Gov. Deval Patrick ’82 has nominated Gloria Tan, a clinical instructor at HLS’s Criminal Justice Institute, to a seat on the Massachusetts Juvenile Court.  A leading national authority in the field of juvenile justice, Tan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the juvenile bench in Massachusetts.

As a judge on the Juvenile Court, Tan will rule on cases regarding delinquency, children in need of services, care and protection petitions, cases in which an adult contributes to the delinquency of a minor, adoption, guardianship, termination of parental rights proceedings, and youthful offender cases.

Currently, Tan teaches and supervises law students who represent indigent adults and youth in criminal and delinquency proceedings. Prior to joining CJI, Tan served as a public defender for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston, as well as an attorney for CPCS’s Youth Advocacy Division.

On Sunday, the students presented their model policies and participated in a discussion with Dean Minow. “After the presentations, we had an utterly fascinating conversation with the panelists that lasted about an hour longer than we had scheduled,” said Daniel Doktori ’13, an organizer of the event and one of the dean’s liaisons to the Harvard Innovation Lab. “This was a great example of Dean Minow’s commitment to alternative methods of legal education and her support of student-led initiatives.”

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