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Board of Directors

President

Peter B. Edelman is a professor at Georgetown University Law School and a leading expert on poverty and social welfare law. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, and worked closely with Senator Robert Kennedy. Professor Edelman served for a time as the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services in the administration of President Clinton.

Vice President

Christopher Wu is Senior Director for Judicial Engagement at Casey Family Program. Before joining Casey Family Program, he served as Supervising Attorney for the California Judicial Council Center for Children and the Courts and Executive Director of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care. Prior to that, he provided direct representation for child clients, and also served as Managing Attorney and Executive Director, during ten years at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco.

Secretary

Judith Z. Gold is an attorney at the Public Interest Law Project in Oakland, CA.  Prior to that she was of counsel at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in San Francisco.  She was a member of the firm’s pro bono committee and managed the small case pro bono program of the firm’s San Francisco office.  Her pro bono experience includes handling litigation challenging provisions in the 1996 welfare law that deny Supplemental Security Income disability benefits to legal immigrants.  She also specializes in complex multi-party civil litigation.

Treasurer

James D. Weill began his public interest career in 1969 at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. From there he went to the Children’s Defense Fund where he served from 1982 to 1997, as Program Director and then as General Counsel. He is now the President of the Food Research & Action Center in Washington, D.C.

Members

Victoria L. Boesch is an Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice.  She defends the federal government in wide variety of civil matters in federal court in the Eastern District of California.  She formerly practiced at Munger, Tolles and Olson in San Francisco, specializing in class actions and employment litigation. 

Alexander L. Brainerd is a member of the panel of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS) in its San Francisco office. He has been a trial lawyer, specializing in commercial litigation and intellectual property. He was formerly partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP in San Francisco, California, and the managing partner of Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon in San Francisco. He has extensive experience providing pro bono legal services, including representing minors in juvenile delinquency proceedings in San Francisco.

David E. Brown is a senior fellow with the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group of the Annie E Casey Foundation, where he helps manage the foundation’s juvenile justice system reform work.  Prior to joining the Casey Foundation, David served in executive level management positions within two District of Columbia youth serving agencies.  Between 2005 and 2011, he was the associate director for the Office of Youth Programs at the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the deputy director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS).  At DYRS, he was responsible for the residential and community-based programs and services for the nearly 1,000 committed and detained youth in the Department’s care and custody.  Before joining DYRS, David served as executive director of the National Youth Employment Coalition and as a senior policy analyst with the National Governors’ Association, both located in Washington, DC.  Earlier in his career, David benefited from a range of youth policy, administrative, and program experiences within both public and nonprofit youth-serving organizations at the state and local levels.  He earned a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, which he attended as a National Urban Fellow.

Annette Carnegie is an attorney with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Oakland, CA.  Prior to that Annette was a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco where she had a diverse commercial litigation practice, and has successfully represented individual and institutional clients in constitutional litigation in state and federal courts. Her pro bono litigation includes cocounseling NCYL’s successful parental consent reproductive rights case, AAP v. Lungren.

Thomas Ehrlich is a visiting professor at Stanford University School of Education. He was the first president of the Legal Services Corporation and the first director of the International Cooperation Agency, reporting to President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Ehrlich has served as president of Indiana University, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and Dean of Stanford Law School. He was also a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Mr. Ehrlich is author, co-author, or editor of 15 books, most recently, "Civic Work, Civic Lessons: Two Generations Reflect on Public Service," (Rowman & Littlefield/UPA, 2013) about why and how all people, and particularly young people, should engage in public service.

James W. Head is the Director of Programs for the San Francisco Foundation. Prior to that, he was the President of the National Economic Development and Law Center in Oakland, CA, a position he had held since 1986. He teaches a seminar on Community Economic Development at Hastings Law School in San Francisco. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, serving as Board President in 1997-98.

Dr. Charles E. Irwin is the Director of the National Adolescent Health Information Center, and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. His research has focused on risk-taking behaviors during adolescence, and how clinicians can more effectively identify adolescents who are at risk for engaging in health-compromising behavior. He has served as an advisor to NCYL’s Adolescent Health Care Project since 1984.

Jack W. Londen is a partner in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster LLP.  Jack is a trial lawyer with 34 years of experience in patent litigation and other areas of complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts at the trial court and appellate levels.  He has also handled many commercial arbitration matters arising from merger and acquisition transactions.  In addition, he has led significant cases involving public education, civil rights, and other public interest matters. He has received awards for his public interest work from organizations including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, State Bar of California, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the National Center for Youth Law.  Jack is also the President of the Consortium for the National Equal Justice Library.

Walter P. "Pat" Loughlin is a litigation partner in the New York office of K&L Gates LLP. He is a member of his firm's Pro Bono Committee and coordinates pro bono matters in the New York office. A 1972 graduate of UCLA (magna cum laude; Phi Bet Kappa), Pat received his JD from Yale Law School where he was Note Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After clerking for two federal judges, Pat was appointed Assistant United States Attorney, and Chief Appellate Attorney, in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. He served as Associate Independent Counsel in the Iran-Contra prosecutions and was director of the London Office of the Vera Institute of Justice. Pat is co-author of Modern Federal Jury Instructions, a standard reference work for federal trial practitioners, and has taught criminal law, civil procedure, evidence, criminal procedure, and legal ethics at Columbia, Rutgers, Fordham, and Cardozo Law Schools. He currently teaches a seminar at Columbia Law School on the Interplay of Civil and Criminal Law. Pat is a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for his work in obtaining the release of a client from death row in Texas.

John D. MacIntosh is a partner in the law firm Epstein, Burke, and MacIntosh, P.A. in Concord, New Hampshire. He worked for ten years in legal services in New Hampshire, now specializes in class-action litigation, and has, since moving to private practice, devoted a substantial portion of his practice to representing disabled children.

Mary E. McCutcheon is a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Farella, Braun & Martel. Her private practice specializes in insurance issues. She has cocounselled several pro bono cases involving Medicaid benefits for low-income children with the National Center for Youth Law.  She served as President of NCYL’s Board from 1997 to 2003.

Brian C. Rocca is a partner at the San Francisco office of Bingham McCutchen LLP.  Brian focuses on antitrust and complex commercial litigation. He was recognized as leading antitrust lawyer by Chambers USA in 2013, and as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine from 2009 to 2013. He also serves as the co-chair of Bingham’s eDiscovery practice. In the antitrust field, Brian has worked on high-stakes litigation in both civil and criminal contexts, and in a wide range of industries. Brian regularly advises clients in connection with governmental antitrust investigations and also provides counseling to a prominent trade association.  Brian has significant trial experience - he served as an assistant district attorney in the Trial Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office in 2007-08, and as lead counsel in a federal civil rights trial in 2005. He also advises clients on cutting-edge electronic discovery and document retention issues, and has litigated several high-profile electronic discovery disputes.  

Lori A. Schechter is the Associate General Counsel of McKesson Corporation.  Previously, she was a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster where she represented clients in federal, state, and multi-districtclass action cases involving antitrust and unfair competition claims, false advertising and privacy, as well as other complex litigation.  Schechter was co-counsel with NCYL in the landmark American Academy of Pediatrics v. Lungren case, in which the California Supreme Court overturned a state statute that would have required teenagers to get their parents’ consent before having an abortion. Schechter was named one of the top female litigators in California in 2007 by the Daily Journal. She received her B.A. from Cornell University in 1983, and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1987.

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