Biographies of Commission Members

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Angela Vigil, ‘12

Chair

Angela C. Vigil is a Partner at Baker & McKenzie and Director of the Firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service practice.  Ms. Vigil has an active practice in the representation of children in juvenile and criminal court, in appellate work and in civil rights advocacy.  She was recently recognized by Northwestern University School of Law for her Outstanding Commitment to Public Service, and was a 2010 recipient of the John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award from Lawyers for Children America. Her docket has her in the U.S. Supreme Court with a case granted Certiorari on an issue of whether a key decision on the intersection of immigration and criminal law is retroactive.  She helps lead teams on child welfare, juvenile justice and education issues in federal circuit courts, state supreme courts and in the appellate and trial courts of Florida where she has been focusing on the representation of victims of trafficking in Miami and from around the nation. In addition, her legal work includes human rights and public international law projects for global pro bono projects of the Firm. Her presentations include plenary sessions on the U.S. Supreme Court decision relevant to defenders at the National Juvenile Defender Summit, sessions at the Pro Bono Institute’s national seminar, sessions at the Equal Justice Conference of the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association and the ABA. 

She is past co-chair and a working Group Member of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee, board member and active faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and a member of the advisory board for the Juvenile Justice Center at Barry University School of Law.  She was recently appointed to the Standing committee on Pro Bono for the Florida Bar and is serving as the Law Firm Subcommittee chair.  Ms. Vigil recently spearheaded a 2012 Miami Pro Bono Summit attended by over 100 South Florida attorneys and representatives of special interest groups.  Ms. Vigil was appointed in 2012 as a Pro Bono Task Force member of congressionally-appointed Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation.  In April 2012, she attended the White House Summit as part of the LSC task force where President Obama personally thanked the task force for their service.

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Jimmy Goodman, ‘13

Board of Governors Liaison

Jimmy Goodman has tried lawsuits since 1973, with a specialty in complex business and commercial litigation. A former president of Crowe & Dunlevy, Mr. Goodman has tried cases before state, federal, bankruptcy and tribal courts. His trials have covered a wide range of matters including: business tort and contract litigation; class actions; insurance bad faith defense; construction and real estate disputes; drug, medical device and general product liability defense; government Medicare fraud claims; commercial injunction suits; Indian gaming disputes; unfair competition; and commercial arbitration.

Mr. Goodman was named the 2009 Recipient of the William G. Paul Oklahoma Justice Award, which is awarded annually by Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. on behalf of Oklahoma's justice community for commitment to "the American promise of equal justice for all." Mr. Goodman received the 2006 Journal Record “Leadership in Law” award for service to the legal profession, especially toward increasing diversity and pro bono service. He is Oklahoma’s Delegate to the ABA, has held numerous positions of leadership in the ABA Litigation Section, and has served on both the ABA’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice and the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

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Debbie Segal

Special Advisor

Debbie Segal is the Pro Bono Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where she oversees the firm-wide pro bono program.  She is the current Chair of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and a past member and Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.  She has been an advocate for victims of domestic violence from the inception of her legal career at Atlanta Legal Aid, and has represented them in protective order, custody and related criminal litigation matters.  As Executive Director of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, she managed Justice Department and State grants that supported the organization’s pro bono advocacy programs.  She has trained corporate counsel on the impact of domestic violence on the workplace, and has trained law enforcement on appropriate response to intimate partner violence.   Ms. Segal has served as an adjunct professor at Georgia State and Emory University schools of law.   She is a graduate of Cornell University and Emory University School of Law.

