Class of 2011

Lauren Barth
Lauren graduated from Indiana University in 2008 with a B.S. in Exceptional Needs Education. Throughout college, Lauren worked with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and volunteered in the Bloomington educational community. Her experience working with special needs students, specifically those with profound academic, social and emotional disabilities, sparked her interest in family law and Hofstra Law's Child and Family Advocacy Fellowship.

Following her first year of law school, Lauren served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jane Pearl in Manhattan and Bronx Family Courts. During her second year she began work as a research assistant, served as a staff editor on the Family Court Review, aided in the planning of the American Bar Association-sponsored national summit on the Fostering Connections to Success Act, and participated in the Hempstead High School Mock Trial Program.

In the summer of 2010, Lauren served as an intern for Child Advocates, Inc., an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization representing children in abuse and neglect proceedings. In August, she also joined a multidisciplinary AFCC team in surveying service provision in family law related organizations in Indianapolis.

During her final year at Hofstra Law, Lauren continued her work as a research assistant and serve as Managing Editor of Vol. 49 of the Family Court Review (FCR). Her current research pertains to the ethics and evidentiary privileges and protections pertaining to consultants involved in forensic custody evaluations. Her related FCR note, Consultant Conduct In Anticipation of Court-Appointed or Party-Stipulated Forensic Custody Evaluations: Ethical Dilemmas and the Need For Neutral Parent Education, was published in the January 2011 issue of FCR. In the fall 2010 semester, Lauren participated in the law school's mediation clinic. Lauren received the William Eric Goldberg Scholarship at graduation, awarded to a student who has provided significant support and leadership in improving the quality of life and educational experience for others. Upon graduation, Lauren returned to the Midwest and accepted a position as a Clerk for the Honorable Nancy Vaidik of the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Jaime Birk
Jaime attended Binghamton University. Graduating with honors in only three years, she received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Law with a minor in Sociology. While at Binghamton, Jaime participated in Binghamton's Youth Program, meeting with inner-city children to help them address educational and family issues. Jaime also worked with the Institute for Child Development, providing home care for autistic students. Her work there raised her awareness of the educational injustice special need children and their families must face. Jaime was a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, the national leadership and honor Society as well as a member of Binghamton's Safe Zone, an alliance organization for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. With Safe Zone, she worked with high school students who were coming out or questioning their orientation.

While she was a Fellow at Hofstra Law, Jaime interned with the Nassau County Attorney Family Court Bureau and with the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division. She also participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic and coached the Hempstead High School Mock Trial Team. At graduation, Jaime received the Stephanie E. Kupferman Juvenile Justice Endowed Scholarship, awarded to a graduating student who has exhibited a commitment to protecting the rights of children and the pursuit of juvenile justice. Jaime graduated a semester early in December 2010 and currently works at Nassau County Legal Aid.

Andrew Ford
Andrew, originally from Florida, spent eight years of his childhood living on the island of St. Christopher in the Caribbean before moving back to the United States. Andrew graduated with honors from the University of West Florida with a BA in Social Work and a minor in Child Welfare. During his time there he was admitted to Phi Alpha, the national social work honor society. After graduation from UWF, Andrew worked as a Child Protective Investigator for the Department of Children and Families. He spent his time with DCF in a unit which specialized in physical and sexual abuse of children under 12.

While a student at Hofstra Law, Andrew was actively involved with OUTlaw and the Public Justice Foundation. He also served as a Managing Editor of Articles for the Family Court Review. Andrew has interned at the Covenant House New York, a shelter for homeless youth in Manhattan, for the Hon. Hope Zimmerman at the Nassau County Family Court, for the matrimonial law firm of Schlissel Ostrow and Karabatos, and at The Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice in Brooklyn. Andrew currently works for the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice in Jamaica, NY.

Christine Garcia
Christine was born and raised in San Diego, California. She graduated from University of California Berkeley in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in English. She spent the next two years working full time as a SCORE! Educational Director and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). AS a CASA, Christine advocated for a 15 year old dependent who found herself in the system because of her mother’s neglect and severe drug abuse. Christine guided the youth through court proceedings and advocated for her best interest through written court reports and recommendations. Her first hand experience working in an overburdened dependency system opened her eyes to the low attorney retention within the field and the resulting distrust that foster youth have for the dependency system.

Since becoming at Child and Family Advocacy Fellow at Hofstra Law, Christine has interned with the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society, representing children and youth in abuse and neglect proceedings. She also interned with the New York City Corporation Counsel, prosecuting juvenile delinquents. Christine participated in the child advocacy skills program, Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Child and served as a Research Editor for the Hofstra Law Review. Upon graduation, Christine accepted a position with the New York City Law Department.