Leadership & Staff

Patricia Soung

Director of Youth Justice Policy and Senior Staff Attorney

Patricia Soung leads CDF-CA’s youth justice policy team and advances its policy research, advocacy, legal and coalition-building work to shrink and reduce youth contact with the justice system, and expand and reinvest resources into youth development alternatives.

Previously, Patricia was acting director and clinical instructor for the Juvenile Justice Clinic for the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy at Loyola Law School. Patricia coordinated amicus briefs and strategy on a number of key cases on juvenile sentencing, taught juvenile law and procedure, and represented youth in delinquency cases. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, working on policy advocacy to decrease the population of incarcerated youth and improve outcomes in several states. Patricia was a Soros Justice Fellow at the Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University of Law, where she focused on challenges to juvenile life without parole sentences and wrongful convictions of youth through litigation, public education and community organizing. She has also represented juvenile and criminal clients as a panel attorney for the First District Appellate Project and California Appellate Project.

Patricia earned her JD from Northwestern University School of Law. She graduated from Stanford University with honors in 2001. She has taught as a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at University of California, Los Angeles and Occidental College, and served on the board of Highlander Research and Education Center and currently serves on the advisory board for the Independent Juvenile Defense Office in Los Angeles.

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