Katherine graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2017, where she studied English and Sociology. While at Notre Dame, she interned as an investigator for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and with LifeMoves, an organization that provides transitional housing for families in Menlo Park, California.
Kristen received her MSW from the University of Chicago in 2014. While earning her degree, she interned at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and provided literacy tutoring, art therapy and creative writing workshops to young men and women detained in the center. Kristen also worked as a university research assistant, and served as an editorial board member for the social work journal, Advocates’ Forum, at the University of Chicago. Prior to social work school, Kristen earned a master’s degree in women’s and gender studies and focused her research on descriptive policy analysis of gender-responsive policies and programming in criminal detention centers. Most recently, Kristen worked as a social worker in the criminal defense practice at The Bronx Defenders.
Kaushiki Chowdhury graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While in law school, she practiced with the Indigent Defense Clinic and served as a co-editor of the Freedom Center Law Journal and articles editor of Human Rights Quarterly. While in law school she interned at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights in Washington, D.C. and with the Department of Public Advocacy in Covington, Kentucky. Kaushiki received her bachelor of arts degrees in Government and Asian American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Still She Rises, Kaushiki was a senior deputy state public defender in the Golden Regional Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, where she represented individuals on charges ranging from driving with a suspended license to first degree murder.
Ruth received her law degree from Harvard Law School where she was co-chair of the Tenant Advocacy Project, a student practice organization dedicated to representing low-income tenants facing eviction. Ruth received a pro bono service award for dedicating over 1000 hours in law school to free legal representation. During law school, she was also a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Institute and participated in the International Human Rights clinic. Ruth spent her 2L summer at the Neighborhood Justice Center, a nonprofit public defense organization in St. Paul, Minnesota. Before law school, Ruth spent time in Guatemala where she met with women's groups to discuss subjects such as reproductive health. Ruth graduated magna cum laude from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. She spent a semester in college working at the Winnebago County Public Defender's Office and a semester at the Federal Defender of Rockford, Illinois. Ruth is proficient in Spanish. Prior to joining Still She Rises, Tulsa, Ruth was a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders.
Harraah Howard is a recent graduate from The University of Illinois, having received her Master’s degree in Immigration: The Citizenship Process. Previously, Harraah worked for Unity for Christ Outreach Ministry, a nonprofit organization in Springfield, Illinois, as an administrative assistant and a community outreach coordinator. For the past 10 years, Harraah has worked as a liaison for international students on and off of campus while advocating for immigrant rights. She is bilingual and furthering her education in Criminal Law to advocate for the rights of immigrants. For her thesis project, she created a unit plan for 5th grade students in Beardstown, Illinois to educate students on the importance of teaching diversity, tolerance, cultural sensitivity, immigration, and bully awareness. Embracing values of integrity, prosperity, human rights, and motivating others to do the right thing, Harraah Howard believes that we do better when we know better.
Patrice ("Amber") James graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2011. While in law school, Amber was the President of the Black Law Students Association and participated in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition and practiced in the Indigent Defense Clinic. Amber spent her first summer of law school as a law clerk in Mas on Municipal Court and her second summer at the Georgia Capital Defenders in Atlanta, Georgia. Amber graduated from Charleston Southern University in 2007 where she received a full athletic scholarship to play Division I basketball. Prior to joining Still She Rises, Tulsa, Amber was a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders.
Asher received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was the Executive Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change. At Penn, Asher participated in both the Criminal Defense and Custody and Support Assistance Clinic. Asher spent his 1L summer interning at the Georgia Capital Defenders. During his 2L summer he worked at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and The Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to attending law school, Asher was an organizer for the Obama Campaign and a paralegal at the New York Law Department. Asher graduated from Vassar College, where he majored in Sociology and History. Prior to joining Still She Rises, Tulsa, Asher was a family defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders.
William received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was co-Editor in Chief of Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left. At Harvard, he was a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and participated in the Prison Legal Assistance Project. William spent his 1L summer at Legal Aid of Nebraska where he worked with attorneys to provide legal aid to people in Omaha as well as criminal defense in nearby Tribal Courts. William graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Mathematics.
Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College in 2015, where she studied Sociology and Spanish and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While at Colorado College, she was an intern at The Bell Policy Center, a progressive research and policy think tank in Denver, CO; the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which provides legal representation to unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings; and the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Her senior thesis, which won departmental honors, focused on the recent increase in child migration from Central America. Rachel speaks Spanish.
Catherine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017, where she studied English and journalism. While at UNC, she interned with the North Carolina Office for Indigent Defense Services and with the Georgia Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating the wrongfully convicted in Georgia and Alabama via DNA evidence. While studying in London for a semester, Catherine interned with Rene Cassin, a human rights non-profit focused on advocacy, policy analysis, public campaigning and education. She also has experience conducting research in environmental law and working with private criminal defense attorneys.
Claire received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she graduated as a Sparer Public Interest Fellow, a Charles H. Revson Fellow, and a Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest Fellow. During her time in law school, Claire was a member of the Appellate Moot Court Team and the Journal of International Law. She interned at the Brooklyn Family Defense Practice and the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, in addition to studying in England at the University of Essex, with a focus on International Human Rights. Claire holds a B.A. in Literature, with a minor in Women’s Studies, from Portland State University. Prior to joining Still She Rises, Claire was a staff attorney at the Bronx Defenders in the Family Defense Practice.
Kristina graduated from The University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Dean's Public Service Fellow. During law school, Kristina participated in the Criminal Appellate Clinic and the Michigan Innocence Clinic. While in law school, Kristina interned at the California Appellate Project and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Kristina also holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and interned at the Bronx Defenders and the Center for Forensic Psychiatry as a social worker. Prior to law school, Kristina worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. Prior to joining Still She Rises, Tulsa, Kristina was a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders.
Robin Steinberg is a leader and a pioneer in the field of indigent defense. Since graduating from the New York University School of Law in 1982, Robin has spent her entire career as a public defender. In 1997, Robin founded The Bronx Defenders, where she helped develop The Bronx Defenders’ model of holistic defense – a client-centered model of public defense that uses interdisciplinary teams of advocates to address both the underlying causes and collateral consequences of criminal justice involvement. Robin has been honored by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association for her “exceptional vision, devotion, and service in the quest for equal justice” and by the New York Bar Association for her “outstanding contributions to the delivery of defense services.” She was awarded Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Fellowship in recognition of her “outstanding contributions and dedication to public interest law.” Robin created the Externship in Holistic Defense at Columbia Law School and is the author of a number of articles, including “Heeding Gideon’s Call in the 21st Century: Holistic Defense and the New Public Defense Paradigm” (Washington and Lee Law Review, Summer 2013). Robin is the Executive Director of The Bronx Defenders and the project lead for Still She Rises.
Christine received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University with her B.A. in Psychology. At Duke, Christine served as the President of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and as the co-director of “Lawyer on the Line” where she facilitated a partnership between Duke’s Office of Pro Bono and Public Interest and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) providing legal assistance to indigent NC residents. Christine spent her 1L summer interning with the Harris County Public Defender Office, her 2L summer as a Bronx Defenders family defense intern, and her 3L fall semester as an extern with the Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Public Defenders. Christine is also a Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellow. Before law school, Christine taught low-income pre-school children as an AmeriCorps Jumpstart team leader.