National Advisory Committee
The National Advisory Committee (NAC) is comprised of students and professionals from Equal Justice Works member law schools who provide guidance and advice to the organization and help us achieve our goal of expanding public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers.
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Assistant Director of Professional Development, Pro Bono Faculty Committee Chair, Pro Bono Director
Arizona Summit Law School
Amber Rae Attalla
Class of 2016
University of Maine School of Law
Assistant Director and Public Interest Coordinator, Career Services
Western New England University School of Law
2001 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow
Class of 2017
University of Iowa College of Law
Iowa City, IA
Director of Career Services and Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program
Wayne State University Law School
Class of 2016
Charlotte School of Law
Class of 2017
Duquesne University School of Law
Associate Clinical Professor
Boston University School of Law
2010 Equal Justice Works Fellow
Class of 2016
Capital University Law School
Class of 2016
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Oklahoma City, OK
Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law
The University of Alabama School of Law
Class of 2015
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, CA
Director, Center for Law & Public Service
West Virginia University College of Law
Class of 2015
University of Illinois College of Law
Associate Director, Access to Justice Institute
Seattle University School of Law
2002 Equal Justice Works Fellow
Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, CA
Teri Adam is the Assistant Director of Professional Development and Pro Bono Director at Arizona Summit Law School. In this position, she advises law students and alumni on career options, job search strategies, and manages the Externship Program. In addition to career planning responsibilities, Teri monitors the student Pro Bono Service graduation requirement and coordinates pro bono activities, including a semi-annual Access to Justice Day, where students, faculty, and alumni provide free legal services to the community. She serves as a member of the Volunteer Lawyer’s Program Advisory Committee in the Phoenix area and is assisting in the launch of a Teaching Law Office, which offers low bono legal services to members of the community. Teri received a B.S. in Psychology from Judson College and a J.D. from Washburn University.
Amber Rae Attalla is a 3L at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine. She spent her first two years of law school volunteering and acting as a student attorney for Maine Law’s Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. In the summer after her 1L year, Amber received a public interest fellowship to intern for Maine’s only statewide nonprofit provider of comprehensive immigration law services to low-income Mainers. Amber is the co-chair of the Maine Association for Public Interest Law, and serves on the Maine Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors. In addition, Amber is on Maine Law’s moot court team and was named the team’s “Prize Argument” winner, which afforded her the opportunity to present her argument in front of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. During her 2L year, Amber traveled to Artesia, New Mexico and volunteered at a family immigration detention camp housing mothers and children fleeing from violence and persecution in their home countries. Before coming to law school, Amber spent 3 years living in Mexico and Central America, working with a nonprofit that promoted community-driven development projects in coffee farming regions. Amber received her B.A. from the University of Vermont.
Samuel L. Charron is the Assistant Director & Public Interest Coordinator for the Office of Career Services at Western New England University School of Law. He counsels students and alumni on all aspects of career development. He administers the School of Law’s pro bono graduation requirement as well as the Public Interest Scholar Program. As a member of the Faculty Public Interest Committee, Sam contributes to the shaping of the school’s public interest agenda. Sam also works with outside organizations to present law related pipeline programs to area high school students.
Sam is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. He has represented survivors of domestic violence as an AmeriCorps attorney. Sam received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, spending his junior year at Complutense University of Madrid. He received his law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law.
Maura Cook hails from Davenport, Iowa and is a 2L at the University of Iowa College of Law where she’s proudly gained the title of ‘Hawkeye’ held by her parents, brothers, and many extended family members. During her first year at Iowa Law, Maura served with the Citizen Lawyer Program as a pro bono project participant with the Coe College advancement team and as a regular volunteer at the Crisis Center of Johnson County. She is an active member of the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff, and a new addition to the Career Services Peer Advisor team. Maura has interned with the Office of Corporation Counsel for Racine County in Wisconsin along with working as judicial extern to Racine County Circuit Court Judge Faye Flancher. As a 2L, Maura will work closely with Iowa Law Professor Josephine Gittler in proposing reform to guardianship and conservatorship law and practice to protect some of Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens. Prior to law school, Maura worked as part of the University of Chicago alumni relations and development team after serving with AmeriCorps for two years in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park and West Town neighborhoods as a literacy tutor and volunteer organizer. Maura received her B.A from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where she studied anthropology and music.
