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Amanda Insalaco, Legal Research Specialist

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Amanda Insalaco is the Legal Research Specialist at the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel. Before joining the NCCRC in February 2022, Amanda was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) where they implemented the Housing Preservation Project. As Fellow, Amanda provided outreach presentations to hundreds of senior homeowners and trained and supervised pro bono volunteers who provided almost 400 legal services for estate planning, title searches, and property tax exemptions, with the goal of increasing housing stability, affordability, and the intergenerational transfer of wealth. She also handled a wide variety of other civil legal matters. Amanda graduated cum laude from DePaul University College of Law in May of 2019 and summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University in May of 2014 with a degree in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Amanda lives in Chicago with their partner and orange cat, Bean. She enjoys cooking for loved ones and reading books written by Ivan Coyote.

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Jeniece Jones, MPA, JD joined the Public Justice Center as Executive Director in January 2022.

She has been a champion for social and economic justice and anti-racism throughout her career as a nonprofit leader, fundraiser, attorney, educator, and volunteer. Most recently, Jeniece was Executive Director of Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati, where she led a team in advocating to eliminate unlawful discrimination in housing and promoting stable, integrated communities. She has also led Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati (a community fund focused on building awareness of and fundraising for local social, economic, and environmental justice causes); worked as an attorney dealing with civil matters; and taught courses in nonprofit law, strategic planning, and best practices to students in Northern Kentucky University’s Master of Public Administration program. Jeniece served on boards of organizations working to create an affordable housing trust fund for Cincinnati, helping to resolve landlord-tenant issues, fighting to reduce infant mortality, and advocating on behalf of human services providers in Hamilton County, Ohio.

She has been honored for her contributions to social justice by the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus and with the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Fellowship. In 2021, the National Council of Negro Women, Cincinnati Section, saluted her efforts in the advancement of racial justice.

Jeniece earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from West Virginia University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University, and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

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Albert Turner is an attorney in the Human Right to Housing Project at the Public Justice Center (PJC). Prior to joining the PJC, Albert was an attorney with the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. (HPRP), where he worked in the Veterans Legal Assistance Project, the Reducing Barriers to Housing and Employment Imposed by Criminal Records Project, and the Housing Justice Project. At HPRP, Albert represented clients in veteran benefit and discharge upgrade claims, helped clients expunge past criminal records, and defended clients in court eviction proceedings and in administrative hearings with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.

He earned a J.D. from Howard University and a B.A. from Oakwood University. Before attending law school, Albert taught English in Seoul, South Korea.

Albert is a board member for Restorative Response Baltimore, a conflict resolution and community building organization that provides ways for people to collectively and effectively prevent and resolve conflicts and crime. He also serves on the Section Council for the Delivery of Legal Services Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.

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The FY21 annual report. July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. Public Justice Center: Building a just society. Wordcloud with words like justice, rights, and equity.

You inspired and powered our work to address the immense challenges surfaced by the COVID-19 pandemic while, at the same time, advocating for laws, policies, and practices to advance racial equity and justice. Thank you!

Together, we achieved progress and important victories in our advocacy for systemic change. Let us show you examples from the last year in our FY21 Annual Report.

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Michael is the 2021-2022 Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow.

Before the fellowship, Michael served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Roger Gregory on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to Judge Kathleen Cardone on the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Michael graduated with honors from University of Michigan Law School, where he worked as a student attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic and was the Executive Notes Editor of the Michigan Law Review. During law school, Michael published research on legal and public health issues raised by the opioid overdose epidemic and spent his summers in Baltimore working on consumer protection and civil rights litigation.

A lifelong Marylander, Michael attended undergrad at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he spent time volunteering at the ACLU of Maryland, the Maryland General Assembly, and on grassroots political campaigns. He is excited to have returned home to join the PJC.

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Patrick O’Toole is the Jesuit Volunteer at PJC from August 2021 to July 2022 and works as a paralegal on the Human Right To Housing Team. He is originally from the Boston area and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2021 with a degree in Political Science and Arabic. Prior to PJC, Patrick interned with political campaigns and on Capitol Hill. He plans on going to law school in the the next few years and is excited to engage in direct legal service at PJC. In his free time, Patrick enjoys hiking, rooting for Boston sports, and exploring Baltimore.

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Sabrina Harris

Sabrina joined the PJC team in July 2021 as its first Office Manager.  She has an extensive professional background in providing support to non-profits who serve constituents and communities throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area.  She has provided human resources and office administration support for such organizations as Second Chance Inc., The Annie E. Casey Foundation, East Baltimore Development, Inc. and Project PLASE to name a few.  In 2013 she started her own business, High Points, LLC where she provided human resources and payroll services to small businesses in Baltimore City and County. She managed the local and Annapolis offices of State Senator Delores G. Kelley for several years and provided administrative support to the Senator during annual legislative sessions. 

Sabrina has a passion to assist and inspire others to improve and expand their life experiences to invoke success.  She is the proud mother of two great and delightful men and is happy that her sons still wish to travel and go out dancing with their Mom!

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Public Justice Center FY20 annual report. July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020. Image of protest sign with the words "Taking Action Against Injustice"

Read about how you are building a just society in the Public Justice Center’s FY2020 annual report.

When we ended our fiscal year on June 30, 2020, the world felt as though it were in free fall. First, the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives. Then, the violence against and murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other Black people led to worldwide uprisings denouncing racism and police brutality. Both shown a glaring spotlight on the vast inequities in our country in all areas of life: education, housing, employment, health, safety, criminal “justice,” and more.

The simultaneous public health, economic, and racial justice crises have forced us,as a society, to confront the systemic racism that has permeated every aspect of our society for more than 400 years. These crises have amplified the voices calling for change, demanding that we root out the racism embedded in our culture, laws, institutions, and relationships.

You joined us in responding to the call for justice—thank you! As clients, donors, volunteers, partners, and advocates, you recognized the essential role that lawyers, and the Public Justice Center in particular, have in solving entrenched inequities, and you supported us in taking action against injustice in this moment of national crisis and throughout the year. And you helped tenants, workers, students, parents, and communities win significant victories.

This annual report takes a closer look at how we achieve systemic change and the importance of the milestones we achieve on the path to a just society. Through examples from three of our projects, you will see how our current laws, policies, and systems create inequities; how lawyers can use legal tools—including collaboration, community lawyering, and legislative advocacy—to push for change; and how momentum builds over time and with broad coalitions calling out for justice.

Thank you again for joining us in building a just society!

John Nethercut, Executive Director

Camille Blake Fall, Chair, Board of Directors