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Ruth Bahe-Jachna, ‘11

Ruth A. Bahe-Jachna is Co-Chair of the firm's National Class Action Practice Group and has more than 20 years of experience defending clients in purported class actions and product liability and consumer fraud litigation in state and federal courts, including MDL proceedings. Her experience includes representation of numerous telecommunications clients, including a major U.S. trade association representing wireless manufacturers and carriers and various wireless and landline service providers. She represented the trade association in multiple lawsuits spanning a 10-year period concerning health and safety issues related to wireless phone emissions. Ruth also counseled a major telecommunications provider with respect to potential class action exposure in connection with one of its acquisitions. She regularly counsels clients on a wide variety of product safety and risk management matters, including counseling clients on U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reporting requirements, recall issues, and drafting appropriate release and waiver forms, warning labels and warranties.  Ruth studied in Japan from 1979 to 1982 and represents Japanese clients in various litigation and product liability matters. She has given presentations internationally on U.S. product liability law and class actions.  Ruth is a member of the firm's National eDiscovery & eRetention Practice, and has experience in large-scale litigation matters involving electronic discovery. She also has wide-ranging appellate experience. In addition to representing clients, Ruth has developed and oversees training for the firm’s National Litigation Practice, which includes at least six in-house litigation skills training programs annually for the firm’s attorneys.

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Phyllis Bossin, ‘11

Phyllis G. Bossin is the principal and founder of the firm of Phyllis G. Bossin & Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio. The firm practices exclusively in the field of family law, handling complex matrimonial and other family law cases.  Ms. Bossin is a Certified Family Law Relations Specialist in Ohio and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer and a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. She has served in many capacities in the American Bar Association, including serving as Chair of the Section of Family Law.  She currently serves on the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. 

Ms. Bossin has been listed in Woodward & White’s Best Lawyers in America for over fifteen years. She has also been recognized as a Cincinnati Leading Lawyer every year by Cincy Business Magazine as well as named in Who’s Who in Cincinnati Law by the Cincinnati Business Courier.  Ms. Bossin has been named a Superlawyer in Ohio since the Superlawyers’ inception ten years ago, including being named as one of the top 25 Female lawyers in Cincinnati, one of the top 50 Female lawyers in Ohio, one of the top 50 lawyers in Cincinnati, one of the top 100 lawyers in Ohio and a Superlawyer in Family Law.  Ms. Bossin has served on the faculty of the ABA Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Institute, teaching litigation techniques to attorneys.  She lectures frequently on family law issues on the local, state and national level and has published a law review article on the subject of same sex marriage and civil unions.

Ms. Bossin graduated from the University of Cincinnati, from where she received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.  She is licensed in Ohio and the District of Columbia.

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Anita Britton, ‘11

Anita M. Britton was born and raised in Woodford County, Kentucky where she lives on a small farm with her husband, Stuart Bennett, and their fur-kids, Teddy and Roy. After nearly 30 years with Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, she is a founding member of Britton Osborne Johnson, PLLC.  A 1972 graduate of Woodford County High School, Anita went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Centre College of Kentucky in 1976. While at Centre, Anita served as co-editor of the Cento, the student newspaper. She was also Sweetheart of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and a cheerleader.  After a year at the college as a Lilly Fellow, Anita came to Lexington where she worked in local government before entering the College of Law at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1979. Anita received her Juris Doctorate with Distinction from the University of Kentucky in 1982. She is a member of the Family Law Sections of the American, Kentucky and Fayette County Bar Associations and served as the Chair of the Family Law Practice Section of the Kentucky Bar. Anita has served as the Chair of the Kentucky Bar Convention and has on numerous occasions served on the CLE Planning Committee for the Bar Convention. She served as a member of the Continuing Legal Education Commission for the Kentucky Bar Association for six years including a year as Chairman from 2007-2008. In 2008, she was elected to the Kentucky Board of Bar Governors for the 5th Supreme Court District and she is currently serving in that position. For the last many years, Anita has lectured twice a year to new lawyers on the ethics of litigation and has lectured extensively on evidence law in Kentucky.  Anita has also practiced in the area of securities arbitration for nearly 30 years. She has been honored to represent a number of brokerage firms and individuals in FINRA arbitrations. 

