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.
Keah graduated from University of Denver Strum College of Law with a Public Good Distinction and a certificate in Human Rights and International Law. During law school she was the President of the International Law Society, Vice President of the Public Interest Law Group, and the Secretary of the Black Law Student Association. Throughout law school she interned at the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, the Office of the Child’s Representative, the Brighton Trial Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, and the Appellate Division of the Colorado State Public Defender. She spent her 2L summer studying International Criminal Law in The Hague, Netherlands. She holds a B.A. from University of Colorado in International Affairs.
Maggie graduated from The University of Virginia Law School, where she was a fellow in the Program in Law and Public Service. During law school, Maggie participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic and the Virginia Innocence Clinic. Additionally, Maggie served as president of the Virginia Law in Prison Project and as an editor of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & Law. Maggie spent her 1L summer interning with the Orleans Public Defenders Office and her 2L summer as a law clerk with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. Prior to attending law school, Maggie worked in New Orleans at a residential non-profit for women as an Episcopal Community Service Corps Living with Purpose Fellow, an AmeriCorps VISTA, and then as Director of Operations. Maggie graduated from Northwestern University, where she majored in History and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Kaushiki graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While in law school, she spent her summers working on labor exploitation and community organizing within the migrant farm workers community in Florida and Washington, D.C., indigent defense through the Department of Public Advocacy in Covington, Kentucky, and criminal justice reform in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kaushiki served as the co-editor of the Freedom Center Law Journal and an intern in the Indigent Defense Clinic. She received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in Government and Asian American Studies. Prior to joining Still She Rises, Tulsa, Kaushiki was a senior deputy state public defender in the Golden Regional Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. As a public defender, she represented individuals on charges ranging from driving under the influence to first degree murder. Kaushiki has tried over 50 cases to a jury.
KatieBeth received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While in law school, KatieBeth was captain of the McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Team and served as an editor for the Oklahoma Law Review, for which she was named Outstanding Member as both a 2L and 3L. Her article outlining the constitutional limitations of modern search techniques was chosen for publication and earned KatieBeth the Frank C. Love Award for outstanding legal writing. She was also named a Dean’s Leadership Fellow, elected to the Order of the Solicitors, and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Techniques. During law school, KatieBeth represented clients at the Oklahoma County Public Defender’s Office and OU’s Criminal Defense Clinic as a Licensed Legal Intern. Additionally, she is certified as a Peacemaker by the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy. Prior to law school, KatieBeth launched a nonprofit organization, Aspiring Americans, to connect undocumented students in Oklahoma City with opportunities for success. KatieBeth graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in Nonprofit Studies from the University of Oklahoma.
La Mer Kyle-Griffiths
La Mer has been a lifelong public defender amplifying the voice of the poor in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Washington. In Seattle, she was responsible for designing, organizing, and facilitating in-house trainings for all staff in the Department of Public Defense as well as allocating funds for outside training opportunities. While in Boston she was with the Youth Advocacy Division who actively practices holistic juvenile representation based on the Positive Youth Development model.
She has litigated at all levels of criminal practice including death penalty trials, post-disposition and appeals work for children as well as arguing two appeals cases to the Kentucky Supreme court. She has taught investigators, attorneys, mitigation specialists and law students for several years in the areas of sentencing, trial skills, juvenile practice, mitigation and DNA, among other topics. She has been an adjunct professor at the Seattle University College of Law, part of the coaching team for the Boston College Mock trial team and currently teaches at the National Criminal Defense College, Gideon’s Promise, and Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.
A graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law she has been a lifelong advocate and is looking forward to her continuing adventure with Tom, her Chucks-wearing, crusading, public defender, husband and three girls who all learned to crow “Acquittal” early!
Jordan, a Tulsa native, graduated from Morehouse College in 2018, earning a degree in Psychology. While at Morehouse, Jordan conducted scientific research both on campus and at the Georgia Institute of Technology, for which he has published work. Jordan is also a program fellow at the George Kaiser Family Foundation and prior to joining the Still She Rises team, interned at the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST) initiative, a program focused on providing a seamless continuum of care and services for underserved families and their young children.
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.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2010 with a degree in Women's and Gender Studies. She has deep roots in Oklahoma and worked for Family & Children's Services, the Center for Social Justice at OU and the Norman Public Library as well as local businesses. While at the University of Oklahoma, she was a Carl Albert Civic Engagement Fellow and a NEW Leadership participant.
