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National Crime Victim Law Institute


Katie Bucko

Administrative Assistant

Katie supports NCVLI leadership and staff in an administrative capacity. Specific programs and projects she supports include the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates (NAVRA), State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA), clinic, development, and pro bono/volunteers.  Prior to joining NCVLI she worked as a counselor.  She holds a BA in Chemistry/Pre-Medicine from Cedarville University in Ohio and an MA in Counseling from George Fox University.  She is a lover of sports, coffee, and British mystery novels. Katie joined NCVLI in December 2017.  Pronouns: she/her/hers


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. Pronouns: she/her/hers


Ellen Dully, M.B.A.

Director of Administration and Operations 

Ellen Dully, M.B.A., is the Director of Administration and Operations of the National Crime Victim Law Institute and is responsible for day-to-day operational, administrative and financial management. In this role, Ellen works to ensure efficient contract and grant compliance, effective management of human resources, creation of business plans, and oversees budget development and financial reporting. Prior to joining NCVLI, Ellen worked as Associate Director of Development Operations at Oregon Food Bank, where she was responsible for fundraising strategy for the statewide hunger-relief organization. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religions Studies from Macalester College, and a Master of Business Administration from Willamette University. Ellen joined NCVLI in April 2018. Pronouns: she/her/hers


Mykhol Estrada

Administrative Assistant

Mykhol supports NCVLI in an administrative capacity. Specific programs and projects she supports include the National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys & Advocates (NAVRA), State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA), clinic, development, and pro bono/volunteers. She holds a BS in Marketing from Portland State University. In her downtime, she likes to read, do craft projects, and play with her cat. Mykhol joined NCVLI in March 2019. Pronouns: She/her/her


Susanne Falenczykowski

Administrative Assistant

Susanne supports NCVLI leadership and staff in an administrative capacity. Specific programs and projects she supports include the Office for Victims of Crime’s  Post-Conviction Training & Technical Assistance Project,  Rural Technology Solutions Demonstration Project, and the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Networks Project;  the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Reducing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Demonstration Project; and general legal support including intake and case management. Before joining NCVLI, Susanne worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA and Language Access Coordinator with the Alaska Institute for Justice. She holds a BA in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. Susanne joined NCVLI in February 2018. Pronouns: she/her/hers


Sonja Figueira

Finance Manager

Sonja Figueira is the Finance Manager for National Crime Victim Law Institute.  Sonja has a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy but has spent the past 17 years in finance with her greatest tenure at Wieden + Kennedy serving as Finance Manager where she managed a finance team upward of 7 and media spending budgets of $500mil annually.  While there, Sonja invested her efforts in establishing process, procedures, and efficiencies as the agency and her team grew.  In addition, Sonja’s contributions have included ERP System implementation and completing socially sensitive seminars in both Effective Communications and Courageous Conversations. Sonja looks forward to merging her various experiences across disciplines to positively impact NCVLI. Sonja joined NCVLI in January 2019. Pronouns: she/her/hers


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 her expert capacity she serves on the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces and on the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission. Previously she served on the Victim Services Subcommittee, of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crime Panel of the United States Department of Defense, 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. Pronouns: she/her/hers


Julie K. Hester, M.B.A.

Project Director

Julie is responsible for the successful execution of key NCVLI’s projects, including select long-term grant-funded programs and strategic advancement projects.  Prior to this position, she coordinated a variety of NCVLI’s projects including grant-funded projects; marketing, branding and communications; and development efforts, including fundraising, donor and volunteer cultivation, 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 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. Pronouns: she/her/hers


Rebecca S.T. Khalil, J.D.

Director of Victim Assistance and Training

Ms. Khalil is NCVLI’s Director of Victim Assistance and Training. In this role she directs NCVLI’s advocate academies and training opportunities and oversees victim resources and referrals. In addition, as part of the legal team, she 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. From 2010-2012 she directed NCVLI’s Safeguarding Child-Victims’ Rights Initiative. 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. Pronouns: she/her/hers


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. Pronouns: she/her/hers

Amy C. Liu, J.D.

