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Former Faculty, Fellows, Staff

Melissa Dorris Carter * Will Crossley * Christina Cutshaw * Taylor Dudley * Karen Baynes DunningRoshal Erskine * Jessica Gordon * Lynn Grindall * Patrice Harris * Amy Howell * Beth Locker * Darlene LynchSoledad McGrath * Sherry McPeeks * Melanie MendenhallRobin NashMary Margaret Oliver * Elizabeth Reimels * Anne Rogers * Brooke Silverthorn * Lea Saylor Thompson *Kosha TuckerJyotsna Vanapalli * Kirsten Widner * Karen Worthington *

 


Melissa Dorris Carter, JD

Barton Postgraduate Fellow in Law, 2002-2003

Fall 2011: Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory Law School

Melissa Carter came to the Barton Center as an experienced Court Appointed Special Advocate and child welfare services case manager, both positions she held while in school in Illinois. Carter also had experience in Georgia as a former participant in the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program. As a Barton Fellow, Carter participated in the policy work of the Center, advised students, and published scholarly articles on issues of child welfare and the law.

After her fellowship, Carter worked at the Georgia and Illinois state court improvement projects, as an attorney in private practice, and as Georgia’s Child Advocate, a Governor-appointed position. She was also selected for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, which allowed her to study international and children's policy issues across Europe.

Carter received both her BS and her JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Will Crossley, JD

Barton Postgraduate Fellow in Law, 2001-2002

Fall 2011: Democratic National Committee Counsel and Director of Voter Protection

Will Crossley was the first Postgraduate Fellow through the Barton Fellowship Program. He advised students, participated in the policy work of the Center and published an article in the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal on defining reasonable efforts for states and co-published an article in the Georgia Bar Journal on child endangerment statutes.

After his Fellowship, Crossley served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Following his clerkships, Crossley worked in private practice with law firms in the Washington, DC, area before being recruited for the DNC position he now holds.

Crossley received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, his MEd in Education Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University School of Education, and his BA in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. Prior to attending law school, Will served as a policy analyst for the Georgia Governor's Office and as an elementary school teacher.


Christina Cutshaw, PhD, MHS

Public Health Fellow, 2004-2005

Fall 2011: Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Public Health

Christina Cutshaw was involved with the evaluation and outcomes assessment work of the Barton Center during her part-time Public Health Fellowship. Cutshaw focused on the intersection of systems such as mental health and child welfare and mental health and juvenile justice. While working with the Barton Center, Cutshaw also analyzed data and wrote reports for the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council on arrests of 13- to 17-year-olds for crimes for which they are tried as adults.

After her Fellowship, Christina joined the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Public Health where she teaches classes on child neglect and mental health. Her research interests focus on children and the courts, mental health problems among children, and parental substance abuse problems.

Cutshaw received her PhD and MHS from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health, and received her BA in Psychology from Emory University.


Jill Davis, MPH

Public Health Fellow, 2001-2003

January 2011: Lecturer and Manager for Research Projects, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Jill Davis held a joint appointment as a part-time Lecturer at Rollins School of Public Health and a part-time Public Health Fellow with the Barton Center. With this dual appointment, Davis developed relationships between the Barton Center and Rollins and supervised and mentored MPH students enrolled at Barton. Davis was involved with the accountability and assessment work of the Barton Center and worked closely with the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services.

Davis continues to serve as a Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health and continues to engage in research and assessment work concerning maltreated children.  She is also on the faculty of the Southeastern Institute for Training and Evaluation at the Rollins School of Public Health.

Davis received her MPH from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and her BA from Western Washington University.


Taylor Dudley, JD

Robin Nash Fellow in Law, 2010-2011

Fall 2011: Staff Attorney, The Alliance for Children's Rights

Taylor Dudley joined the Barton Center in August 2010 as the innaugural Robin Nash Fellow. In this role, she participated in the policy work of the Center, advised clinical students, and published articles on issues of juvenile law. She also assisted with teaching the class "Child Advocacy: The Law, the Policy, and the Players."

