Alex Dutton

Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow

Alex joined ELC in 2015 as an Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow.  His work focuses on the representation of students cited for truancy in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.  A native Philadelphian, Alex completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Alex returned to Philadelphia to serve an AmeriCorps term at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, an alternative school serving formerly out-of-school youth.  From there, Alex enrolled at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he received a JD and MSW, with honors, through a dual-degree course of study.  Throughout law school, Alex remained committed to serving disadvantaged youth.  Alex co-founded a Youth Court at Strawberry Mansion High School for which he received the 2015 PSJD Pro Bono Publico award from the National Association of Law Placement.  At Temple Law, he was a leader with the School Discipline Advocacy Service, which provides direct advocacy for students in school discipline hearings in Philadelphia.  Alex was also a staff member on the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review; his article, The Next Frontier of Juvenile Sentencing Reform: Enforcing Miller’s Individualized Sentencing Requirement Beyond the JLWOP Context, was selected for publication and subsequently cited by the Supreme Courts of Iowa and Kansas.  During law school, Alex interned with various public interest organizations, including the Education Law Center, Juvenile Law Center, Community Legal Services, and the Support Center for Child Advocates.

adutton@elc-pa.org