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NCYL Returns to D.C.

The National Center for Youth Law has opened a new office in Washington, D.C. The office represents a homecoming of sorts. More than 40 years ago NCYL was first incorporated in the District before moving west.

The new office will be staffed by a highly experienced team of litigators, strengthening NCYL’s already formidable litigation team. Leading the office are Catherine E. Lhamon and Seth Galanter. Lhamon, the current Chair of the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights, headed the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration with Galanter serving as her Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. Prior to working at the Department of Education, Galanter was Of Counsel at Morrison and Foerster where he argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Lhamon litigated civil rights cases for 17 years before joining the U.S. government, principally litigating at the ACLU of Southern California and at Public Counsel.

Rounding out the D.C. team are Alice Abrokwa and Crystal Adams. Alice comes to NCYL from the U.S. Department of Justice where she was a trial attorney in the Disability Rights Division. She brings expertise in disability and mental health issues and has a strong interest in issues related to education, children’s mental health, and juvenile justice. Crystal served previously in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she worked to enforce the Fair Housing Act. Crystal is passionate about civil rights, with a strong interest in education, juvenile justice, and immigrant rights.