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  • Profile picture of Becky Gould
    Becky Gould
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    Becky Gould is the Executive Director of Nebraska Appleseed, a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systemic approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable healthcare and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s at the courthouse, in the statehouse or in the community.

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    Ed Hoort
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    Edward Hoort is Of Counsel at Center for Justice.  Prior to joining CCJ, Ed was the Executive Director of Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, a position which he held for 29 years. He has worked in the legal services arena for 40 years.  He has been counsel in over 50 state wide class actions and has been instrumental in legislative changes in domestic relations, public benefits, housing, nursing home rights, and consumer issues. Ed has taught Non-Profit Administration courses at University of Michigan for the past 14 years.  Ed formed CCJ in 1995 when federal restrictions prohibited legal services programs from undertaking many types of advocacy on behalf of the poor.

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    Gavin Thornton
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    Gavin Thornton is Co-Executive Director of Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice. After graduating from the University Of Virginia School Of Law in 2002, Gavin began his career with the AmeriCorps program as an attorney in the Kona office of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i. During his first year of service, Gavin discovered that the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority had been overcharging low-income families for over a decade, putting them at risk of eviction and homelessness. The issue became LEJ’s first case, and Gavin became LEJ’s first staff attorney, helping launch the organization that is now the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. In addition to obtaining millions of dollars in rent reductions and reimbursements for low-income families, Gavin has worked on a variety of other projects that have helped low-income and vulnerable people including: Ensuring K-12 students who become homeless can continue attending the school they were in before becoming homeless, avoiding the significant educational setbacks and trauma associated with displacement; Obtaining appropriate utility bill credits for public housing residents with disabilities so they can afford to operate life-supporting medical equipment; Preserving an 850-unit apartment complex in Honolulu as affordable housing; Securing extensive protections against sexual abuse by corrections staff for women in correctional facilities; Obtaining educational services for juveniles detained in adult jails to increase their opportunities for the future and reduce the likelihood of repeat offending. For his work in subsidized housing, Gavin was awarded the National Housing Law Project’s annual Housing Justice Award. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, the Hawai‘i District Court Rules Committee, and the Board of TeamChild, an organization that assists youth at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.

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    Genevieve Mann
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    Genevieve Mann is Assistant Professor at Gonzaga University School of Law where she teaches and is the Director of the Elder Law Clinic. She also directs the Thomas More Scholarship Program. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, Professor Mann was an adjunct for eight years while in private practice. She was the Managing Attorney at the Unemployment Law Project in Spokane from June 2012-June 2014. Prior to that, she worked for Powell, Kuznetz & Parker, representing employees in cases involving discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment and retaliation. She has also practiced in the areas of family and housing law in private practice and with the Northwest Justice Project. Professor Mann is admitted to practice in Washington State and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. Prior to law school, Prof. Mann received a Master of Social Work from Boston College. She was trained in general mediation as well as transformative mediation. She worked as a child welfare mediator and adoption social worker.

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    Victor Geminiani
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