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NCYL’s Staff

(1st row, from left) Dainellee Stoll, John O’Toole, Patrick Gardner, Jesse Hahnel (2nd row) Rebecca Gudeman, Tracy Schroth, Christiana Macfarlane, Patricia J. Arthur (3rd row) Zahra Hayat, Allison Crapo, Ethel Oden-Brown, Edward Opton (4th row) Leecia Welch, Hayden Lilien, Bill Grimm, Fiza Quraishi, Bryn Martyna, Camille Roberts

(1st row, from left) Dainellee Stoll, John O’Toole, Patrick Gardner, Jesse Hahnel
(2nd row) Rebecca Gudeman, Tracy Schroth, Christiana Macfarlane, Patricia J. Arthur
(3rd row) Zahra Hayat, Allison Crapo, Ethel Oden-Brown, Edward Opton
(4th row) Leecia Welch, Hayden Lilien, Bill Grimm, Fiza Quraishi, Bryn Martyna, Camille Roberts

Our Award-Winning Advocates

The outstanding contributions to child advocacy made by NCYL attorneys have been recognized over the years by various other organizations. Award-winning staff members include:

William Grimm

(2006) Voices for Children Award from the Children’s Alliance in Washington State. This award recognized the work of all plaintiffs’ attorneys in Braam v. Washington foster care reform case. Their efforts have led to a settlement agreement that calls for improving the safety and stability of tens of thousands of foster children, providing those children with mental health screening and treatment, and supporting foster parents with training and other services, among other improvements.

(2005) Kutak-Dodds Prize from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA)

The Kutak-Dodds Prize is given to an equal justice advocate who makes a significant contribution to “the enhancement of human dignity and quality of life” of those people unable to afford legal representation. Awarded by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), it is considered the top national honor given to legal services lawyers and carries a cash prize of $10,000.

(1994) John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association

This award is presented annually in recognition of attorneys who make the legal system accessible to the poor, the disenfranchised, and other underrepresented groups.

Rebecca Gudeman

(1997) Child Advocacy Award from the ABA Young Lawyers Division

Each year the ABA Young Lawyers Division honors one young lawyer and one non-young lawyer for dedicated service on behalf of children.

Bryn Martyna

(2006) Voices for Children Award from the Children’s Alliance in Washington State. This award recognized the work of all plaintiffs’ attorneys in Braam v. Washington foster care reform case. Their efforts have led to a settlement agreement that calls for improving the safety and stability of tens of thousands of foster children, providing those children with mental health screening and treatment, and supporting foster parents with training and other services, among other improvements.

John O’Toole

(2004) California’s Top 100 Lawyers by the Daily Journal, California’s statewide legal newspaper

This annual survey reports on the state’s most influential attorneys as selected by their peers. The 2006 Top 100 were chosen from more than 196,000 lawyers in the state.

(1995) Wasserstein Fellowship, Harvard Law School.

The Fellowship brings outstanding public interest attorneys to Harvard Law School each year to counsel students about public service and assist those considering a career in public interest law.

Leecia Welch

(2007) Child Advocacy Award by the ABA Young Lawyers Division

Each year the ABA Young Lawyers Division honors one young lawyer and one non-young lawyer for dedicated service on behalf of children.

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