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At the Center — Jan-Mar 2014

NCYL’s Foster Youth Education Initiative Welcomes Marc Berkman

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 legislative director and counsel to Congresswoman Susan Davis and as chief counsel to Congressman Brad Sherman, both legislators from southern California. He advised on a variety of issue areas, including child welfare, civil rights, and education.  Marc drafted numerous pieces of legislation to assist children in foster care and at-risk students and served as Congresswoman Davis’ liaison to the House Caucus on Foster Youth.

Marc received his JD graduating as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia Law School, where he was in the Child Advocacy Clinic and Youth Educational Advocacy Program, and his BA from UC Berkeley graduating with Distinction in General Scholarship.

NCYL Welcomes Cynthia Perla

Cynthia Perla

Cynthia Perla has joined NCYL as a legal assistant. Before working for NCYL, Cynthia provided administrative support to Associated Students Incorporated at San Francisco State University where she worked with a diverse group of faculty, students, and administrators. Cynthia also worked part-time as an on-call counselor at San Francisco Juvenile Hall and was responsible for the care, custody, and safety of juveniles. She earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice in 2010 from San Francisco State University. Being part of a team that has a passion for helping others is very important to her. The legal assistant position at NCYL provides an ideal professional setting for Cynthia because it brings together her criminal justice and administrative experience in a job that helps at-risk low-income youth in the community.

Mae Ackerman-Brimberg

NCYL’s Social Justice Fellow, Mae Ackerman-Brimberg, was admitted to the New York Bar in May. Congratulations, Mae!

Stanford Law School’s Rubin Family International Human Rights Awardee, Ethiopian Human Rights Practitioner Seife Ayalew Asfaw, Visits NCYL

The Rubin Family International Human Rights Award recognizes young leaders in the international movement for social justice by awarding a leader the opportunity to spend two weeks at Stanford Law School as a practitioner-in-residence, and connect and share strategies with social justice leaders in the Bay Area, including NCYL.

Seife works within Ethiopian law to advance human rights, specifically through expanding citizens’ knowledge of and access to legal services, including initiating the establishment of a national network of legal aid centers throughout the country.

FosterEd attorney and project manager, Casey Schutte, was the top local finisher in the 10k during Santa Cruz’s Half Marathon.

NCYL Selects Summer Clerks

NCYL has selected nine law clerks to participate in its 10-week summer program, starting in June!

Juliana Fehrenbacher, UC Davis School of Law
Alexis Turzan, University of San Francisco School of Law
Shae Blood, UC Berkeley School of LawRica Garcia, UCLA School of Law
Christine MacDonald, University of San Francisco School of Law
Estalyn Marquis, UC Berkeley School of Law
Ashley Sizemore, University of Michigan Law School
Lilian Fabela, UC Berkeley School of Law
Raul Arroyo-Mendoza, UC Berkeley School of Law

NCYL Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day!