Youth Advocacy Division Administrative Office
44 Bromfield Street, Floor 2
Boston, MA 02108
617.482.6212 (p)
617.988.8484 (f)

The mission of YAD is to ensure that every child in Massachusetts has access to zealous legal representation that employs a Youth Development Approach to traditional criminal defense.  To be effective these advocates must be highly skilled criminal defense attorneys, as all adult criminal law and procedure applies in Massachusetts Juvenile Court.  They must also be expert in juvenile law and procedure, Positive Youth Development (the leading evidence based framework for promoting life success for adolescents), adolescent brain development, navigating DCF and DYS, and education advocacy.  Accordingly, the YAD leadership team provides leadership, training, support and oversight to a diverse and collaborative juvenile defense bar across the state, consisting of over four hundred private attorneys and nine staff offices.

Juvenile Defenders and forensic social workers or social service advocates are encouraged to call or email YAD administration at any time for consultation or assistance on cases, to request training, to inquire about certification or other billing matters, to raise concerns regarding anything having to do with the quality of representation or the fairness of court proceedings.

YAD ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Director, Joshua Dohan
jdo...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5712

Interim Director, Priscilla Duffy
pdu...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5808

Interim Assistant Director, Joseph Mulhern
jmul...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5806

Training Director, Wendy Wolf
wwo...@pubiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5814

Trial Panel Director, Erica Cushna
ecus...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5807

Director of Juvenile Appeals, Afton Templin
atem...@publiccounsel.net
(508) 484-5785

Director of Social Work, Claudia Dunne
cdu...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5753

Juvenile Appeals Staff Attorney, Laura Chrismer Edmonds
lchr...@publiccounsel.net
(413) 355-5208

Revocation Advocacy Coordinator, Mara Voukydis
mvou...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5813

EdLaw Director of Education Advocacy, Marlies Spanjaard
mspa...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5841

EdLaw Staff Attorney, Michele Scavongelli
msca...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5845

EdLaw Staff Attorney, Erin O’Sullivan
eosu...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5842

EdLaw Staff Attorney, Elizabeth Levitan
elev...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5812

EdLaw Staff Attorney, Rosa Cortez
rcor...@publiccounsel.net
(508) 484-5773

Administrative Assistant, Pamela Lewis
ple...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5809

Administrative Assistant, Angela Childs
achi...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5725

Administrative Assistant, Craig Gimbrone
cgim...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 910-5816

Receptionist, Shainae Bentley
sben...@publiccounsel.net
(617) 482-6212