He has been active in child advocacy as a lawyer, lecturer and administrator for over 25 years. In 1977, he became the first director of North Carolina’s Protection and Advocacy Program for Developmentally Disabled Persons. Since 1986, Al Singer has been the director and lead attorney for the Child Advocacy Commisson of Durham in NC. A graduate of Penn State and Temple University School of Law, Al was involved with the Willie M. vs. Hunt lawsuit and the advocacy efforts behind the passage of equal education laws for children with special needs in North Carolina. He hopes his experience in local child advocacy will help with influencing state leaders to formulate more family oriented policies in juvenile justice.