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OJJDP Welcomes Administrator Robert Listenbee, JD

March 25, 2013

Robert L. Listenbee, JD, Administrator

On March 25, 2013, Robert L. Listenbee, JD assumed the role of Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Mr. Listenbee, a graduate of Harvard University and  the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, is a highly respected public defender and juvenile justice system reformer.

In 2011, Mr. Listenbee was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, which advises the President, Congress, and the OJJDP Administrator on juvenile justice policy. As co-chair of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, Mr. Listenbee was instrumental in the development of recently released recommendations for a national response to address children’s exposure to violence.

Mr. Listenbee served on several committees, including the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which advises the governor on juvenile justice policy.

Before joining OJJDP, Mr. Listenbee was a trial lawyer at the Defender Association of Philadelphia  for 27 years and chief of the Juvenile Unit for 16 years. In 2011, the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative honored Mr. Listenbee with a Champion for Change award for his contributions to juvenile justice reform in Pennsylvania.


Read the announcement from the White House.

Read Robert Listenbee’s full bio.