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At the NACC, our team works hard to certify child welfare law specialists across the country, produce high-quality training courses and materials, advocate for important policies and legislation affecting children’s rights, and build a community of child welfare law professionals. Please check out the profiles below to find out more about each of our dedicated team members, and see below for current opportunities.

 


Kim Dvorchak

Executive Director


Kim.Dvorchak@NACCchildlaw.org

(202) 810-9914


Based in Washington, DC


Kim Dvorchak joined the NACC team as Executive Director in May of 2017.  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 lead the launch of 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.  Ms. Dvorchak is based in the Washington, DC area with her family and travels regularly to NACC’s Denver, Colorado office.

 

View Kim's Executive Director Messages

 


Allison Green

Legal Director


Allison.Green@NACCchildlaw.org

(303) 864-5323


Based in Washington, DC

Allison Green joined the NACC team in March 2019. Most recently, she served as a Foster America Fellow at Missouri's Children's Division, where her work focused on strengthening the agency's collaboration with court partners. Previously, Allison was Senior Supervising Attorney at the Children's Law Center of Washington, D.C. In this role, she provided ongoing staff supervision, developed trial strategy, and contributed to training and program planning for a GAL program that represented 500 foster youth each year.  Allison has presented locally and nationally on a variety of child welfare topics.  Prior to law school, Allison worked in a congregate care facility for youth involved in the court system. She started her career as a Jesuit Volunteer at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco. Allison earned her law degree at Georgetown, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic Public Service Awards. She is a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) and has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. She is currently licensed to practice in Washington, D.C.

 



 

Kristen Pisani-Jacques

 

Training Director

 

Kristen.Pisani-Jacques@NACCchildlaw.org

(202) 681-4037

 

Based in Washington, DC


Kristen Pisani-Jacques joined the NACC Team in February 2020.  Kristen served as the Deputy Director of the Guardian 
ad litem (GAL) Project at the Children's Law Center in Washington, D.C. As Deputy Director, Kristen helped to lead GAL program design, management, and evaluation, guided appellate strategy, and ensured high-quality representation of clients in the D.C. child welfare system. During her eleven years at the Children's Law Center, Kristen also served as a case-carrying GAL, supervising attorney, and senior supervisor. She has over a decade of experience providing best-interest representation to children in child welfare and high-conflict custody cases, as well as representing caregivers seeking adoption, guardianship, and custody. Kristen has presented locally and nationally on a variety of child welfare topics, and earned her law degree at Georgetown, where she participated in the Street Law and Domestic Violence clinics. Kristen is currently licensed to practice in Washington, D.C. and Maryland and is based in the Washington, D.C. area. 

 


 

Cristal Ramirez

Youth Coordinator

Cristal.Ramirez@NACCchildlaw.org
(619) 320-8705


Based in Chicago, IL 

Cristal Ramirez joined the team at NACC in June 2020 as our first Youth Coordinator. Cristal is originally from Bakersfield, CA and moved to San Diego, CA to attend school at San Diego State University.  She obtained her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments and a minor in Cultural Proficiency in May 2018 and her MS in Multicultural Counseling with an emphasis in Social Justice education in May 2020. Cristal is a person with lived experience in the foster care system and is passionate about advocating for better policies and best practices for youth and families. Cristal now calls Chicago, IL her home and she enjoys spending time with her puppy, reading, going for walks, dancing, and listening to music.

 



Dan Trujillo

Daniel Trujillo

Director of Certification, Sales, and Technology


Daniel.Trujillo@NACCchildlaw.org

(303) 864-5359

 

Based in Denver, CO

 

Daniel is the Director of Certification, Sales, and Technology for the National Association of Counsel for Children. The ABA accredited program certifies attorneys and judges working in abuse and neglect cases as Child Welfare Law Specialists (CWLS). The program is one of the fastest growing legal certifications in the country, and is now open in almost every jurisdiction. Daniel has been with the NACC since 2003 in a variety of other program areas: membership, website & communications, and the conference.

 


Sara Willis

Sara Willis

Business and Operations Director


Sara.Willis@NACCchildlaw.org

(303) 864-5326

 

Based in Denver, CO


Sara is currently the Business and Operations Director at the National Association of Counsel for Children. She has been with NACC since 2008.  Sara is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked in Early Childhood Education, primarily with the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.  Sara holds a BA in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a MA in early childhood education form the University of Colorado Denver.  When not at NACC, she can usually be found outdoors, snapping pictures, reading, or visiting the quirkier parts of the planet with family and friends.



Ginger Burton

Ginger Burton

Certification Administrator and Technical Writer


Ginger.Burton@NACCchildlaw.org

(303) 864-5329

 

Based in Denver, CO


Ginger Burton is the Child Welfare Law Specialist Certification Program Administrator. Ginger previously managed Medicaid reproductive health benefit policy at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and served as that agency's liaison to the governments of the two American Indian tribes located in Colorado. Ginger has a bachelor's degree in political science with a law studies minor from the University of Colorado at Denver. She was born in Oakland, California, but has called Denver home since age four. Ginger is driven by a passion for social justice through informed public policy. When she's not in the office, Ginger likes to spend time practicing martial arts, doing origami and other paper crafts, listening to music, and appreciating the humor in life as much as possible.



Ruthann Gonzalez

Ruthann "Ranni" Gonzalez

Membership Outreach Assistant


Ruthann.Gonzalez@NACCchildlaw.org

(775) 296-5756

 

Based in Nevada

Ruthann Gonzalez joined the NACC staff working on member outreach intern in the fall of 2018. Ruthann has spent sixteen years supporting children and families in a variety of positions. She graduated from California State University Northridge with a bachelor's degree in political science and is currently in law school pursuing her Juris Doctorate. Ruthann is dedicated to advocacy for children and their families. She was born in Arizona but has made her home in Nevada. Ruthann and her husband live with their five children in rural southern Nevada. When she is not working or studying, Ruthann enjoys homeschooling her children, reading, and taking care of her garden.

  


 

Kayley Nagle

Communications Assistant
Kayley.Nagle@NACCchildlaw.org
Based in Washington, DC 

Kayley Nagle joined the NACC staff as their Communications Assistant in fall of 2019. Kayley has recently graduated from the George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in Communication. Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Kayley now resides in Washington, D.C. In her free time, Kayley enjoys playing guitar, reading a good book, baking, and watching The Eagles and Sixers play.



 

Positions Available

NACC is currently accepting applications for:

  

Law Student, Marketing, Communications, and Development Internships

Contact NACCED@NACCchildlaw.org for more information.

 

Public Interest Attorney Fellowships:

Fall 2020 Fellowships are closed.   

 

The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) will invite inquiries and project proposals for Equal Justice Works and Skadden Fellowships to commence fall of 2021.  Students who are passionate about rights and justice for children, and who possess excellent research, writing, and organizational skills, should apply.


NACC is a non-profit association of over 1500 professionals dedicated to advancing the rights, well-being, and opportunities of children impacted by the child welfare system through high-quality legal representation.  We seek fellowship proposals on a broad range of topics, especially those that would advance children’s right to counsel and/or improve the quality of legal representation and legal service delivery systems in the child welfare system.  Projects could include the development and publication of training curriculums, policy papers, amicus briefs, attorney tools and website resources, and more. Prospective applicants should review NACC’s Policy Agenda, Strategic Plan, and website. 

 

The fellowship could be based in Denver, CO or Washington, DC, where NACC has staff.  

 

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email to NACCED@NACCchildlaw.org describing 1-2 proposed projects and how those projects fit within NACC’s mission. NACC will work with prospective applicants to further develop projects for submission to fellowship programs.  

 

Candidates must either graduate from law school or complete a judicial clerkship in 2021, prior to the fall 2021 start date.

 

NACC Deadline: July 20, 2020

 

Note: Post-Graduate Fellowship Programs (Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Etc.) have their own deadlines and project eligibility criteria which applicants should review before contacting NACC.

 




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