Jo Kaplan

Los Angeles County Probation Commission

Ms. Kaplan was one of the three founding law directors of Dependency Court Legal Services, now known as Children's Law Center of California. She left CLC in 1998 to accept an appointment as a juvenile court referee and now serves as a commissioner on the Los Angles County Probation Commission, appointed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Yaroslavsky. Ms. Kaplan has long been an advocate for children's rights, starting with her career with the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office as a rookie attorney assigned to the juvenile division. Ms. Kaplan is the 2003 recipient of the Public Counsel Community Leadership Award for her work on behalf of Los Angeles County's at-risk children.