Amy Woolard

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(Charlottesville) In addition to representing children in education, foster care, and juvenile court matters, Amy has over a decade of experience in administrative and legislative advocacy, policy research and writing, and coalition-building around court and criminal justice, K-12 education, safety net, health, and poverty policy issues that affect children and families. Prior to her role at LAJC, she spent five years with Voices for Virginia’s Children as the state’s lead advocate on child welfare and foster care policy. Over the course of her time at LAJC and Voices, she has successfully led legislative campaigns to halt the suspension of driver’s licenses for unpaid court debt, curb exclusionary school discipline, broaden access to the Children’s Services Act, extend foster care supports and services to age 21, and improve school stability for youth in foster care, among other efforts. She frequently presents on social welfare and criminal justice policy topics, including briefings for U.S. Senate committees, conferences such as the ABA National Conference on Children & the Law, and guest lectures at the University of Virginia School of Law, University of Richmond Law School, Georgetown University, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work, and elsewhere. In 2015, she was appointed by then-Gov. McAuliffe to the Virginia Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Prevention, and she is also a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Commission on the Needs of Children. Amy is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was awarded the Lewis F. Powell Fellowship in Legal Services. She also holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and an MS in Communications from the VCU Brandcenter (Adcenter). Outside of her work at LAJC, she writes on a broad array of social policy topics for publications such as Slate, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, and frequently volunteers for Remote Area Medical clinics held across the Commonwealth.

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