Stephen Dixon

Of Counsel

Stephen Dixon joined Children’s Rights in July 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Dixon was the section chief in juvenile court for the Office of Public Defender in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In that capacity, he represented hundreds of youth in both child welfare and delinquency proceedings. For his work in juvenile court, he was the recipient of the National Association of Counsel for Children Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award and the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Career Public Interest Award. Mr. Dixon was a co-founder of the Juvenile Law Clinic at the LSU Law Center where he was also an adjunct professor of law. He was lead counsel in In Re C.B., a landmark Louisiana Supreme Court case on the right to treatment for youth in custody and the right to trial by jury for youth at risk of being placed at hard labor. As a member of the Louisiana Law Institute’s Children’s Code Committee, Mr. Dixon contributed to legislative reform both within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. He chaired the Committee’s sub-committee on juvenile confessions. Mr. Dixon is the author of “The Worst of Both Worlds: Punishments and Procedures for Children in Louisiana,” 30 Southern Law Review 329 (2003). He earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University, and received his law degree from the LSU Law Center.