David Shapiro ’12 has been awarded the prestigious post-graduate Gault Fellowship. For the next two years, Shapiro will work at the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in Washington, D.C., performing extensive legal work for NJDC and assisting with the provision of training and technical assistance to the juvenile defense community.
Shapiro will work closely with juvenile defense attorneys and public defender offices nationwide, as well as law schools, legal clinics and nonprofit law centers to improve the access to counsel and quality of representation for all children. He will collaborate with NJDC staff to develop legal and policy work around a broad range of juvenile defense issues, write materials to inform the field, and assist in the research, and writing of amicus briefs. Shapiro will also be expected to engage in public speaking and juvenile defender trainings and initiate projects to improve juvenile justice in the delinquency system.
The Gault Fellowship is the sixth fellowship Shapiro has received while in law school that has allowed him to explore public interest work in the area of juvenile rights. During his first year, he received the first of two Equal Justice America Fellowships, which he used, in conjunction with a Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI) Fellowship and a Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship, to fund a summer externship with the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn and to attend a three-day children’s law seminar in Ann Arbor. Shapiro is also a Sparer Fellow and was awarded a second Equal Justice America Fellowship that funded his position this past summer at the Center for Children's Law and Policy.
Shapiro is thrilled to have been awarded the Gault Fellowship and excited to begin working in earnest in a career about which he has long been passionate. “I am particularly excited to examine the way different jurisdictions handle juvenile defenders and to help write amicus briefs on behalf of the center,” said Shapiro. “All of my work in law school has led me to this achievement.”