Ricky Watson Jr.

Ricky is Co-Director of the Youth Justice Project, which works to ensure equity, fairness, and justice for youth in education, juvenile delinquency, and criminal systems.  Ricky, a native of Greensboro, NC, graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Political Science, and earned his J.D. from Elon University School of Law with a concentration in Public Interest.  During law school, Ricky taught legal principles to middle school students and also worked in the court system as a prosecutor.  After law school, but prior to joining SCSJ, Ricky worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Guilford County, focusing primarily on Juvenile Delinquency matters as well as civil and involuntary commitment proceedings.  After taking some time to work for the federal government, Ricky decided to rededicate himself to his commitment to equality in youth justice by joining SCSJ.  Ricky enjoys pop-culture, comic books, sneakers and sports in his free time.