Youth Justice Education Clinic Staff
Social Worker, Youth Justice Education Clinic
Jeanette Lomeli is a social worker at LMU Loyola Law School’s Center for Juvenile Law and Policy and supports youth who are represented by the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Youth Justice Education Clinic. Through this work, she strives to empower young people as they navigate the juvenile justice, dependency, and education systems. Jeanette has over six years of experience working with young people in at-risk communities and previously served as an Assistant Director of Mentoring and Social Services at the Nicholas Academic Centers, an after-school based college-access and readiness program for first-generation and low-income youth. Jeanette received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Staff Attorney, Youth Justice Education Clinic
Vivian Wong is a staff attorney for the Youth Justice Education Clinic at the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. Previously, Vivian was a Skadden Fellow at the Learning Rights Law Center, where she developed a program to provide intensive, trauma-informed special education legal services for system-involved youth, with an emphasis on increasing mental health access. Vivian’s passion for education equity, as well as disability and racial justice, stems from her experiences as a woman of color with a disability working with marginalized young people. Her passion for disability activism began in college, where she founded an organization to create safe spaces for students with hidden and visible disabilities. Before pursuing her law degree, she received a Stanford Public Interest Network Fellowship to help first-generation, low-income students to apply and prepare for college. She worked closely with students who grappled with abusive families, unstable homes, gang violence, and anxiety over poverty and legal status. During law school, she sought every opportunity to serve students with disabilities through direct legal services and impact litigation addressing school force-out issues that disproportionately affect students of color with disabilities. She has interned at various legal organizations, including National Center for Youth Law, East Bay Community Law Center, Public Counsel, and the Alliance for Children’s Rights. Through a career in holistic advocacy, she works towards dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and ensuring that all youth of color with disabilities receive a quality education. She received a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she specialized in the Critical Race Studies and David J. Epstein Public Interest Program in Law and Policy programs.