June 4, 2012 -- UCLA School of Law student Francis “Frankie” Guzman ’12 has been awarded a 2012 Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Institute. A member of the law school’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, Frankie is honored to be a “Double” Soros fellow, having last year received the 2011 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. “I am very excited and humbled by this life-changing opportunity. This is my dream job that has been made possible with the help of ‘dream people.’”
The “dream people” who Frankie is referring to are UCLA Law Professors Gary Blasi and Jyoti Nanda, as well as Cathy Mayorkas and Rochelle Adleman, director and assistant director, respectively, of the UCLA School of Law Public Interest Program. Frankie will use the fellowship to fund his work at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, focusing on juvenile justice reforms in California. The project aims to reduce the number of youth prosecuted and imprisoned in California’s adult criminal justice system and to increase community-based services and dispositional options for high-end youthful offenders.
Soros fellowships span two years. The Soros Justice Fellowship furthers the mission of the Criminal Justice Initiative of the Open Society Institute, which is to reduce the nation’s over-reliance on policies of punishment and incarceration and restore discretion and fairness to the U.S. criminal justice system.
To view the Open Society Institute's website announcment for Francis Guzman, please click here. For the 2012 Fellows, please click here.