1 NACC 33 rd Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference Austin, Texas October 20-23, 2010 Conference Faculty Biographies Ana Abarca, LLM A. Michelle Abarca is a Supervising Attorney with Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center's Children's Legal Project. Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) is a not-for-profit legal assistance organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants of all nationalities at the local, state and national levels. Michelle represents immigrant children in Immigration Court, before the Department of Homeland Security, as well as those in the public child welfare system. She also engages in local, state and national advocacy on behalf of immigrant children and youth. Melinda Andra, JD Melinda Andra is a Staff Attorney for The Kathryn A. McDonald Education Advocacy Project at The Legal Aid Society in New York City. Ms. Andra received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Before coming to EAP, she worked for the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society representing children in child protective and delinquency proceedings. Ms. Andra has ten years of experience working as a public school teacher. Nancy Aspaturian, JD, CWLS Nancy Aspaturian, CLC's Training Director, has been with the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles since 1992, where she develops and implements CLC's training program, which includes both new attorney training and continuing education components. Prior to becoming CLC's Training Director, Ms. Aspaturian was a CLC staff attorney representing both parents and children in dependency litigation. Ms. Aspaturian began her professional career as a Los Angeles County Public Defender, and then moved to the appellate arena as a California State Public Defender, representing felony and capital defendants in writ and appellate matters. Ms. Aspaturian is a NITA trained trial skills instructor, and participates as faculty for NITA's Rocky Mountain Child Advocacy Trial Institute, held annually in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Aspaturian is a frequent lecturer and selected speaker at a multitude of state trainings and conferences, including the Children's Advocacy Institute, Beyond the Bench, Juvenile Partnership Conference, Administrative Office of Courts DRAFT attorney trial skills programs, and California's DRAFTLink Mentoring Program. She is a founding member of the Task Force to End Homophobia in Foster Care, serves as CLC's representative for its Youth Drug Court and Adult Drug Court Committees, as well as the Juvenile Court's Barriers to Finalization Task Force.
2 Katie Baca, JD Katherine Baca, Staff Attorney Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, Inc. Law Office of Emma Castro 1000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 430 Monterey Park, CA (323) (323) (fax) Katie Baca is a trial attorney for the Law Office of Emma Castro, one of the four firms that devise the Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, Inc. Ms. Baca previously worked for the Children's Law Center and its predecessor, Dependency Court Legal Services, Inc. Ms. Baca has practiced in the Los Angeles Dependency system representing parents and children since Ms. Baca also does regional center appeals for developmentally delayed children in the system. Ms. Baca graduated from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 1996 and obtained a master's degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Katie grew up in Northern Virginia and now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and her two amazing children. Ellen Bacon, JD Ellen Bacon, Writ Attorney Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, Inc. Law Office of Emma Castro 1000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 430 Monterey Park, CA (323) (323) (fax) Ellen Bacon is a writ attorney with Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, Inc. a non-profit organization representing the roughly 30,000 parents with open dependency cases in Los Angeles County. At LADL, Inc., Ms Bacon serves on the Legislative Committee and Training Committee. Prior to working with LADL, Inc., Ms. Bacon was a panel attorney with the Second and Fourth Appellate Districts for the State of California representing criminal defendants and parents and children in dependency proceedings. In addition to appellate work, Ms. Bacon has also done extensive litigation for families of children with special needs. Ms. Bacon is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and Whittier College School of Law where she was an editor on the school's Law Review, fellow in the Center for Children's Rights, and graduated summa cum laude. James Bell, JD James Bell is the Founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI). Mr. Bell and his colleagues at the BI are working with systems and community stakeholders to reduce the disproportionality of youth of color in the juvenile justice system in over 40 jurisdictions throughout the country. He guides the BI's Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), a national network of programs working successfully with young people of color. Mr. Bell also works closely with the Casey Foundation s JDAI jurisdictions and the MacArthur Foundation s Models for Change Initiative. Kent Berkley, JD Kent Berkley is a Senior Associate Director for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, and responsible for the sites of Rhode Island and Tampa, Florida. He was formerly a consultant with M&B Consulting LLC in Nashville, Tennessee. Kent is an attorney by trade and was a key negotiator in the Tennessee Brian-A Settlement Agreement. Kent will provide additional expertise in systems transformation and improvement. He is a proponent of reducing congregate care placements for children and youth, and is particularly adept in family centered practice and youth engagement. Kent has conducted needs assessments, trainings, and provided technical assistance in the areas of independent / transitional living, resource home development, functional assessments,
3 structured decision making, and juvenile justice practice reform. He is the co-author and developer of the Department of Children's Services Practice Model. Karin Bonicoro, JD EDUCATION B.A., Political Science, University of Texas at El Paso M.Ed., Exercise Physiology, University of Texas JD, University of Texas School of Law PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Member, Texas Supreme Court Commission on Children, Youth & Families (October 5, 2009-Present). Chair, Technology Committee, Supreme Court Commission on Children, Youth & Families (July, present) Member, Technology Committee, Supreme Court Commission on Children, Youth & Families (December 2007 July 2008) Co-Chair, Advisory Committee, Office of Court Administration Child Protection Courts (2007 February 2010)). State Bar of Texas: Member Member, Family Law Section, Litigation Section & Appellate Section Austin Bar Association (Formerly: Travis County Bar Association): Former Austin Bar Association Board Member, Representing CAFA Section, Current member of the Civil Appellate Law Section. Former Council Member, Civil Appellate Law Section, ; Former Chair of the Civil Appellate Law Section CLE Committee, 1996; Member, Family Law Section, 1998-present. Member, Litigation Section Former Member, Solo/Small Firm Section Former Chair, Solo/Small Firm Section: Network/Resource Sharing Committee Former Member CAFA Section & First President of CAFA Section ( ) Former Member/Travis County Women Lawyers Association: Membership Chair ( , ) PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS: 2009: Speaker: New Braunfels Bar Association CLE: Caselaw & Legislative Update. 2009: Author, Speaker & Panel Moderator: Representing Parents in DFPS Cases, Section #55, Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, Texas 2009: Panel Moderator: Children & Youth in Court: Statutory & Ethical Duties & Responsibilities of the Appointed Attorney, Section #54, Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas Texas 2009: Author: Bringing Children to Court in Child Protective Services Cases, Heartbeat: Spring/Early Summer 2009, Newsletter of Texas CASA. 2008: Author: Representing Parents in FPS Cases, in conjunction with State Bar of Texas webcast CLE. 2007: Author: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: Selected Issues, CAFA CLE, Travis County Bar Association 2003: Duties of Appointed Attorneys & ABA Standards, co-author, with Gail Nicholson, Advocacy in Child Protection Proceedings CLE, sponsored by Central Texas Association of Counsel for Children with grant assistance from the Children's Justice Act Project. 2003: Ethical Considerations & Possible Traps, co-author with Tricia Heil, Advocacy in Child Protection Proceedings CLE, sponsored by Central Texas Association of Counsel for Children with grant assistance from the Children's Justice Act Project. Alyce Bondurant, Judge Alyce Bondurant is the associate judge of the North Texas Child Protection Court. She has served in that capacity for two years. Prior to being appointed to the bench, she was the managing attorney in the Wichita Falls office of the Texas Attorney General/Child Support Division for seven years. Before entering the government sector, Judge Bondurant was a family attorney in private practice for seventeen years. Judge Bondurant served as the Wichita County Bar Association president and the chair of the regional grievance committee. She was active in the women s shelter movement for twenty years by serving on the Texas Council on Family Violence and local shelter boards. Prior to leaving private practice she was the county and regional chair of those child welfare boards.