Beyond her practice, Anita has a passion for her charitable and professional affiliations. She served for six years on the board of the Lexington Humane Society, three of which as president. She is a past president of the Centre College of Kentucky National Alumni Association Board and was inducted into the Centre College Board of Trustees in January 2009. She was also inducted into the Midway College Board of Trustees in 2009. She is a past president of the Lexington Kiwanis, and sits on the Masterson Station Park Advisory Board as well as the board of directors of the Woodford Theatrical Arts Association. She is also served as the inaugural chairman of Bluegrass Women United, a philanthropic organization composed entirely of women. She has served as President of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Lexington Affiliate, and as President of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

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Ida Candreva, ‘13

Ms. Candreva works for the MBTA Transit Police Department, which has jurisdiction in 175 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Since 2011, she has been assigned to the Criminal Investigation Unit, as a Detective for the department, where she investigates a wide range of crimes from assaults, larceny reports, sexual assaults, etc. In addition to her assignment with the CIU, she represents the department in a federally-funded collaboration with local organizations, exploring the gaps and manners to assist victims with disabilities who have been sexually assaulted. She is also the designated detective for reports involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assaults. She works closely with detectives from other agencies in the area assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit and Sexual Assault Unit at the Family Justice Center in Boston.

Prior to working for the MBTA Transit Police Department, Ms. Candreva worked for the Boston Police Department, as the Domestic Violence Advocate, working as the liaison for the detectives and victims of domestic violence. She worked directly with victims of domestic violence, followed up on police reports, explained the criminal justice system, and assisted them with the court process, safety planning, and restraining orders. Prior to working for the BPD, she was hired by the Suffolk County’s District Attorney’s Office as a Victim/Witness Advocate, acting as the liaison for the assistant district attorney and victims of crimes. She was assigned to various district courts in Boston, including the Domestic Violence Court, where she worked alongside victims of domestic violence and sexual assaults. Ms. Candreva received her JD from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2010, and a graduate certificate from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, in Women in Politics and Public Policy. Her graduate research project concerned Domestic Violence Issues impacting women, specifically immigrant women.

Janet Fink, ‘13

Janet R. Fink has been deputy counsel to the NYS Unified Court System since 1994. Her numerous responsibilities include serving as counsel to the Family Court Advisory and Rules Committee and the New York State Family Violence Task Force. She was selected as a recipient of the 2005 juvenile justice award for her outstanding work in helping the court system to address legislative, training and reform issues in the family law area. She has taught juvenile justice as an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University), and served as senior counsel to the New York State Assembly Codes Committee. From 1974-1990, she was employed as a law guardian, appellate and class action litigator by the Juvenile Rights Division of the New York City Legal Aid Society, serving for the last six years as the Division's assistant attorney-in-charge.

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Hon. José Lopez, ‘13

President George H. Bush nominated Judge José M. Lopez to be a judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1990. Judge Lopez’s trial experience includes Civil, Criminal and Family Matters. Currently, he is the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Violence Unit.

Judge Lopez was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. from Middlebury College, Vermont in 1973 and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts in 1977. While in law school, he was Associate Editor of the Law Review, Vice President of the Hispanic American Law Student Association, and President of the Black American Law Students Association.

For nearly 7 years Judge Lopez chaired the Superior Court Judicial Education Committee and is a member of the Rules Committee. He has been a faculty member at the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, and board member at the Leadership Institute in Judicial Education, out of the University of Memphis, Tennessee. In his most recent teaching experience, he traveled to Angola, Mexico and Chile regarding judicial system assessment, methods of civil delay reduction, mediation and biotechnology. He is past president and co-founder of the Charlotte E. Ray, American Inn of Court.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Lopez was in private practice, a member of the D.C. Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board and member of the D.C. Board of Appeals and Review. Before that, he was Attorney Advisor to the Benefits Review Board, U.S. Department of Labor. Judge Lopez is the 1997 Recipient of the Award for Judicial Excellence, presented by the American Bar Association National Conference of State Trial Judges. 

Linda Lopez, ‘12

Linda Lopez, JD,  is Deputy Director of the Center For Battered Women’s Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families.  Linda Lopez started as a staff attorney at Sanctuary’s Legal Center in 1994.  In 2006, she became Deputy Director of the Center where she works with the Director to advocate on behalf of underserved populations.  Ms. Lopez is founder of the Uncontested Divorce Workshop where she has trained over 600 students in five New York City law schools to work with indigent battered women in obtaining uncontested divorces. She is a seasoned practitioner of Family and Matrimonial law and is bi-lingual in the Spanish language.  She is a graduate of CUNY Law School where she participated in the Battered Women’s Clinic.  Ms. Lopez has made numerous television and radio appearances both in the Spanish and English language.  She has trained extensively on the issue of domestic violence both locally and internationally and has served as a panelist on numerous workshops and forums.

