Marsha Levick Esq.

Juvenile Law Center
Levick, Marsha

Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, co-founded the Juvenile Law Center in 1975. Ms. 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.

Ms. 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.

Ms. 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. Ms. Levick is a frequent speaker and lecturer on children’s rights nationwide, and has also co-authored numerous scholarly articles on children’s rights, including zero tolerance policies, girls in the juvenile justice system, juveniles' right to effective counsel; the emergence of a juvenile Eighth Amendment standard; and the emergence of a ‘reasonable juvenile’ standard in criminal law.

Ms. Levick serves on the boards of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana; Southern Poverty Law Center; the Dean's Council, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the advisory board of Rutgers-Camden Law School's Juvenile Justice Clinic.

Ms. Levick received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from the Temple University Law School.