Board of Directors
Phil Inglima is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group. He has litigated a broad range of criminal and civil matters in trial and appellate courts, with an emphasis on criminal frauds and parallel civil and regulatory enforcement proceedings. Phil frequently conducts internal investigations for corporations, with recent efforts focusing on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Federal False Claims Act, and alleged procurement fraud, bribery, false statements, and environmental crimes. He counsels companies in the development and implementation of compliance programs, and guides clients through regulatory reporting and disclosure processes and congressional investigations. In high-stakes, high-profile matters, he has achieved outstanding results for a wide variety of corporate and individual clients over the past 25 years. Phil’s background includes two years as a senior member of the Independent Counsel team appointed In re: Bruce Babbitt, and a clerkship for U.S. District Judge June L. Green. An alumnus of Georgetown University’s College and Law Center, Phil remains active in the University community, and has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law.*
Kenneth Schmetterer is a partner in DLA Piper’s Litigation group. He has served as trial counsel in a variety of federal and state courts and administrative bodies, and argued before state and federal appellate courts. Mr. Schmetterer is extensively involved in pro bono work and serves as pro bono counsel, director and a volunteer for UMOJA Student Development Corporation. Ken joined the NJDC Board of Directors in 2013.
John J. Wilson
John J. Wilson is a Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). Mr. Wilson is also a partner in the Comprehensive Strategy Group, LLC and serves as a member of the Editorial Review Panel for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Juvenile & Family Court Journal. Prior to joining IIR, Mr. Wilson served as Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel (OGC), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice. From 1991 to 2001, he held a variety of positions in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), including Acting Administrator, Deputy Administrator, and Counsel to the Administrator. He has lectured and taught courses in the legal rights of children, juvenile justice, and family law, and has been published in the Children’s Legal Rights Journal, the Juvenile and Family Court Journal, and Corrections Today. He also served as a member of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect. Mr. Wilson received his bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan, his master of business administration from Wayne State University, and his juris doctor (cum laude) from the Michigan State University College of Law. He joined the NJDC Board of Directors in January of 2012.
Tamara A. Steckler
Tamara A. Steckler is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City where she supervises a staff of 350 representing over 34,000 children and young adults each year in child welfare, delinquency, PINS, appellate, and impact litigation proceedings. She is active in numerous national, state, and city groups addressing issues of child welfare and juvenile justice. She has published various articles including “Litigating Racism: Exposing Injustice in Juvenile Prosecutions” and “Perspective: A New Era in Representing Children” and speaks publicly in numerous forums regarding issues of child welfare and juvenile justice.
Members At Large
Randy Hertz is the Vice Dean of the NYU School of Law and the director of the law school’s clinical program. He has been at the law school since 1985, and regularly teaches the Juvenile Defender Clinic and a simulation course entitled Criminal Litigation. He writes in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice and is the co-author, with Professor James Liebman of Columbia Law School, of a two-volume treatise entitled “Federal Habeas Corpus Law and Practice,” and also the co-author, with Professors Anthony G. Amsterdam and Martin Guggenheim of NYU Law School, of a two-volume manual entitled “Trial Manual for Defense Attorneys in Juvenile Court.” He is an editor-in-chief of the Clinical Law Review. Randy joined the NJDC Board of Directors in January of 2012.
Wallace Mlyniec is the former Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. He also teaches courses in Wrongful Convictions, Juveniles and the Courts, and Clinical Pedagogy, and assists with the training of fellows in the Prettyman Legal Internship Program. He is the author of numerous books and articles concerning criminal law, the law relating to children and families, and law teaching. He was a recipient of a Bicentennial Fellowship from the Swedish government to study their child welfare system and has been a Visiting Professor of Pediatric Law at Loyola University in Chicago. He is the recipient of the William Pincus Award for his contributions to clinical legal education, the Stuart Stiller Award and Robert Drinan Award for legal service in the public interest, and the Gault Award for his dedication to juvenile defense.
Ryan Myers CFP® has an extensive financial background. He is the owner of Pretlow Myers Financial Group and is an adjunct professional in the Certified Financial Planning Program at the University of Virginia. Mr. Myers previously taught in the School of Business at Howard University and served as a branch manager for Woodbury Financial Services. He holds a B.A. from Howard University and a Personal Financial Planning Certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ryan has always had a commitment to the community, serving in many volunteer positions with the National Urban League including sitting on the local Affiliate’s Board of Directors and serving as the National President of the Urban League Young Professionals. Mr. Myers serves on the board of the Urban League of Northern Virginia. He joined the Board of NJDC in 2013.
Bridgett E. Ortega, M.A., J.D. is the Assistant Director of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s Office of Pro Bono and Experiential Learning. As an adjunct professor she has taught ethics, trial skills and criminal and juvenile justice courses. Bridgett has served over 25 years in legal and programmatic positions aimed at criminal and juvenile justice reform. Her life’s work has been the zealous advocacy for and on behalf of children and disenfranchised adults, as a public defender, researcher, and policy consultant. Bridgett was formerly Deputy Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Reclaiming Futures, a juvenile justice reform initiative aimed at creating strategies for intervening with young people with substance abuse and other issues that bring them into the criminal justice system. She is also a lead trainer for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She is completing her Doctorate in Organizational Management and Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Her dissertation is entitled Compassionate Jurisprudence: A Praxis for Justice.*
Jim St. Germain
Jim St. Germain is the co-founder of Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow, Inc. (PLOT), a nonprofit mentoring organization that provides mentors to justice involved and at-risk youth. Working with young people is Jim’s passion, as he has overcome many obstacles in his own life. Early in his career, Jim worked as a Youth Care Counselor at a juvenile detention facility in New York City, where he was once a resident. Additionally, he worked as an Advocate for young people living with mental disabilities at the Mental Health Association. Jim served on the Youth Advisory Council of New York State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services from 2008-2009 and is also a member of Vera’s Institute of justice juvenile board. Jim is currently pursuing a Masters in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University. Jim’s passion for public service comes from his life experiences and personal responsibility to society.
Emmy, Promax, and Gabby Award Winning Poet Hank Stewart, carries multiple titles: Philanthropist, Community Leader, Humanitarian, Author and Activist. This Jacksonville, Florida native has come a long way of words since 1991. He is the founder of The Stewart Foundation, Love Jones Sundays, Five Men on a Stool, Hank’s Muse and the “IT” factor. He has authored seven books and produced DVDs. He has performed for First Lady, Michelle Obama, Former Vice-President, Al Gore, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Atlanta Former Mayor, Shirley Franklin, Harry Belafonte, Xernona Clayton, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Ambassador Andrew Young, and the late Rev. Hosea Williams, Ruby Dee and Johnny Cochran. Just to name a few.
Janet Tobias is an Emmy Award-winning director/producer/writer. She is also a research professor of global public health at NYU’s College of Global Public Health and an adjunct assistant professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She has worked as a national producer at Dateline NBC, executive producer at VNI (which became New York Times Television), editorial producer at the Law and Justice Unit of ABC News, as well as an executive at PBS station. She has won two American Bar Association silver gavels for a four hour Frontline/Nightline project on the juvenile justice system in California, in addition to an Emmy for a weekly PBS series that she launched called Life 360, among other distinguished awards. In 2001, she founded her own television/film production company Sierra/Tango Productions. She also works in the technology field and serves as the CEO and founder of Ikana Health, which focuses on the effect of the mobile web and social networks on health, and the impact of content/information on healthcare outcomes.