October 1994 - February 2000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
U.S. Department of Justice
Shay Bilchik was sworn in as OJJDP Administrator on October 11, 1994. He previously served as associate deputy attorney general in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Bilchik began his career in 1977 as an assistant State's attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida in Miami. In 1979, he was promoted to juvenile division chief and later to deputy chief assistant for administration. He became chief assistant for administration in 1985 and had supervisory authority over juvenile prosecution programs, including those involving prosecution of juveniles as adults in the criminal division. He also established and oversaw the Child Advocacy Center, which is a multi disciplinary intake unit for cases involving victims of child abuse. As a prosecutor, Mr. Bilchik served as the coordinator of a number of special programs, including the Police-Juvenile Prosecutor Liaison and the School-Juvenile Prosecutor Liaison projects. He has lectured extensively on juvenile justice issues and served on the faculty of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Mr. Bilchik has served on numerous task forces and advisory committees dealing with juvenile delinquency and drug abuse issues. He also was involved in drafting a number of juvenile justice and child abuse legislative proposals in Florida. Mr. Bilchik received a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor degree from the University of Florida.