4 Donald Bross, JD, Ph.D. Donald Bross is Professor of Pediatrics (Family Law) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Director of Education and Legal Counsel for the Kempe Children s Center. Following his graduation with high distinction from Dartmouth College, and five years active service as a naval officer, he was awarded a National Institutes of Mental Health Traineeship in Medical Sociology at the University of Wisconsin receiving an M.S. and PhD. Before graduating from the University Of Colorado School Of Law he worked as a law clerk for the University Counsel at the C.U. Medical School, and two years later was appointed to begin thirty-two years as a faculty member. During his tenure, he has represented maltreated children in court, drafted child protection legislation and founded the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), all in an effort to advance the field of pediatric law. Awards include: the Kempe Foundation Award for Service to Children (1990), the Distinguished Service Award given by the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (1994), the first Distinguished Service Award given by the National Association of Counsel for Children (2000), University of Colorado School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award for Education (2001) and the 2003 Commissioner s Award, U.S. Department of Human Services, Administration from Children & Families, for Outstanding Leadership and Service in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Cynthia Bryant, JD Cynthia graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in Much of her career as a lawyer, teacher, and agency executive has focused on the legal rights of children. With Professor John J. Sampson, in 1980 she founded the Children's Right Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law and worked there for almost 15 years as an attorney for children in child protection cases. Her career includes two stints in government service, including as Deputy Attorney General and Director of the IV-D child support program for Texas. Her work on behalf of children has been recognized by Texas CASA, the State Bar of Texas Child Abuse and Neglect Committee, the Texas Supreme Court, and the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. She currently teaches dispute resolution and her research interests focus on dispute resolution in child protection and child support cases. Jane Burstain, Ph.D. Jane McClure Burstain handles child welfare policy and CPS budget issues for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a non-profit public policy think tank. Before joining the center, she served as an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, where she taught a family policy class in the Masters of Public Policy Program. Prior to that she worked as an attorney for 6 years representing children in the Los Angeles child welfare system. She earned a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School in 2008 with her dissertation addressing how to improve outcomes for adolescent mothers in the child welfare system. Jane also earned a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 1995 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Virginia in 1989.
5 Darlene Byrne, Judge Darlene Byrne has served as Judge of the 126th Judicial District Court in Travis County, Texas since January Prior to her election in 2000, she practiced for thirteen years in the areas of employment, commercial and governmental entity litigation. Judge Byrne is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, was a member of the Order of the Coif and where she was on the editorial staff of the Houston Law Review. In her professional capacity as an attorney and judge she was appointed to, and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Supreme Court of Texas' Permanent Judicial Commission for Children Youth and Families and she previously served as the Chair of the Data Subcommittee for this Commission. She has been elected to serve as a Member of the National Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and as the Chair of the Travis County Juvenile Justice Board. She founded, and is the lead judge for, the Travis County Model Court for Children and Families. She is the Presiding Judge, and was a founding team member of, the Travis County Family Drug Treatment Court. She was recognized as the recipient of the 2008 Texas CASA Lone Star Proud Judge of the Year Award, 2009 recipient of the Travis County Women's Lawyer Association's Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2009 recipient of the YWCA of Greater Austin's Woman of the Year Award in the area of racial justice. She also recently helped bring grant funding to Travis County to support the creation of the new Office of Parent Representation and Office of Child Representation, and she serves as a Member of the Oversight Committee for these offices. Judge Byrne is an Austin Bar Foundation Founding Life Fellow, a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and has served as co-chair of the 2008 and 2009 Law Day celebrations of the Austin Bar Association ( ABA,), as well as co-chair for the Austin Do The Write Thing Challenge, past co-chair of the ABA Vanishing Jury Trial Committee, is a past Secretary of the Texas Administrative and Public Law Council for the State Bar of Texas, was the 2005 Judicial Chair of the Austin Bar Foundation Gala, and is the past program committee chair for the Travis County Labor and Employment Law Section. She is the recipient of the Government Service Award for 2005 presented by the Travis County Women Lawyers' Association. In her role as a mom and community member, she is a board member of GenAustin, a past chair of Ballet Austin Barre, a past Board Member and Treasurer for the Austin Rape Crisis Center (Safe Place), and a graduate of Leadership Austin. Judge Byrne is the mother of three great kids (Erin 20, Conor 16, and Devin 14) and is the proud spouse of Dan Byrne of Fritz, Byrne, Head and Harrison, L.L.P. Judge Byrne loves to support her children in theatre, football, basketball, baseball, golf and music. She enjoys golfing, reading, exercising, traveling, horseback riding and hiking. She also enjoys visiting with students of all ages and speaking with them about the judicial process. Naomi Cavanaugh, MSW Naomi Cavanaugh is a Licensed Master Social Worker and an Assistant Social Work Supervisor at the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice. Naomi earned her MSW degree at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service in Prior to joining the Legal Aid Society in 2007, she worked with homeless children and families. At Legal Aid, Naomi works with an interdisciplinary team of supervisors to manage the social workers, attorneys, paralegals and support staff in the Bronx trial office
