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CLC Fifth Annual Difference Maker Awards

Congratulations to Children's Law Center for being a nominee for the 2012 Difference Maker Awards. Click HERE to see all nominees

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Kim Brooks Tandy

Executive Director


Kim Brooks Tandy is the Executive Director and founder of the Children's Law Center, Inc. since its inception in 1989. The Center's mission is to protect the rights of children in Kentucky through individual and class action representation, research and policy development, and through training and education of attorneys and other professionals concerning the rights of children. Ms. Tandy is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University, where she received her B.S. in Social Work in 1978, and a jurisdoctor degree as an evening student from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1989. She has served as adjunct faculty at Chase since 1992, teaching the Introduction to Kentucky Juvenile Law course and guest lecturing in other courses.

Kim serves as the coordinator for the Central Juvenile Defender Center, a regional affiliate office of the American Bar Association's National Juvenile Defender Center in Washington. D.C. She is on faculty for the NJDC's annual defender leadership summit, and has lectured and consulted on juvenile justice, conditions of confinement, indigent defense issues, and education issues throughout the country. In 2003, she received the ABA’s most prestigious award in juvenile justice, the Livingston Hall Award.

Kim Tandy is married to Judge Jack Tandy of Shelby County, Indiana, and has one son and four step-children.



Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto

Litigation Director

Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto is the Litigation Director for the Children's Law Center. Rebecca has an extensive background in child advocacy. Rebecca attended Sayre School in Lexington Kentucky and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in American Studies from Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, and was honored for writing the best thesis on a religious topic. After working with Lakota tribes and then Benedictine nuns in South Dakota, Rebecca returned to Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1985. Rebecca served with the Department of Public Advocacy from the summer of 2004 until June 2008. The Juvenile Code was implemented in 1986 and Rebecca taught juvenile law to attorneys in DPA.

She wrote the first Juvenile Law Manual for the agency in the early 1990's.

Rebecca's career spanned appellate, trial and post conviction work. She served as Post Trial Division Director for DPA for ten years and was the first director of the Lexington Public Defender's Office. She has represented young people in juvenile, family and circuit court across the Commonwealth. Rebecca established the Juvenile Post Disposition Branch following CLC's M.K. v. Wallace lawsuit that secured the first amendment right to the assistance of counsel to help children access the courts in Kentucky. Rebecca has participated in numerous ABA juvenile indigent defense assessments across the country including two in Kentucky.

Rebecca, and her husband, Don DiLoreto have three children. Rebecca serves on the boards of Partners for Youth, Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice,the Catholic Diocese of Lexington's Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People, and the Steering Committe for the Fayette County Model Court. Rebecca also  serves as chairperson for the KBA Committee for Child Protection and Domestic Violence. Rebecca was honored in the last year by University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Association for her work in service to the community and by the Center for the Study of Violence Against Children, Circle of Compassion award recipient.


Joshua Crabtree

Managing Attorney

Joshua Crabtree has been the managing attorney of the Children’s Law Center since 2007.  Along with his management responsibilities, Joshua regularly represents clients in child custody, child maltreatment, education and child victim cases.  Joshua is also actively involved in representing children in systemic reform efforts in decreasing disability and racial disparities in schools, reforming the juvenile justice system and increasing access to mental health services for children. Joshua is the co-editor of The Federal Education Rights of Children: A Practitioner’s Guide as well as a published author and co-author of several works regarding the ethics of representing children, the education rights of children, reforming the practices surrounding status offenders and issues regarding child custody.  He regularly presents on these topics at events including the KBA Convention, ABA Child Custody Conferences and Kentucky Law Updates as well as small group presentations to legal and professional organizations, schools and local civic groups.  Joshua is also a certified family mediator and has taught classes at local universities and law schools on topics involving the legal rights of children.

Joshua is a magna cum laude graduate of Transylvania University and an honors graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.   He is also a 2009 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky and a 2011 Next Generation Leader award finalist.  Joshua is a member of several bar and civic organizations including the KBA Committee on Child Protection and Domestic Violence and currently serves as vice president of Family Promise of Northern Kentucky, an organization that assists children and families experiencing temporary homelessness attain sustainable independence. 



Rick Konkoly-Thege

Staff Attorney

Richard Konkoly-Thege came to the Children’s Law Center in November 2008 after working as a public defender for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  He received his bachelors of science from George Mason University and his juris doctorate from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated cum laude.  Richard’s previous work was at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. where he worked on Tribal Indian trust issues related to the federal government’s fiduciary responsibility under various treaties.  In this capacity, Richard coordinated litigation efforts with various attorneys from U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of the Solicitor for the Department of the Interior.  Richard lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife and two young daughters.



