Justice Council


The Justice Council of the Center on Wrongful Convictions aims to involve young professionals and emerging leaders in the CWC's work. The Council will work to raise money for the CWC, expand its constituency, and educate the general public about wrongful convictions and the need for criminal justice reform.

Members of the Justice Council

Steve Art

Steve Art is a 2009 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where he worked with the Center on Wrongful Convictions on Juan Rivera's case. Steve is currently a civil rights lawyer at Loevy & Loevy in Chicago.

Meredith Baron

Meredith Baron is a practicing attorney in Chicago and a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. A former clinical student with the CWC, she has assisted in the representation of a number of wrongfully convicted clients, including Christopher Coleman and Julie Rea Harper.

Amy Breihan

Amy Breihan is a practicing attorney in Chicago at Bryan Cave LLP and a graduate of Grinnell College and Northwestern University School of Law. As a former clinical student with the CWC, she represented a number of wrongfully convicted.

Erin Eckhoff

Erin Eckhoff is an attorney in the Chicago office of Ice Miller LLP and a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law. As a former clinical student with the CWC, she assisted in the representation of a number of wrongfully convicted clients, including Juan Rivera.

Rami Fakhouri

Rami Fakhouri is a practicing attorney in Chicago. A former clinical student with the CWC, Rami has represented CWC clients in state court and before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board and was involved in a number of investigations into claims of innocence.

Bill Gray

Bill Gray is an attorney in Chicago and a graduate of Harvard Law School. Bill has collaborated with the CWC for years and recently obtained a reversal for Rod Blagojevich before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals stemming from RICO allegations lodged against the former governor.

Martin Gould

Marty Gould is an intern at an international business firm in Chicago and a former wrestler at Northwestern University. He is also working as a Docket Manager for an intellectual property law firm in Evanston.

Brian Josias

Brian Josias is a practicing attorney in Chicago and a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and Johns Hopkins University. Brian frequently represents indigent criminal defendants and, since moving to Chicago in 2010, has worked to further the mission of the Center on Wrongful Convictions.

Rachel Julis

Rachel Julis is an attorney in Chicago and a former clinical student and clinical fellow with the CWC. She has helped represent a number of wrongfully convicted clients including Anthony McKinney, Alan Beaman and Dana Holland at the CWC and Mark Clements through pro bono work.

Rachel Katz

Rachel Katz is licensed to practice law in Illinois and currently works as a criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Jeffrey B. Steinback. Her practice focuses primarily on federal criminal cases. Rachel has argued two cases in front of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law with honors in 2008.

Katelan Little

Katelan Little is a third-year law student in Chicago and a graduate of Northwestern University. She was first introduced to the Center for Wrongful Convictions as a student in Northwestern's Legal Studies program and has become increasingly involved with the CWC in recent years.

Phil Payne is an appellate defender in Chicago and is an alumnus of the CWC. He has contributed to the representation of present client Juan Rivera, most recently on his pending appeal.

Katie Pelech

Katie Pelech is licensed to practice law in Illinois and currently serves as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary L. Mikva. As a law student, she worked with the CWC, where she had the opportunity to represent Dana Holland, Alan Beaman, and Jacques Rivera.

Jason Sandler

Jason Sandler has a background in the field of Human-Computer Interaction with specific regard to the development of interpersonal trust over computer-mediated communication. He is currently employed as a management consultant at a global consulting firm, where he specializes in technology strategy, Postdigital emerging technologies, and user experience design.

Jacqueline Shiff

Jacqueline Shiff is licensed to practice law in Illinois and currently serves as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary L. Mikva. Prior to her clerkship she did federal civil rights work and also worked in the Child Protection Division at Cook County Juvenile Court. She has volunteered for and continuously supported the Center on Wrongful Convictions since college.

Will Trevena

Will Trevena is an attorney practicing in Chicago, and a former clinical student and volunteer attorney with the Center on Wrongful Convictions. Will has been involved with a number of investigations into claims of innocence, as well as the representation of a mother who was wrongfully convicted of arson after she lost her child in an accidental home fire.

Valerie Valenzo is a practicing attorney in Chicago and a graduate of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University School of Law. She is a former clinical student with the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Children & Family Justice Center.