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.
Terrence Lee Hancock works at Senior Citizensí Legal Services in Santa Cruz, California, where he specializes in litigation involving public benefits. He has expertise in federal court litigation regarding juvenile institutions and government programs intended to benefit poor people. He was at one time Deputy Director at the National Center for Youth Law, and is Past President of NCYL's Board.
Christopher Wu is 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. Before joining the Judicial Council, 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.
James D. Weill began his public interest career in 1969 at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. From there he went to the Childrenís 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.
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 foundationís 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 Departmentís 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 Governorsí 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 NCYLís successful parental consent reproductive rights case, AAP v. Lungren.
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 firmís pro bono committee and managed the small case pro bono program of the firmís 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.
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 NCYLís Adolescent Health Care Project since 1984.
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 NCYLís Board from 1997 to 2003.
Hector Javier Preciado was born in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco Mexico and raised in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles. The 11th of 13 children, Hector is the first to attend college in his family. Hector is a graduate of Pomona College, in Claremont, CA, where he majored in Sociology and minored in Media Studies. Hector is a graduate of the Haas School Business at UC Berkeley where he earned an MBA with emphasis on Leadership, Strategy and Marketing. While at Haas he was elected President of the Evening Weekend MBA Association representing the entire student body. Professionally, Hector is an Associate at Adchemy, a Search Engine Marketing Startup. Prior to that Hector was formerly the Chief Operating Officer at the Greenlining Institute, a public policy research and advocacy organization. Hector is married to Mrs. Trina Villanueva-Preciado and they have two young sons, Santiago Manuel and Joaquin Xavier.
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 parentsí 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.