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David Martin, ‘12

David Martin is a Senior Deputy Prosecutor for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) in Seattle, Washington. He currently serves as the head of the KCPAO Domestic Violence unit. He has held several positions for KCPAO including trial supervisor, and trial attorney throughout the criminal division. Most of his career as a prosecutor has been spent in the Domestic Violence Unit. He is the recipient of the Prosecuting Attorney's Outstanding Trial Advocacy award, and Eastide Domestic Violence Norm Maleng award. David serves on numerous domestic violence task forces and work groups, and co-wrote several of Washington's recent domestic violence laws including felony sentencing reform and strangulation. He is coauthor of Washington’s statewide domestic violence prosecution manual and an article on domestic violence recantation: "Interpersonal processes associated with victim recantation," Social Science & Medicine (2011). David serves on many boards and task forces related to domestic violence in Washington including service as a board member to a Seattle domestic violence shelter and the Men's Network against Domestic Violence. He provides training on domestic violence locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Alyson Meiselman, ‘13

Alyson Dodi Meiselman of Gaithersburg, Maryland, presently serves as a member of the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.  She has previously served as a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and a member of the ABA Commission Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity, and, as the Chair of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Legal Issues Committee. She is a member of the ABA Sections of Family Law, Individual Rights & Responsibilities, and the Judicial Division’s Lawyer’s Conference.

Ms. Meiselman was a 2007 recipient of the Trinity Award for Community Service from the International Foundation for Gender Education, and, in 2008 was the first to receive the Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Transgender Business Person of the Year. Ms. Meiselman established the right of transsexuals in Maryland to petition and obtain court orders to change their gender for all legal purposes, and, is the primary author of Slavery, Sex & Gender, and The Ancient Doctrine of Stare Decisis: A Re-Examination of the Doctrine In Light of Time Influenced Legal Reasoning and The Current State of Transgender Legal Issues, 2 Geo. J. Gender & L. 735 (2001), Cause of Action for Change of Legal Gender, 24 COA2d 135 (2004), and, Employment of Trans-Individuals, A Perspective With A Long View, 46 Md. B. J. 5 (Sept./Oct. 2013).  

Ms. Meiselman, who transitioned to female in 1998, was the subject of a French TF1 Reportagé documentary entitled “My Dad, This Great Woman,” in 2001.  She balances her professional life with creative talents including the design and creation of gold silver fine jewelry, stained glass artwork, woodcarving, and playing her 6 and 12 string guitars.

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Jessica Mindlin, ‘12

Jessica Mindlin, Esq., is the National Director of Legal Training and Technical Assistance for the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the nation’s legal response to sexual assault. At the VRLC, Jessica leads a team of lawyers who provide national legal technical assistance, including training, individual case consultation, tools, templates, and other resources, for lawyers, advocate and other victim service providers serving sexual assault survivors. In addition to her work at the VRLC, Jessica is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School and serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and on the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report.

She is coeditor of Beyond the Criminal Justice System: Using the Law to Help Restore the Lives of Sexual Assault Victims (A Practical Guide for Attorneys and Advocates).  With Bonnie Brandl, MSW, she co-wrote “Respecting Elders, Protecting Elders: Untangling the Mystery of What Sexual Assault Advocates Need to Know About the Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse,” (Reshape, Issue 27; Spring 2011). Her article "Child Sexual Abuse and Criminal Statutes of Limitation: A Model For Reform" was published in 65 Wash. L.Rev.(1990).

Jessicais the recipient of the OCADSV’s 2008 Midori Hamilton Award for her work on sexual violence, was honored in 2010 as a “Leader in the Law” by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce, and is a founding member of CounterQuo, a national campaign to change the status quo on how we examine and respond to sexual assault.

