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Kristin Henning, Professor of Law, Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic

Professor Henning is the Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic. She assumed the role of Director in 2015 after she served as Deputy Director since 1999. Following her graduation from Yale Law School, Professor Henning came to the Georgetown Law Center in 1995 as a Stewart-Stiller Fellow in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinics. As a Fellow she represented adults and children in the D.C. Superior Court, while supervising law students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. After her fellowship in 1997, Professor Henning joined the staff of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia where she continued to represent clients and helped to organize a Juvenile Unit designed to meet the multi-disciplinary needs of children in the juvenile justice system. Professor Henning served as Lead Attorney for the Juvenile Unit from 1998 until she left the Public Defender Service to return to the Law Center in 2001. In the meantime, Professor Henning maintained her ties to the Clinic as an Adjunct Professor from 1999 to 2001. Professor Henning has been active in local, regional and national juvenile justice reform, serving as a Board Member, then Director of the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center, as well as on local Superior Court committees such as the Delinquency Working Group and the Family Court Training Committee. Professor Henning is also President of the Board of Directors for the Center for Children's Law and Policy, the Report for the ABA Task Force on Dual Jurisdiction Youth, and has been a consultant for the Department of Justice and a number of state agencies engaged in juvenile justice reform. She is the author of several articles on juvenile justice, children's rights and the ethical obligations of juvenile defense counsel. She is the recipient of the Duke-Cape Town Emerging Leaders Fellowship and the NJDC Robert Shepard Award for Leadership in Juvenile Defense. Professor Henning received her B.A. from Duke University, her J.D. from Yale Law School and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. 

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Wallace J. Mlyniec, Lupo-Ricci Professor of Clinical Legal Studies; Senior Counsel, Juvenile Justice Clinic

Professor Mlyniec is the former Director of Georgetown's Juvenile Justice Clinic. He served in that position from 1973 until 2015. He was the Associate Dean for Georgetown's clinical programs from 1986 until 2005. Professor Mlyniec also teaches courses in wrongful convictions and children's rights and assists with training fellows in the Prettyman Fellowship Program. He is author of numerous books and articles concerning criminal law and the law relating to children and families and has written and spoken extensively about clinical education and clinical pedagogy. Professor Mlyniec was the Director of the Judicial Conference Study on ABA Criminal Justice Standards and the administrator of the Emergency Bail Fund. He has also served as a consultant to the San Jose State University and University of Maryland Schools of Social Work, the ABA's National Resource Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, several law schools, and the California Bar Examiners. He is the former Chair of the ABA Committee on Juvenile Justice and former Chair of the Board of the National Juvenile Defender Center. Professor Mlyniec is a recipient of a Bicentennial Fellowship from the Swedish government to study their child welfare system, the Stuart Stiller Award for public service, the William Pincus award for contributions to clinical education, the Robert F. Drinan Award for contributions to public interest law, and the Gault Award for his work in juvenile advocacy. He received his B.S. at Northwestern University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.     

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Eddie Ferrer, Staff Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law

Eduardo "Eddie" Ferrer currently serves as a staff attorney and supervisor in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. He also co-teaches the clinic's practicum "The Role of the Juvenile Defender for Committed Youth."

Eddie is a founding member of DC Lawyers for Youth (DCLY) and currently serves as its Legal & Policy Director, overseeing DCLY's research, policy, and direct representation work. Eddie also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Campaign for Youth Justice and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Next Step Charter School in Columbia Heights. Eddie was a member of the 2012-2013 class of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington's Future Executive Director Program and served as the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for this Single Member District 1B10 from 2009-2010. Eddie was awarded the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project's "Defender of Innocence Award" for his work securing the release of David Boyce, an innocent man wrongfully convicted in Virginia in 1990 and was recognized in 2008 by Legal Bisnow Magazine as a top "30 under 30" attorney in the District of Columbia. 

Prior to joining DC Lawyers for Youth full-time, Eddie worked in private practice at Howrey LLP where he worked on a variety of matters, including juvenile justice policy, immigration law, constitutional law, civil rights law, writs of habeas corpus, white-collar criminal defense, and antitrust law. Eddie received his B.S. in Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in 2002 and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. During his college and law school years, Eddie worked as a tutor, coach, abuse/neglect compliance intern, special education advocate, and a juvenile defender.    