Dudley graduated magna cum laude from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California in 2010. At Whittier, she was a fellow for the Center for Children's Rights and a member of both the moot court and trial advocacy teams. Dudley was also an editor on the law review and has published two articles on children's legal issues. She developed her interest in child welfare and advocacy while interning for the Orange County District Attorney's child abuse services team during her undergraduate education. While in law school, Dudley gained advocacy experience working for Public Counsel's children's rights project in Los Angeles, the Orange County juvenile court, the California Attorney General, the Honorable David O. Carter at the United States District Court, and for the Special Education Legal Clinic at Whittier Law School. Dudley was awarded the Dean's Citation for Service to the law school and the Center for Children's Rights Fellow of the Year Award.

Dudley received her BA from California State University, Long Beach, and her JD from Whittier Law School.

Karen Baynes Dunning, JD

Visiting Professor, Fall 2005

Fall 2011: Associate Professor, College of Human and Environmental Sciences, Univeristy of Alabama

Karen Baynes Dunning directed the work of students in the Southern Juvenile Defender when she was a visiting professor with the Barton Center in 2005. Dunning’s career as a strong advocate for children began with pro bono work when she was an associate at Alston & Bird, LLP, and included serving as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge for Fulton County Juvenile Court, Assistant Director for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, Accountability Agent for the  DeKalb County Consent Decree in Kenny A v. Perdue, and an Annie E. Casey Foundation Child and Family Fellow.

Dunning was a UGA faculty member from 2002 until 2010, when she joined the faculty of the University of Alabama where she is an Associate Professor in the College of Human & Environmental Sciences. Dunning’s work includes consulting with local, state, and national organizations, including serving on the American Bar Association Commission on Judicial Excellence Standards for the Juvenile and Family Court Judges and participating with the National Commission on Standards for Parent Attorneys in Dependency Matters.

Dunning received her JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and her BA in politics from Wake Forest University.


Roshal Erskine, JD

Visiting Postgraduate Fellow in Law, fall 2009

Fall 2011: Associate, Sutherland, Atlanta office

Roshal Erskine was a Visiting Legal Fellow with the Barton Center for the 2009 fall semester. Her work with the Public Policy Clinic and the Juvenile Defender Clinic included the JUSTGeorgia initiative and Know Your Rights. While a student at Emory Law, she worked in the T.I.G.E.R. program (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results) with Georgia Tech students.

Upon completing her Barton Fellowship, Erskine joined the Sutherland law firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Erskine received her JD from Emory Law and her BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.


Jessica Gordon, JD

Barton Postgraduate Fellow in Law, 2004-2006

January 2011: Attorney, Cobb County, Georgia

Jessica Gordon joined the Barton Center after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. At the Barton Center, Gordon worked on a variety of issues including open juvenile courts, the intersection of federal and state laws related to child protection, and Georgia’s responsibilities toward children in foster care. She also supervised students and co-taught a child advocacy class.

After her fellowship, Gordon became a full-time mom to her twins who were born during her fellowship and has recently begun to re-engage in legal work on behalf of maltreated children.

Gordon received her BA from Emory University and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she worked for the Family Advocacy and Domestic Violence Clinics. Gordon served as editor of the Georgetown Law Journal and was elected to Order of the Coif.


Lynn Grindall, JD

Managing Attorney, Southern Juvenile Defender Center, 2001-2004

January 2011: Graphic Designer, EmroidMe of Stoneham and Volunteer Court Advocate, Greater Boston, Massachusetts

Lynn Grindall served as the first Managing Attorney for the Southern Juvenile Defender Center (SJDC), engaging in research and policy development throughout the southeast. Grindall participated in statewide studies of representation of children and organized training and technical support for attorneys representing children. Prior to joining the SJDC, Grindall was an active participant in the policy and advocacy work of the Barton Center as a volunteer attorney. She had previously worked in the area of immigration and nationality law with the law firms of Fragomen, DelRey, Bernsen and Loewy and Gibney, Anthony and Flaherty in New York City.

After leaving the Barton Center, Grindall served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate before relocating to Massachusetts, where she now works in a family graphic design business.

Grindall received her BA magna cum laude from CW Post College of Long Island University, New York, and her JD from Brooklyn Law School.


Patrice A. Harris, MD

Senior Policy Fellow, 2001-2004

January 2011: Director of Health Services, Fulton County Department of Health and Human Services

Patrice Harris directed the Barton Center's legislative advocacy work and developed a Barton Center program for child psychiatry residents. She supervised students in the legislative clinic, helped develop the Barton Center’s legislative and policy agenda, and guest lectured in the class “Child Advocacy: The Law, the Policy, and the Players.” Representing the Barton Center, Harris was a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and training events on topics of children’s mental health, juvenile law, addiction, health care disparities, and advocacy for abused and neglected children.

