Caitlin Mitchell has advocated for the rights of women, children, and workers for more than a decade. Most recently she worked at Youth, Rights & Justice (YRJ) in Portland, first as a Yale Law School Liman Fellow and then as a Staff Attorney. At YRJ, Caitlin represented children and parents in juvenile dependency proceedings, both in the trial court and on appeal; she also worked on class-action litigation on behalf of children in Oregon’s foster care system and drafted proposed legislation in support of the rights and interests of parents and children. Throughout that time, Caitlin maintained a particular interest in the intersection between child welfare and the criminal justice system, and worked with the Department of Corrections and community groups on efforts to support the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children.Prior to law school Caitlin was a counselor and community educator at a sexual assault crisis center in Connecticut, where she worked with survivors of violence and taught classes on topics including sexual harassment in the workplace and gender stereotyping.Caitlin also has experience working with low wage immigrant workers on wage theft claims.
Caitlin graduated from Yale Law School in 2012. She earned a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Yale University in 2006, graduating cum laude. She has clerked for Justices Adrienne C. Nelson and Martha L. Walters on the Oregon Supreme Court. In addition to working at JJLM, Caitlin is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, where she teaches Children and the Law.
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