6 Cara Chambers, JD Cara Chambers is the Supervising Attorney for The Kathryn A. McDonald Education Advocacy Project (EAP) at The Legal Aid Society in New York City. Prior to joining EAP, Ms. Chambers was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where she worked on commercial litigation and provided pro bono representation on a number of child welfare and special education matters. Before attending law school, Ms. Chambers worked for five years as a bilingual teacher in the New York City public school system. Ms. Chambers earned her law degree at Georgetown University. She also holds a Master's Degree in Bilingual Education from Fordham University. Fred Cheesman, Ph.D. Fred L. Cheesman, II is a principal court research consultant with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). He is an experienced researcher, research administrator, and policy-analyst specializing in juvenile justice and problem-solving courts. Since joining NCSC in 1997, major areas of project work included 1) evaluations of juvenile blended sentencing in Minnesota, Ohio, and Vermont; 2) cost-benefit analysis (e.g., Midtown Manhattan Community Court); 3) evaluation of risk assessment instruments for low-level offenders in Virginia; 4) an analysis of the SJI-funded project examining case-processing times for courts of the last resort; 5) developing caseload forecasts for more than a dozen facilities design projects; 6) performance measures for drug courts (juvenile and adult) statewide and locally; and 7) the evaluation of the DC District Court's Juvenile Social Services Unit. Prior to joining NCSC, Dr. Cheesman served on the faculty of the University of Baltimore (UB) with a joint appointment in the criminal justice and public policy divisions, also servicing as a research associate with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy. At UB and also as a visiting professor at Indiana University, he taught juvenile justice courses. Prior to this, he served as a researcher and systems analyst for 15 years with the Ohio Department of Youth Services, where he developed population forecasts for the agency and conducted program evaluations. In this capacity, he worked extensively with the Ohio juvenile courts. Jenny Cheung, JD, CWLS Jenny Cheung, Supervising Attorney and Volunteer Coordinator, joined the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles in Ms. Cheung served as a trial attorney for over five years prior to becoming a CLC Writ Supervisor. In her position as Supervising Attorney, she is responsible for providing oversight and training to new and case-carrying attorneys, and specializes in writ and appellate related matters. Leah Cullen, JD Leah Cullen, Esq. Supervisor/Conciliation Coordinator Ms. Cullen is a graduate of Emory University and earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During law school, Ms. Cullen was hired as a full time certified legal intern and was formally hired as a staff attorney at KidsVoice after graduation. In October 2005, Ms. Cullen was promoted to the position of Legal Resource Coordinator, and in February 2009, was promoted to position of Supervisor and Conciliation Coordinator. In addition to supervising the North and Central regional teams, Ms. Cullen is responsible for coordinating the conciliation process for postsecondary education bound clients with Allegheny County CYF and Department of Human Services. Ms. Cullen is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny
7 County Bar Association. She is a member of the ACBA Juvenile Law Committee, where she has served on the Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee, and continues to serve on the Opinions Subcommittee and Community Service Subcommittee. Ms. Cullen has spoken at a number of local, state and national conferences on various areas of juvenile law, including the 2008 U.S. Department of Human Services Pathways to Adulthood National Independent Living/Transitional Living Conference and the 2009 Children's Hospital Hope and Healing Conference. Ms. Cullen also serves on the Allegheny County Family Finding Task Force, the Allegheny County Family Group Decision Making Task Force, and on the United States Attorney's Office Western District of Pennsylvania Crimes Against Children Task Force. In 2009, Ms. Cullen was selected to be a member of the ACBA Inaugural Young Fellows. Amanda Donnelly, JD Amanda Donnelly is the Managing Attorney at the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC). Ms. Donnelly received her law degree in 2003 from the University of Denver and is licensed to practice law in Colorado. While in law school, Ms Donnelly interned at the NACC, the Colorado State Public Defender s Office, Metro Volunteer Lawyers and North American Indian Legal Services. Her legal experience has focused on advocating for children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Ms. Donnelly recently returned from two-years in Brisbane, Australia where she worked as a Policy Officer at the Queensland Law Society. Ms. Donnelly received a bachelor s degree from Colorado State University in History. Marguerite Downing, Judge Judge Marguerite D. Downing is a judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. She was appointed by the Governor on August 21, Assigned to Children s Court, she presides over a dependency law calendar. Prior to her appointment, Judge Downing was a Deputy Public Defender with the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Defender for over 18 years. During her tenure in the office, she handled cases ranging from petty thefts to murder cases. She also handled two rotations into the juvenile services branch representing delinquent juveniles, which include an assignment as the Deputy in Charge of the Kenyon Branch Public Defender s Office. Her last assignment in the office was serving as a mentor/trainer attorney for new deputy public defenders. Although a new member of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, Judge Downing is vice chair of the Judicial Mentor Program. She is a past commissioner of the ABA s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. Long active in professional organizations, Judge Downing was Vice President of the State Bar of California Board of Governors at the time of her judicial appointment. She is a past president of California Women Lawyers Association, the California Association of Black Lawyers and Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. She still serves as an advisor to the State Bar of California Criminal Law Section executive committee. She is a former chair of that committee and teaches continuing legal education courses on trial preparation and other criminal law topics. Judge Downing serves on the Board of Directors of the California Bar Foundation, the Mental Health Associates of Los Angeles and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Judge Downing is also a member of the National Bar Association, the Links, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Kim Dvorchak, B.A., JD
8 Kim Dvorchak is an attorney specializing in juvenile defense and has challenged the constitutionality of Colorado's direct file statute that permits prosecutors to file charges against children in adult court. Ms. Dvorchak has presented at CLE workshops for the National Juvenile Defender Center, the Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. Ms. Dvorchak is a founding member and chair of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of juvenile defense and treatment of youth in Colorado's juvenile justice system. Previously Ms. Dvorchak worked for The Legal Aid Society in New York City and the Public Defender's Office in Colorado Springs. Laura Eccles, LCSW Laura Eccles is a faculty instructor at the at UC Denver, School of Medicine, in the Department of Pediatrics, at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. She provides evidence based trauma treatment for children and their caregivers involved the Denver Department of Human Services child welfare division that is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). In addition to a full caseload, she provides case consultation to the child protection workers, attorneys and other service providers to assist in making trauma informed decisions for children and their families. Ms. Eccles has worked with children and families experiencing trauma in various settings; including domestic violence shelters and agencies, the child welfare system and school based programs. Previous to her current position, she worked as a therapist based at a child welfare office in Oregon. Funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, the Safe Start Project was one of 15 pilot programs providing evidence based interventions for children who have witnessed and experienced violence. She worked collaboratively with child welfare case workers, attorneys and other community brokers to provide trauma specific services to children and their caregivers. She has trained foster parents, child welfare workers, attorneys, early childhood professionals, and students on the effects of trauma on children. She has also trained child welfare professionals and brokers