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Francine Sherman

clinical associate professor; director, juvenile rights advocacy project

Francine Sherman

Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Telephone: 617-552-4382  

















Professor Sherman is a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston College Law School where she has been teaching Juvenile Justice for the past twenty years and where she founded and directs the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project. She speaks and writes widely about the juvenile justice system and, in particular, about girls in the justice system. She has testified before Congress, served on the U.S. Department of Justice National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women focusing on children and teens victimized by domestic violence and sexual assault, and was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of OJJDP’s National Girls Institute. She is the author of Detention Reform and Girls, a volume of the Pathways to Detention Reform series published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (2005) and Making Detention Reform Work for Girls: Practice Guide #5 (Annie E. Casey, 2013). Her other recent publications include the book Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy and Practice (Wiley & Sons, 2011) and Justice for Girls: Are we Making Progress? published in the UCLA Law Review (Volume 59 (6), 2012). She is an ongoing consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative on strategies to reduce the detention of girls nationally, and regularly consults with national and local foundations and systems on issues related to girls in the justice system. Professor Sherman was the Principal Investigator of the Massachusetts Health Passport Project (MHPP) and is Co-Founder and President of the Board of Artistic Noise, Inc., with branches in New York and Boston; both are programs working with youth in the justice system.


B.A., University of Missouri
J.D., Boston College


Fall 2015: Juvenile Rights Advocacy, Children's Law and Public Policy
Spring 2016: Juvenile Rights Advocacy, Juvenile Rights Advocacy II