Hayley received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was Editor in Chief of the Harvard Law and Policy Review. Before law school, Hayley received a master’s degree in politics from the University of Oxford and a BA from Williams College, where she graduated magna cum laude. Before joining Still She Rises, Hayley was an associate at civil rights firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, where she represented clients in complex civil litigation matters and numerous class actions, including challenges to police and prosecutorial misconduct, prison abuse, wrongful conviction, employment and housing discrimination, and consumer protection violations. Before that, Hayley was an attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, where she worked through litigation and advocacy to reform excessively harsh and ineffective criminal justice practices nationwide. Previously, Hayley clerked for the Honorable John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York and the Honorable Gerard Lynch of the Second Circuit, and was an associate at Jenner & Block LLP.
*Admitted to practice in NY; application for admission in OK pending
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.
Susan received her degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. After graduating from college, Susan spent a year working at an orphanage in South America. After returning to the United States, she has worked as a social worker for more than 20 years in various agencies including Head Start, Child Welfare, and Family and Children's Services. She worked at the Tulsa City-County Health Department in their Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Project for 10 years and now is a social worker for Still She Rises. Susan is bi-lingual and is available to assist any Spanish-speaking families that are being served by Still She Rises.
Patricia is a recent graduate from Northeastern State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management. During Patricia’s four-year college experience, she has been a part of many projects including the NAACP student’s workshop as a facilitator for high school students at TCC North Campus, in 2014. While attending Tulsa Community College, Patricia was a member of Phi Beta Lambda, a member of TRIO student association and president of the African American Student Association. The time Patricia spent with the African American Student Association (AASA) as president, presented Patricia the opportunity to be a part of change in ways young black men and women are encouraged to invest themselves in society. AASA’s mission is to inspire a generation of minorities to find their place in society not designed for African Americans. Prior to Patricia’s employment with Still She Rises, she worked for CoreCivic as an Employment Specialist where she provided employment services / referrals to formerly incarcerated women of Oklahoma, through building business relationships with employers. Patricia’s entrepreneurial spirit has crafted the road map to dedicate her life’s work to beneficial transformation for people and businesses that plant the seeds, water them and watch the seeds blossom into a visionary of success.
Ron graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. During law school, he defended youth in criminal courts for the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. Upon graduation, Ron moved into low-income housing on Chicago’s Westside, and began providing holistic defense for youth while working for the Lawndale Christian Legal Center. He also served as a policy intern for Safer Foundation, the largest reentry nonprofit in America. Ron also sat on the executive board of several nonprofits and economic development committees.
Ron is a first-generation, low-income, college graduate. He was raised - along with two older brothers - by a single mother in Hugo, OK. In addition to his work at Still She Rises, Ron hopes to contribute to the philanthropic and nonprofit communities in Tulsa and throughout his home state of Oklahoma.
Phoebe received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she was a student in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. At UCLA, she was a Managing Editor of UCLA Law Review and Co-Chief of Production of the Criminal Justice Law Review. During law school, Phoebe participated in both the Youth & Justice Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic. She spent her 1L summer as a judicial extern to the Honorable Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit, her 2L summer as an intern with the California Appellate Project, and her 3L fall semester as a law clerk with the ACLU National Prison Project. Prior to law school, Phoebe spent one year as an Americorps Member at an elementary school and worked for two nonprofit legal services organizations. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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.
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.
Aisha McWeay is a career public defender and indigent defense advocate. Prior to taking over the Executive Director role at Still She Rises in February 2019, Aisha received her J.D. from Vanderbilt and joined the Nashville Defenders as an Assistant Public Defender in 2009. She became the General Sessions Division Chief 2014 and in April 2017 was appointed the Deputy Public Defender for Nashville-Davidson County.
Aisha graduated summa cum laude from Clark Atlanta University, where she majored in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She has served in a number of training and mentoring capacities to public defense and community service organizations nationally. In recognition of her contributions to the public defense community, in July 2017 she was awarded the Stephen B. Bright award from Gideon's Promise.
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.
Prior to joining Still She Rises, Tulsa, Kristina was a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders. 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. Kristina’s legal internships were with 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 spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.
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). In addition to her work with Still She Rises, Robin is the CEO of The Bail Project.
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.
LaNitria began working for the Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel in Jackson, Mississippi in 2011. Prior to that she was a member of the U.S. Navy. LaNitria has dedicated much of her career to public service, mainly in assisting in the representation of the men sentenced to death in the state of Mississippi. She has experience working for criminal defense attorneys in private practice and has also worked for the State of Hawaii Attorney General's Office. LaNitria is currently completing her Bachelor's in Legal Science.