utilizing the NCTSN Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit. Currently, she is working on implementing the use of the NCTSN Trauma Workshop for Resource Parents to help foster parents in Colorado be better prepared to address the needs of traumatized children in their care. She has Bachelors Degree in English and Women's Studies and a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado. Barbara Elias-Perciful, JD Barbara Elias-Perciful is the Director of Texas Lawyers for Children. She also serves as an attorney ad litem and/or guardian ad litem for children in child protection cases. Barbara graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University's School of Law in After completing a federal judicial clerkship, she began her law practice in business litigation at Latham & Watkins in California. Barbara continued her practice in business litigation at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas where she took her first pro bono case representing an abused child. Shortly thereafter Barbara left the firm and opened a private practice devoted exclusively to child abuse issues and representing abused children. In 1995, appalled by the disparities in the quality of legal services provided to corporations and those provided to abused children, Barbara founded Texas Loves Children, Inc. (TLC) a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse through legal advocacy and education. TLC later created Texas Lawyers for Children, an Online Resource and Communication Center,
9 which provides statewide assistance to Texas judges and attorneys handling child abuse and neglect cases. Barbara has served on the State Bar's Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect for many years and is the current Chair of the Committee. In August 2009, Barbara was honored as the Distinguished Lawyer recipient of the American Bar Association's 2009 Child Advocacy Award, given by the Young Lawyers Division. Mary Eschelbach Hansen, Ph.D. Mary Eschelbach Hansen is widely published in the fields of child welfare policy and economic history. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. She is an associate professor of economics at American University in Washington, DC. Maureen Farrell-Stevenson, JD Maureen Farrell-Stevenson is the incoming President / CEO of the National Association of Counsel for Children. Ms. Farrell-Stevenson is the co-founder of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy where she was the Executive Director since Her legal career has been dedicated to advocating for impoverished children and families as a litigator and policy advocate. Before moving to policy advocacy, Farrell-Stevenson litigated public benefits and welfare reform issues for the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver (nka Colorado Legal Services). Her areas of practice included representing children and families in domestic relations proceedings involving domestic violence, child sexual abuse, public benefits and child support enforcement. Early in her career, Farrell-Stevenson represented children and parents in dependency and neglect proceedings. Farrell-Stevenson graduated from Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C. in 1983 and she has a Bachelor s of Science (Honors) in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. Paul Gallego, Judge Paul D. Gallego was appointed on August 1, 2000 as Associate Judge of the 4th and 5th Judicial Administrative Regions Cluster Court covering, Duval, Jim Hogg, Webb, and Zapata Counties. Judge Gallego's professional activities include serving as President of the following organizations: The Laredo-Webb County Bar Association, , The Laredo Young Lawyers Association, , and the Laredo Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc., He has also served as District Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association , Texas Delegate for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers House of Delegates, 1987, State Bar of Texas District 12-A Grievance Committee, , Litigation Council Director , and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Judge Gallego is the recipient of several awards including: Laredo Young Lawyers Association Presidential Award, , Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, , Pro-bono Lawyer of the Year, 1986 and 1988, Laredo Bar Meritorious Service Award, , and the State Bar Award of Merit , to name a few. Judge Gallego served in the United States Army, He attained the rank of Captain. He completed his officer's basic and advanced courses in Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado where he served as the S-1/Adjutant for the Fourth Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery. He was responsible for administrative, personnel, and legal matters for over 2,400 soldiers. He received an Honorable Discharge and was awarded the
10 Army Commendation Medal in While at Texas A&M University Judge Gallego was promoted to the rank of Major serving as the 4th Battalion Executive Officer. He was a member and squad leader for the Ross Volunteers. He was a member of the Texas State Champion Fish Drill Team in and severed as Sophomore Advisor in He was the recipient of the Best Drilled Freshman and Sophomore Medals for 2nd Brigade. He was a member of Company G-2 (Gladiator G) and L-2 (Rough Rider L). He also served in the Cadet Honor Court Judge Gallego worked on Bonfire cutting area in 1972 and then the stack in working on the swing wiring in logs his senior year. Jessica Gorrono, LCSW Jessica Gorrono is an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado- Denver, School of Medicine and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Child Trauma Program at Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, an active member site in the Nation Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She holds a Master s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and has considerable clinical experience serving children and families who have experienced trauma in a variety of settings including; home based-family preservation, residential treatment centers and the community as well as child protection casework and child advocacy center program direction and development. Ms. Gorrono has been providing training to community members and professionals regarding the impact of trauma on children throughout her career in various capacities. Josh Gupta-Kagan, JD Josh Gupta-Kagan joined Children's Law Center (in Washington, DC) as a staff attorney in 2005 and is now a senior attorney in CLC's policy unit. He graduated in 2004 from the NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar, and clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University law Center. Ann Haralambie, MA, JD Ann Haralambie is a Certified Family Law specialist in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. Her practice is restricted to family and juvenile cases, with an emphasis on custody and child abuse. She is a former president of the National Association of Counsel for Children, and charter life member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. She founded and serves as president of the Arizona Association of Counsel for Children. She is also a volunteer Judge Pro Tempore in the Pima County Superior Court. In addition to her trial and appellate practice, Ms. Haralambie speaks nationally and internationally to attorneys, judges, and multidisciplinary audiences and has authored many articles and book chapters in the areas of custody and child abuse. She has written CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN CIVIL CASES and THE CHILD'S ATTORNEY, both published by the American Bar Association's Family Law Section, and a two-volume, annually supplemented treatise, HANDLING CHILD CUSTODY, ABUSE, AND ADOPTION CASES 2E, published by the West Group. Ms. Haralambie is passionate about protecting children through the legal process and fostering multidisciplinary cooperation to serve the needs of children.