After completing her fellowship, Harris returned to her child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist private practice, where she provides expert consultation services to public and private agencies and serves children and families who are in the child welfare system. Harris was appointed Medical Director of the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities before being appointed to her current position of Director of Health Services for the Fulton County Department of Health and Human Services. She is also a part-time clinical associate professor in the Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Harris received her BA from West Virginia University, an MA in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University, and her MD from West Virginia University School of Medicine. In addition to her general psychiatry training, she completed fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, and she has served on the board of the American Psychiatric Association and as president of the Black Psychiatrists of America.


Amy Tuckett Howell, JD

Equal Justice Works Fellow, 2002-2004

Managing Attorney, Southern Juvenile Defender Center, 2004-2005

Fall 2011: Commissioner, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Amy Howell joined the Southern Juvenile Defender Center (SJDC) in 2002 as an Equal Justice Works fellow. Her project focused on special needs youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Howell assisted courts in developing protocols for pre-trial mental health assessment and detention alternative policies, and she served as legal counsel for youth with disabilities in juvenile court and school disciplinary. Her publications include articles relating competence to stand trial in juvenile court and a comprehensive manual regarding holistic legal representation of youth in the juvenile justice system: Representing the Whole Child: A Juvenile Defender Training Manual.

After completing her fellowship, Howell became the managing attorney for the SJDC, supervising students working at SJDC and providing training, research, and technical support services to public defenders across the southeast.

Howell received her BA from Connecticut College and her JD from The Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. While in law school, Howell participated in the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program. Prior to attending law school, Howell taught elementary school working with special needs and gifted children in North Carolina.


Beth Locker, JD

Barton Postgraduate Fellow in Law, 2003-2005

Fall 2011: Assistant Professor and Director of Externships at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University

Beth Locker was a special education teacher before attending law school, and her fellowship work included a focus on the educational needs of youth in foster care. Locker became Georgia’s expert on the McKinny-Vento Act and on issues of confidentiality and juvenile court proceedings. She published an article on a child’s rights to counsel in abuse and neglect proceedings, advised students, and guest lectured in the child advocacy class.

After completing her fellowship, Locker joined the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children where she eventually served as Deputy Project Director. While working for the Justice for Children, she was named a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, which allowed her to study international and children's policy issues across Europe. She served as Policy Director at Voices for Georgia's Children before being appointed to the faculty of Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

Locker received her AB from Dartmouth College and her JD from the University of Michigan School of Law. During law school, she was awarded a Bergstrom Fellowship in child advocacy, and she worked for children's law clinics at both the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Cape Town School of Law.


Darlene Lynch, JD

Staff Attorney, 2006-2007

Visiting Clinical Instructor, 2010

Fall 2011: Attorney, Atlanta, Georgia

Darlene Lynch served as a legal writing instructor at Boston University, Harvard, and Emory law schools before becoming an instructor with the Barton Center. Lynch’s work at the Barton Center focused on helping victims of commercial sexual exploitation of children. She has authored several publications, supervised students, and participated in the legislative and policy work of the Barton Center. Prior to Emory, Lynch worked as an attorney in private practice, served as a special assistant district attorney, and taught legal writing at law schools and in law firms.

Lynch received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her BA magna cum laude from Georgetown University. In law school she was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to attending law school, she worked in public relations and advertising.


Soledad McGrath, JD

Staff Attorney, 2003-2004

Fall 2011: ChildLaw Policy and Legislation Fellow, Civitas Child Law Center, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Soledad McGrath served as a student intern with the Barton Center while in law school. After graduating from Emory Law, McGrath practiced in the Labor and Employment group at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, where she also provided pro bono services for children and victims of domestic violence. McGrath returned to the Barton Center as a staff attorney working on legislative initiatives including the Foster Parents’ Bill of Rights and with the Southern Juvenile Defender Center.

