History

CAP was founded in 2004 by Professor Elizabeth Bartholet, who has served ever since as its Faculty Director. She has regularly taught CAP’s various core courses.  More information about her can be found on CAP’s Faculty and Staff page.

Crisanne Hazen joined CAP as Assistant Director in 2016. For more information about her, go to CAP’s Faculty and Staff page.

Martha Minow (Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, and former Dean of Harvard Law School) played an important role in CAP’s founding, continuing in an informal advisory capacity. Minow is a leading education and human rights scholar with research and teaching interests in education law and advocacy, including: special education issues, equality and inequality, human rights, law and social change, and issues related to women, children, and family. For more information about Professor Minow visit her faculty webpage.

Jessica Budnitz helped found Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program in 2004, and worked at CAP from 2004-2014, serving as a Lecturer on Law and as Managing Director. Before CAP, she founded and directed Juvenile Justice Partners, a child-focused legal clinic in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a 2002 Echoing Green Foundation Fellow, the 2003 recipient of HLS’s Gary Bellow Public Service Award, and a 2004 recipient of the YWCA of Cambridge Award for Outstanding Women. She is a 2001 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1998 summa cum laude graduate of Duke University.

Cheryl Bratt was the Assistant Director of Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program and a Lecturer on Law from 2014-2016.  Before joining CAP, she was a fellow at the University of Michigan Law School’s Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, a medical-legal partnership dedicated to improving the social determinants of health of low-income children and their families.  There, she supervised students litigating family, special education, domestic violence, and housing law cases, and she taught a seminar on substantive law and lawyering skills.  Previously, she was a litigation senior associate at WilmerHale LLP in Boston, Massachusetts where she represented parties at the trial, appellate, and U.S. Supreme Court level in securities actions and pro bono education and family law matters.  She clerked for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2008 and with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 2001.  Before law school, she taught eighth grade language arts in New Orleans, Louisiana through Teach For America and later worked for the organization as a regional director.