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


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
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.


Dr. Leilani Riehle
Director of Clinical Operations

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

Leilani Riehle is the Director of Operations and grant writer for all Loyola Law School clinics. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she won a lot of awards that are now irrelevant.   

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.