Maryam Ahmad is the Chief of the Juvenile Justice Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. Ms. Ahmad is the President of the Chicago Bar Association and was the recipient of its 2018 Vanguard Award. She also was the 2016 recipient of the Cook County Bar Association’s Judicial Award. Ms. Ahmad received her B.A. from Chatham College, her M.A. from Bucknell University, and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, with a certification in intellectual property law.
Elizabeth P. Butler is a litigation attorney with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in Chicago. Ms. Butler serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, and she is a member of Chicago Bar Association, where she is Legislative Liaison for the Juvenile Law Committee. 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, and she is also a clinical professor of law. Ms. Flaum is a Skadden Fellow and a Prettyman Fellow, and she is a recipient of the Ruth Goldman Award from the American Constitution Society. She received her B.A. from Brown University, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her LL.M. in clinical advocacy from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Garien Gatewood is Director of the Illinois Justice Project. Mr. Gatewood is Cochair of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Transformation Committee, a Board Member of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, and a Fellow of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute. He received his B.A. from Jackson State University, his master’s degree from Belhaven College, and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi.
Nicholas Alexander Kantas is a Supervisor in the Juvenile Justice Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, in Chicago. Mr. Kantas is a member of the Chicago and Hellenic Bar Associations and is Commissioner of the Lyons Township Mental Health Commission. He received his B.A from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. from Valparaiso University.
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. Ms. Roller has been an assistant public defender for nearly 25 years. 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 child protection and juvenile delinquency and nonprofit human service organizations. Ms. Ryan is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and the Catholic Lawyers Guild. She received her B.A. from Alverno College, her M.S.W. from DePaul University, and her J.D. from Northwestern University.
Diane N. Walshis the Chief Legal Officer for the Juvenile Justice Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago. She is an adjunct professor for Triton College and teaches a myriad of criminal justice and juvenile justice courses. Ms. Walsh received her B.S. from Loyola University Chicago and her J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law.
Nicholas A. Youngblood is a supervisor in the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, in Chicago. Mr. Youngblood is Cochair of the Cook County Dually Involved Youth Committee. He received both a B.A. and an M.A. from Michigan State University, an M.P.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.