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Faculty, Staff Recognized for Work in Juvenile Justice, Law and Bioethics

Psychology Professor Receives Award from Justice Department

Jennifer Woolard

Jennifer Woolard

The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has recognized Georgetown psychology professor Jennifer Woolard for her research in the area of juvenile justice.

Woolard, also interim director of research at Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching and Service, routinely explores juvenile delinquency, mental health, and intimate violence through her research.

She received the Social Science Research on Indigent Defense Award from the DOJ’s National Institute of Justice, located within the Office of Justice Programs. Woolard will receive more than $500,000 for a 30-month project in partnership with faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

The project will examine juvenile defendants’ competence to stand trial, the attorney-client relationship and the role of parents in adolescents’ legal decision-making.

“I’m honored to receive this grant award because it represents such a critical issue for the juvenile justice system,” she says. “It allows my colleagues and me to apply our past work on the developmental capacities of youth to function effectively as defendants in the legal system to questions about the right to legal representation.”

Woolard says the project has the potential to have a direct impact on policy and practice in the juvenile justice system.

“We will work with youth and parents to investigate their understanding and beliefs about the right to waive counsel,” she says, “and the implications of that waiver.”

Legal Scholar Honored for Contributions to Education Law

Eloise Passachoff

Eloise Pasachoff

The Education Law Association (ELA) has selected Georgetown law professor Eloise Pasachoff as the recipient of the 2012 Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law.

The award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding article, book, book chapter or other form of scholarly legal writing in the field of education law.

Pasachoff received this year’s honor for her article, “Special Education, Poverty, and the Limits of Private Enforcement,” published in the Notre Dame Law Review last year.

She will receive her award during ELA’s annual meeting in November.

The legal scholar’s teaching and research interests include education and social welfare law and policy, administrative law and governance and regulation.

“I am humbled and grateful that the Education Law Association has chosen to recognize my work,” says Pasachoff. “It is truly an honor to join this distinguished group of scholars.”

ELA is a national nonprofit that promotes interest in and understanding of the legal framework of education and the rights of students, parents, school boards and school employees. 

Pasachoff has successfully blended a career in education and law. Early in her career, she taught middle and high school English in public and private schools in New York.

She currently serves on the executive committee of the education law section of the Association of American Law Schools and is a past chair of the committee on Education and the Law of the New York City Bar Association. She also just completed a seven-year term on the board of the Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, Mass.

Bioethics Adviser to Receive Award for Distinguished Service

Doris Goldstein

Doris Goldstein

The Association for Bioethics and Humanities has recognized Doris Goldstein with the Distinguished Service Award for her work with Georgetown’s Bioethics Research Library – home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of bioethics materials.

Goldstein, retired director of the library, continues to work as senior library adviser for international initiatives in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, which houses the library.

She will receive her award during the association’s annual meeting on Oct. 19 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Goldstein was the founding director of the Bioethics Research Library and recently retired after 38 years of service to the university. She received Georgetown’s President’s Medal in 2005, when she was honored for establishing and directing the library.

The Association for Bioethics and Humanities is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting an exchange of ideas and fostering multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development and collegiality in bioethics.

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