After leaving the Barton Center, McGrath served as the primary reporter in charge of drafting a model juvenile code for Georgia, which was the first attempt in the country to craft a model children's law code. Once the model code was completed, she continued working with advocates in Georgia on issues related to the model juvenile code, including drafting legislation, and concerns related to potential legislation, before being name a ChildLaw Policy and Legislation Fellow at the Civitas Child Law Center, Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

McGrath received her JD from Emory University School of Law and her BA from Northwestern University.


Sherry McPeeks, BA

Program Adminstrative Assistant, 2009-2011

Fall 2011: Assistant Director of Academic Support and Services, Emory Law Office of the Registrar

Sherry McPeeks provided senior secretarial support to the Barton Center from 2008 until 2010. McPeek’s projects included student recruitment for the Barton Center academic programs and the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program and logistical and administrative support for the Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy. She also provided operational support for faculty, staff and students throughout the year.

McPeeks left the Barton Center in fall 2010 to become Assistant Director of Academic Support and Services in the Registrar’s office at Emory Law School.

McPeeks received her BA magna cum laude from Georgia State University.


Melanie Mendenhall, JD

Staff Attorney, 2007

Fall 2011: Freelance Editor; Adjunct Instructor, College of Western Idaho

Melanie Mendenhall was a Barton Center summer intern through the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program (ESCAP), and as a third year law student, she participated in the Center's Policy and Legislative Clinics. She returned to the Barton Center in the summer of 2007 as a staff attorney, participating in the policy work of the Center and co-directing students in the ESCAP.

She now lives in Boise, Idaho, and is an adjunct instructor at the College of Western Idaho. She also works as a freelance editor, editing collections for Emory's Feminism and Legal Theory Project and for the legal division of Routledge publishing house, among others.

Mendenhall received her JD with honors from Emory University School of Law, her MA in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her BA summa cum laude from Centenary College.



Robin Nash, JD

Director, 2006-2007

Robin Nash was Director of the Barton Child Law & Policy Center from April 2006 until his death in January 2007. If you have remembrances or thoughts of Robin to share, please add them to our guestbook.

Robin Nash directed the work of the Barton Center as it expanded to include the new Juvenile Defender Clinic. Nash supervised students in the legislative, public policy, and juvenile defender clinics, taught a course on child advocacy, oversaw the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Project, and greatly expanded the Barton Center’s relationships across disciplines at Emory and other universities.  Nash was one of the first members of the Barton Center Advisory Committee and continued his service on the Committee until he was asked to become the Center Director. Building on the early vision of the Barton Center, Nash drew upon the wealth of child-related resources both in the law school and in the university at large to offer students a comprehensive and integrated experience in child advocacy.

Nash served as a full-time Juvenile Court Judge in DeKalb County from 1995 until his retirement as Chief Presiding Judge in 2005. Prior to being appointed as a juvenile court judge, he was in private practice for 15 years concentrating on rights of the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled, particularly in the area of deinstitutionalization. During his career, Nash served on the boards of numerous government and nonprofit agencies, served on many statewide advisory groups and legislative study committees, and was president of the Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges. Nash received many awards recognizing his extraordinary service, including Judge of the Year from the Georgia Court Improvement Project and Advocate of the Year from the Atlanta Association of Developmental Disabilities.

Nash received his BA in Economics from Emory College and his JD from Emory University School of Law.


Mary Margaret Oliver, JD

Visiting Professor, 2001-2009

Fall 2011: State Representative, Georgia General Assembly and Attorney, Decatur, Georgia

Mary Margaret Oliver joined the Barton Center while on a short sabbatical from political life. As a visiting professor she advised the Barton Center on legislative and policy matters, co-taught a course in child advocacy, supervised students in the Center, and authored many publications. While teaching at the Barton Center, Oliver returned to public service when she was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002. She still serves as a State Representative representing DeKalb County. Although she left teaching in 2007, Oliver continues to serve on the Barton Center Advisory Committee as well as Emory Law’s Public Interest Committee Advisory Board.

Oliver served in the state House from 1987 to 1992, and then in the state Senate from 1992 to 1998. She chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee for all six years of her Senate terms and authored and passed systemic reform legislation for Georgia's child protection agencies. In 2004 she served as Chairperson of the House Judiciary Committee. In her career, Oliver has served as a state administrative hearing officer and a magistrate court judge, taught full time as an assistant professor at the Boston College School of Law, and has practiced law privately for twenty years. She has served on numerous boards and committees throughout Georgia and has received several leadership awards including Emory Law Distinguished Alumni and the Atlanta YWCA Woman of Achievement.

