Joshua Branch is a Zubrow Fellow in Children's Law with the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. There, his work centers on economic justice and education law. He currently leads Juvenile Law Center's work on Maryland fines and fees and an education reform bill in Pennsylvania. He has also been instrumental in the filing of a class action lawsuit that resulted in the closure of Glen Mills School for abusive practices and civil rights violations of youth placed at the juvenile detention facility. He has presented on the issue of fines and fees in various lectures to both university students and legal colleagues. For his work at Juvenile Law Center, Joshua was selected as one of seven rising juvenile justice advocates of color nationwide by the National Juvenile Justice Network.
Before working at Juvenile Law Center, Joshua graduated from Penn State University—Schreyer Honors College with degrees in Political Science and Sociology, and was selected as his university's nominee for the Rhodes Scholarship. At Penn State Joshua was selected as a Stand Up award recipient for his work in the LGBTQ+ community, Political Science Student of the Year, and student government. Through Teach for America Joshua taught middle and high school English in Miami, Florida. In his first year teaching he received the highest reading learning gains of his middle school. He attended Georgetown Law where he was selected as one of eight Public Interest Law Scholars for his commitment to public interest work. He received honors for committing over 175 hours of pro bono work as a law student and won the Juvenile Justice Clinic's Public Interest Award for his performance and dedication to juvenile law. His work has been published in various news outlets most notably The Root.
In his spare time, Joshua enjoys hanging with his dog Winnie, Philadelphia sports, the Stuff You Should Know podcast, The Office, and live music.