Maryam Ahmad is the Chief of the Juvenile Justice Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and is the General Chair of its Judicial Evaluation Committee. Ms. Ahmad earned her B.A. in French and European War History from Chatham College, her M.A. in Shakespearean Studies and English Literary Criticism from Bucknell University, and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Elizabeth P. Butler concentrates her practice in juvenile law in Cook, Lake, and DuPage Counties. She serves as a court-appointed attorney for the Cook County Juvenile Court, receiving appointments to represents parents and minors in trial and appellate proceedings. She also represents parents and foster parents in administrative proceedings conducted by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She is a Member of the Illinois Appellate Lawyer’s Association, Chicago Bar Association (Past Chair of the Juvenile Law Committee), and the Illinois State Bar Association. Ms. Butler volunteers as a senior child advocate for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. She received her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago.
Alison R. Flaum is the Legal Director of the Children and Family Justice Center, which is part of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She received the Ruth Goldman Award from the American Constitution Society in 2016 and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono Advocacy Award in 2014. The MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions received to the Children and Family Justice Center in 2013. Ms. Flaum received her A.B. from Brown University, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her LL.M. in clinical advocacy from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Lisa S. Jacobs is Program Manager for the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to joining Loyola, she served as an Assistant Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts where she oversaw Judicial Education policy and programs. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, where she serves as Vice Chair. Ms. Jacobs received her B.A. from the University of South Dakota and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Frank J. Kopecky is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois Springfield. He focuses on family law. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a Past President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative and of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. Mr. Kopecky received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Kathy Roller is an assistant public defender with the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, where she is a trial attorney in the Juvenile Justice Division. She has lectured nationally on topics including Illinois’ extended juvenile jurisdiction and transfer statutes, trial advocacy, ethics, sentencing advocacy, and contempt proceedings. Ms. Roller received her B.A. from Texas A&M University and her J.D. with honors from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Catherine M. Ryan is the Executive Director of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. She focuses on juvenile justice. She is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and the Catholic Lawyers Guild. Ms. Ryan received her B.A. from Alverno College, her M.B.A. from DePaul University, and her J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Diane N. Walsh is the legal officer for the Juvenile Justice Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She is an adjunct professor for Triton College and Governors State University at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She teaches a myriad of criminal justice and juvenile justice courses. She has authored articles on juvenile justice for the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy and the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal Ms. Walsh received her B.S. from Loyola University Chicago and her J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law.