Sue Burrell, a staff attorney for the San Francisco-based Youth Law Center and a JDAI technical assistance provider, received the American Bar Association’s 2011 Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award in honor of her advocacy for the rights of youth in California and the rest of the country.
Burrell, also a board member for the San Francisco-based Pacific Juvenile Defender Center, received the award on Aug. 5, 2011, at the Bar Association’s meeting in Toronto. Bingham McCutchen LLP also held a reception honoring her in its San Francisco offices on Aug. 24.
“I have been fortunate throughout my career to have great people to learn from and to work with, plus the freedom to act in accordance with my highest values,” Burrell said.
The Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award was established in 1985 by the ABA Juvenile Justice Committee. Named after the Harvard Law School professor emeritus who became an early chair of the committee, the award recognizes lawyers who make positive and significant contributions to juvenile justice.
“The Livingston Hall award is given to those unsung and selfless heroes who advocate forcefully for children and advance their interests, in court and out,” said Jay Elliott, a practicing attorney in South Carolina and chair of the awards committee. “Sue Burrell personifies the reason this award was created.”
Burrell joined the Youth Law Center in 1987, and has been involved in a number of significant cases challenging inadequate conditions in California’s juvenile facilities. Her work has also included advocacy, consulting, and authoring juvenile justice articles and training materials.
“It is difficult to think of any more worthwhile way to spend my life than in improving the likelihood of successful outcomes for young people in the juvenile justice system,” she said.