STAFF

LAURIE PARISE, ESQ.

Executive Director and Founder

Laurie Parise is the Executive Director and Founder of Youth Represent. In 2006, she was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship to start the organization. Previously, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Laurie created and implemented a youth reentry project at the Legal Action Center’s National H.I.R.E. Network. Laurie’s youth reentry project expanded on the work of H.I.R.E. and addressed the unique employment issues that youth who have been involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system face when they reenter society. Laurie’s commitment to work with disenfranchised populations began in 1990 at the Rainforest Foundation, where she supported indigenous peoples in their efforts to protect their rights. After eleven years with the organization, the last five as its Executive Director, Laurie decided to go to law school to develop new skills in order to promote social justice in other segments of society. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School where she earned an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellowship Award. In August 2005, she was awarded the first Lexis/Nexis Martindale Hubbell Legal Fellowship for her work in the field. In 2008, she received a Union Square Award in recognition of her grass roots activism to support at-risk youth in NYC.

email: lparise@youthrepresent.org


Scott Davis

Paralegal

Scott Davis joined Youth Represent as a paralegal in August 2015, to pursue his dream of building a career in law, after briefly serving as a Home Office Manager and Executive Assistant at Uncommon Schools. Prior to that, Scott worked at Year Up New York, where he spent his first year interning as a Teaching Assistant, before being hired to work on the Admissions and Outreach team as an Administrative Assistant. Scott earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The City University of New York’s Lehman College, where he served as VP of the Student Assembly, participated in a range of community engagement projects, and delivered the student address for the class of 2015’s Honor Convocation.

email: sdavis@youthrepresent.org


Eric Eingold

Law Graduate/Public Interest Public Service Fellow

Eric Eingold joined Youth Represent as part of Brooklyn Law School’s inaugural class of Public Interest/Public Service Fellows. In May 2015, Eric graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School where he was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow, an International Human Rights Fellow, and an Associate Managing Editor on the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in political science, Eric moved to New York in 2008 to pursue a Master’s Degree at The New School for Social Research. His master’s thesis focused on the lives of undocumented restaurant workers in New York City. Eric is a member of the New York City Bar Association Corrections and Community Reentry Committee, and has volunteered with the Ferguson Legal Defense Committee—  a national network of lawyers working to support the Ferguson movement and the growing national #BlackLivesMatter movement.

email: eeingold@youthrepresent.org


Eileen Eng

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

Eileen Eng joins Youth Represent as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant . As our office continues to grow, she will be ensuring that operations are running smoothly and efficiently. Eileen previously served as the Development and Executive Assistant at The Doe Fund where she learned about non-profit fundraising for social issues affecting New York City. She graduated from the University at Albany in May 2014 with a double major in Political Science and Globalization Studies.

email: eeng@youthrepresent.org


Sean Allan Hill II, Esq.

Staff Attorney/ Equal Justice Works

Sean Hill is an Equal Justice Works Fellow 2013, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig LLP. As a fellow, Sean is implementing the Family Stability Project to represent criminal justice involved youth on the Family Court matters that can disrupt family stability and interfere with successful re-entry.This includes representation on child support, child custody, and child visitation matters, as well as in family offense proceedings. Prior to joining the office as an Equal Justice Works fellow, Sean served a year as a staff attorney with Youth Represent through the Irving R. Kaufman Public Interest Fellowship. As a 2012 graduate of Harvard Law School, Sean devoted much of his law school career to serving low-income communities of color through various criminal justice, family law, and education law clinics.

email: shill@youthrepresent.org


Charles Nuñez

Community Advocate

Charles Nuñez is a graduate of City College of New York with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Charles, recipient of the Skadden, Arps Honors Program fellowship, is also the former Secretary of the CCNY Mock Trial Team. He has played a key role in Youth Represent’s Youth Speakers Institute, a training program for court-involved youth to become advocates for policy reform. Charles aspires to continue his studies within the legal field, and practice law in the public interest sector.

email: cnunez@youthrepresent.org


Maire O’Malley, Esq.

Staff Attorney and Chief Development Officer

Charles Nuñez is a graduate of City College of New York with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Charles, recipient of the Skadden, Arps Honors Program fellowship, is also the former Secretary of the CCNY Mock Trial Team. He has played a key role in Youth Represent’s Youth Speakers Institute, a training program for court-involved youth to become advocates for policy reform. Charles aspires to continue his studies within the legal field, and practice law in the public interest sector.

email: momalley@youthrepresent.org


Michael Pope, Esq.

Legal Director

Michael Pope serves as the Director of Legal Services. Leading Youth Represent’s community lawyering model, Michael supervises Youth Represent’s community-based legal representation to youth 24 and under who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Michael joined Youth Represent in 2010 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by the law firm of Morrison and Foerster. Michael is a Board Member for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Youth at Risk and is Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Section’s Young Lawyers Committee. In September 2012, he was awarded the New York County Lawyers’ Association Criminal Justice Public Service Fellowship for his article, “Protecting the Innocent.” Michael is a graduate from Brooklyn Law School where he was a Sparer Public Interest Fellow and served on the National Moot Court Honor Society. He was nominated to the Order of the Barristers and has received many awards, including most significantly, the Judge I. Leo Glasser Prize, Carswell Scholarship and Gerald Director Scholarship.

email: mpope@youthrepresent.org


Katherine Rubin

Director of Policy & Strategic Initiatives

As Director of Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Kate leads systemic reform campaigns, guides our advocacy strategy, and oversees our work developing leadership skills of youth impacted by the criminal justice system.  Prior to joining Youth Represent Kate worked for ten years at The Bronx Defenders, most recently as Managing Director of the Civil Action Practice.  In that role, she led a staff of attorneys and advocates providing comprehensive civil legal representation—on issues including housing, employment, public benefits, immigration, and civil forfeiture—to thousands of people each year facing charges in criminal and family court. Previously Kate served as The Bronx Defenders’ first Director of Policy & Community Development.  She led the office’s legislative advocacy activities, developed community partnerships, and created the Bronx Defenders Organizing Project.  Kate played a key role in legislative victories related to police accountability, bail reform, and promoting successful reentry and served on the Steering Committee of Communities United for Police Reform. She also oversaw community legal education and Reentry Net/NY, an online resource center on the consequences of criminal proceedings in New York State.  Before joining The Bronx Defenders Kate worked as Research Associate in the Economic Justice Project at the Brennan Center for Justice, supporting low-wage worker organizing campaigns, and ran education programs for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth.  She graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University and is an alumna of the Coro Leadership New York program.

email: krubin@youthrepresent.org


Saskia Valencia

Law Graduate/Skadden Fellow

Saskia Valencia joins Youth Represent as a 2015 Skadden Fellow. She is implementing a medical-legal partnership with various community-based mental health clinics. Saskia will provide legal representation
to youth at the clinics to improve their mental health outcomes and chances for successful re-entry after involvement in the criminal justice system. Saskia has her M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. As a therapist, she worked with court-involved youth and their families in San Diego and NYC. Saskia is a 2015 graduate of American University Washington College of Law where she participated as a mentor to incarcerated youth, served as Symposium Editor of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, and pursued her passion of advocating for young people through various clinics and internships.

email: svalencia@youthrepresent.org