Lucy Johnston-WalshApril 2019 — Clinical Professor of Law Lucy Johnston-Walsh received the 2019 Achieving Women Award in the Faculty category from Penn State. This prestigious award recognizes Penn State women who have shown notable leadership and accomplishment in their fields and have gone beyond the requirements of their employment duties and responsibilities in support of the University’s diversity efforts, promotion of equal opportunity, or contribution to human causes and public service activities.

Only one Penn State faculty member per year is selected for this award. President Barron presented the award to Professor Johnston-Walsh in a ceremony in University Park on April 26, 2019. “I am so humbled and very honored to receive this award,” said Johnston-Walsh. “I love the work that I do, and it is wonderful to be recognized by the University for my efforts.” As director of the Children’s Advocacy Clinic at Dickinson Law, Johnston-Walsh supervises law students as they represent child clients in court proceedings involving child maltreatment cases. She is also director of the Center on Children and the Law at Penn State. Johnston-Walsh is also actively involved in the Carlisle community, having served on the Cumberland County Children and Youth Services Advisory Board, Child Death Review Board, and a local working group for youth aging out of foster care.

Lucy Johnston-Walsh is a Clinical Professor of Law and founding director of the Dickinson Law Children’s Advocacy Clinic. Professor Johnston-Walsh’s research, teaching and service focus on juvenile law, specifically legal challenges of youth involved in the foster care system. She supervises law students in the legal representation of youth involved in the dependency system and her scholarship directly relates to systemic issues presented through the clinic cases, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of child advocacy. Her recent scholarship has been published in both medical journals and law reviews with forthcoming articles in Akron Law Review and Seattle Journal for Social Justice.