Empowering You Webinar – Missouri’s Parole System

Amy Breihan is a co-Director with the Missouri office of the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center (RSMJC), a non-profit civil rights law firm that fights for racial, gender, social, and economic justice through litigation on behalf of people involved in the carceral and criminal legal systems. Amy joined RSMJC as a staff attorney when it opened a new Missouri office in 2016. Prior to joining RSMJC, Amy was a trial attorney with the law firm of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, in both their Chicago and St. Louis offices. She has extensive trial, appellate, and mediation experience and has prioritized public interest work throughout her career.

Since 2012, Amy has been part of a team of advocates helping to lead efforts to seek second-chance sentences for Missouri youth sentenced to die behind bars. For the last several years, she has both provided direct representation to those clients and worked for changes in the law to end juvenile life without parole sentences. That work included state and federal habeas litigation, as well as a successful class action culminating in a systemic overhaul of the parole process for juvenile lifers. Under the reformed process, juvenile parole hearings have gone from an 86% denial rate to a 100% grant rate. Amy is the recipient of the 2020 ABA’s Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award for her work on behalf of juvenile lifers. In addition, she has played a pivotal part in state-wide litigation related to, among other things: inadequate treatment for inmates with chronic Hepatitis C; the parole revocation process that impacts thousands of Missouri parolees; Missouri’s chronically under-resourced and over-burdened public defender system; and the protection of individuals’ First Amendment rights, especially the right to protest against police violence and racial injustice.

Amy is a 2010 graduate of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. While in law school, Amy served as a student attorney with the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, where she helped represent clients in post-conviction, actual innocence cases. Amy is a proud alumna of Grinnell College, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2006. She lives in St. Louis with her partner, three young children, and menagerie of animals.

 

W. Patrick Mobley is a staff attorney in the St. Louis office of the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center.

Prior to joining the MacArthur Justice Center in Spring 2020, Pat spent several years with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). He was awarded a 2011 Skadden Fellowship to provide direct representation to LSEM’s low-income clients in primary and secondary education-related matters including special education, school discipline, disability accommodation, and homeless enrollment. Pat’s Skadden project allowed him to build off his experience providing Special Education instruction for two years in St. Louis Public Schools as a Teach for America Corps Member. After teaching, Pat graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2010. During law school, he participated in the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, where he worked in a medical-legal partnership to provide holistic legal support to children, and was a member of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.

At the completion of his Skadden project, Pat stayed at LSEM to create the Legal Advocates for Adults with Mental Illness (LAAMI) program to direct, holistic representation to low-income adults with mental illness in a wide range of civil legal matters to eliminate barriers to recovery and stability. The program serves clients in administrative hearings, state, and federal court. He was later named LAAMI’s program manager.

Pat graduated with a bachelor’s degree and high honors in history and political science from the University of Michigan in 2005.

 

Register for the January 21st Webinar Below:

Thursday
January 21, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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