Ziyad Hopkins has worked with CPCS since 1998.  After representing adults in Suffolk Superior Court for almost five years, he joined YAD’s Roxbury office in 2003 as a trial attorney.  Most recently, he was the manager of the US Bureau of Justice Assistance capacity building and strategic planning grant to CPCS to improve the use of data to ensure quality representation.

Ziyad teaches Juvenile Law and the Courts at Wheelock College in the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy Department.  He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and from Oberlin College.  During college, he worked with the Mandela Institute, based in Ramallah, Palestine, documenting the detention conditions of Palestinian prisoners.

Ziyad also serves on the Shansi Board of Trustees.  Ziyad is an Ian S. Axford Fellow in Public Policy and has studied the role of the defense attorney in New Zealand’s juvenile justice system.