Patricia Soung (JD ‘08) was awarded a prestigious Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Institute to work with the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) at Northwestern Law. The Soros Justice Fellowship supports groundbreaking work to reform the American justice system.
Soung is one of only 18 lawyers, authors, journalists and scholars who were chosen to receive the award this year. She will work with CFJC faculty and students, national juvenile justice experts, and a coalition of lawyers and community representatives to support the abolition of life without parole sentences for juveniles.
The award also recognizes the local and national leadership role that the CFJC plays in juvenile justice law and policy. One of the most comprehensive clinical children’s law programs in the country, the CFJC promotes justice for children, adolescents, and their families through legal representation, policy development, and judicial reform.
Approximately 250 individuals apply for Soros Justice Fellowships every year, and up to 18 individuals receive the award annually. These prestigious fellowships recognize the impact an individual can have on far-reaching issues. Past recipients include Vanita Gupta, a lawyer who received the 2004 Reebok Human Rights Award for her work to combat racism in a Texas criminal justice system, and Adam Ortiz, an advocate who spearheaded a campaign that contributed to the U.S. Supreme Court declaring the juvenile death penalty unconstitutional.
For a complete list of 2008 Soros Justice Fellowship recipients and projects, click here.