Advisory Board

Brook Harris

Brooke Harris

Advisory Board Co-Chair
Loyola Law School, Center for Juvenile Law & Policy

Brooke Harris is the Managing Attorney and an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School’s Center for Juvenile Law and Policy (CJLP). At the CJLP, Brooke supervises and trains clinical law students in the zealous representation of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable youth in juvenile delinquency court. She also co-teaches Advanced Criminal Litigation Skills. Brooke was recently selected as a Remote Natalie Rea Fellow with the International Legal Foundation, where she will provide remote mentoring to juvenile defense attorneys in Myanmar. Prior to her work at the CJLP, Brooke was a legal fellow and Post-Disposition Reentry Attorney at the National Juvenile Defender Center, where she facilitated reentry services for underserved youth reentering the community after a juvenile adjudication in Contra Costa County. Prior to her fellowship, she spent nearly five years representing indigent clients in misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile cases as a trial attorney at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office. Brooke is also a certified JTIP trainer with the National Juvenile Defender Center, and sat on the 2019 and 2020 Youth Reinvestment Grant Executive Steering Committee with the Board of State and Community Corrections.


Lana M. Kreidie

Advisory Board Co-Chair
Law Office of Lana M. Kreidie, San Mateo

Lana Kreidie defends youth and adults in juvenile delinquency and criminal court.  A graduate of UC Hastings College of the law, Lana served as a Deputy Public Defender for 11 years in Riverside County before starting her private practice in the Bay Area where she is a panel member in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  Her practice values team based advocacy and a whole person defense model designed to advance youth out of the criminal justice system and into their education, career, and future.  Lana works with attorneys, policy advocates, and various organizations to advocate for her clients and inspire legal reform in areas affecting juvenile justice.  More recently, Lana served as trial counsel and co-counsel in the Court of Appeal in R.E. vs. Superior Court, a published opinion that helped inspire reform efforts to minimize transfer of youth to adult court and to keep them out of jails whenever possible.  Over the years, Lana has enjoyed presenting and training in various areas including investigating and litigating transfer cases, the intersection between transfer litigation and education law, as well as litigating prejudicial delay.  She serves on the board of the Bay Area Arabic School and on CPDA’s Juvenile Defense Committee.  Her commitment to youth, human rights, and public service is inspired by her experience as an immigrant in the United States and her childhood in Lebanon where she survived war, experienced life as a refugee in Syria, and overcame adversity through family and community.  Lana loves to cook Mediterranean cuisine and is the proud mother of Maya and Zade, two brave kids who are busy getting ready to make our world a better place.

Joni Spears

Advisory Board Co-Chair
Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office
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Frank Barone

Advisory Board Member
San Diego County Primary Public Defender's Office

Frank J. Barone is the Assistant Supervisor of the Juvenile Division of the San Diego County Primary Public Defender’s Office.  He has practiced criminal defense since 1997 and became a deputy public defender in 1998.  He has represented adults and children, as both a trial and appellate attorney.  He supervises day-to-day operations and manages the Juvenile Division’s internship program.  He leads the team representing dual status youth and   oversees the county-wide SB 395 program.  He serves on the Restorative Community Conferencing Steering Committee, Alternatives to Detention Task Force, TERM Advisory Board, Crossover Youth Practice Model Guiding Coalition Workgroup, and San Pasqual Academy Advisory Board.  In 2017, he wrote the original draft of AB 529 which expanded record sealing under WIC 786 to include dismissed petitions.  Mr. Barone frequently instructs at the Public Defender’s Office, where trainings are streamed statewide.  He is certified by the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) as a Juvenile Intensive Training Program (JTIP) trainer.  He served on the board of directors of the San Diego County Bar Association and the Public Defenders Association of San Diego County.  He was also a co-founder, board member, and president of the San Diego County Public Defender’s Community Outreach Committee.  Mr. Barone received a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and J.D. from California Western School of Law.  He shares a son with his wife, also a deputy public defender.

Christopher Hawthorne

Advisory Board Member
Loyola Law School Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic

Christopher Hawthorne is the Director of the Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing (JIFS) Clinic at Loyola Law School, the first law school clinic in the country dedicated solely to juvenile post-conviction sentencing and litigation.  Together with PJDC board member Maureen Pacheco, Hawthorne started the JIFS Clinic in 2012, shortly before the Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama.  Students in the JIFS Clinic have successfully litigated matters for over 100 clients, including Miller and Franklin hearings, 1170(d)(2) and 1170.95 hearings, wrongful convictions, appeals and parole hearings.  Mr. Hawthorne graduated from Loyola Law School and was an associate in the white collar department at O’Melveny & Myers, until he decided he needed a better class of client.  Now he exclusively represents clients in state prison, on appeal or post-conviction, and has done so for nearly two decades.  He has taught at Loyola Law School since 2004.  Before graduating from law school, he was a television executive and screenwriter for 20 years.


Laura Petty

Advisory Board Member
Law Office of Laura Petty, Fairfield (Solano County)

Laura Petty is a native Californian. She completed a double major in Politics and Women’s Studies, and graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1993 with highest honors. Ms. Petty attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco where she graduated as the Valedictorian of her class in 1996. She worked as a deputy public defender in Northern California from 1998 until 2007. She has been in private practice representing adults and juveniles since 2007. Ms. Petty is certified by the state bar as a Criminal Law Specialist and has successfully defended clients charged with first degree murder, “three strikes” and other life-term cases, as well as serious felony and other matters.  In addition to her criminal law practice, Ms. Petty is committed to working to benefit her community. She is a former Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. Ms. Petty proudly served as the Vice President of the Vacaville Public Education Foundation. In addition, Ms. Petty was pleased to serve as an Honorary Commander with the Judge Advocate General’s Office at Travis Air Force Base from 2011 to 2013. She served as a board member for the Solano County Bar Association from 2011 until 2017, serving as its President in 2016, and was the chair of the Solano County Barristers from 2009 until 2018. Ms. Petty has also served as a member of the Vacaville Unified School District’s Measure A Citizen’s Oversight Committee since 2015, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Solano County Commission for Women and Girls. Ms. Petty provided volunteer judge pro tem services for the Solano County Superior Court’s juvenile division from 2008 until 2018. Ms. Petty joined the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center’s Advisory Board in April 2020.

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Markéta Sims

Advisory Board Member
Independent Juvenile Defender Office, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Markéta Sims is the Writs and Appeals Attorney, and one of three founding attorneys, of the Independent Juvenile Defender Program of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  (“IJDP”).  IJDP supervises and uplifts the approximately fifty members of the Los Angeles County juvenile conflict bar panel.  Markéta’s duties include representing IJDP clients on writs, particularly transfer writs, to the California Court of Appeal and petitions for review to the California Supreme Court, as well as mentoring, training and policy work.  Recent victories by IJDP include Narith S. v. Superior Court (2019) 42 Cal. App. 5th 1131, upholding SB 1391, raising the age for transfer, against constitutional attack, and D.W. v. Superior Court (2019) 43 Cal. App. 5th 109, granting a minor a new transfer hearing based on SB 1437, which reformed the law of homicide, and recognizing that the right to a prima facie hearing survived the passage of Proposition 57.  Markéta is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley Law and also received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley, and has been in practice for over 30 years.  She spent most of her career as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has also worked as a Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender and as the George Slaff First Amendment fellow for the ACLU of Southern California.  She serves on PJDC’s Litigation and Policy and Training Committees.