National Center for Youth Law

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NCYL’s 2015 Summer Clerks

July 1, 2015

Melissa Adamson is a rising second year student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. This summer she will be assisting Senior Attorney Rebecca Gudeman on issues related to adolescent health care. When she returns to school, Melissa will serve as the Co-Coordinator…

At the Center — Apr-June 2015

July 1, 2015
FosterEd: Los Angeles Welcomes Angela Vázquez as Education Policy Manager Angela Vázquez brings to her work a passion for ensuring equity for vulnerable youth from birth through young adulthood, especially as life opportunities are impacted by trauma and instability. She has worked with young women…

NCYL Announces Hiring of New Executive Director

June 5, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2015  Contact:
John O’Toole (510) 835-8098 NCYL Announces Hiring of New Executive Director The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is pleased to announce the hiring of Jesse Hahnel as its new Executive Director. Hahnel succeeds John O’Toole…

At the Center – Jan-Mar 2015

March 26, 2015

Neha Desai Joins NCYL as Staff Attorney

Neha Desai has been working with and on behalf of vulnerable families for over a decade.  After graduating from Berkeley School of Law in 2006, Neha was a Zubrow Fellow and then a staff attorney at the Juvenile…

Director John O’Toole Announces Plan to Retire

March 11, 2015
I plan to retire this summer, probably in August.  By then I will have been at the National Center for Youth Law for 35 years. While I still love my work, I want to leave while I’m healthy so that my wife Jean and I…

At the Center — Oct-Dec 2014

December 31, 2014

In Memoriam, Alba Witkin (November 15, 1919 to December 26, 2014)

The National Center for Youth Law recently lost one of its most treasured and stalwart supporters. Alba Witkin died December 26, 2014 at her home in Berkeley, at the age of 95.
Mrs. Witkin

At the Center — July-Sept 2014

October 1, 2014

NCYL Has a New Communications Director, Lewis Cohen

Lewis Cohen is the Director of Communications. Mr. Cohen is a former Deputy Mayor of Oakland, California and served as the Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor for Education. He has an extensive background in public policy, advocacy, and

At the Center — Apr-June 2014

July 1, 2014

NCYL’s Foster Youth Education Initiative Welcomes Jacqueline Thu-Huong Wong

Jacqueline Thu-Huong Wong, M.S.W is the Director for FosterEd California. Prior to this, Ms. Wong was the Principal Policy Consultant for Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg for Human Services, Veterans’ Affairs, Long Term Aging and

At the Center — Jan-Mar 2014

April 1, 2014

NCYL’s Foster Youth Education Initiative Welcomes Marc Berkman

Marc Berkman is an attorney and director of NCYL’s Foster Youth Education Initiative (FosterEd) in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for planning and implementing FosterEd’s project in Los Angeles. Prior to joining NCYL, he served as