Senior Appellate Attorney

Ms. Liu is the Senior Appellate Attorney at NCVLI. In this capacity she works on NCVLI’s national litigation efforts to advance victims’ rights nationally, crafting strategic litigation plans, writing amicus curiae briefs and counseling other attorneys on effective legal advocacy. In addition, as part of the NCVLI Legal team, Ms. Liu 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. 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. Pronouns: she/her/hers


Joshua Medina, J.D.

Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Coordinator

Mr. Medina is a member of NCVLI’s legal team dedicated to developing and implementing litigation and education initiatives to advance victims’ rights nationwide. He coordinates NCVLI’s volunteer and pro bono efforts, conducts trainings, and fulfills technical assistance requests from attorneys and victim advocates around the country. Prior to joining NCVLI, Mr. Medina managed nonprofit legal programs in Oregon and Alabama, where he built multi-level, collaborative programs that created access to justice for immigrant community members, with a focus on victims of trafficking, abuse, and other crimes. He has a B.A. in Psychology from New Mexico State University and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. Mr. Medina joined NCVLI in June 2018Pronouns: he/him/his


Margaret Salstrom

Administrative Assistant

Margaret provides administrative support to the leadership and staff of NCVLI. Specific projects and programs she supports are the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council, and the Crime Victim Law Conference. Before joining NCVLI, Margaret worked in a variety of administrative roles for Portland based non-profits. She holds a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Pacific University and an M.S. in Writing/Editing from Portland State University. Margaret joined NCVLI in January 2018. Pronouns: she/her/hers


Annie McKavett Smith, M.A.

Communications and Events Coordinator

Annie coordinates NCVLI’s communications and events, including the Crime Victim Law Conference and Voices for Justice Reception. She regularly collaborates with development and project teams to create organization-wide marketing materials and publications such as the annual report and monthly E Newsletter. Before joining NCVLI, Annie was the Communications and Volunteer Coordinator for Engineers Without Borders-USA, where she oversaw communications for 30,000+ members nationwide. She received her B.A. in Communication from Angelo State University, and her M.A. in International Development from the University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Annie joined NCVLI in October 2018. Pronouns: she/her/hers 


Desiree Staeffler-Marchbanks, J.D.

National Crime Victim Law Fellow

Desiree is a part of the legal team at NCVLI, serving as a fellow. As part of the team she researches victims’ rights laws and provides technical legal assistance to attorneys and advocates. Before joining NCVLI, Ms. Staeffler served as an Assistant State Attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, where she litigated jury trials, bench trial and various evidentiary hearings. As a prosecutor she handled a variety of cases, including sexual batteries, armed carjackings and robberies, narcotic trafficking cases, attempted murders, traffic fatalities and driving under the influence. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Staeffler worked as an attorney for Children’s Legal Services, where she advocated for the best interest of children who had been abused, abandoned and/or neglected.  During law school, Ms. Staeffler interned for the Permanent Mission of Honduras to the United Nations, U.S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida (Economic & Environmental Crimes Section), City Attorney’s Office for the City of North Miami and Boston Center for International Justice (Bosnia-Herzegovina Elements Project). Ms. Staeffler holds a B.S. in Legal Studies, and a Minor in World Comparative Studies from the University of Central Florida and earned her J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law. Ms. Staeffler joined NCVLI in May of 2018. Pronouns: she/her/hers



Employee Relations Specialist 

Bruce is a half-Labrador, half-Golden Retriever who was once in training as a future guide dog for Guide Dogs of America.  Bruce decided that guide work wasn’t really the right fit for him, and he is now the happy office-dog and personal pet of Ms. Khalil.  Bruce -  when not chewing happily on toys, dashing from person-to-person to say hi, 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.



Junior Employee Relations Specialist

Hopper is a yellow Labrador Retriever who was adopted by Ms. Hester as a 20-month old after growing up at a breeder’s kennel.  Although Hopper had never been indoors before his adoption, he adjusted quickly. After receiving intensive training in employee relations from Bruce, Hopper now very happily works full-time at NCVLI, providing staff with emotional support, endless entertainment, daily physical activity, and lots of hugs and kisses.