Annie Balck, NJJN’s Deputy Director for Policy and Programs, has been working on behalf of at-risk and disadvantaged youth for over eight years. Prior to joining NJJN, Ms. Balck was a staff attorney at the Children’s Law Center (CLC) in Washington, D.C. At CLC, she represented children as a guardian ad litem in abuse and neglect cases. She received a Frederick B. Abramson Public Interest Fellowship Award in 2005 for her work at CLC. In 2004, Ms. Balck worked as a student attorney for the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project in Newton, Massachusetts where she represented girls in delinquency and CHINS (child in need of service) cases. In 2003, Ms. Balck served as a law clerk at University Legal Services (ULS), the federally mandated protection and advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities in Washington, D.C. Her clients at ULS included youth with both mental and physical disabilities. Prior to law school, Ms. Balck worked in development at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts in Olney, MD, where she also formed a theater troupe for high school students to use writing and performance to explore social issues. Ms. Balck has a bachelor’s degree in English with high distinction from the University of Michigan and received her juris doctor from Georgetown University.