Volume 7, Issue 2, Spring/Summer 2009
Patricia J. Arthur is a senior attorney at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), specializing in juvenile justice and complex litigation. Prior to joining NCYL, she spent twenty-five years as director of the Institutions Project at Columbia Legal Services in Washington State. Pat is cofounder and founding president of TeamChild, a statewide advocacy organization in Washington that helps youth in trouble by addressing their basic health, housing, and education needs.
Pat is cochair of the Juvenile Justice Subcommittee of the Children's Rights Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association. She also serves on the advisory board of the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center. She has been lead counsel in many class action lawsuits involving the rights of incarcerated youth and youth at risk of institutionalization.
She earned her BA at Hampshire College and her JD at Hofstra University.
Hon. Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.), is the founding president and CEO of the Center for Children and Youth Justice. The Center was established in February 2006 by Justice Bridge and her husband, Jon. Its mission is to advance justice for and enhance the lives of children and youth through juvenile justice, child welfare, and related systems reform.
The Honorable Bobbe J. Bridge was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court by Governor Locke in 1999. She was elected in 2000 and again in 2002. Before serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Bridge served as a King County Superior Court judge for ten years and as presiding judge of the fifty-one-member court for two years. She was the chief judge of King County Juvenile Court from 1994 to 1997 and the president of the Superior Court Judges' Association in 1999. Before joining the bench, Justice Bridge was the first female partner at the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer.
Michael Glassman is an associate professor of human development in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at The Ohio State University. His work focuses on developmental theory, issues in moral thought and moral action, and democracy and education, with a particular emphasis on the writings of John Dewey.
Richard A. Hooks Wayman is a senior youth policy analyst with the National Alliance to End Homelessness (www.endhomelessness.org). Formerly the public policy campaign director for the Minnesota Youth Service Association, Rich authored the Minnesota Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. Rich received his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1992. He worked as a public interest litigator for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis and as Collaborative director of StreetWorks. The StreetWorks Collaborative offers street-based outreach to homeless and runaway youth in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. While at StreetWorks, Rich coauthored a national training manual - StreetWorks: Best Practices and Standards in Outreach Methodology to Homeless Youth.
Patricia Julianelle is legal counsel for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. She also works as an independent legal consultant for state and local governments and nonprofit organizations, including the National Disability Rights Network and the American Bar Association. Formerly, Patricia was a staff attorney and Acting Legal Director at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty in Washington, D.C.
Donna Karno holds an MA in political science and a PhD in human development and family science at The Ohio State University. She is currently a lecturer at The Ohio State University.
Rachel Luke is a 2009 JD graduate at Seattle University School of Law, where she has served as the managing editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. Prior to law school, Rachel received her BA in art history from the University of Washington. While at Seattle University, she has served as the vice president of the Black Law Students Association and has completed internships at Seattle University School of Law's Access to Justice Institute, Northwest Defenders Association, and Avanade Inc.
The youths whose poetry and essays are featured in this issue of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice are affiliated with the Mockingbird Society. The Mockingbird Society is a mission driven, not-for-profit organization located in Seattle, Washington. The mission of the Mockingbird Society is to build a world-class foster care system through collaboration, innovation, and advocacy. The Mockingbird Society engages, empowers, and employs youth and alumni from foster care to engage in system reform activities, including increasing public education, creating positive public policy, and increasing the resources available to children, youth, and families. Additionally, the Mockingbird Society has developed the Mockingbird Family Model, which is an innovative foster and kinship service delivery model that is being replicated across Washington State and the nation. For more information, please visit www.mockingbirdsociety.org.
Riddhi Mukhopadhyay is a 2009 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in literature and history from Duke University in 2004. Prior to law school, she worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault field, focusing on immigrant and GLBTQ communities. While in law school, she has worked at several grassroots and community-based organizations that provide indigent communities access to justice. As a law student, she was a coauthor of Voices from Detention: A Report on Human Rights Violations at the Northwest Detention Center. Riddhi has served as an article editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. She has received a Berkeley Law Foundation fellowship to work at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project after graduation. She looks forward to opportunities to continue working on issues surrounding immigrant's rights, economic justice, civil liberties, and access to justice.
Gwynne Skinner is an assistant professor of clinical law at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, where she teaches an international human rights seminar and clinic as well as refugee law. She holds a JD from the University of Iowa (high distinction) and an MSt (LLM equivalent) in international human rights law from Oxford University (distinction). Prior to teaching at Willamette, Professor Skinner was a visiting professor of clinical law at Seattle University. She has also worked as a civil litigator, a human rights attorney, and a prosecutor. Professor Skinner's areas of practice, expertise, and scholarship include refugee law, domestic incorporation of customary international law, and human rights litigation.
Nicola J. Templeton is a 2009 summa cum laude graduate of Seattle University School of Law. During law school, Nicola has served as a research and technical editor of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, vice president of the Intellectual Property Law Society, and on the executive board of the Women's Law Caucus. She has also externed for the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Nicola was born and raised in South Africa and received her BSc (Eng.) in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 2002. Prior to entering law school, Nicola worked as a chemical engineer in the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa.
Regina Waugh is a dual degree candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, working toward a JD at Berkeley Law and a masters in public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy. She will graduate in May 2010.