An Advocate for Children in Need

Pamela Wright By Jeanne Leong

Pamela Wright had been working as a family law attorney in the Beverly Hills section of Los Angeles for 15 years when one day in court changed her life. “I was handling my first juvenile dependency law case representing a grandparent and saw an attorney give a child a teddy bear,” said Wright RLAW ’91. “I found out that the person who gave the child a teddy bear was a children’s lawyer. I knew right then that I wanted to do that, too.”

Since 2012, Wright has been a children’s law attorney for the Children’s Law Center of California, which represents more than 30,000 children in foster care. She has represented children born with a positive drug toxicology, as well as others who have suffered physical abuse or sexual abuse or witnessed domestic violence. “Their brave hearts inspire me to do what I do,” she said.

A Las Vegas native, Wright served in the U.S. Army for three years before she and her former husband moved to South Jersey. While Wright was in law school, her mother lived with her to help her care for her young daughter. “I learned a lot about being disciplined in the army and that definitely helped me in attending law school full-time as a single mom,” she said.

In addition to her legal work, Wright began writing children’s books when her two sons, now 20 and 16, were younger. Albert the Grumpy Crocodile, which part of the proceeds go to help children get adopted, was published in 2016 and Albert the Alphabet Book was published this year.

She credits her law school experience in Camden for enabling her to do the work she does. “At Rutgers, I was given the opportunity to make a way for myself in the world,” Wright said. “I received a world-class education at Rutgers and I use these legal skills every day to protect children and keep them safe so they can have a happy, healthy life.”

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