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Professor Martin Guggenheim

New York University School of Law
Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Clinical Law
New York, NY, USA


Martin Guggenheim is the Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Clinical law at New York University School of Law where he has taught since 1973. He served as Director of Clinical and Advocacy Programs from 1988 to 2002 and also was the Executive Director of Washington Square Legal Services, Inc. from 1987 to 2000. For 15 years, he taught the Juvenile Rights Clinic in which students represented accused juvenile delinquents in New York's Family Court. He then created the Family Defense Clinic, which represents parents and other adult relatives of children in foster care in New York City.

Guggenheim has been an active litigator in the area of children and the law and has argued leading cases on juvenile delinquency and termination of parental rights in the Supreme Court of the United States. Guggenheim is also a well-known scholar whose research has focused on family law, adolescent abortion, First Amendment rights in schools, the role of counsel for children in court proceedings, empirical research in child welfare practice, and juvenile justice. He is the author of five books on children and parents. His most recent books include What's Wrong with Children's Rights, published by Harvard University Press in 2005 and, along with Randy hertz and Anthony G. Amsterdam, Trial Manual for Defense Counsel in Juvenile Court (2d Edition), published by ALI/ABA in 2008.

Guggenheim is a 1971 graduate of NYU School of Law where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Scholar. After law school, Guggenheim worked at the Juvenile Rights Division of New York City's Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney and in its special litigation unit. He also was a staff attorney for four years in the Juvenile Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation.  

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