11 Leslie Heimov, JD, CWLS Leslie Starr Heimov, Executive Director, has been with the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles (CLC) since 1992, just two years after its inception. A Certified Child Welfare Law specialist, Ms. Heimov began her career at CLC as a staff attorney, providing direct representation to parents and children in the dependency system, and later moved to a supervising attorney position. Prior to her 2007 appointment as Executive Director, Ms. Heimov served as CLC s Policy Director, responsible for CLC's legislative and policy agenda, including drafting legislation and working closely with elected officials, their staff, and other advocates to support important legislative reforms in the child welfare arena. As the Project Director of Home At Last, a national foster care reform initiative funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Ms. Heimov coordinated an 18 month campaign aimed at supporting the implementation of the court reform recommendations of the Pew Commission on Foster Care. Ms. Heimov continues to speak at convening s around the country regarding the child s participation in his/her court case, the importance of meaningful legal representation and the role of the child s attorney. Ms. Heimov is member of the California Child Welfare Council and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counsel for Children. She also serves as on variety of advisory boards including the National Advisory Board of the Children's Law Office Project and Para Los Niño s. Ms. Heimov is a founding member of the Task Force to End Homophobia in Foster Care. She has a demonstrated commitment to helping teen parents and their young children succeed as families, and in that capacity co-chairs the Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care workgroup and previously served as the chair of the countywide Task Force on Pregnant and Parenting Teens. Ms. Heimov has worked tirelessly to improve outcomes for children in foster care and toward best practices in the representation of children and their families in the child welfare system and is considered an expert in the child welfare field. She is a trials skills instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and regularly presents to judicial officers, attorneys, social workers, caregivers and law students on a multitude of topics related to the representation of abused and neglected children. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Heimov worked first in battered women s shelter and then as a residential childcare provider and director of a group home for abused, neglected and delinquent teenagers. Jim Henry, Ph.D. Dr. Henry is Professor in the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University and Director of the Southwest Michigan Child Trauma Assessment Center. Dr. Henry spent 17 years as a protective services worker and supervisor before earning his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the Principle Investigator on the Trauma Informed Child Welfare Systems federal SAMHSA grant. Dr. Henry has authored or co-authored numerous articles. Leslie Hill, JD Leslie Hill is the Managing Attorney of the Travis County Office of Child Representation. Prior to this position, Ms. Hill served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Travis County District Attorney s Office. She has worked with nonprofit and government agencies who serve survivors of violence, including her work as the Legal Services Director at SafePlace and as an Assistant County Attorney with the Travis County Attorney s Office. Ms. Hill also has private practice experience as a mediator handling high-conflict family law and custody cases. Ms. Hill has served on community boards including Lawyer Referral Service and Saheli. She holds an English degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from Texas Tech
12 University School of Law. She has been a licensed attorney since Ms. Hill is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. Robert Hofmann, Judge Rob Hofmann is the judge assigned to Texas' Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, a position he has held since January, The court has jurisdiction over all child abuse and neglect cases in eleven counties covering over 10,000 square miles in the Texas Hill Country. The court typically carries 300 cases involving approximately 500 children. After receiving a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and JD from Texas Tech University School of Law he was the elected county attorney for Mason County, Texas, a position he held for five years. During that time he served on various boards of directors, including the Texas District and County Attorneys Association and Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center. He was a founding member of the Mason ISD Foundation and the Steady Steps Weekday Children's Ministry. He was president of the Mason County Child Welfare Board and was awarded the Texas Lions Club International District Governor's President Award, the United Methodist Church District Superstar Award and the Meritorious Service Award from the San Angelo Family Shelter. In his current position, Judge Hofmann has served on several committees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Texas Judicial Council Court Security Committee, and as co-chair of Texas' Office of Court Administration Child Protection Court Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the National Center for State Courts Child Welfare Technical Exchange Model Advisory Group and the TexDECK review committee. Judge Hofmann has testified before the Texas Legislature on several occasions and frequently speaks to various bar and professional organizations on the topic of child abuse and related legal matters. He presented at the 11th Annual National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology Conference in Washington, DC, the Court Improvement Program Annual Conference in Bethesda, MD and was recently on the faculty of the National Center for State Courts' Fundamentals in Caseflow Management Course in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has twice been nominated as the Texas CASA judge of the year. Judge Hofmann is a seventh generation Texan and grew up on his family's ranch on Bluff Creek in western Mason County where he spent many hours horseback rounding up cattle and goats with his mother, father and grandfather. His wife Shannon works in administration for the Special Education Department at Mason Elementary School. They have a five year old daughter and two year old foster son. Adira Hulkower, JD Adira Hulkower has been working as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice since She holds a JD from the Benjamin L. Cardozo school of Law. Through her employment at Legal Aid, she has trained attorneys, social workers and paralegals on topics including interviewing children, domestic violence, and adoption law. Angela Irvine, Ph.D. Dr. Angela Irvine has twenty years of experience in the field of education and social policy, with most of her work focusing on the school to detention pipeline. After completing her B.A. at U.C. Berkeley, she taught in the Oakland and Boston public schools. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern in 2000 while simultaneously serving as a National Science Fellow (NSF) fellow in education and housing policy. After completing a post-doctoral research project on an adolescent health center in London, Dr. Irvine started a program evaluation
