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Mark Soler, JD

Executive Director, Center for Children’s Law and Policy

Mark Soler is executive director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), a public interest law and policy organization in Washington, DC. He has spent more than 35 years working on juvenile justice reform throughout the country, first at the Youth Law Center and since 2006 at CCLP. While at the Youth Law Center, he worked on federal and state civil rights class action litigation over conditions of juvenile confinement in more than a dozen states. He also directed Building Blocks for Youth, a multi-state, multi-strategy initiative to reduce overrepresentation and racial and ethnic disparities affecting youth of color in the justice system. He oversaw efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative, including the DMC Action Network. He has been a part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative since its inception in 1992. He led Stop Solitary for Kids, a national campaign to end solitary confinement of youth in the justice system, and has written more than 20 articles and book chapters on civil rights issues and the rights of children. He has taught at Boston College Law School, the Washington College of Law at American University, Boston University School of Law, the University of Nebraska Law School, and San Francisco State University. He has received awards for his work from the American Psychological Association, American Bar Association, Alliance for Juvenile Justice, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Mr. Soler graduated from Yale University and Yale Law School.