Executive Director: Lael Elizabeth Hiam Chester became the third Executive Director of CfJJ in March 2001, following five years of services on CfJJ’s Board of Directors. Lael is a graduate of Barnard College and Harvard Law School. Her prior work experience includes both litigating and researching juvenile justice, criminal justice and civil rights issues. She has held positions as the Albert Martin Sacks Clinical Fellow at the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. She received the Jay D. Blitzman Youth Advocacy Award in May 2004 for her extraordinary commitment to protecting the rights of juveniles as well as the Women of Justice Award from the Women’s Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in December 2009. In June 2011 the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps honored her with its Embracing the Legacy award. She currently serves as a member of the Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, serves on its Executive and Grants Review Committees, and chairs its Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee.