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NACC's New Executive Director - Kim Dvorchak

Thursday, May 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Daniel Trujillo
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The NACC Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Kim Dvorchak, Esq. has been selected to lead the organization as its next executive director.  Ms. Dvorchak brings more than two decades of experience in direct representation, policy advocacy, and nonprofit management to advance the rights of children and youth.  Most recently, Ms. Dvorchak was the executive director of the National Juvenile Defender Center, where she was instrumental in launching the Gault at 50 Campaign to commemorate the US Supreme Court case establishing children’s right to counsel.  Previously, Ms. Dvorchak was the founding executive director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, an attorney training and policy center which accomplished monumental reforms to ensure children’s right to counsel, reduce the prosecution of youth in adult court, and build a community of lawyers committed to zealous advocacy for children.


In her legal career, Ms. Dvorchak represented children and youth in delinquency court, criminal court, and on appeal; she has run her own law firm, and served as a public defender in two states.  A recognized national expert on juvenile law, Ms. Dvorchak has published multiple policy reports and is a frequent lecturer at policy conferences and continuing legal education seminars. In recognition of her advocacy work on behalf of children, Ms. Dvorchak received the  Kutak-Dodds  Prize for equal justice by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Champions of Children Advocate by the Sewall Child Development Center, the Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Leadership Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense by the National Juvenile Defender Center, and was named a Colorado Woman of Influence by the Denver Post.


Ms. Dvorchak received her J.D. from the City University of New York College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she majored in women’s studies.  Ms. Dvorchak will take the helm at NACC on May 8, 2017.  Ms. Dvorchak will be based in the Washington, DC area with her family and travel regularly to NACC’s Denver, Colorado office.  Please join us in welcoming Kim to the NACC community.


The NACC Board would also like to recognize and express our profound gratitude to the NACC staff for its dedication, steadfastness, and “let’s get the job done right” attitudes and actions that have carried us through our transition. We are especially thankful for the superior work Ms. Brooke Silverthorn has done these past several months as our interim executive director. The Board also appreciates the tireless work of one of our own executive committee members—Ms. Candi Mayes—for all that she has given.


Kim and the Board look forward to seeing you in New Orleans this August for NACC’s 40th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference.  Click here for Conference Information and Registration.

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