Visiting Fellow (2016-2017)
Bob co-founded Juvenile Law Center in 1975 and was its executive director from 1982 to 2015. During his career at Juvenile Law Center, he represented dependent and delinquent children in Pennsylvania juvenile and appellate courts; brought class-action litigation over institutional conditions and probation functions; testified in Congress before House and Senate committees; and spoke in more than 30 states on matters related to children and the law.
Bob’s distinguished career has not been limited to Pennsylvania, but includes fighting nationally and internationally for youth rights. Bob has held numerous leadership roles, including Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Youth at Risk and Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section. He also co-authored the American Bar Association's report, America's Children at Risk and helped author a follow-up report on youth's access to quality lawyers, A Call for Justice.
Bob was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. As part of the Network, he co-edited Youth on Trial: A Developmental Perspective on Juvenile Justice (University of Chicago Press: 2000). From 1991 to 2012, he was a gubernatorial appointee to the Commission's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee, which is the State Advisory Group that distributes federal funds in Pennsylvania and advises the governor regarding juvenile justice policy.
Bob is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and of Haverford College.