13 business called Ceres Policy Research. Projects have included evaluations of programs for youth expelled from high school, gender-specific Title II programs for girls in the juvenile justice systems of Sonoma and Santa Cruz County in California, and a national study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in the juvenile justice system. Dr. Irvine is a research associate with the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also teaches writing to men serving life sentences at Deuel Vocational Institute, a level-two prison in Tracy, California. Joyce James, LMSW-AP Joyce James LMSW-AP Deputy Commissioner Department of Family and Protective Services Ms. James began her professional career as a Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker in 1980 and has devoted the last 30 years to being an advocate for children, youth, and families. Ms James was selected as the DFPS Deputy Commissioner on January 5, As Deputy Commissioner, Ms James works closely with the DFPS Commissioner on the day-to-day operations of the agency providing vision, leadership and strategic direction to the department in administration, operations and budget decision-making processes. Ms James provides leadership for staff training and development, as well as direction and oversight to the department's Centers for Policy and Innovation, Program Coordination and Consumer and External Affairs In addition to these responsibilities, Ms James provides leadership for systems improvement within DFPS, addressing disproportionality across the programs that provide services to children and families, and the department's efforts to improve the cultural competency of all DFPS staff. Prior to her selection as Deputy Commissioner, Ms James served as the Assistant Commissioner/ Director of the Child Protective Services Program for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from April 2004 January Kevin Jervik, Ph.D. Kevin Jervik is a psychologist employed at the Children's Law Center as a Mental Health Consultant. Dr. Jervik's career has focused primarily on the delivery of mental health services to at-risk youth. Before coming to the Children's Law Center, Dr. Jervik managed an intensive mental health program for youth that provided community-based treatment in a family-centered context. Dr. Jervik has also worked in traditional outpatient settings and in a child day rehabilitation program. Dr. Jervik has also worked with foster children, biological family members, and foster parents in an FFA setting. David Katner, JD Since his graduation from law school, Mr. Katner started his own law firm and was director of the Trial Advocacy program at Tulane. In private practice, he worked as an indigent defender, and has handled general civil and criminal cases including several death penalty cases. He is currently on the Board of the National Association of Counsel for Children, and on the Board of the Children's Bureau; he has served on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, and the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Services Advisory Board. He is the faculty founder of the Tulane University Vietnamese Association, of Tulane's Collegiate Organization for AIDS Prevention, and Tulane's student chapter of the National Association of Counsel for Children. He has served as legal advisor to the Louisiana Children's Code Project and Covenant House in New Orleans. He sits as an ad hoc judge in Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. He is director of the Juvenile Law Clinic, and he has taught Trial Advocacy, Legal
14 Profession, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Introduction to Forensic Child Psychiatry at the Medical School. His publications may be found in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the University of Texas' American Journal of Criminal Law, the Criminal Law Bulletin, the Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, and the Tulane Law Review. Ann Kaufman, JD Ann Kaufman is a criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of experience and has represented multiple juveniles in homicide cases adult criminal court. Ms. Kaufman is currently in private practice after heading the Colorado Springs Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. She has presented at numerous trainings in criminal and juvenile defense and is a founding member of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition. Anne Kellogg, JD Anne Kellogg is a Staff Attorney and the Resources Director at the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC). She is responsible for handling substantive legal matters in conjunction with the President / CEO. Specifically, Ms. Kellogg is responsible for managing the National Children s Law and Advocacy Resource Center, managing the NACC s Amicus Curiae program, actively participating in the annual national conference, and acting as Law Editor of the NACC s quarterly newsletter, The Guardian. Previously, Ms. Kellogg was an attorney in Jefferson County, Colorado, where she represented the county social services agency in Dependency and Neglect cases. Ms. Kellogg received her law degree in 2006 from the University of Denver. While in law school, Ms. Kellogg received a Scholastic Excellence award. During her second year of law school, she interned in the Child Protection Unit of the Denver City Attorney s Office. Ms. Kellogg received a bachelor s degree from the University of Arizona. Ms. Kellogg is licensed to practice law in Colorado. Corene Kendrick, JD, MPAff Corene Kendrick is a Staff Attorney at the Youth Law Center in San Francisco, a nonprofit legal organization that advocates for the rights of children in foster care and juvenile justice. She has worked on a variety of YLC's reform projects and impact litigation on issues such as the use of institutions for small children, due process in parole proceedings, the right to effective assistance of counsel, benefits for youth aging out of care, education for youth in juvenile justice and foster care, and basic conditions of care in foster care and juvenile justice. She also is an adjunct instructor at Golden Gate University School of Law. Before joining YLC, Kendrick was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at Children's Rights in New York where she worked across the country on several class action cases to reform foster care system. She also has worked in government and policy positions in Washington, D.C. Kendrick is a graduate of Stanford Law School, and received a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas and a B.A. from George Washington University. Judith Klein, JD
15 Ms. Klein has twenty years of experience as a private practioner in family law as well as dependency. Ms. Klein has represented both parents and minors in family court, probate court,dependency court, private appellate practice, and dependency appellate practice. Ms. Klein grew up in San Fernando Valley and she decided to become an attorney after being arrested in an anti-war demonstation in Richard Lavallo, JD, MSW Richard LaVallo is the Legal Director of Advocacy, Incorporated. He has represented youth with disabilities in foster care and juvenile cases for twenty years. Richard has zealously represented persons with disabilities in a wide range of individual and systemic cases. Richard has worked on numerous legislative and public policy issues dealing with education, mental health, foster care and juvenile justice. Mimi Laver, JD Mimi Laver is the Director of Legal Education as well as the Director of the National Project to Improve Representation for Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System, the Director of the Opening Doors: Improving the Legal System's Approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) Youth in Foster Care Project, Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Permanency Barriers Project, and the Assistant Director of the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. In this position, she provides training on a number of issues including representation of parties, permanency issues, and improving outcomes for LGBTQ youth. Mimi published a book entitled Opening Doors for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: A Guide for Lawyers and Judges and edited It's My Life. She also wrote Foundations for Success: Strengthening Your Agency Attorney Office based on an article series concerning agency representation and edited another book entitled Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases: A Basic Introduction for Attorneys. In collaboration with two expert work groups, Mimi drafted Standards of Representation for Child Welfare Agency Attorneys and Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases which were approved by the ABA House of Delegates. She has also published several articles in the Child Law Practice concerning representation issues post-asfa. Prior to joining the ABA, Mimi was a Deputy City Solicitor in the Health and Human Services Unit of the Philadelphia Law Department for seven years. Mimi earned her JD from Temple University School of Law in 1990 and her BA in Psychology from Vassar College in Lynn LeCropane, MBA, JD Lynn LeCropane is the Senior Staff Attorney of the Travis County Office of Child Representation. Prior to holding this position, Ms. LeCropane was an attorney in private practice, representing children and parents in CPS litigation. She was also a volunteer guardian ad litem with CASA. Ms. LeCropane s previous experience includes serving as an Assistant Dean of Students at The University of Texas at Austin, a staff attorney with Women s Advocacy Project, and an adjunct faculty member at St. Edward s University. She holds a degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University, an MBA from the University of New Mexico, and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, she was a student attorney in the Children s Rights Clinic and the Domestic Violence Clinic. Ms. LeCropane has been a licensed attorney since 1999.
