Amanda runs the Access to Justice: The Rural and Tribal Southwest project, which studies access to specialized and quality juvenile defense in the rural and tribal areas of the Southwest Region. Amanda is a Denver native and summa cum laude graduate from the University of Colorado Denver, where she received her bachelor’s degree in communication. She also holds certificates in mediation and public relations, has been recognized as both a Gorniak and Puksta Fellowship scholar, and is a recipient of the Lael Porter Community Service Award. Her work outside of the office includes service on the auxiliary board for Family HomeStead. Amanda is also the founding director of the Colorado Prison Arts Festival.
Recently hired Mandee Johnson is entering her senior year at the University of Colorado Denver and will be working part-time with CJDC as she completes her degree in Communications, graduating in the Spring of 2018. Also, as a recognized Puksta Fellowship scholar, Mandee is making her final year count by investing in the lives of inner city high school students through a collaborative mentorship program with CU Denver student leaders called RECIPROCITY. The focus of her senior project is to empower Denver’s youth through service learning and activities outside of the classroom so that they too can become leaders in their own communities to address the root causes of social inequality. Mandee has completed a summer internship with Colorado UpLift and briefly studied abroad in Barcelona. Her passion for social justice continues to bloom as she is just getting started in what she hopes to be a lifelong career of advocacy.
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow
My name is Hayley Cumberland and I am going into my 3L year at University of Wyoming College of Law. I have a passion for criminal law and defense, and I received my B.A. summa cum laude in Communications from Baylor University in 2014. When I get free time, I love to pamper my cat, work out, and paint.
My name is John-Michael Sorokolit, and I am going into my 3L year at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. I am interested in going into public defense, and enjoy working with children. I received a B.S. in Sociology from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, and have always had the desire to help people. I enjoy camping, things made out of wood and/or leather, and drinks with whiskey in them.
Elizabeth (Elise) Logemann
Elise Logemann contracts with CJDC to supervise the Believe in Youth expungement and deregistration project. Ms. Logemann also currently contracts with Alternate Defense Counsel to represent indigent children charged with crimes, and with the ACLU of Colorado as their Child Safety Attorney. She was previously the Executive Director at CJDC. Prior to joining CJDC, Ms. Logemann worked for the Colorado State Public Defender, where she was a trial attorney in the Colorado Springs office; at the New York City law firm Beldock, Levine and Hoffman, where she represented plaintiffs in civil rights lawsuits against the police department and city; and at the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where she worked extensively with juvenile clients in an interdisciplinary juvenile defense practice and Ms. Logemann has a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in theater and history at Northwestern University. Ms. Logemann serves as a member of the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center’s advisory board and as Chair-Elect to the Juvenile Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. She is a certified trainer through the National Juvenile Defender Center’s Juvenile Training Immersion Program (J-TIP), and presents at conferences for juvenile justice professionals state-wide and nationally. Ms. Logemann also teaches a Holistic Juvenile Defense Seminar and Externship at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Hannah Seigel Proff
Hannah Seigel Proff serves as the Chair of CJDC’s Policy Committee. Ms. Proff is a senior associate at Johnson, Brennan & Klein, where her practice is dedicated to representing adults and juveniles charged in criminal and delinquency cases. She was previously the Director of Juvenile Policy at CJDC. Prior to joining CJDC, Ms. Proff was as a Senior Deputy in the Denver office of the Colorado State Public Defender. During her seven years as a public defender, Ms. Proff specialized in the representation of juveniles who have been charged with violent crimes. Ms. Proff has taught legal skills training within the Colorado State Public Defender system, the Colorado State Bar Association, and at the 2nd Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference. Ms. Proff is the co-founder of Learn Your Rights in Colorado (LYRIC) a non-profit that teaches Colorado high school students about their constitutional rights. Ms. Proff volunteers for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Legal Services Committee and also donates her time at a mentor for Colorado Youth at Risk. Ms. Proff received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Proff was awarded the Pursuit of Justice Award, an award given to the graduating student who has demonstrated a commitment to public service. Her undergraduate degree was in English literature and women’s studies from the University of Denver.