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Kaitlin Banner, Adjunct Professor, Education Advocate

Kaitlin Banner has been an adjunct professor with the Juvenile Justice Clinic since 2012. Kaitlin is a staff attorney at the Advancement Project in the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track program, where she works with communities on reducing the overuse and disparate use of zero-tolerance school discipline policies. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Kaitlin was a Clinical Instructor at the Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. Students and professors in the clinic represent families in special education and school discipline cases and advocate for policies that promote positive interventions and enable students to continue their education. From 2008-2010, Kaitlin was the Crowell & Moring Equal Justice Works Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation's Capital, where she founded the Fair Discipline Project and began working on school-to-prison pipeline issues. Kaitlin is also an adjunct professor with the George Washington University Law School Scholarly Writing Program. Kaitlin is the Chair of the D.C. Lawyers for Youth Board of Directors. Kaitlin received her B.A. from Villanova University, her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, and her L.L.M. in clinical pedagogy and systems change from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. 

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Lauren Dollar, Staff Attorney, Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center

From 2013-2016, Lauren was the Juvenile Defense and Policy Fellow in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. Lauren graduated from Georgetown Law with a JD in May 2013. While in law school Lauren participated in the Juvenile Justice Clinic representing youth accused of delinquency in DC and in the Community Justice Project representing claimants in unemployment insurance appeals. She also served as Professor Kristin Henning's research assistant from 2011-2013 and was active in the Barrister's Council Appellate Division Moot Court Team. Lauren was a law clerk at the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights (the juvenile public defender office in New Orleans, previously Juvenile Regional Services), the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore City Juvenile Division, the Center for Children's Law and Policy, and the Constitutional Literacy and Service Initiative in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to law school in 2008, Lauren earned her Master of Philosophy in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town, focusing on community truth-telling processes modeled on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the Southern United States. From 2007-2010 Lauren worked in Cape Town as a volunteer coordinator with the organization Young in Prison, organizing educational and recreational programming for incarcerated youth. Lauren received her B.A. in International Studies from Emory University in 2005.

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Erin Keith, Juvenile Defense and Policy Fellow, 2016-18

Erin was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated summa cum laude from Howard University in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and from Georgetown Law in 2016 with a J.D. While in law school, Erin taught a human rights course for a year at Dunbar High School through Georgetown's 1L Pro Bono Project. She also served as Attorney General for the Black Law Students Association, as Senior Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives, and as a Student Attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. In addition to her campus involvement, Erin worked as a student program analyst at the U.S. Department of State, as a judicial intern at D.C. Superior Court for the Honorable Maribeth Raffinan, and as a Summer Associate for Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone, P.L.C. She also interned at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Public Integrity Section, and at the Public Defender Service in the Juvenile Services Program. Additionally, while studying abroad in South Africa, Erin worked at the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services, assisting with the collection of human rights grievances and research on prison overcrowding in adult and juvenile facilities. In 2016, Erin was published in the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy. 

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Jessica Gingold, Prettyman Fellow 2016-2018

Jessica Gingold graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2016.  A Dean Public Service Fellow, she was awarded the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship, widely held as the Law School’s highest honor; the Rockwell T. Gust Advocacy Award; and the Jenny Runkles Public Service Award. While in law school, Jessica was part of the founding board of the Student Rights Project, an organization that provides teams of law and social work advocates for K-12 students facing suspensions and expulsions. She also served as the Symposium Editor for the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, hosting a national symposium on the criminalization of poverty, Innocent Until Proven Poor: Fighting the Criminalization of Poverty. During her studies, Jessica participated in the Juvenile Justice Clinic and spent a semester at the Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia Law School.  In addition, Jessica worked at the Children’s Law Center in Covington, Kentucky, the Juvenile Court in Summit County, Ohio, and the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the juvenile public defender for Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Prior to law school, Jessica directed a youth policymaking council at a Chicago nonprofit, Mikva Challenge, and earned an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jessica also enjoys distance bicycling, especially on a tandem bike with her dad—in 2015, Jessica and her dad rode 1150 miles to raise money for criminal and juvenile justice reform, www.pedalingjustice.com.

 

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Zawadi Baharanyi, E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow, 2017-2019 

Zawadi Baharanyi is a native of Auburn, Alabama.  She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2017 where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar. While in law school, Zawadi participated in the Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic and represented children facing juvenile delinquency adjudications in the Juvenile Defender Clinic. She interned at the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project and the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office. Additionally, she volunteered as a Parole Advocate through the National Lawyer Guild’s Parole Preparation Project and organized community service initiatives for NYU’s Black Allied Law Students Association. Prior to law school, Zawadi was a Justice Fellow with the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama (EJI) where she investigated officer-on-inmate violence in Alabama’s prisons, helped formerly incarcerated clients transition to life outside of prison, and bolstered EJI’s public education work around racial bias and mass incarceration.

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