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At the Center — July-Sept 2009

NCYL Welcomes New Finance Director Hayden Lilien

Hayden Lilien

Hayden Lilien

NCYL is pleased to welcome Hayden Lilien as the Center’s New Director of Finance.

Hayden earned her B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida in 2002 and a joint JD/MBA from Stetson University College of Law in 2005. Hayden was an associate at Wicker, Smith, O’hara, McCoy, Graham, & Ford in Orlando, Fla. before moving to the Bay Area to begin a career in finance.

Hayden has provided extensive business and administrative services to Bay Area non-profits that serve youth. Prior to joining NCYL, Hayden was Business and Human Resources Manager for the Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco.


New NCYL Law Clerks and Interns

(clockwise from right) Angela Carter, K.C. Meckfessel, Anna Krieger, Monique Roberts, Mieko Griffin

(clockwise from right) Angela Carter, K.C. Meckfessel, Anna Krieger, Monique Roberts, Mieko Griffin

Angela Carter is a fourth-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley.  She is studying political science and legal studies, and is planning to apply to law school in 2010.  She currently works at UCB College of Environmental Design, helping the Assistant Dean for Administration coordinate spending and faculty recruitment.  Angela also volunteers as an instructor with the People’s Test Preparation Service, teaching a free SAT class to low-income high school students. Additionally, she teaches reading and writing at Franklin Head Start in Oakland with Jumpstart Corps.  During a year abroad at the University of Bristol in England, Angela interned with the Conservative Party and worked in a 5th-grade classroom at Bristol’s Glenfrome Primary School, helping ease the transition of immigrant children into the UK school system.  At NCYL, Angela is working with attorney Zahra Hayat to ensure that foster children receive necessary mental health care.

Mieko Griffin received her BA from California State University, East Bay in 2008, where she majored in anthropology and minored in political science. Before beginning her internship at NCYL, Mieko volunteered in a bilingual Spanish classroom at Blacow Elementary School in Fremont, CA during the 2008-09 school year, and interned in the resource center at Tenderloin Health, a nonprofit dedicated to serving those with and at greatest risk of acquiring AIDS. Mieko currently works in cultural resource management throughout the East Bay and plans to apply to law school in 2010. She is working with Deputy Director Patrick Gardner on improving children’s access to mental health care.

Anna Krieger is a 2009 graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law. She is working at NCYL through a Bridge Fellowship sponsored by Berkeley Law. At NCYL, Anna is working on Clark K. v. Willden, a lawsuit intended to reform the child welfare system in Las Vegas, NV.  Anna clerked at NCYL while in law school, working on both Clark K. and Dalton Dyer v. CIF, a case which secured fair and equal treatment of foster youth who play high school sports. During law school, Anna also clerked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay Community Law Center, and San Francisco Human Rights Commission in the LGBT & HIV Division. Prior to law school, she served as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate and was an Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. Anna received her undergraduate degree from Haverford College. She thinks everyone should run out and read Exiles, her dad Elliot Krieger’s first novel!

K.C. Meckfessel is in her second year at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is a member of the University of San Francisco Law Review, President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Case Counsel for USF’s Moot Court Program, coaching and supervising first-year students in the oral advocacy program. K.C. earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Miami University, Ohio. Before law school, K.C. was an assistant wilderness therapy guide at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy,  where she led group sessions on societal pressures affecting youth, realities of addiction, and barriers to self-empowerment.  K.C. clerked for Bruce Wagman, Chief Outside Litigation Counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, researching animal welfare and anti-cruelty legislation, and international animal protection laws. Following her first year at USF Law School, K.C. interned at the Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel (MOCPCC) in Jackson, MS through USF’s Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project. At MOCPCC, she researched criminal case law, met with clients on death row, and developed mitigation evidence. She is working with Deputy Director Patrick Gardner on NCYL’s Mental Health Court Initiative and conducting legal research in support of litigation to improve access to mental health services in California and Washington state.

Monique Roberts is a second-year at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she participates in the Honors Lawyering Program.  She is a Public Interest Scholar at the law school and acts as the Director of Fundraising of the ACLU Dignity in Schools chapter.   Before law school, Monique worked at Time & Space Limited (TSL) in Hudson, NY, where she was the Co-Director of Youth Projects, designing programs to promote self-expression, entrepreneurial skills, and youth empowerment.  While at TSL, Monique also acted as an advocate for many of her students, eventually inspiring her to pursue a law degree. Monique earned her BA in Political Studies at Bard College, where, she says, she “had the opportunity to learn from extraordinary progressive thinkers and participate in student activism.”  She studied abroad at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and spent a summer at the University of Cape Town in the International Human Right’s Exchange Program.  While in Cape Town, Monique taught at Ons Pleks, a home for female street children.  Throughout her college career, Monique volunteered weekly at the Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck, NY, where she loved playing chess and soccer, and mentoring children at the home. Monique was born and raised in Albany, New York and, believe it or not, she misses the winter!  At NCYL, Monique is working with attorneys Leecia Welch and Jesse Hahnel on child welfare reform and foster youth education issues.


Roni Robertson

Roni Robertson

Roni Robertson

Roni Robertson is interested in furthering social justice for children and youth in foster care. She is completing her Master’s in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, and is considering going on to get her PhD.

She currently works as a volunteer nurse practitioner at Dimension’s Clinic in San Francisco, a GLBTQ clinic for youth. Roni has worked to improve the health of children for the past 18 years as a nurse practitioner for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, at both the Balboa Teen Health Center and Hip Hop Clinic to Health. She also spent two years as a foster care public health nurse, which motivated her return to the world of academia.

Roni has taught adolescent medicine to both nurses and physicians at universities, hospitals, and clinics, including UC San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital, and the Balboa Teen Health Center. Roni holds an undergraduate and Master’s degree in nursing from San Jose State University and UCSF, respectively, as well as a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York, Albany.

Roni is working with Senior Attorney Rebecca Gudeman on minor consent and confidentiality in California schools.


Bryn Martyna Announces Birth of Son, Calvin

Calvin Leland Bruss

Calvin Leland Bruss

Staff Attorney Bryn Martyna and husband, Matthew Bruss, have announced the arrival of their son, Calvin Leland Bruss, 8lbs. 11oz.

Healthy, happy, and adorable!

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