Professor Sherman is a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston College Law School
where she has been teaching Juvenile Justice for the past twenty years and where she
founded and directs the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project. She speaks and writes widely
about the juvenile justice system and, in particular, about girls in the justice system.
She has testified before Congress, served on the U.S. Department of Justice National
Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women focusing on children and teens victimized by
domestic violence and sexual assault, and was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of
OJJDP’s National Girls Institute. She is the author of Detention Reform and Girls, a
volume of the Pathways to Detention Reform series published by the Annie E. Casey
Foundation (2005) and Making Detention Reform Work for Girls: Practice Guide #5 (Annie E.
Casey, 2013). Her other recent publications include the book Juvenile Justice: Advancing
Research, Policy and Practice (Wiley & Sons, 2011) and Justice for Girls: Are we
Making Progress? published in the UCLA Law Review (Volume 59 (6), 2012). She is an
ongoing consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives
Initiative on strategies to reduce the detention of girls nationally, and regularly
consults with national and local foundations and systems on issues related to girls in
the justice system. Professor Sherman was the Principal Investigator of the Massachusetts
Health Passport Project (MHPP) and is Co-Founder and President of the Board of Artistic
Noise, Inc., with branches in New York and Boston; both are programs working with youth
in the justice system. 

Books and Reports


Making Detention Reform Work for Girls: A Guide to Juvenile Detention Reform (with Richard A. Mendel and Angela Irvine) (2013)

Throughout the nation, court-involved girls frequently pose minimal risk to public safety but suffer with...



Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice (with Francine H. Jacobs) (2011)

This accessible, edited volume reflects the multiplisciplinary, multisectoral nature of juvenile justice, including chapters by...



Consent to Medical Treatment by Minors in Massachusetts: A Guide for Practitioners (2006)

This guide is designed for healthcare providers, social service agency employees, and other practitioners who...



Taking on the Challenge: Phase I of the Hyams Foundation Girls' Initiative (2006)

This report describes Phase I of The Hyams Foundation’s funding initiative for eight programs providing...



Detention Reform and Girls: Challenges and Solutions: JDAI Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform #13 (2005)

This report is part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)...




Justice for Girls: Are We Making Progress?, Criminal Justice (2013)

Social expectations that girls behave obediently, modestly, and cautiously result in the detention and incarceration...



Justice for Girls: Are We Making Progress?, UCLA Law Review (2012)

Over the course of more than a century, structural gender bias has been a remarkably...



Gender Matters in Juvenile Justice (with Meda Chesney-Lind), New York Law Journal (2010)


Reframing the Response: Girls in the Juvenile Justice System and Domestic Violence, Juvenile and Family Justice Today (2009)

This article provides an overview of the role gender plays in juvenile justice processing. It...



Access to Community Healthcare for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Initial Lessons From the Massachusetts Health Passport Project, Women, Girls and Criminal Justice (2007)

From 2004-2010, the author directed the Massachusetts Health Passport Project (MHPP), aimed at facilitating continuous...


Contributions to Books


Children's Rights and Relationships: A Legal Framework (with Hon. Jay Blitzman), Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice (2011)

This chapter provides an overview of United States children’s law, framed both in terms of...



The Role of Gender in Youth Systems: Grace's Story (with Jessica H. Greenstone), Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice (2011)

This chapter —written from a legal and developmental perspective —describes the experiences of ‘‘Grace,’’ a...



The System Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Girls (with Lisa Goldblatt Grace), Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice (2011)

This chapter, which is written from the perspectives of law, public health, and social work,...

Promoting Justice for Girls in an Unjust System, Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System, Policy Issues and Practice Strategies (2006)


Contributor, Justice by Gender: The Lack of Appropriate Prevention, Diversion, and Treatment Alternatives for Girls in the Justice System (2001)

Selected Professional Activities


Know the Law, National Girls Institute (2013)

A series of 11 "Know the Law" legal briefs posted to the National Girls Institute...

Advisory Board Member, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Girls Institute (2012-present) (2012)
Visiting Lecturer, Renmin University Law School, Comparative Law Program (2012)

Selected Presentations

Current Issues in State Law: How Policy Advocacy Can Benefit Girls, National Girls Initiative Roundtable, National Girls Initiative and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2015)

Provided overview material for national Roundtable of organizations working with girls in the juvenile justice...

Overview: Girls and the Juvenile Justice System, Girls in the Juvenile Justice System, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2015)

Presented on Policy for Girls and Young Women in the juvenile justice system.

Organizer and Presenter, Current Challenges in Detention Reform for Girls, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Inter-Site Conference (2014)
Roundtable Participant, High Risk Girls in High Risk Settings: What Have We Learned, What's Next, Society of Prevention Research 22nd Annual Meeting (2014)
Juvenile Justice Girls: Precursors, Outcomes, and Treatment Needs, Society of Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting (2014)

Served as legal discussant on systems for criminology and psychology researchers on causes and trajectories...