Edward Opton is of counsel to NCYL. He is the first attorney to work long-term with NCYL after retiring from full-time practice. Since January 2007, he has been working principally with Senior Attorney Bill Grimm on Child Welfare issues. A graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, Opton was an employment and labor lawyer for the University of California from 1981 to 2006. Earlier, in his first post-law school job, he was an associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. Law is Optonís second career. A graduate of Yale, he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University. He did research on psychological stress at UC Berkeley in the 1960s and Ď70s and was Associate Dean at The Wright Institute, a graduate school of psychology in Berkeley.