Jessica has also served as the Senior Staff Attorney and a clinical instructor for NCVLI and Lewis and Clark Law School, statewide Support Unit Attorney for the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Coordinator of the Oregon Supreme Court-Oregon State Bar Task Force on Gender Fairness, and Legal Access Project Director for the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She also served on the Advisory Council of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Advisory Board of Oregon’s Center for Women, Politics, and Policy. Prior to law school, Jessica worked as a rape victim advocate, a counselor and legal advocate for battered women, a counselor for runaway youth, and a waitress.

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Linda Parks, ‘13

Linda Parks serves as managing partner at Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P., a position she has held since the inception of the firm. She focuses her legal practice on the transactional areas of: Banking, Bankruptcy, and Business and Corporate Real Estate.  In her banking practice, Linda represents financial institutions in the negotiation and preparation of documentation for secured loan transactions, which involve a diverse number of business matters, including real estate, automobile dealerships, golf courses, and professional corporations. In the area of bankruptcy law, Linda serves as a Chapter 7 trustee and is a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. She has significant experience representing creditors in complex Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcy matters. As a complement to her banking and bankruptcy experience, Linda has also built a solid practice in business and corporate law. In this capacity, she assists clients with transactional planning related to the purchase and sale of businesses; contract review and negotiation; and the formation of business entities. She also has extensive experience handling closings, financings, real estate matters, franchise issues, corporate structure alternatives and joint ventures.

Among her most recent activities, Linda was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Commission by the chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court to assist with examining the state’s judicial branch and court structure to ensure it operates with optimum efficiency. She is a member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar Associations; the Kansas Women Attorneys Association; the Wichita Women Attorneys Association; and the American Counsel Association, the oldest private association of independent law firms in the world. She is also a fellow of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Kansas Bar Foundation. Linda serves as the Kansas state bar representative for the ABA’s House of Delegates and her law school alma mater’s board of governors. She is past president of the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) and a former member of the organization’s executive committee. Linda has been recognized with outstanding attorney awards from the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the KBA and the Wichita Women Attorneys Association.

In addition to her service to the legal profession, Linda is also active in the community. She is the immediate past president of the Wichita YWCA, which operates a shelter for victims of domestic violence.   She was recently awarded the Woman of Distinction Award by Dress for Success.

Linda received her B.A. from Washburn University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Washburn Law School, cum laude, where she was a member of the Washburn Law Journal. On occasion, Linda presents on ethics and career issues to fellow attorneys. She is co-editor of the Kansas Bankruptcy Handbook. Linda started her career with Kahrs, Nelson, Fanning, Hite & Kellogg in 1983 and was a founding partner with Hite, Fanning & Honeyman when it began business in 2000. She is married to Randy Brown, and they enjoy travel and their various pets.

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Michael Shaw, ‘13

For more than 30 years, Michael has worked in a variety of capacities as an advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and as a youth advocate.  Currently, he is a Student and Family Advocate in the Iowa City Community School District.  Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and founding member of the Iowa Men’s Action Network.  Previously he served as Co-Director, prevention specialist, and domestic violence shelter manager at Waypoint Services; Project Manager for West Wind Education Policy, Inc. working on improving cultural competence in the public schools; and Safety and Accountability Audit Director for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Iowa Judicial Branch working on the impact on domestic violence in the African American community.  He is a certified sexual assault and domestic violence advocate and an experienced trainer on a variety of sexual assault and domestic violence issues. 

Michael received his Bachelor and Master degrees in social work from The University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City, IA with his partner and four children.

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 Lisa Smith, ‘13

Professor Lisa C. Smith is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Brooklyn Law School. At Brooklyn Law School, she is the Director of Externship Programs and has taught the Prosecutors Clinic, the Family Law Violence Project and Innovations in Criminal Justice. She currently teaches a Domestic Violence Prosecutors Clinic in which third year students prosecute misdemeanor domestic violence cases in the local criminal court under Professor Smith’s supervision.  Professor Smith is the Co-Chair of the AALS Clinical Section Externship Committee and is an appointee to the New York State Violence against Women DCJS Task Force. 