Diane Fears is the Director of Career Services and Coordinator of the Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program, which she founded, at Wayne State University Law School. She serves as the principal advisor to students and alumni pursuing public interest careers. In that capacity, Diane provides advice and counsel regarding career exploration, job search skills and strategies, and career development. She also develops and hosts public interest programming, such as the annual Wayne Law Public Service Fair, and creates and curates resources relative to public service. In addition, Diane serves as a member of the Wayne Law Public Interest Fellowship Committee. Prior to returning to Wayne Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree, Diane enjoyed a successful career as a commercial and labor and employment litigator with a major Midwestern law firm. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Jennifer Hector is a 3L at Charlotte School of Law and serves as the American Bar Association (ABA) 4th Circuit Lt. Governor for Diversity and is a participant in the Entrepreneurial Practice Portal (EPP), which is an innovative virtual internship that allows students to work independently while supporting the efforts of top law firms from across the country. Ms. Hector is currently interning at Hunt Law, PLLC and will be a participant in the Domestic Violence Clinic in Fall 2015. During her 2L year, Ms. Hector served as the ABA’s Law Student Division Community Service Chair. During her time in this role, Ms. Hector executed several community service projects including Feed the Homeless and a Wills clinic that was partnered with Habitat for Humanity. Prior to law school, Ms. Hector exemplified her commitment to public service by volunteering with Court Appointed Special Advocate of D.C. (“CASA DC”). During her time with CASA DC, Ms. Hector advocated for the best interest of the two children who were deemed abused by the court and were involved with the Department of Social Services. Ms. Hector earned her B.A. in Politics from The Catholic University of America.
Kristi Heidel is a third year J.D. candidate at Duquesne University School of Law. Ms. Heidel is a member of the Family Law Society, the Student Bar Association, and the National Association of Social Workers. She is a judicial intern to the Honorable Dwayne D. Woodruff and is a participant in the Adult Public Defender Clinic. Ms. Heidel is a 2015 AmeriCorps JD member and currently serves as an Ambassador to the program. Ms. Heidel is a co-coordinator for the national anti-violence campaign, Do the Write Thing and volunteers as a field supervisor with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, through the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Social Work program. Additionally, Ms. Heidel volunteers with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Greenfield Against Drugs, and Greenfield Baseball Association, where she is seated on the Board of Directors. Prior to law school, Ms. Heidel earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, where she completed internships at KidsVoice as a child advocacy specialist and Cove Forge Behavioral Health as a partial hospitalization therapist. She received her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Laila Hlass is an Associate Clinical Professor at Boston University Law School, where she teaches the Immigrant Rights Clinic. Prior to coming to Boston University, Laila was a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center's Center for Applied Legal Studies. Previously, Laila was a staff attorney in the Immigration Clinic at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law, where she also served as the Interim Director of the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning. Laila started her career by providing holistic, legal services to immigrant youth in the New York City metropolitan area at the Door Legal Services. While in law school, Laila co-founded the Student Hurricane Network, a national network of law students that recruited and placed more than 5,500 law students with pro bono placements in the hurricane affected region. Laila received her LLM (Advocacy) from Georgetown University Law Center, her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA from Rice University.
Jennifer Knisley is a 3L at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, where she has served as a Juvenile Justice Fellow at the Family and Youth Law Center (formerly the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy), contributing to the improvement of laws, policies, and practices associated with juvenile justice issues and child protection systems. She continues to support FYLaw, advancing community projects and supporting families across Ohio looking to foster and adopt. As a 2L, she committed to full time work at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, where she contributed to advancing community members’ legal protections by connecting them with reduced-fee and pro bono bankruptcy attorneys. At LASC, she also facilitated legal clinics related to bankruptcy, bankruptcy alternatives, and consumer lending issues for elderly and disabled community members. Jennifer also regularly supports the local YWCA Family Center, assisting homeless families at monthly brief legal advice clinics. Prior to entering law school, Jennifer completed her MSW at The Ohio State University, concentrating in community and social justice. As a Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellow at The OSU Nisonger Center, she completed an interdisciplinary leadership training program while coordinating services for families and facilitating community-specific vocational and social support groups for adults and adolescents.
Telana McCullough is a 3L at Oklahoma City University School of Law where she is the President of the Public Interest Law Group (PILG). Telana is an intern with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights Enforcement. Last summer, she interned with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma where she assisted in providing legal services to women in ReMerge. ReMerge is a comprehensive diversion program designed to transform pregnant women and mothers facing incarceration for non-violent offenses into productive community citizens. Telana has also served as a Global Justice Volunteer where she trained in Manila, Philippines with young adult leaders from around the world and interned with the Center for Changing Lives in Chicago, IL. Additionally, Telana has served as an intern and reading program coordinator for Project Transformation in Dallas, TX and interned with the General Board of Church and Society where she was placed at the NAACP Washington DC Legislative Bureau. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Telana is in law school because she wants to help make justice more accessible for society's most vulnerable people, especially those who are limited by a lack of socioeconomic resources.
