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National Crime Victim Law Institute

NCVLI Staff

Terry L. Campos, J.D.

Ms. Campos researches victims’ rights laws and policies across the United States, provides technical legal assistance to attorneys and advocates nationwide, drafts amicus curiae briefs, and presents online and in-person trainings and webinars on a variety of victims’ rights topics.  Prior to joining NCVLI, Ms. Campos was an appellate attorney with the Office of the State Appellate Defender (OSAD) in Chicago, Illinois representing indigent persons on appeal in criminal cases and interned for the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland, Oregon.  Ms. Campos has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College with a certificate in Criminal law. Ms. Campos joined NCVLI in May 2008.

 

Michael Nichols, CPA

Staff Accountant

Mr. Nichols provides administrative support for the organization, performing accounting and budgeting functions.  Michael has many years of experience performing accounting for various organizations.  Prior to joining NCVLI, Michael worked for a local non profit organization in the Portland area.  Michael joined NCVLI in August 2017.  

 

 

Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D.

Executive Director

Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D., is the Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and a clinical Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School.  Ms. Garvin is recognized as a leading expert on victims’ rights.  She has testified before Congress, state legislatures, and the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military.  In 2014, she was appointed to the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission and during 2013-2014 she served on the Victim Services Subcommittee, of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crime Panel of the United States Department of Defense.  She has served as a Board member of Oregon’s Citizens’ Crime Commission and of the National Organization of Victim Assistance, and as an Advisory Board Member for the Red Lodge Legal Services Program.   She has also served as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Victims Committee, co-chair of the Oregon Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights Task Force, and as a member of the Legislative & Public Policy Committee of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.  Ms. Garvin received the John W. Gillis Leadership Award from National Parents of Murdered Children in August 2015.  Prior to joining NCVLI, Ms. Garvin practiced law in Minneapolis, Minnesota and clerked for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Puget Sound, her master of arts degree in communication studies from the University of Iowa, and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota.  Meg joined NCVLI in January 2003

 

Julie K. Hester, M.B.A.

Programs & Communications Coordinator

Julie manages NCVLI’s grant funded programs and coordinates marketing and outreach efforts across all platforms.  Prior to this position, she coordinated NCVLI’s development efforts, including fundraising, donor and volunteer cultivation, event planning, branding, communications, and board and organizational development. Julie joined NCVLI in 2010 as the Project Director for NCVLI’s Vision 21 grant. This project, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, involved a nationwide strategic planning initiative looking at the future of the crime victims field. She took a hiatus in 2011 to complete an MBA program at Marylhurst University and returned to NCVLI in 2013. She also holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas. Julie joined NCVLI in November 2010

 

Bernette Jenkins-Pleas

Administrative Assistant

Bernette provides administrative support for the leadership and staff of NCVLI.  She supports staff in NCVLI program operations and assists with office operations.  Before joining NCVLI, Bernette worked as a legal assistant at several local law firms. She holds a B.S. in Economics from Purdue University.  Bernette joined NCVLI in July 2016

 

Rebecca S.T. Khalil, J.D.

Ms. Khalil is a staff attorney with NCVLI where she directed NCVLI’s Safeguarding Child-Victims’ Rights Initiative from 2010-2012.  At NCVLI, Ms. Khalil researches victims’ rights laws and policies across the United States, drafts amicus briefs, provides technical legal assistance to attorneys and advocates nationwide, and creates and presents online and in-person trainings and webinars on a variety of victims’ rights topics.  Before joining NCVLI, Ms. Khalil was a litigation associate with Baker & Hostetler LLP in New York City, where she worked on a number of complex commercial and business litigations, including trade secret, securities, and contract cases, as well as white collar criminal defense, governmental and quasi-governmental matters, and corporate investigations.  During law school, she was an extern with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Jose, California.  Ms. Khalil holds a B.A. in History from Seattle University and earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.  Ms. Khalil joined NCVLI in December 2010.

