their crimes.
He has written numerous law review articles, book chapters, and op-eds on these and other topics.