Founder and CEO Teen Law School
As the concerned parent of several precocious teenagers, Claudia recognized the need for preventive legal education for teens and parents. She researched the field and found no preventive legal education for teens or families. As a result and in cooperation with lawyers, justice officials, curriculum consultants and educators, she began the research, development, and testing that resulted in the Teen Law School program. Since launching Teen Law School in 2009, she has become a leading voice for teen empowerment and community support for positive youth development. As Chief Executive of Teen Law School Inc, and The Teen Law School Project, a 501c3, she is responsible for the care, maintenance and future growth of the country’s only branded provider of crime prevention education for teens, young adults and parents. As leader of many Teen Law School workshops, she has helped hundreds of young people protect their personal freedoms, public reputations, and future capacities for full economic, social, and civic participation in their communities. Claudia has advocated for preventive legal education for all citizens in addresses to the Arizona Public Defenders Association, Juvenile Law Section of the Arizona State Bar, the American Probation and Parole Association, Arizona Correctional Educators Association, Arizona State University College of Law, the Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary of the Arizona Supreme Court, Oregon’s Juvenile Justice Directors Association and Oregon’s School Resource Officers Association. She currently serves on the MYTAC Youth in Transition Advisory Council, a body commissioned by McEsa, (Maricopa County Education Services Agency) to enhance success for incarcerated youth transitioning back to family, school and community. She has been an active member of American Women Executives in Corrections, the American Probation and Parole Association, the Junior Leagues of America, and various other community boards and non-profits.