 

Nick Krebs

Program Coordinator

Nick coordinates NCVLI’s membership alliance, the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates (NAVRA), including maintaining its website.  In addition, he coordinates NCVLI and NAVRA technology-assisted trainings as well as the annual Crime Victim Law Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Eugene Lang College and a Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis from the Milano School at the New School for Public Engagement. Prior to joining NCVLI, Nick worked as Associate Director of Student Development at the New School and was a facilitator of the Participatory Budgeting Project in New York City.  Nick joined NCVLI in August 2015

 

 

Sarah LeClair, J.D.

Legal Publications Director

Ms. LeClair is an attorney at NCVLI. She participates in the continued development and implementation of NCVLI’s national litigation and education strategies, including providing legal technical support to attorneys and advocates and writing amicus briefs on a wide variety of victim-law related topics. Ms. LeClair also leads NCVLI’s legal publications project, with responsibility for managing the content, look, and distribution of NCVLI’s legal publications. Before joining NCVLI, Ms. LeClair served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Rick Haselton of the Court of Appeals of the State of Oregon, after which she practiced law as a litigation associate at Miller Nash LLP in Portland, Oregon. During law school Ms. LeClair interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Appellate Section. She has a B.A. in History from the University of Oregon and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.  Ms. LeClair joined NCVLI in January 2009 


Amy C. Liu, J.D.

Ms. Liu is a staff attorney at NCVLI.  Ms. Liu researches victims’ rights laws and policies, writes amicus briefs, and provides legal technical assistance to attorneys and victim advocates nationwide on crime victims’ rights related topics.  Ms. Liu also creates and presents at online and in-person trainings on a variety of victims’ rights law topics; and she is the coordinator of the training program for the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates.  Before joining NCVLI, Ms. Liu worked in student services at the University of Iowa College of Law and also practiced law as a litigation associate in the Los Angeles offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.  Ms. Liu clerked for the Honorable Audrey B. Collins and the Honorable Robert J. Kelleher of the United States District Court, Central District of California.  She received her B.A. in Economics/Business and J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Ms. Liu joined NCVLI in November 2010

 

William McMillen, J.D.

William McMillen is a staff attorney with NCVLI.  He researches victims’ rights laws and policies, and provides legal technical assistance to attorneys and victim advocates nationwide on crime victims’ rights related topics.  William has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned his J.D. from Willamette University and an LL.M. from Columbia University.  William has nearly a decade of professional legal experience to draw upon.  Among his proudest accomplishments: served Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ administration as the Mayor’s Special Assistant, a former White House Intern in the Office of the Vice President, earned the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America (the Eagle Scout Award), and completed the 2012 Portland City Marathon.  William and his partner Andres live in the Montavilla neighborhood. Some of the many activities they enjoy together in the Portland area include: hiking, yoga, running, and enjoying local cuisine.  William joined NCVLI in February 2017.

  

Cheryll Miller

Administrative Assistant

Cheryll provides administrative support to NCVLI leadership and staff.  She helps support NCVLI programs, events, and publications, and maintains NCVLI’s website.  Cheryll received her Bachelor of Science in Communications at Lewis & Clark College.  Cheryll joined NCVLI in August 2015

 

Grace Wadell

Development Director

Grace has primary responsibility for planning, organizing, and evaluating all development activities, including volunteer coordination. She is creating and implementing a comprehensive strategy to secure funding for established priorities.  Grace’s focus is to accomplish NCVLI’s goal of increasing unrestricted funding to better meet the legal needs of crime victims. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.  Grace joined NCVLI in January 2017.

  

Bruce

Employee Relations Specialist & Guide Dog Puppy In Training

Bruce is a half-Labrador, half-Golden Retriever puppy in training for Guide Dogs of America who is being raised by Ms. Khalil.  Bruce -  when not chewing happily on toys or snoozing in a sunbeam in the office - is responsible for distributing wags, sweetness, and happiness throughout NCVLI with his upbeat personality and sociable disposition.  Bruce will continue to spread joy at NCVLI while learning the important task of participating in an office environment in a calm and professional way until he returns to Guide Dogs of America for formal training at approximately 18 months of age.