Faculty bios – Age Matters: Strategies for Representing Juveniles in Adult Court webcast series
Cathryn Crawford has been representing indigent clients and training attorneys across the nation for over a decade. From 1998-2011, Ms. Crawford served as a clinical professor and a staff attorney at Northwestern University School of Law, where she represented clients in juvenile delinquency and criminal matters (including capital) at all stages of the proceedings (trial, appeals and post-conviction). Ms. Crawford took a leave from Northwestern in 2007 to serve as the inaugural director of Juvenile Regional Services, a not-for-profit public defender office providing holistic representation to indigent youth charged in delinquency court in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. She took another leave from 2008-2010 to join the John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, where she oversaw Models for Change, a multi-state juvenile justice reform initiative. She is the editor of Promise Unfulfilled: Juvenile Justice in America, (Int'l. Debate Educ. Assn. Pr., June 2012). She co-wrote and edited both the Juvenile Training Immersion Program and National Juvenile Defense Standards, two cutting-edge juvenile defense innovations created by the National Juvenile Defender Center (publication forthcoming). Ms. Crawford recently returned to her native state of Texas, where she continues to work in the area of indigent defense.
Erin Davies is a Public Policy Attorney with the Children's Law Center, Inc. based in Covington, Kentucky. After graduating from law school, Erin worked for six years in Washington, D.C., including as Legislative Aide to Congressman Earl Pomeroy, as Legislative Counsel for Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott for whom she worked extensively on juvenile justice and education issues, and as Legislative Director of the Campaign for Youth Justice, a non-profit dedicated to ending the practice of prosecuting youth in adult court. Erin currently works on issues facing youth in the adult criminal justice system in Ohio.
Kris Henning is a Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law. Kris was a Stuart-Stiller Fellow at Georgetown Law from 1995-97 where she represented adults and children charged with crime and delinquency in the District of Columbia and supervised law students in the Juvenile Clinic. In 1997, Kris joined the staff of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia where she continued to represent clients and helped organize a Juvenile Unit designed to meet the multi-disciplinary needs of children in the juvenile justice system. As Lead Attorney for the Juvenile Unit, Kris represented juveniles in felony cases and trained PDS and court-appointed attorneys. Kris has been active in local, regional and national juvenile justice reform, serving on the boards of the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, and has worked as a consultant on juvenile justice reform with agencies such as the Department of Justice, the ABA and the NY Department of Corrections. Kris has written a number of law review articles on the role of child's counsel, the role of parents in delinquency cases, confidentiality, victims’ rights and criminalizing normal adolescent behavior in communities of color. She is also a lead contributor to the Juvenile Law and Practice chapter of the D.C. Bar Practice Manual and worked closely with the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network to develop a national training curriculum for juvenile defenders. Kris has traveled to Liberia to aid in juvenile justice reform and was awarded the 2008 Shanara Gilbert Award by the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools for her commitment to social justice on behalf of children and service to clinical legal education. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995, and an LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center in 2002. Kris has also taught at NYU and Yale Law School.
Mary Ann Scali is Deputy Director of the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC). She has been at NJDC since 2000 and working on juvenile indigent defense issues for over 15 years. As deputy director she oversees the delivery of juvenile defense training, facilitates and writes state assessments of juvenile indigent defense services, coordinates and participates in numerous cross-disciplinary reform efforts, and manages a variety of projects with NJDC staff. Mary Ann has a particular interest in the intersection of adolescent development and delinquency and has contributed to numerous NJDC publications. Prior to working at NJDC, Mary Ann was a social worker and an attorney in the juvenile division of the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland. After completing her undergraduate degree at the College of the Holy Cross, she spent two years teaching at a boys’ high school in Pohnpei, Micronesia. Mary Ann also worked for a year at the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome, Italy and spent a year teaching Baltimore City boys at the Baraka School in Nanyuki, Kenya. Mary Ann earned her JD and MSW from Loyola University Chicago where she was a Civitas ChildLaw Scholar and co-founder of the Public Interest Law Reporter.
Deborah St. Jean is the Director of the Juvenile Protection Division of the Maryland State Public Defender. JPD monitors the conditions of confinement to ensure that facilities are in compliance with federal and state law and provides assistance and collaboration to defenders statewide. In addition to conditions work, she handles transfer hearings throughout the State of Maryland in which children are charged as adults and seek to have their matters transferred to juvenile court. She also handles waiver hearings in which the State seeks to have a juvenile’s case waived to the adult system. Prior to returning to the Office of the Public Defender, she was administrative class counsel in one of the largest class action lawsuits against the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. The Settlement Agreement involved systemic changes as well as monetary awards to 800 children who had been physically abused in the Maryland boot camps. She also worked as an investigator on the qualitative assessments of juvenile defense practices in Maryland for the ABA. She is Co-Chair of the JDAI Conditions of Confinement Committee for Baltimore City.
Jennifer L. Woolard is an an associate professor of psychology at Georgetown University and Interim Director of Research at the Center for Social Justice. Dr. Woolard obtained her Ph.D. in developmental and community psychology from the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on adolescents and families in legal contexts, including police interrogation, culpability, the attorney-client relationship, and the role of parents in adolescents’ legal decision making. She also works with local nonprofit agencies to study community change and youth violence prevention. Dr. Woolard has also published on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, policy regarding female delinquency, and mental health needs of juvenile delinquents. Her recent research collaborations include membership on the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. She has presented her research findings to a wide variety of academic, legal, and policy audiences, and won several awards for undergraduate teaching excellence.