Who We Are


Our Faculty

For faculty biographies and contact information, please follow links to faculty pages.


Sean Kennedy

Sean Kennedy 
Kaplan & Feldman Executive Director
Associate Clinical Professor

BA, cum laude, Loyola Marymount University 
JD, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles


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Jojo Liu
Co-Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic

AB, Harvard College, magna cum laude
JD, Columbia Law School




Christopher Hawthorne
Clinical Director, Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic

BA, Columbia University 
JD, magna cum laude, Loyola Law School, Order of the Coif 






Michael Smith
Director, Youth Justice Education Clinic

BA, (Hons.) University of Sussex, United Kingdom
JD, University of Southern California School of Law





Samantha Buckingham
Co-Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic

BA, University of Virginia
JD, Stanford Law School



Our Staff

Roxanne Hill
Assistant to the Director, Program Administrator

MA, Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest
BA, Loyola Marymount University

Roxanne Hill manages the day-to-day administrative, academic and executive needs of the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. After graduating from theological seminary, Hill worked as an HIV/AIDS chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital, and later on, as Family Services Coordinator at a pediatric HIV/AIDS organization in Los Angeles. She also worked in Loyola Law School's Human Resources department for several years prior to joining the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy where she’s worked since its inception.  Hill also serves as chaplain to incarcerated women at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.


Rohini Khanna
Post-Graduate Fellow

Rohini is the 2014-2016 Post-Graduate Clinical Fellow at the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, focusing in the Juvenile Justice Clinic.  Prior to joining Loyola Law School's Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, Rohini served as a staff attorney with the Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers, providing defense to parents in child welfare proceedings.  Prior to that, she was a staff attorney at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, where she ran the Mothers Behind Bars project, in which she taught a weekly 3-session course on the dependency court, domestic violence and child support and paternity issues to women incarcerated in Los Angeles' women's jail.  She has focused her young career in anti-racist anti-poverty work with people and communities affected by incarceration in its many forms.  She is thankful for the unique legal education she received through the Critical Race Studies program at UCLA School of Law and is a proud Los Angeles native with a strong love for the East Coast, where she attended college. 

Dr. Leilani Riehle
Manager of Operations

PhD, MA, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Drew University, summa cum laude

Leilani Riehle is the Manager of Operations for the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a University Fellow for three years, a Chancellor's Fellow, a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, and a recipient of the George Eliot Award for her dissertation. As an adjunct professor, she has taught courses and seminars on Romantic literature, Victorian literature, Jane Austen, and popular culture.


Efty Sharony
Adjunct PRofessor & Senior Mitigation Specialist,
Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic

MSW, Columbia University
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

Efty Sharony is the Senior Mitigation Specialist and social worker for the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, where she also teaches as adjunct faculty in the Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic. Since 1998, she has dedicated her career to working with incarcerated youth and adults. She was a key player in the expansion and success of The Beat Within publication and program, a weekly publication of writing and art for and by incarcerated youth in the Bay Area.  During her Master's program she interned at a domestic violence shelter and also with the Office of the Appellate Defender, working with clients serving lengthy sentences.  Prior to CJLP she recently as a forensic social worker in the Juvenile Rights Division of Legal Aid in Brooklyn.  She has been appointed as  both a Mitigation Expert  and Juvenile Gang expert on capital cases, special circumstance juvenile cases, and other criminal cases in LA County.  


Elisa Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant, Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic
BA, Loyola Marymount University

Elisa has worked at Loyola Law School for twelve-and-a-half years.  She graduated from LMU with a degree in Film Production and a minor in Business.