Who We Are
Emmanuel Andre, Outreach and Community Relations Coordinator
Julie Biehl, Children and Family Justice Center Director
Jordan Blumenthal, Clinical Staff Attorney & Post-Disposition Project Director
Mathilda de Dios, Program Manager
Alison Flaum, Litigation Director, Clinical Assistant Professor
Carolyn E. Frazier, Clinical Assistant Professor
Adolfo Gomez, Administrative Director
Stephanie Kollmann, Clinical Fellow
Shobha Mahadev, Project Director, Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children, Clinical Assistant Professor
Scott Main, Clinical Fellow
Marjorie B. Moss, Social Work Supervisor/Attorney
Uzomaka Nzelibe, Clinical Assistant Professor
Emmanuel Andre serves as the Outreach and Community Relations Coordinator for the Children and Family Justice Center. As an attorney, Mr. Andre has dedicated his life's work to restorative justice principles and interrupting the school to prison pipeline.
In addition to his work with the Children and Family Justice Center, Mr. Andre runs his own private practice focused on criminal defense and representing youth in delinquency proceedings.
Jordan Blumenthal joined the Northwestern clinical staff in 2012. Before coming to Northwestern, he was a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts and a trial attorney and clinical supervisor as a Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown Law's Juvenile and Criminal Justice Clinics in Washington, DC.
His areas of expertise include criminal and juvenile defense, as well as post-disposition juvenile advocacy.
Mathilda de Dios
Mathilda de Dios joined the CFJC in 2011 to develop the Know Your Rights Project, a training program for youth to successfully resist or navigate their way out of the juvenile justice system. The Know Your Rights Project hosts partnerships with many youth-serving organizations, and provides support to their existing leadership development programs through trainings and opportunities to become Youth Advocates & Ambassadors.
Prior to her current role, Mathilda has worked with youth and communities as a researcher, counselor, and organizer for social, economic, and racial justice. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College, is a founding member of Ugnayan NY/NJ and received her M.Ed. in Youth Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Adolfo "Tito" Gomez originates from Chicago and is an alumnus of the Benchmark Institute in San Jose, California.
He is responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination of the CFJC. Mr. Gomez provides administrative and legal support to CFJC attorneys and coordinates events and conferences.
Adolfo also acts as CFJC's interpreter for Spanish-speaking clients.
Stephanie Kollmann manages research and reform projects benefiting the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (the OJJDP State Advisory Group). Recent projects include contributions to the Commission's Youth Reentry Improvement Report, an intensive investigation into Illinois' juvenile parole system. Currently, she is managing an independent, comprehensive juvenile parole/aftercare reform effort inspired by the Reentry Report's findings.
She has also completed the Commission's "Raise the Age" report, released in February 2013. The report evaluates the impact that moving 17-year-old misdemeanants from adult to juvenile jurisdiction has had upon Illinois' juvenile justice system. It recommends a feasible plan to the Governor and General Assembly that will responsibly raise the default age of majority to 18 for criminal matters.
Scott F. Main
Scott F. Main joined the Children and Family Justice Center in September of 2012 as a Clinical Fellow focused on litigation strategy for juveniles serving life without parole sentences. Before coming to Northwestern, he was an Assistant Appellate Defender at the Office of the State Appellate Defender where he represented indigent clients convicted of criminal offenses on appeal and argued before the Illinois Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court. He has taught legal writing and the Criminal Appeals Clinic at DePaul University College of Law. His areas of expertise include criminal defense and appellate advocacy.
Marjorie B. Moss
Marjorie B. Moss joined the CFJC in 2005, where she spearheaded the Juvenile Defender Resource Institute, which provides litigation support for Illinois juvenile defenders and the children they represent in juvenile and criminal court. In September 2012, Marjorie became the CFJC's social work supervisor. In this role, Marjorie works closely with CFJC clients to ensure that their educational, medical, social, and emotional needs are met.
Prior to her current role, Marjorie spent the earlier part of her career at the Defender Association of Philadelphia and at the National Juvenile Defender Center advocating for youth involved in the juvenile and criminal justice system. Marjorie received dual degrees in Social Work (MSW) and Law (JD) in 2001.