Frank P. Cervone ’82 Honored for Public Interest Work
Frank P. Cervone ’82 received the 2011 Andrew Hamilton Public Interest Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association. Cervone, executive director of Support Center for Child Advocates, was honored for his tireless commitment, skill and dedication to public interest, particularly in the field of child advocacy.
“Frank Cervone is among the Philadelphia’s most prominent public interest lawyers,” said Katayan I. Jaffari, President of the Support Center for Child Advocates Board of Directors. “He is a man whose expertise and dedication have made his name synonymous with child advocacy,” he continued.
Cervone’s dedication to public interest and child advocacy began as a staff attorney at Delaware County Legal Assistance Association and as an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Law School. He also previously served as counsel for Saint Gabriel’s System, which provides treatment services for juvenile offenders.
He currently serves as Chair of the Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund, has chaired the Advisory Committee on Child Welfare Services, and has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Adoption Law. He is a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, as well as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System. He belongs to Board of the Philadelphia Children's Alliance and is a member of the American Bar Association Children's Rights Litigation Committee Working Group. He is a founder and co-director of the National Children's Law Network.
Cervone received the Law School’s Donald W. Dowd Alumni Association Award for Public Service in 2002.