Glory McLaughlin is Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. She directs the Public Interest Institute, which oversees all public interest and pro bono activities at the law school, including the Public Interest Student Board, the Certificate in Public Interest Law, and the Public Interest Summer Grant Program. She also teaches course in Poverty Law and Public Interest Lawyering, and advises students seeking careers in public interest law. Prior to coming to the University of Alabama, Glory worked as a staff attorney for Legal Services Alabama and also in private practice in Birmingham. She currently serves on the Board for the ACLU of Alabama and is active in the Alabama State Bar Association. She earned her J.D. from the University of Alabama, an M.A. in English from the University of Cincinnati, and B.A. in English and History from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Skyelar McRae recently graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was Co-Editor In Chief of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, Vice President of Hastings Prisoner Outreach, and Co-Chair of the Hastings chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He also partnered with a fellow student and San Francisco’s Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, to establish an onsite wage claim clinic at the San Francisco office of the California Labor Commissioner. During his 2L year, Mr. McRae was part of a student-led research initiative, in conjunction with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), which canvassed low- wage workers in rural communities in order to provide referrals, and gather data on wage theft issues, health and safety conditions in the workplace, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Mr. McRae spent his 1L summer with the Watsonville Law Center, where he worked to combat wage theft and help agricultural and service industry workers clear legal barriers to employment. Mr. McRae completed his B.A. at the University of California Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Watts Tutorial Program, helping to guide South Central Los Angeles middle school students toward higher education. Prior to that, Mr. McRae spent almost a decade as Journeyman Butcher under United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5. His passion for workers’ rights has undeniably been influenced by his experience there.
Jennifer Powell is the Director of the Center for Law and Public Service at the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Law. She has served in this role since March of 2013. She previously served as the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the WVU College of Law from 2004-2013. At the WVU College of Law she serves as the advisor for the Public Interest Advocates, the Community Service Council, and OUTlaw. She earned her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1997, and an M.S.W. in 1992 and a B.A. in English in 1988, both from West Virginia University. Ms. Powell is a member of the West Virginia State Bar. Prior to working at the College of Law, Ms. Powell worked as an Application Consultant for LexisNexis, served as a prevention educator and community fundraiser for Caritas House (a local HIV/AIDS service organization) and practiced law with Regina Charon’s Law Offices in Morgantown, WV. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the WVU Division of Social Work, teaching Legal Issues for Social Workers, Social Welfare Policy, and Human Diversity courses. She frequently provides continuing education workshops on burnout, stress management, resilience, and well-being to licensed social workers, attorneys and law students.
Aditi Singh is a proud third culture kid and Southside Chicagoan. She recently graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was a member of the University of Illinois Elder Law Journal and served as president of her school's chapters of the American Constitution Society and the American Civil Liberties Union. She has worked for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest while also volunteering for the South Asian American Policy Research Institute. She has enjoyed gaining experience working on issues, including immigration, national security, housing and employment discrimination, voting rights, language access and on improving access to health care and education. She is excited to have worked in such programs with passionate, driven people focused on building coalitions and putting communities at the center. Upon graduation, she looks forward to working with others to use the law as a tool for community empowerment and social change.
Jennifer Werdell is the Associate Director of Seattle University School of Law’s Access to Justice Institute, collaborating with community partners to develop and manage pro bono, public interest, and social justice opportunities for law students. After law school Jennifer clerked for U.S. Magistrate Debra Freeman (SDNY) and then served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and legal services attorney in New York City, addressing public benefits and economic justice issues. During that time she also served as board member and Director of Advocacy for Project FAIR, a collaborative, volunteer-based economic justice project. Jennifer received her B.A. from Amherst College and her J.D. from New York University. In addition to her legal experience, Jennifer has managed a diverse range of programs and projects, including national initiatives for technology assistance provider NPower, Microsoft’s corporate-wide employee volunteer program, and fellowship programs for graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.
William J. Woodward, Jr. is a Professor of Law Emeritus at Temple University and Senior Fellow at Santa Clara University. He left practice as a trial lawyer to teach contracts, commercial law, and remedies at Indiana University – Indianapolis in 1980, went from there to Temple University in 1984, and came to Santa Clara in 2012. Over that time, he has worked very closely with business lawyer groups primarily focusing on how to better train lawyers and law students in business law. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and chairs the Pro Bono Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section. He has written, taught, and lectured broadly on contract and commercial law, bankruptcy, intellectual property, torts, alternative dispute resolution, and legal education topics.