At the Center — Oct-Dec 2010
Former NCYL Law Clerk Kate Walker Awarded Equal Justice Works Fellowship
Erica Turcios, Aliza Kaliski, and Sara Madge Pass the Bar
Congratulations to Deferred Associate Erica Turcios and Of Counsel Aliza Kaliski, who have both passed the California Bar, and Sara Madge, who passed the Massachusetts Bar!
Sara Madge joined NCYL in September 2010 as a deferred associate from the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP. Her work at NCYL focuses on the rights of adolescents to access health care and mental health treatment. Sara earned her undergraduate degree in Classics from the University of Southern California in 2003, and her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2010.
Erica Turcios joined NCYL in October 2010 as a deferred associate from the San Francisco office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. At NCYL, she is a member of the litigation team for TR v. Dreyfus, a civil rights lawsuit against Washington state for failure to provide adequate care to children with serious mental health problems. She is also working on children’s educational rights issues, including ensuring that children have access to mental health services as part of their free, appropriate public education. Erica earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley in 2005, and her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 2010.
Aliza Kaliski is a volunteer attorney with NCYL, working on juvenile justice issues with staff attorneys Pat Arthur and Patricia Soung. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2001 with a double major in Political Science and Mass Communications, and a minor in Public Policy. Aliza attended Northwestern University School of Law, graduating in 2005. Until May 2010, she worked as an assistant appellate defender at the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Chicago, representing indigent adult and juvenile defendants on direct and collateral appeals from criminal convictions and adjudications. She joined NCYL in September 2010.
Director John O’Toole Appointed to CA Committee Working to Provide Critical Legal Counsel
Policy Advocate Mikaela Rabinowitz Awarded PhD
NCYL Welcomes Law Clerk Rama Tavva
Staff Attorney Christiana Geffen Macfarlane Leaving NCYL
NCYL bids farewell to Christiana Geffen Macfarlane, an attorney who worked on the Center’s Teen Health Law Initiative. Christiana is leaving NCYL to pursue further study in public health and to work on other public health projects. Christiana began as a volunteer at NCYL in 2006, then became a staff attorney in 2009. Working with Senior Attorney Rebecca Gudeman, Christiana helped develop policies to increase youth’s access to health care and improve cooperation among agencies that serve high-risk children, including those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Specifically, she provided legal guidance to health care providers on minor consent, confidentiality, and child abuse reporting laws, and also advised health care providers, school administrators, and social workers on health and education privacy laws. In addition, Christiana worked with the ACLU and Planned Parenthood to bring California schools into compliance with state law mandating student release for confidential medical appointments. She attended Boston University School of Law and earned a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Good luck, Christiana! We will miss you!
Camile Roberts Departs NCYL
Camille Roberts, who joined NCYL in September 2009 as a deferred associate from Sidley Austin, has completed her tenure at NCYL and joined the litigation department in Sidley Austin’s Los Angeles office. Camille began work at the firm Jan. 3.
While at NCYL, Camille worked primarily on Henry A. v. Willden, a federal lawsuit to reform the child welfare system in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada. Camille researched legal issues, gathered evidence, drafted declarations, and acted as liaison to the name (child) plaintiffs’ representatives. Camille also represented several individual children in foster care in Nevada and California, helping with issues including Social Security benefits and foster care placement.
Mathea Falco leaves NCYL Board of Directors
Mathea Falco, president of Drug Strategies, a nonprofit research institute that promotes effective approaches to national drug policy, has left NCYL’s Board of Directors after more than four years of service. Many thanks to Mathea for her work on behalf of NCYL!