Left to right: Patricia Soung, Mikaela Rabinowitz, Pat Arthur, Fiza Quraishi. (Photo by Tracy Schroth)
Thanks to funding from the Public Welfare Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation, NCYL is expanding its Juvenile Justice Reform Project. This expansion includes increased involvement in Wyoming and Arkansas, where NCYL is currently working, and the launching of new juvenile justice reform work in other states, including California.
Joining NCYL’s juvenile justice team are attorney Patricia Soung and policy advocate Mikaela Rabinowitz. They will work with Senior Attorney Pat Arthur and staff attorney Fiza Quraishi, a former Equal Justice Works fellow at NCYL. Fiza is currently on maternity leave, returning to NCYL in October on a part-time basis.
Patricia Soung will join NCYL on June 1. She is currently an attorney with the Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University School of Law, where she challenges juvenile life without parole and other extreme sentencing practices, as well as wrongful convictions of youth, through community organizing, public education, coalition-building, and litigation. Patricia received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law and her BA from Stanford University, where she earned several distinctions for her commitment to public service and advocacy in anti-poverty projects. Before law school, Patricia worked to increase the capacity and support of youth social justice efforts nationally as Director of Education and Outreach for the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing in New York and as a Tom Ford Fellow at the Tides Foundation in San Francisco. She serves on the board of the Highlander Research and Education Center, and has served on numerous advisory bodies and boards for education reform and youth justice efforts.
Before joining NCYL, Mikaela Rabinowitz served on the Research Advisory Council of Illinois’s Disproportionate Justice Impact Study, where she studied racial disparities in the state’s criminal justice system and recommended legislative and policy remedies. She is currently completing her PhD in Sociology at Northwestern University, and working at NCYL part-time. Mikaela’s dissertation examines the impact of pretrial detention on defendants’ case outcomes and on their lives independent of the criminal justice system. Mikaela earned her BA, Magna Cum Laude and with Honors, from Columbia University, and her MA from the University of Chicago.
NCYL’s Juvenile Justice Reform Project
NCYL assists carefully selected juvenile justice reform efforts that it believes have genuine potential for success. The Center’s priority is to reduce the number of youth subjected to harmful and unnecessary incarceration and expand effective community based supports. NCYL uses a variety of approaches in its juvenile justice reform work, including developing relationships with government officials and key stakeholders to ensure NCYL’s place at the table — or behind the scenes — to help shape sustainable reform. NCYL retains experts to assist with various aspects of reform efforts and to provide technical assistance as needed.
NCYL Board Member Alexander L. Brainerd is now a member of the panel of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS) in its San Francisco office. He will focus on disputes including patent cases and other intellectual property matters. He was formerly a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP and managing partner of Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, both in San Francisco. He has extensive experience providing pro bono legal services, including representing minors in juvenile delinquency proceedings in San Francisco. He has been on the NCYL Board of Directors since 1992.
NCYL Staff Attorney Fiza Quraishi  and husband Adil Haq have a new baby daughter, Azadeh Kiran Quraishi Haq. Azadeh (“Azu” for short) was born at 4:10 p.m. April 28, weighing in at 7 lbs 3 oz and just over 20 inches long. Azadeh is the Farsi word for “freedom.”
NCYL Senior Attorney Leecia Welch  and husband Stephen Bates are the proud parents of Fifer Brennan Davis Bates, born January 29.
Shira and Dan Weissman have announced the birth of their son, Levi Marvin Weissman, born April 9. Shira Weissman is a volunteer attorney at NCYL working on adolescent health issues.
NCYL Legal Secretary Ethel Oden-Brown  is the very proud great grandmother of Kimoy EricaFaye Tracy, who graced the world with her presence on May 10, 2010, weighing in at 7lbs, 13oz.
Lauren Hansen Sworn in to Practice
Lauren Hansen gets sworn in by Superior Court Judge Leo Dorado
Lauren Hansen, daughter of NCYL Director John O’Toole, has passed the California Bar and was sworn in by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Leo Dorado on December 2, 2009. Lauren graduated from the University of Iowa School of Law in 2009 and is currently a staff attorney for Legal Services of Northern California in their Ukiah office (Mendocino County).
(1st row, l to r) Dain Stoll, legal secretary; John O’Toole, director; Patrick Gardner, deputy director; Jesse Hahnel, attorney/Skadden Fellow
(2nd row) Rebecca Gudeman, senior attorney; Tracy Schroth, director of communications; Christiana Macfarlane, of counsel; Pat Arthur, senior attorney
(3rd row) Zahra Hayat, attorney/Arthur Limon Fellow; Allison Crapo, attorney/Abascal Fellow; Ethel Oden Brown, legal secretary; Edward Opton, of counsel
(4th row) Leecia Welch, senior attorney; Hayden Lilien, director of finance and administration; Bill Grimm, senior attorney; Fiza Quraishi, staff attorney; Bryn Martyna, staff attorney; and Camille Roberts, deferred associate
NCYL staff, alumni, and friends gathered at the NCYL office March 17 for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The party was replete with Irish soda bread, Irish cheese, Guinness chocolate cake, and a bagpiper. (All photo captions are left to right. Photos by Tracy Schroth and John O’Toole.)
Ramon Arias, Director of Bay Area Legal Aid, holding court
Bagpiper Fred Payne
NCYL Staff Attorney Fiza Quraishi and former NCYL law clerk Madeline Howard
Former NCYL Skadden Fellow and attorney Angie Schwartz with daughter, Kailey; and NCYL Staff Attorney Bryn Martyna with son, Calvin
NCYL Liman Fellow and attorney Zahra Hayat; and NCYL Director of Finance and Administration Hayden Lilien
NCYL Communications Intern Abby Barnes; law clerk Kate Walker, and deferred associate Camille Roberts
Former NCYL Communications Director Stephen Texeira and NCYL Senior Attorney Rebecca Gudeman
Ramon Arias, Director of Bay Area Legal Aid; Alameda County Superior Court Judge Leo Dorado; and attorney and NCYL donor Rob Goodin
Bay Area Legal Aid Attorneys and staff Brian Blalock, Heather Miller, Steve Weiss, Mary Jaeckel, Anthony White, and Arnold Elllis
Former NCYL communications interns Tina Sadeghi and Tara Ellicott, with NCYL Communications Director Tracy Schroth (center)
Scott Donahue (husband of Tracy Schroth); Tara Ellicott; former NCYL attorney David Lambert; Lauren Hansen, daughter of NCYL Director John O’Toole; and former NCYL attorney Jim Morales
Tina Sadeghi, NCYL Director John O’Toole, and Tara Ellicott
Lauren Hansen and dad, John O’Toole