2019 Marian Wright Edelman


In 2019, the NYU Annual Survey of American Law dedicated its 76th Volume to Marian Wright Edelman, a leading public interest advocate, non-profit founder and director, and a prolific author. She has shaped state and national policies for decades and has improved the lives of countless individuals. We are fortunate to dedicate this volume’s scholarship to Mrs. Edelman and to recognize such a dedicated and inspirational member of our national life. The following friends and colleagues of Marian Wright Edelman shared their reflections and paid tribute to her work:

Olivia Golden, Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Policy; Former Director of Programs and Policy, Children’s Defense Fund

Martin Guggenheim, Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law

Elaine R. Jones, Former President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health; Former Child Health Director, Children’s Defense Fund

Robert Schwartz, Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Juvenile Law Center; Beck Chair in Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law

John Sexton, President Emeritus, New York University; Dean Emeritus and Benjamin F. Butler Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

James D. Weil, President, Food Research & Action Center; Former Program Director and General Counsel, Children’s Defense Fund