Angela Chang

Staff Attorney

Angela Chang, another former Children’s Law Center intern, returned to the Children’s Law Center in the fall of 2010 after working for two years as a public defender for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender.  Angela graduated in 2004 from the Ohio State University with Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business.  She continued on to earn her law degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Immigration and Nationality Law Review, as a Senior Articles Editor for the Human Rights Quarterly, and was a Glenn Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry Fellow. 

Angela rejoins the Children’s Law Center as a staff attorney working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative in Ohio.  In addition, Angela works on juvenile justice reforms with practioners across the state. She lives with her husband in Cincinnati, Ohio.



Lauren Litton

Juvenile Justice Consultant

 Lauren Litton works as a consultant on social justice issues focusing on violence against women and children, juvenile justice, and institutional racism.  She works across the country with child protection, courts, public policy and community-based organizations, law enforcement, and domestic violence organizations to examine their policies, philosophies, and procedures that can affect delivery of services and collaborative responses. Prior to consulting, she was a program manager in the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges overseeing the department's activities related to the overlap of child maltreatment and domestic violence and supervised visitation and safe exchange. In that capacity, she provided and coordinated technical assistance to federal grantees seeking to implement best and emerging practices in those topic areas. She has planned groundbreaking conferences and serves as a trainer and facilitator. She has also developed and worked as the supervising attorney for a clinic which provided pro bono and pro se legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and as a county prosecutor overseeing delinquency and dependency matters and handling felony domestic violence and sexual assault cases. She has been admitted to practice law in Ohio and Arizona, serves as a board member and advisor for numerous agencies, and authored several pieces on issues impacting system responses to domestic violence, such as Helping St. Louis County Families: A Guide for Court Professionals on the Co-Occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse/Neglect, Ozha Wazbeganniss: Exploring Supervised Visitation and Exchange Services in Native American Communities (co-author with Dr. Oliver Williams), Assisting Battered Women Involved in the Child Protection System ~ A Framework for San Francisco, and Providing Appropriate Family Time for Children Involved in Deprivation Cases Domestic Violence Considerations, Georgia Model Courts Project. Ms. Litton holds a bachelor's in psychology from The Ohio State University and a juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. 



John Vissman

Development Director

John Vissman has been active in the region’s nonprofit and civic communities for over two decades. Most recently he served as Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Capacity, Northern Kentucky University’s outreach to nonprofits in Greater Cincinnati, where he produced capacity-building programs and advanced nonprofit collaboration. In the early 2000s, John served as Vice President of Forward Quest (now known as Vision 2015). In the 1990’s, he served as Executive Director of Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and he owned his own fundraising consultancy.

Throughout his career in fundraising and development John has served on numerous boards including Kids Voting Kentucky, MBA Advisory Board Northern Kentucky University, Leadership Northern Kentucky, Covington Rotary Club (past president, trustee and assistant district governor), and Aronoff Center for the Arts Rental Subsidy Committee.

John earned his bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University and his MBA from Northern Kentucky University. In 2000, he received a Distinguished Service Award from Northern Kentucky University, and in 2007 he received the William R. Burleigh Award for Distinguished Community Service. He has also been a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International and was a member of the Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2000. John is married to Christine Marion Vissman, Esq. They have resided in their home in Covington, Kentucky for 32 years.



Erin Davies

Staff Attorney

Erin Davies is a Northwest Ohio native who joined the Children's Law Center in June 2011.  She earned her undergraduate degree in English and Psychology at Ohio Wesleyan University and her law degree at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law.  After graduating from law school, Erin worked for six years in Washington, D.C as Legislative Aide to Congressman Earl Pomeroy,  as Legislative Counsel for Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott for whom she worked extensively on juvenile justice and education issues, and as Legislative Director of the Campaign for Youth Justice, a non-profit dedicated to ending the practice of prosecuting youth in adult court.  Erin lives in Columbus, OH.



Louise Sheard

Business Manager

Louise Sheard has held various upper-level management positions in Cincinnati-based law firms. She has been responsible for the business management of the firms, direct supervision of the firm’s employees and the oversight of various projects and enhancements dedicated to improving their overall business functionality. She was also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm including: financial management, human resource management, systems management, facilities management, partner compensation and practice management. She has also worked in Chicago, where she was a Vice President in Human Resources at the Tribune Co.

Louise attended Bohecker’s College and has a paralegal certificate from Ohio University. She has also attended numerous seminars regarding law firm management, legal technology and human resources management. She is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators, has served on the advisory board of Miami Jacobs College and is an Ohio Notary Public.



Jillian Hacker

Administrative Assistant

Jillian graduated Cum Laude from NKU in 2010, with her Bachelor of Fine Arts emphasis in Stage Management. She has worked in numerous administrative roles including with Pones Inc. a locally based artist collective, which she currently serves as company manager. Jillian enjoys working with non-profit organizations which value community growth and social change. She lives on the east side of Cincinnati and is engaged to be married in September, 2013.




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