Joan graduated from the University at Albany with a double major in political science and public policy and a concentration in public law. As a Child and Family Advocacy Fellow at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Joan completed externships with the Covenant House Advocacy and Legal Aid Services Department and the Administration for Children's Services, Division of Legal Services. Upon graduation from Hofstra Law, Joan was the recipient of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award for Excellence in Family Law. Joan is currently an attorney with the Administration for Children's Services, Division of Legal Services.
Keisha was born the last of seven children and second half of a pair of twins in Jamaica, West Indies and moved to the United States at the age of 11. Keisha attended Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, where she earned a B.A. and majored in psychology. Upon graduation, Keisha began a career at Covenant House New York, the largest non-governmental child service agency of its kind in New York City. In the summer of 2001, Keisha completed the requirements for a master's in public administration at Audrey Cohen College. She then went to work for Covenant House Alaska, where she organized Covenant House Alaska's youth leadership program, which gives young people the tools they need to advocate for themselves and their peers.
As a Child and Family Advocacy Fellow, Keisha spent her first summer working with a Queens County Family Court judge and her second at the Legal Aid Society Domestic Violence Project. During her final year of law school, Keisha and two other fellows developed and led a mock trial as part of the ABA's Teen Dating Violence Prevention summit in Washington, D.C. She also participated in the Region II National Trial Competition in Syracuse, New York and served as book review editor for the Family Court Review. Keisha currently works at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division.
Marion attended Moravian College in Pennsylvania, majoring in sociology and political science. While an undergraduate student, Marion interned at Covenant House Washington, where she worked with at-risk youth to encourage their personal growth and prevent teenage pregnancy. She also interned with the assistant district attorney of special offenses in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she did an extensive study of prevailing forensic interviewing techniques for children, in order to assist the department in opening a new Child Advocacy Center.
Through the Child Advocacy Fellowship, Marion had the opportunity to intern for the Juvenile Rights Division of The Legal Aid Society and for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Project in New York City Family Courts. She was also a researcher for the Family Law Education Reform (FLER) Project and the AFCC Cooperation Manager for the Family Court Review. Since graduating law school, Marion has worked as a Staff Attorney at The Family Center and an Associate at the law firm of Magovern and Sclafani.
Kira Storz Schettino
Kira graduated from Loyola College in Maryland with a B.A. in political science. While a Fellow at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Kira interned with the Center for Family Representation in Brooklyn, New York, where she assisted an attorney in community outreach, helped to educate practicing attorneys, and provided assistance to parents with children in foster care. She also interned with the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division in Queens, where she worked with the juvenile delinquency team. During her final year in law school, Kira served as the Research Editor for the Family Court Review. Upon graduation, Kira worked at the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County. She currently works at a matrimonial law firm in Nassau County.