Oliver received her BA from Vanderbilt University and her JD from Emory University School of Law.


Elizabeth Reimels, JD

Director of Policy and Advocacy, 2004-2009

Interim Barton Center Director, 2007-2008

Fall 2011: Public Health Specialist / Legal Analyst, Division of Adult and Community Health, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Beth Reimels was a member of the first class of students to work in the Barton Center. After graduating from Emory Law, she created the TeamChild Atlanta Project at Atlanta Legal Aid through an Equal Justice Works Fellowship. She remained Director of the TeamChild Atlanta Project, which provides direct civil legal representation to children involved in the juvenile court, until she was recruited to join the Barton Center as Managing Attorney for Child Welfare and was quickly promoted to Director of Policy and Advocacy. While leading the Barton Center’s policy and legislative work, Reimels authored several publications, supervised students, and served a leadership role in several collaborative reform efforts, including the JUSTGeorgia initiative to rewrite Georgia’s Juvenile Code. Reimels is an active participant in the legal community and is a frequent lecturer at local, state and national conferences. Her excellence has been recognized with both a Child Advocate Award and an Award of Achievement from the State Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Reimels received her BA magna cum laude from Boston University and her JD from the Emory University School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Emory International Law Review. Before attending law school, Reimels had a successful career as a manager, supervisor, and caseworker for the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross.


Anne Armitage Rogers, JD

Visiting Policy Analyst and Clinical Instructor, 2007-2008

Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program Director, 2010

Fall 2011: Attorney, Omaha, Nebraska

Anne Armitage Rogers was a Deputy County Attorney in Omaha before joining the Barton Center. As a Deputy County Attorney, Rogers handled an ongoing caseload of over 200 abuse, neglect, delinquency, and status cases. As a visiting instructor at the Barton Center, Rogers supervised students and assisted with the policy and legislative work of the Center. She returned to the Barton Center in 2010 to direct the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program.

Rogers received her BA from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and her JD cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. Before attending law school, Rogers spent two and a half years working for two different U.S. Senators representing Nebraska in a variety of roles including handling constituent relations and campaign fundraising.

Brooke Silverthorn, JD

Staff Attorney, Southern Juvenile Defender Center and the Barton Center, 2003-2004

Fall 2011: Special Assistant Attorney General, Atlanta, Georgia and NACC Child Welfare Law Specialist

Brooke Silverthorn served as a staff attorney with both SJDC and the Barton Center. She participated in the policy work of SJDC, including serving as a contributing author of a Juvenile Defense Manual. She was also a leader in the Barton Center’s legislative and policy work. Silverthorn first came to the Barton Center as a participant in the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program and then as student intern with SJDC. While attending law school, Ms. Silverthorn worked at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice on legislative issues.

Silverthorn received her BA in Sociology from Michigan State University and her JD from Georgia State University College of Law. Before attending law school she worked with middle school students in the Atlanta Public School system through the AmeriCorps program.

Lea Saylor Thompson, JD

Staff Attorney, 2003-2004

Fall 2011: Recruiting Coordinator, King & Spalding

Lea Saylor Thompson participated in the 2003 ESCAP and returned to the Barton Center in 2005 to serve as a postgraduate fellow with the Barton Center and the Southern Juvenile Defender Center. Thompson had been selected as a Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellow in law school and had worked in several children’s law settings before joining the Barton Center.

After leaving the Barton Center, Thompson worked to improve the representation of parents in deprivation cases at the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council and the Georgia Law Center for the Homeless. Thompson left Georgia in 2008 to become the lateral recruiting coordinator for King & Spalding in Austin, Texas.

Thompson received her JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law and her BA magna cum laude from Agnes Scott College.

Kosha Tucker, JD

Robin Nash Fellow, 2011-2012
Summer 2012: Attorney, Dekalb County Public Defender's Office

Kosha Tucker was the Robin Nash Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year. As a postgraduate fellow, Tucker advised law students in the Center’s Policy and Legislative clinics, assisted faculty with teaching the Child Welfare Law and Policy course, and researched and developed articles on child welfare and juvenile justice issues. Tucker also assisted the Juvenile Defender and Appeal for Youth faculty with their delinquency cases. After her fellowship with the Barton Center, Tucker joined the Dekalb County Public Defender's Office.