16 Deborah Lee, JD Deborah Lee is a Supervising Attorney with Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center's Children's Legal Project. Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) is a not-for-profit legal assistance organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants of all nationalities at the local, state and national levels. Deborah represents immigrant children in Immigration Court, before the Department of Homeland Security, as well as those in the public child welfare system. She also engages in local, state and national advocacy on behalf of immigrant children and youth. Patricia Macías, Judge The Honorable Patricia Macías has served on the bench since She is currently the Presiding Judge of the 388th Family District Court and previously presided over cases related to child abuse and neglect. As a recognized child advocate and distinguished jurist, Judge Macias has developed standards of excellence through innovative practices in the courtroom that result in favorable outcomes for children and families. As a judicial educator, she presents nationally in the areas of child abuse and neglect, high conflict custody, marriage dissolution, domestic violence, judicial leadership and ethics. Judge Macías was President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in and currently serves on Texas Supreme Court Commission on Children, Youth and Families. Some of her past national involvements include: Member of the Pew Commission on Foster Care, Board Member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, the VERA Institute of Justice, the American Bar Association s Litigation Section Children s Law Committee and Texas CASA. She has been recognized for her work and has received several awards including Outstanding Jurist of the Year by the El Paso Bar Association, Outstanding Judge of the year by the El Paso Mexican American Bar Association, Texas Trailblazer by the El Paso Bar Association, Judge of the Year from the Texas State Foster Parent Association, Public Citizen of the Year from the El Paso Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and has been recognized as a Judicial Distinguished Advocate by the Children s Justice Center of El Paso. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso, an M.S. in Child Development, completed required coursework for a doctorate in Child and Family Therapy from the University of Oregon, and holds a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary s University in San Antonio, Texas. Martha Matthews, JD Martha Matthews is an appellate attorney and supervisor at Children's Law Center of Los Angeles. From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Matthews was a staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California; and from 1991 to 1995 and 1998 to 2000, Ms. Matthews was a staff attorney at the National Center for Youth Law. Ms Matthews has also held clinical teaching positions at USC, Stanford, and UCLA law schools. She is a 1987 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.
17 Candi Mayes, JD, CWLS Candi M. Mayes has been licensed to practice in California since She became a Child Welfare Legal Specialist with the first class in California in She represented parents and children in dependency with the Alternate Public Defender's Conflict Parent-Child Office in San Diego for nearly 4 years. Mrs. Mayes left the APD-CPO office to represent dependent minors exclusively with the San Diego Public Defender's Office of Children's Counsel for 4 1/2 years. While she was employed by the Public Defender's office she was also the training coordinator for the Office of Children's Counsel. In March 2010 she left the Public Defender's Office and formed a non-profit public benefit corporation to provide indigent legal serives to families in dependency. She has been a guest lecturer for the 'Children and the Law' course at Cal Western School of Law since 2006, a presenter on the dependency panel for the University School of Law's Dependency 101 training for new lawyers, a faculty presenter at the International Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Conference 2009, an ethics presenter at the Arizona State Bar Convention in 2008 and at the Beyond the Bench Conference in San Diego in Mrs. Mayes has been the recipient of an award for Outstanding Acts of Civility from the San Diego County Bar Association in 2008, and an Outstanding Employee Recognition Award from the San Diego Public Defender's Office in Linda Modry Linda Modry has worked in the juvenile justice system for 30 years. In July 2009 she was named the Deputy Director of the Division of Parole and Community Services for the Ohio Department of Youth Services. This Division includes Parole, Community Facilities, Subsidies and Grants, and the Release Authority. Previous positions include Bureau Chief of Subsidies and Grants. This bureau is responsible for administering funding to juvenile courts through RECLAIM Ohio and the Youth Services Grant programs, providing training and technical assistance to juvenile courts and overseeing the administration of the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funds to Ohio. She was previously employed by the Office of Criminal Justice Services in several capacities, including serving as Ohio's Juvenile Justice Specialist. Her career began as a youth worker in a runaway shelter and in a group home for girls. She is a 1999 recipient of the Simon Dinitz Award, which is given to practitioners for contributions in community corrections by the Ohio Community Corrections Organization. She was recognized by ACA as one of the Best in the Business in Douglas Monaghan, JD, CWLS Douglas Monaghan is a solo practitioner in Groton, CT where he concentrates his practice in the area of Juvenile Law, in particular neglect and abuse cases, representing children and parents, as well as grandparents and foster parents. He grew up in Hawthorne, New Jersey, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania (1973), and received his Juris Doctor Degree at the Delaware Law School of Widener University in May, Doug practiced law as a judge advocate in the United States Navy from May 1981 through August 1987, and is the recipient of the Navy Achievement and Navy Commendation Medals. After serving as an associate in a general practice law firm in Groton, CT, he established his own firm on July 1, He was certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the NACC on June 30, Doug is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Chair of its Children and The Law Committee, a member of the New London County Bar
18 Association and is a founder and secretary of the board of directors of the Juvenile Matters Trial Lawyers Association. Marilyn Moses, M.S. Marilyn C. Moses is a social science analyst for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Moses came to the Institute as a Presidential Management Fellow and has been with NIJ for 19 years. Prior to coming to NIJ, Ms. Moses was a Schaefer Public Policy Fellow at the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore. While at NIJ her areas of concentration have been children of incarcerated parents, institutional corrections (prisons and jails), community corrections, specialty courts, day reporting centers, federal disability entitlements (SSI, SSDI, Medicare, Medicaid, adn Veteran's Benefits) for soonto-be-released disabled offenders, correctional health care, women offenders, prison industries, offender job training and placement, prostitution, reentry, correctional management, and other corrections-related areas. In 1991 Ms. Moses created the now-nationally recognized Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program. The program has received national awards and has been replicated in more than 20 states. In 1994 the American Correctional Association (ACA) named Ms. Moses as one of the "Best in the Business" for the creation and implementation of