Who We Are

Faculty

Julie L. Biehl, Assistant Dean of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, CFJC Director, Clinical Professor of Law

Julie BiehlJulie L. Biehl has served as Director of the Children and Family Justice Center since 2009. In 2018, she was named Assistant Dean of the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Her work focuses on the representation of indigent youth charged with crimes in juvenile court and at post-dispositional hearings, and on policy reform in the areas of juvenile sentencing, the over-incarceration of youth, mental health services for children, and the response to youth who commit sexual offenses. In January 2010, Governor Patrick Quinn appointed Julie to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. In addition, Julie sits on the Juvenile Justice Initiative’s Board of Directors. In 2017, she was awarded the CARRE Visionary Award by the SAFER Foundation. 


Alison R. Flaum, Legal Director, Clinical Professor of Law

Alison FlaumAlison Flaum joined the Northwestern clinical faculty in 2005 and has taught in both the Center on Wrongful Convictions and the Children & Family Justice Center. Before coming to Northwestern, she was a trial attorney at Washington, D.C., Public Defender Service, a Prettyman Clinical Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center Juvenile and Criminal Justice Clinics and a Skadden Fellow at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. Her areas of expertise include criminal and juvenile defense, post-conviction litigation and trial advocacy.

 


Carolyn E. Frazier, Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Carolyn FrazierCarolyn Frazier has been a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and staff attorney with the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) since 2004. A juvenile defense trial attorney, Carolyn primarily represents youth in delinquency proceedings on charges ranging from misdemeanors to first-degree murder, as well as transfer proceedings. Her additional areas of practice include post-conviction work and litigation regarding the collateral consequences of a conviction (e.g. criminal records expungement and removal of juveniles from the Illinois state sex offender registry.) Carolyn supervises second- and third-year law students on all of her cases through her clinical seminar in juvenile justice.


Shobha Mahadev, Project Director for the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children, Clinical Assosicate Professor of Law

MahadevShobha L. Mahadev is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.  In that capacity, Shobha represents children, as well as adults convicted for offenses that occurred when they were under the age of 18, in trial, on appeal and in post-conviction proceedings, and supervises students working on those cases.  Shobha also serves as the project director for the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children, overseeing policy and litigation strategy with respect to advocating for fair sentencing laws for children convicted of serious crimes.  In 2010, Shobha was part of a team of juvenile justice advocates that submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the petitioners in Graham v. Florida, in which the United States Supreme Court found unconstitutional the sentence of life without parole for juveniles in non-homicide cases.  Shobha was also the primary author of The Illinois Juvenile Defender Practice Notebook, a training manual for attorneys representing youth in court. Prior to joining the CFJC, Shobha was a litigation associate at a Chicago-based law firm and an Assistant Defender with the Office of the State Appellate Defender, First Judicial District, where she represented indigent clients convicted of criminal offenses on appeal, and argued before the Illinois Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court. 


Uzomaka Nzelibe, Clinical Associate Professor of Law

NzelibeUzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and staff attorney with the Children and Family Justice Center. She joined the CFJC in 2004 and primarily represents children, emerging adults, and parents seeking asylum or other humanitarian forms of immigration relief. Uzoamaka also works with local nonprofits and community members to develop policy-related responses to issues affecting parents and youth in the immigration system. Before joining the CFJC, Uzoamaka worked as an immigration and employment law associate at a Washington D.C.-based law firm and a litigation association at a boutique civil litigation firm in Chicago. Her areas of expertise include asylum, unaccompanied minors in immigration court, and removal defense.



Staff & Fellows

Stephanie Kollmann, Policy Director

Stephanie Kollmann, Policy Director

Stephanie Kollmann is the Policy Director of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Since 2010, she has managed juvenile and criminal justice research and reform projects largely aimed at reducing ineffective and adult-derived approaches to young people, including youth incarceration. She has written and contributed to policy reports issued by the legal clinic, state commissions, and community groups on a range of topics (juvenile jurisdiction and criminal transfer, youth reentry and community supervision policy, timely release from state prisons, gun violence, sexual offending) and regularly advises policymakers in Illinois and elsewhere on issues of justice reform and implementation.


Scott Main, Clinical Fellow

Scott MainScott 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. 


Katarzyna (Kasia) Majerczak, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Kasia Majerczak joined the CFJC in August 2015, providing therapeutic case management, reentry planning, and clinical services for adolescent and adult clients of the Bluhm Legal Clinic. She has extensive experience working with clients with multiple problems. By developing a collaborative relationship with clients, Kasia is able to be an advocate and assist the legal teams in understanding clients’ current and past experiences and how those impact the legal matter.

Prior to coming to Northwestern, Kasia was a custody evaluator for the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County and a child welfare worker for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.  She also is a former intern with the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Kasia holds a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University of Chicago, as well as a bachelor’s degree in social work and criminal justice.


Amy Martin, Immigration Law Clinical Fellow

Amy Martin

Amy Martin joined the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) in May 2018 as a Clinical Fellow focused on immigration law.  Amy represents youth and parents seeking asylum and other related forms of immigration relief.  She assists with teaching students enrolled in the Immigration Law Clinic and works with community organizations to advance the interests of immigrant youth and parents in Illinois.  Prior to her current role, she was a Staff Attorney with LAF’s Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group. 


Marjorie B. Moss, Social Work Supervisor, Staff Attorney

MossMarjorie 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.


Legal Assistants and Outreach Coordinator

Laura Keys Buttitta, Legal Assistant

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Angelia Renee Starks, Legal Assistant

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Anavictoria Avila, Outreach Coordinator

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