Thank you for your interest in the 2017 LEAD Conference, Moving from Research to Policy and Practice to Improve the Lives of Youth. This conference was held at Georgetown University on April 6-7, 2017. Thank you to those who attended!

The recipient of the inaugural Janet Reno Women’s Leadership Award is Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund. She will be presented with the award and offer remarks.

The McCourt School and our Center for Juvenile Justice Reform were thrilled to hear from Georgetown President John J. DeGioia and Marian Wright Edelman, founder  and president of the Children’s Defense Fund and the inaugural recipient of the Janet Reno Endowment Women’s Leadership Award. Watch their inspiring remarks in the video below:


The McCourt School and our Center for Juvenile Justice Reform welcomed more than 300 researchers, advocates, and policy experts from across the country for the 2017 LEAD Conference. The participants were able to hear from a stellar group of nationally recognized speakers from across the juvenile justice, child welfare, education and behavioral health fields, including our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ed Latessa, from the University of Cincinnati.Soon a gallery of photographs taken throughout our conference will be available.

The LEAD conference provided a forum for participants to exchange ideas related to the growing body of research impacting policy and practice within the juvenile justice and related systems of care – and to celebrate the efforts of those who are on the front lines developing and implementing solutions.

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Inaugural Janet Reno Women’s Leadership Award

LEAD 2017 Ties Research to Policy and Practice to Improve the Lives of Youth