Who We Are

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Our Faculty

For faculty biographies and contact information, please follow links to faculty pages.

 

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Jojo Liu
Interim Executive Director, Center for Juvenile Law and Policy
Co-Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic

AB, Harvard College, magna cum laude
JD, Columbia Law School

 

 

 

Christopher Hawthorne
Clinical Director, Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic

BA, Columbia University 
JD, magna cum laude, Loyola Law School, Order of the Coif 

 

 

  

 

 

Michael Smith
Director, Youth Justice Education Clinic

BA, (Hons.) University of Sussex, United Kingdom
JD, University of Southern California School of Law

 

 

 

 

Samantha Buckingham
Co-Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic

BA, University of Virginia
JD, Stanford Law School

 

 

Our Staff

Roxanne Hill
Assistant to the Director, Program Administrator

MA, Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest
BA, Loyola Marymount University

Roxanne Hill manages the day-to-day administrative, academic and executive needs of the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. After graduating from theological seminary, Hill worked as an HIV/AIDS chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital, and later on, as Family Services Coordinator at a pediatric HIV/AIDS organization in Los Angeles. She also worked in Loyola Law School's Human Resources department for several years prior to joining the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy where she’s worked since its inception.  Hill also serves as chaplain to incarcerated women at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

Dr. Leilani Riehle
Manager of Operations

PhD, MA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Drew University, summa cum laude

Leilani Riehle is the Manager of Operations for the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a University Fellow for three years, a Chancellor's Fellow, a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, and a recipient of the George Eliot Award for her dissertation. As an adjunct professor, she has taught courses and seminars on Romantic literature, Victorian literature, Jane Austen, and popular culture.

Sergio R. Serna
Social Worker

MSW, University of Southern California
BA, University of California, Berkeley 

Prior to working for the CJLP, Sergio Serna was a therapist at the Children's Institute, Inc., working with children and families from Koreatown and surrounding areas of Los Angeles.  While there, he provided individual, family and group therapy.  He specialized in children and families suffering from complex trauma due to exposure to domestic violence, sexual abuse and community violence, and worked with adult domestic violence survivors in order to increase their ability to provide support and create a safe environment for their own children. He also lead a program for Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems to assist children who have engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior.  The purpose of the group was to help these children develop alternative behaviors and appropriate boundaries when interacting with others.  As an award recipient of Title IV-E in California, after receiving his master's degree he worked in the public child welfare system in both Orange and San Diego Counties to fulfill his commitment to addressing the needs of children exposed to abuse and neglect.

  

Efty Sharony
Social Worker
Investigator, Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic

MSW, Columbia University
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

Efty Sharony is a social worker for the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. She has dedicated her career to working with incarcerated youth and adults since 1998. She was a key player in the expansion and success of The Beat Within publication and program. The Beat Within is a weekly publication of writing and art for and by incarcerated youth in the Bay Area. Sharony recently started conducting workshops in LA’s Central Juvenile Hall. She most recently worked as a forensic social worker in the Juvenile Rights Division of Legal Aid in Brooklyn. During her Master's program she interned at a domestic violence shelter and also with the Office of the Appellate Defender, working with clients serving lengthy sentences.

 

Elisa Gonzales
Program Coordinator, Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic

BA, Loyola Marymount University

Elisa has worked at Loyola Law School for twelve-and-a-half years.  She graduated from LMU with a degree in Film Production and a minor in Business.

Patricia Soung
Post-Graduate Fellow 

BA, Stanford University
JD, Northwestern University of Law 

Previous to working with the CJLP, Patricia Soung was a staff attorney at the National Center for Youth Law working in multiple states to reduce over-incarceration of youth through litigation, and administrative and policy advocacy. Prior to that, Patricia was a Soros Justice Fellow at the Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University of Law where she worked to challenge juvenile life without parole sentences and wrongful convictions of youth through litigation, public education and community organizing. She has also represented juvenile and criminal clients as a panel attorney for the First District Appellate Project and California Appellate Project. Prior to becoming an attorney, Patricia worked to increase the capacity and support of youth social justice efforts across the country while at the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing in New York and the Tides Foundation in San Francisco.