Jessica Budnitz

Child Advocacy Program

Civil & Human Rights


North America, United States

Jessica Budnitz 2002 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Inspire and prepare Harvard Law School students to become change agents in the field of child advocacy.

The Child Advocacy Program (CAP) at Harvard Law School is committed to advancing children's interests through facilitating productive interaction between academia and the world of policy and practice, and through training generations of students to contribute in their future careers to law reform and social change.

Jessica Budnitz is a Lecturer on Law and the founding Managing Director of the Child Advocacy Program (CAP) at Harvard Law School (HLS). Before working at CAP, she founded and directed Juvenile Justice Partners, a child-focused legal clinic in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the 2003 recipient of HLS's Gary Bellow Public Service Award, and a 2004 recipient of the YWCA of Cambridge Award for Outstanding Women. Jessica is a Prelaw Residential Tutor in Leverett House at Harvard College, and holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Duke University.