Director, Child Advocacy Clinic
Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1994
B.A., Yale University, 1987
Andrew Block is on leave to serve as director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.
Prior to taking leave, Block was director of the Law School's Child Advocacy Clinic. From 1998 to the spring of 2010 he was the founder and legal director of the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center, a program that represents low-income children across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and started and co-supervised the Child Advocacy Clinic at the Law School as an adjunct professor. Block received various awards for his work at JustChildren, including the American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Child Advocacy Award, the Virginia State Bar’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year and the Virginia Bar Association’s Robert F. Shepherd, Jr. Award.
He has conducted trainings for judges, lawyers, parents and child-serving professionals across the Commonwealth and worked extensively with state policymakers on matters impacting children living in poverty. Block serves as a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Commission on the Needs of Children and is a co-editor of Juvenile Law and Practice in Virginia (Virginia CLE).
Block’s interest in child advocacy began after graduating from Yale University, when he taught for a year in a remote rural village in Kenya. Following that experience, he led wilderness trips for youth in New Mexico’s state correctional system and state mental health system. After graduating from Northwestern University Law School, he worked for the Seattle-King County Public Defender from 1994-97, where he focused most of his time on representing juvenile offenders.
In addition to directing the Child Advocacy Clinic, Block teaches a class on public interest advocacy skills and has previously taught seminars on children and the law.