Tucker graduated from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar. At NYU, Tucker gained direct representation and child advocacy skills in the Children’s Rights and Juvenile Defender Clinics. Through these clinics, Tucker served as an advocate for special needs students with Advocates for Children of New York and represented children in delinquency proceedings in Brooklyn Family Court with Brooklyn Legal Aid Society. Tucker also participated in the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program as a legal intern at the Barton Child Law and Policy Center. Because of her efforts in and out of the classroom at NYU, Tucker was awarded the Gary E. Moncrieffe Award for her work in the area of Racism and the Law and the Ann Petluck Poses Prize in recognition of her outstanding work in a clinical course requiring student practice.

Education: Tucker received her B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and her J.D. from New York University.

Jyotsna Vanapalli, BA

Program Adminstrative Assistant, 2005-2008

Fall 2011: Assistant Director, Emory Healthcare Office of Equal Opportunity Programs

Jyotsna Vanapalli joined the staff of Emory University's School of Law in August 2005 as an administrative assistant to the Barton Center and the Turner Environmental Law Clinic. Vanapalli's projects included student recruitment for those academic programs and for the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program. She also provided operational support for staff and students throughout the year. On campus, Jyotsna was a trained facilitator with the Transforming Community Project (TCP). She served on the TCP Steering Committee and on the President's Commission on the Status of Women.

Before joining Emory, Jyotsna was the office manager for the Georgia Justice Project, a local not-for-profit firm dedicated to providing indigent criminal defense representation, social services, and employment opportunities within a holistic framework for individuals committed to self-renewal.

Vanapalli received her B.A. in History from Georgia State University.


Kirsten Widner, JD

Barton Postgraduate Fellow in Law, 2007-2009

Contract Attorney, Fall 2009

Fall 2011: Policy and Advocacy Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory Law School

After a successful career in business, Widner attended law school to pursue a career in child advocacy. During law school Widner represented both children and the child welfare agency through several internships in San Diego and Los Angeles. She gained policy insight and advocacy experience through her work in the University of San Diego's Center for Public Interest Law and Child Advocacy Institute. She was an editor of the San Diego Law Review, and her student comment on a child welfare-related issue was published by the journal. Ms. Widner was also a member of her law school's national moot court team, winning a number of national honors, including Best Oralist in Capital University's 2007 Adoption and Child Advocacy Competition. She graduated from law school with honors, was awarded the Dean's Distinguished Service Award and the D'Angelo Outstanding Child Advocate Award, and was elected to the Order of the Barristers.

After completing her fellowship, Widner was a contract attorney with the Barton Center and the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children. In January 2010 she was appointed Director of Policy and Advocacy. Widner has served as co-chair of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Juvenile Law Committee and is a recipient of the 2010 Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Georgia YLD.

Widner received her BS from the University of San Francisco and her JD from the University of San Diego.


Karen Worthington, JD

Founding Director, 2000-2010 (from 05/06-01/07 and 08/07-08/08, served as part-time Co-Director)

Fall 2011: Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Consultant, Karen Worthington Consulting

Karen Worthington joined the Emory Law faculty in March 2000 where she directed the activities of the Barton Center; supervised instructors, staff, and students; and taught child advocacy classes at the law school and other units of Emory.

During her ten-year tenure as Center Director, Worthington also served as a senior fellow with the Center for Study of Law and Religion at Emory Law (2003-2010), an affiliated faculty member of Vulnerability and the Human Condition: An Interdisciplinary Initiative; she completed Emory University's first Academic Leadership Program class (2008-2009) and directed the Southern Juvenile Defender Center, a regional support center for attorneys and other professionals defending children accused of breaking the law (2001-2005). Ms. Worthington has authored and edited several publications about court-involved children, including the book, What is Right for Children? The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights, co-edited with Martha Albertson Fineman. Ms. Worthington has worked on children's issues at the local, state, national, and international level, and she serves on several non-profit boards and collaborative advisory groups. She received the National Association of Counsel for Children Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award in 2009 and the Emory Public Interest Committee Inspiration Award for Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need in 2011.

After leaving the Barton Center, Worthington started her own writing and consulting business, focusing on child welfare and juvenile justice.

Worthington received her BA from Eckerd College and her JD from Emory University School of Law.


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