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Mr. Robert L. Listenbee Jr.

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Office of Juvenile Justice and De...

Phone: (202) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Washington , District of Columbia , United States
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20530
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania
  • Founder
    Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania
  • Board Member
    Philadelphia Safe and Sound


  • Degree of Juris Doctor
    Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California , Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree
    Harvard University
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - In furthering ..., 14 April 2015 [cached]
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In furthering President Obama's efforts to support American Indian and Alaska Native families and protect tribal communities, Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn and Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert L. Listenbee today announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Department of Justice are seeking to update the 1988 Model Indian Juvenile Code designed to assist federally recognized tribes in creating individual codes focused on juvenile matters and specifically addressing issues affecting Indian youth arrested for alcohol and/or drug-related offenses in Indian Country.
"Like the BIA's guidelines and regulations for state courts and agencies that implement the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Bureau's Model Indian Juvenile Code has long needed updating," said Assistant Secretary Washburn. "Tribes know best what will work in their communities, but the model will be updated to provide better federal guidance to tribes in an effort to insure proper respect for the rights and responsibilities of Indian juveniles arrested for alcohol or drug-related offenses and those of their parents, guardians or custodians. It also will provide tribes and their court systems greater clarity and flexibility in dealing with such cases."
"Safeguarding the fair and equitable treatment of all youth in the juvenile justice system is paramount to the mission of DOJ's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention," said Administrator Listenbee.
CJCJ Blog | Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, 14 Feb 2013 [cached]
The White House recently announced the appointment of Robert Listenbee Jr. as permanent director to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP has not had a permanent director since 2009, with appointments regularly held up by political maneuvering in the U.S. Senate. A recent rule change, resulting from the limited filibuster reform in the Senate last month, means that the President's appointee could no longer be blocked by political gamesmanship.
Mr. Listenbee will bring a lifetime of experience in juvenile justice reforms and a commitment to limiting the use of incarceration for youth offenders. He previously served as head of the Juvenile Unit at the Defender Association of Philadelphia and serves as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. Most recently, he served as a co-chair of the Department of Justice' Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence , which recently released a report of its findings. Among other findings, the report provided a national data analysis showing that two out of three children in the United States are exposed to violence in childhood, to varying degrees of severity. The report also details the extent to which the experience of trauma, from childhood exposure to violence or other forms of abuse, is the main driving factor of delinquent behaviors that result in youth contact with the justice system.
Having a federal administrator who is keenly aware of the role that trauma plays in the lives of justice-involved youth could have major ramifications for how justice systems nationwide treat the root causes of delinquency, rather than just punishing the behavior. During the December 12th press conference of the taskforce's findings, Mr. Listenbee called for trauma-informed screening to become standard practice at juvenile facilities nationwide.
CJCJ strongly endorses Mr. Listenbee and the task force's recommendations for justice systems to adopt a system-wide trauma-informed lens as they seek to supervise and facilitate the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. Since 1985, CJCJ's Sentencing Service Program has provided justice stakeholders with an in-depth study of each youth's social history; often revealing abuse, neglect, and/or exposure to violence.
CJCJ joins the chorus of justice advocates lauding Mr. Listenbee's appointment by President Obama as a major step forward in advancing best practice approaches to juvenile rehabilitation and local systems change.
Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania (JDAP): 2007 JCJC Faculty Bios, 24 Nov 2013 [cached]
Robert Listenbee Robert Listenbee serves as Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and co-director of the Northeast Juvenile Defender Center. During the past five years, he has overseen significant enhancements to the unit, which handles between 6,000 and 6,500 delinquency cases each year. During the last five years, the Juvenile Unit has been reconfigured to include a pre-trial attorney, a mental health/complex disposition attorney, a drug court attorney, a special education attorney, and a juvenile justice policy analyst, Robert Listenbee has served on and co-chaired numerous governmental committees, including the Subcommittee for Juvenile Justice for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender in the Justice System, the Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Philadelphia Juvenile Treatment Court Team Planning Committee. He is also a Board Member of Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth ( PCCY). He is an active member of the West Oak Lane Church of God where he serves on the Board of its Christian Academy.
Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania (JDAP), 24 Nov 2013 [cached]
Robert Listenbee, Esq.
Blueprints Conference 2014 - KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, 8 April 2014 [cached]
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Robert Listenbee Robert L. Listenbee serves as the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). He was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama in February 2013, and was sworn in to the position on March 25, 2013. Before his appointment to OJJDP, Mr. Listenbee was Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia for 16 years and was a trial lawyer with the association for 27 years. In this capacity, he created a specialized unit to deal with juvenile sexual assault cases and was instrumental in developing three specialty court programs that divert youth out of the juvenile justice system and reduce their risk of residential placement. Mr. Listenbee also worked with juvenile defenders across Pennsylvania to create the Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania, the first organization in the Commonwealth to create a community of juvenile defenders to focus on the interests of juvenile practitioners. He was also the only juvenile defense attorney selected to be part of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, which was established in response to the "kids for cash" scandal in the juvenile courts of Luzerne County. In 2010, the Commission issued a report recommending major reforms to the statewide system to ensure that a similar injustice did not occur again. Mr. Listenbee was also a member of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness. As a member of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Mr. Listenbee helped advise Pennsylvania's governor on juvenile justice policy. While a member of the Commission, he served on the Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee and advocated for the rights of juveniles and for improvements to juvenile indigent defense. Mr. Listenbee was also actively involved in the MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative in Pennsylvania. His work on this initiative included serving in both the Juvenile Indigent Defense and Disproportionate Minority Contact Networks. In 2011, he was honored by the Foundation as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for his leadership in reforming the juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania. He has contributed his expertise on policy committees of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and the National Juvenile Defender Center. He also served on the advisory board of the National Center for Juvenile Justice.
Mr. Listenbee played a central role in the Attorney General's Defending Childhood Initiative. As co-chair of the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, he was instrumental in the development of recommendations for launching a coordinated national response to address children's exposure to violence. He also served as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, which advises the President and Congress on juvenile justice policy. The committee is administered by OJJDP.
Mr. Listenbee received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
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