Professor Smith was formerly the Executive Assistant District Attorney for Special Victims (Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence) in the Office of the Kings County District Attorney. She has served as the Co-Chairperson of both the ABA Committee on Reentry & Collateral Consequences and the Academic Committee of the Criminal Justice Section and as a member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Domestic Violence.   Professor Smith was instrumental in the creation of the Family Justice Center in Brooklyn, NY and has worked on numerous innovative projects in the field of child abuse and domestic violence. Professor Smith has lectured extensively and appeared as a television commentator in the areas of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault.

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Maureen White Eagle, ‘13

Maureen White Eagle has a variety of legal experiences. She practiced law in the private sector for seventeen years, then developed and managed a legal services program for Native victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and most recently worked on Indigenous women and children’s issues related to violence in the U.S., Kenya and Guatemala. She currently is working for the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (a technical assistance provider for Indian nations) as a Tribal Advocacy Legal Specialist.

White Eagle has written numerous resources for/about tribes and AI/AN, on issues related to violence against women and children, to assist tribes in developing culturally responsive codes and procedures to deal with issues related to violence against AI/AN women and children. She has provided training and facilitated group discussion at many national and state conferences on these topics. She is an author of national reports on child sexual abuse in Indian country and on the co-occurrence of child abuse and domestic violence in Indian country. Recently, White Eagle has worked with the Mayans in Guatemala to develop a culturally responsive training for advocates to respond to violence in Mayan communities. White Eagle has also researched Indigenous women’s issues in Kenya, Vietnam, Thailand and Brazil.

White Eagle is passionate about the need to empower Indigenous and other women marginalized by society and the need to ensure that all professionals can work cross-culturally.  

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Maya Raghu, ‘12

Maya Raghu is an attorney with Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund) in Washington, D.C.  Her work primarily focuses on the intersection of gender, violence and the workplace, and she is an expert on legal issues concerning the workplace effects of gender-based violence. Her work includes a U.S. Department of Justice-funded project that provides resources and technical assistance to employers and unions on the workplace effects of gender-based violence.  She creates public education materials and training resources, and conducts trainings at national and regional conferences, for a wide variety of audiences including attorneys, judges, unions, and direct service providers.  She also conducts legislative and policy advocacy at the federal and state level.  Ms. Raghu was previously a senior staff attorney for six years at Legal Momentum in New York City, where she worked on issues of human rights, gender discrimination and employment, providing direct representation to victims in employment and housing discrimination cases, engaging in legislative and policy advocacy, and providing training and public education materials.  She was previously a litigator at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a law clerk to a federal judge, and received her B.A. from Trinity University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  Ms. Raghu is the author of several published articles, mostly recently: Lisalyn R. Jacobs and Maya Raghu, The Need For a Uniform Federal Response To the Workplace Impact of Interpersonal Violence, 11 GEO. J. GENDER AND THE LAW 593 (2010).

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Kavitha Sreeharsha, ‘12

For over a decade, Kavitha Sreeharsha has been a leader in the anti-trafficking movement. Her multifaceted experience includes legal services, technical assistance, federal and state public policy advocacy, and civil rights enforcement and litigation.

As a staff attorney at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, she consulted with and represented over 100 labor and sex trafficked persons. She coordinated NGO services with federal agencies conducting trafficking raids. She also litigated family law and immigration cases, representing primarily immigrant domestic violence survivors, and developed an accompanying pro bono project. Kavitha subsequently worked at Legal Momentum where she spearheaded efforts to expand protections for trafficked persons by successfully drafting and advocating for language that was included in the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008. She worked with federal agencies to implement laws including advocacy to publish the delayed U-visa regulations. Her technical assistance included developing a groundbreaking leadership and skills building initiative for law enforcement working with immigrant crime victims. Most recently, Kavitha worked in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, focusing on national origin discrimination by criminal justice agencies.

As an anti-trafficking expert, Kavitha speaks and trains nationally and internationally. She has testified and briefed Congress. Kavitha has written extensively on immigrant women, immigration, and human trafficking and has published in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. Kavitha has served on the Board of Directors of Narika, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Tanya Nieman Award and the Unity Award from the Minority Bar Coalition of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and California.

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