the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program. She currently serves as ACA's Chair of the Children's Initiative. Ms. Moses is widely published in corrections with one book chapter, one book chapter forthcoming, and over 35 articles to her credit. Maire Mulally-Henderson, JD, MPP Maire received her JD from Cornell Law School and her Master of Public Policy degree at Claremont Graduate School. Maire is current employed as an attorney at the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles and serves as the attorney liaison for CLC's Mental Health Advocacy Team. Maire brings over 18 years of legal and advocacy experience to her current work with youth. In addition to her experience in the courtroom, Maire has also been a second grade classroom teacher and has worked as a coordinator of a homeless shelter. Sandeep Narang, MD, JD Dr. Narang is currently Fellowship Director for the Child Abuse and Neglect Division of the Pediatrics Department at UT-San Antonio, and an immediate past Fellow in Child Abuse at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and The Children's Hospital-Denver. Leticia Perez, B.A. Leticia Perez is a social worker employed as a mental health specialist at the Children's Law Center. Her experience ranges from direct service to case management for people with developmental disabilities as well as for those dually diagnosed with a mental health illness. While working for Orange County ARC, she provided support for adults with a developmental disability by strengthening independent living skills, acquisition and retention of employment, and understanding and supporting client's directed individual support plan. As a service coordinator for the Regional Center of Orange County, Leticia collaborated along with mental health agencies, school districts, the department of children and family services, and others to provide counseling, resource linkage, and the development of Individualized Program Plans for
19 each client and their families. Leticia is currently working on finishing her master's degree and is looking forward to a career that focuses on service provision to foster youth. Bernard Perlmutter, JD Bernard P. Perlmutter is Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic, an in-house legal clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. In addition to his teaching duties at the Clinic, Professor Perlmutter teaches classes in Children and the Law, Family Law, Transnational Family Law, and New Directions in Lawyering: Interviewing, Counseling and Attorney-Client Relational Skills. At the Children & Youth Law Clinic, Professor Perlmutter supervises law students who represent children in dependency and foster care, delinquency, public benefits, health care, mental health, disability, education and immigration cases, in addition to law reform advocacy. Bruce Perry, MD, Ph.D. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston (www.childtrauma.org) and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered, to be published in April of Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. Dr. Perry was on the faculty of the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago School Of Medicine from 1988 to From 1992 to 2001, Dr. Perry served as the Trammell Research Professor of Child Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During this time, Dr. Perry also was Chief of Psychiatry for Texas Children's Hospital and Vice-Chairman for Research within the Department of Psychiatry. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Perry served as the Medical Director for Provincial Programs in Children's Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board. He continues to serve as a Senior Consultant to the Ministry of Children s Services in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research. His neuroscience research has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. His clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children - examining long-term cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain and, thereby, the health of the child. His clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating concepts of developmental neuroscience and child development into clinical practices. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). The ChildTrauma Academy has multiple partners in various sectors of the community and has created many programs in context of public-private partnerships with the goal of promoting positive change within the primary institutions that work with high risk
20 children such as child protective services, mental health, public education and juvenile justice. His experience as a clinician and a researcher with traumatized children has led many community and governmental agencies to consult Dr. Perry following high-profile incidents involving traumatized children such as the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine school shootings, the September 11 th terrorist attacks, Katrina hurricane, the FLDS polygamist sect and most recently, the earthquake in Haiti. Dr. Perry is the author of over 300 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare and the Alberta Centennial Medal. He has presented about child maltreatment, children's mental health, neurodevelopment and youth violence in a variety of venues including policy-making bodies such as the White House Summit on Violence, the California Assembly and U.S. House Committee on Education. Dr. Perry has been featured in a wide range of media including National Public Radio, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS News and the Oprah Winfrey Show. His work has been featured in documentaries produced by Dateline NBC, 20/20, the BBC, Nightline, CBC, PBS, as well as dozen international documentaries. Many print media have highlighted the clinical and research activities of Dr. Perry including a Pulitzer-prize winning series in the Chicago Tribune, US News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, Forbes ASAP, Washington Post, the New York Times and Rolling Stone. Dr. Perry, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, was an undergraduate at Stanford University and Amherst College. He attended medical and graduate school at Northwestern University, receiving both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Perry completed a residency in general psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Chicago. Erik Pitchal, JD Erik Pitchal is an assistant clinical professor of law at Suffolk University Law School, where he directs the Child Advocacy Clinic. Prior to joining the Suffolk faculty, he was the director of Fordham University's Interdisciplinary Center for Family & Child Advocacy. Pitchal is cocounsel in Kenny A. v. Perdue, the first federal court decision holding that children in dependency cases have a constitutional right to counsel. Pitchal was previously a Staff Attorney at Children's Rights, where he litigated class action lawsuits around the country to reform failed foster care systems, and also an attorney at the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division, where he represented children in foster care and children charged with delinquency in New York City Family Court. He is a former law clerk to Judge Robert Patterson of the Southern District of New York. Pitchal is a graduate of Yale Law School and received his B.A. from Brown University. In 2005, he was named Child Advocate of the Year by the ABA's Young Lawyers Division. Jennifer Pokempner, JD Jenny Pokempner joined the Juvenile Law Center in 2001 as a Skadden Fellow. She had previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis, District Court of Maryland. She co-authored with Professor Dorothy Roberts of the Northwestern School of Law an article entitled "Poverty, Welfare, and the Meaning of Disability", which appeared in the Spring 2001 issue of the Ohio State Law Review. Ms. Pokempner has worked extensively with children in