Who We Are
Established in 1975, Youth, Rights & Justice is Oregon’s leading nonprofit law firm dedicated exclusively to children and families. We bring a trauma-informed lens to all of our work; seeking to promote resilience, dignity and respect.
We provide excellent client-centered representation for parents, children, and youth.
Our legal teams zealously represent our clients, fighting to make sure their voices are heard.
We narrow the achievement gap for children in foster care.
Our innovative SchoolWorks program ensures that foster children aren’t left behind when it comes to education. We provide school advocacy to ensure that our clients can enroll, attend, graduate, and succeed in school.
We reform and transform the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
By leveraging the authority of the courts and the power of the legislature, we enact system-wide reforms that benefit young people and families across the state.
25,000+ children, youth, and parents represented since 1975
3,200+ cases helping children and young people through SchoolWorks since 2002
500,000+ Oregon children and families helped by the laws, policies, and system reforms we’ve championed
Lisa Kay Williams
Christa Obold Eshleman
Director of Development:
Director of Administration:
Erica Hayne Friedman
Elizabeth J. Sher
Family Engagement Specialist:
Social Worker (YES Program):
Data Integrity Manager:
Legal Assistant Manager:
Discovery Clerk and Policy Coordinator:
Development and Communications Coordinator:
Edwina Gantzer Barajas
President: David Rabbino, Jordan Ramis PC
Vice President: Nakia Bradley-Lawson, Gevurtz Menashe
Treasurer: Jilian Saurage Felton, Community Partners for Affordable Housing
Secretary: Tiffany Uranga
Liz Fouts, The Standard
Alan Galloway, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Rohini Ghosh, PacifiCorp
Sue Ann Higgens, Portland Public Schools (retired)
Lissa Kaufman, Lissa Kaufman Law
Bryan Leinwand, Performance Software Corporation
Ann Phillips, Zappos.com (retired)
Megan Reuther, Tonkon Torp LLP
Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Liz Schlosser, The Standard
Janet Steverson, Lewis & Clark
Penny Sweeting, Geffen Mesher & Co., PC
Dana Walton-Macaulay, Independent Police Review for the City of Portland
Joel Willard, Intel