Carolyn Lesch

Position title: Program Administrator, CLSJ, Emeritus



Carolyn Lesch earned her Master’s in Social Work from UW Madison in 1992. She first joined the Criminal Justice Certificate Program staff as a Field Instructor during the summer of 1998. From 2003 to 2020, she served as Academic Advisor, Lecturer and Program Administrator. She managed the internship component for Criminal Justice Certificate and Legal Studies students, including vital outreach to the criminal and juvenile justice communities and legal institution placements. Carolyn developed and taught an internship preparatory course, Legal Studies 405: Foundations of Field Education as well as Legal Studies/ Sociology 694: Field Observation in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. Carolyn has more than 20 years of direct practice experience working with court-ordered youth and their families. Carolyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her areas of expertise include adolescent development, child and adolescent mental health, juvenile male sexual offending behavior, multigenerational and interfamilial sexual abuse dynamics, and family systems theory and intervention. In addition to her roles with the Center for Law, Society, and Justice, Carolyn is a Senior Preceptor in the UW-Madison School of Social Work.