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Alumni News — Apr-June 2015

Former NCYL law student Clifford Rechtschaffen left his law professor position in 2010 to become a senior advisor to Governor Jerry Brown. He is the Governor’s expert on climate, energy, and the environment. He previously held a similar position when Jerry Brown was the Attorney General of California. The San Francisco Daily Journal recently ran an interview with Cliff. He acknowledged in that interview that he learned everything he knows when he was a summer law student at the National Center for Youth Law.

Former NCYL lawyer Sarah Madge has been working at Harvard University for a year now. She is a specialist in nonprofit corporate law.

Former law clerk and Skadden Fellow, Liz Butler Steyer heads up the Athletics Scholars Advancement Program at Mission High School in San Francisco. The purpose of the Program is to create and cultivate a college bound culture for student athletics at Mission High School. After finishing her Skadden Fellowship at NCYL, Liz became a staff attorney at Legal Services for Children, Executive Director at Legal Services for Children, and a Board Member there as well. She has now been at the Athletics Scholars Advancement Program for five years.

Former NCYL intern Whit Griffinger has left the East Bay Children’s Law Office where he worked for six years representing abused and neglected children in the dependency system. He has accepted a new job at Bay Area Legal Aid in their Youth Justice Project. In his new capacity, Whit will be working with the Director of the Youth Justice Project, former NCYL summer intern Brian Blalock, as well as former law clerks Jessica Breslin and former Bridge Fellow Stephanie Krol.

Former NCYL intern Tina Sadeghi has just resigned her employment and is starting a masters in management program at Stanford University. Prior to starting back in school, she will be visiting Ireland.

Former NCYL intern Michael Umpierre is returning to Washington, DC. He has accepted a job with the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown, and will be moving with his wife and young son, Alexander. Michael’s wife is just finishing her fellowship at University of California at San Diego, and has accepted a position at Washington Hospital Center, which is also affiliated with Georgetown University.