“LYRIC’s student workshops are equipment for survival. Students, teachers and parents know that any encounter with law enforcement can have life-altering consequences for youth, especially immigrant youth and youth of color. LYRIC workshops are taught by juvenile defense lawyers who want to make sure youth know how to advocate for themselves, avoid having their rights violated, and be safe in any interactions with law enforcement.”
Daniel Kim PhD Director of Youth Organizing and Padres & Jóvenes Unidos
Hannah Seigel Proff Board Member Hannah Seigel Proff is a trial attorney who has represented hundreds of adults and juveniles in criminal and delinquency cases over the last twelve years. Hannah is the co-founder and acting executive director for Learn Your Rights in the Community (LYRIC), and an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Hannah’s experience and successful track record in the courtroom have led to invitations to lecture at legal conferences and training sessions across the country. Michael Juba Board Member Michael Juba graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law in 2007. Mr. Juba began his career at the Denver Trial Office of the Colorado State Public Defender and then started his own criminal defense firm, Hardy & Juba LLC, in 2012. Mr. Juba practices criminal defense and specializes in representing juveniles charged as adults in district court. Mr. Juba regularly presents trainings on effective advocacy in juvenile court and has published articles and materials on the constitutional rights of children. Ezra Aldern Board Member Ezra has had an opportunity to work with resilient youth throughout the Metro Denver area over the course of the past 15 years. Through his experiences, Ezra quickly learned the importance of advocating on behalf of high impact students in order to disrupt the ‘school-to-prison pipeline.’ After earning a Master’s Degree in social work in 2014, Ezra started his own forensic social work practice, Dance in the Rain Consulting LLC, providing comprehensive mitigation, assessment, and advocacy on behalf of juveniles and young adults involved with the legal system. Ezra is passionate about supporting and empowering youth. Phelicia Kossie-Butler Board Member Phelicia Kossie-Butler is an Adams County Magistrate. Prior to becoming a Magistrate she joined Bayer & Carey in September, 2016 as an associate attorney. Ms. Kossie-Butler graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2000. She graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law in 2003 and was admitted to the Colorado Bar the same year. Ms. Kossie-Butler has been an active trial lawyer, first as a Colorado Deputy State Public Defender and then defending insurance companies and their policyholders. She primarily handles personal injury, auto law, criminal defense and premises liability cases. Ms. Kossie-Butler also volunteers as a faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Elie Zwiebel Board Member Elie Zwiebel is an attorney who specializes in Education Law, Juvenile Justice, and the intersection of the two. In both private practice and as Education First Program Director for the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, Elie helps students obtain the educational resources they need and defends students against the school to prison pipeline. Elie came to this work after spending several years as a teacher. Elie also sits on the board for the Colorado Criminal Defense Institute. Megan Casimir Board Member Megan Casimir is a social worker at DSST Public Schools. She has her Masters in Social Work from Boston University. Megan is passionate about educating youth about their rights and advocating for victims of crime. Casey Kilpatrick Board Member Casey Kilpatrick is the Director of Learning Services for the Colorado Education Association. He works with educators across Colorado to grow their teaching expertise, passion for the classroom, and leadership skills. Casey spent nearly a decade in the classroom as a high school English teacher. Casey has a MA in English from National University. Brendan Rodman Board Member Brendan Patrick Rodman is a partner at Rodman & Rodman, LLC. Brendan Rodman has been practicing law as a Civil Defense Attorney after graduating from the University of Tulsa in December 2005. He completed his undergraduate education at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Brendan received his Juris Doctor at the University of Tulsa. Brendan has been a member of the Denver Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Defense Lawyers Association since 2007. Brendan participates in the organization and presentation of the ABOTA Colorado Teacher’s Law School. In 2017, Brendan was admitted to the South Dakota Bar. Tally Zuckerman Board Member Tally Zuckerman is a partner at Zuckerman Law, LLC. Prior to forming the firm, Ms. Zuckerman was an attorney in the Denver Trial Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. Ms. Zuckerman has been in private practice since 2013 practicing solely in the area of criminal defense in both state and federal courts. Ms. Zuckerman also serves as the representative for private criminal defense attorneys on the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (“DVOMB”), the Board which creates and promulgates the standards of domestic violence treatment for so-called “domestic violence offenders” across the state of Colorado. Ian Farrell Board Member Ian Farrell is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He completed his undergraduate degree and law degree at the University of Wollongong in Australia before attending Harvard Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he received an LL.M. Ian also received a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Texas, where he was part of the joint Law and Philosophy program. Ian's teaching and research covers criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and the philosophy of law. Ian was named the law school's Most Outstanding Professor in 2017. Timothy G. Tarr Board Member Timothy G. Tarr is an associate attorney at the law firm Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C. in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Tarr received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010, he received a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2017, and he was later admitted to the Colorado Bar the same year. Mr. Tarr’s practice is 100% devoted to litigation including criminal defense, personal injury, and general civil litigation matters. Mr. Tarr volunteers his time with LYRIC because he is passionate about empowering youth with the knowledge of their rights under the United States Constitution, and as a practicing criminal defense attorney, he understands the positive impact this knowledge could potentially have on someone’s life. Veronica Acosta Board Member Veronica Acosta is a forensic social worker. She is a first generation Mexican-American, native Spanish speaker who graduated with her Bachelor's in Social Work in 2017 and then with her Masters in Social Work in 2018 from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has also worked with the reunification of families through The Guadalupe Project and currently works as a contractor with the Office of the Alternate Defense counsel mitigating for both adult and juvenile cases. Veronica also volunteers feeding the homeless with the Colorado Native Outreach Program. Kenneth Eichner Advisory Board Member Ken Eichner is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Colorado with a national name and practice. As a front-lines criminal defense attorney, Ken launched the Eichner Law Firm in 1996. He defends individuals and corporations in state and federal criminal prosecutions, grand jury inquiries, and regulatory and government investigations in courts across the country. Ken has not lost a federal jury trial against the Department of Justice or any county court jury trial involving domestic violence since 1998. In 2017, he successfully blocked indictments relating to the Clinton email investigation and represented the former Secretary of State’s Denver-based server company at the subsequent congressional hearing. A year later, he represented a witness in the congressional hearing related to allegations against United States Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In 2019, Ken won $2.7M, the largest verdict in Colorado history in a defamation jury trial stemming from a person of color’s wrongful imprisonment for one night in jail. Ken has been named to the Colorado Super Lawyer’s list every year since 2007, and his cases have been covered by the New York Times, Denver Post, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He has guest lectured at Georgetown University Law School and the University of Denver School of Law. Having tried 500 bench trials and 150 jury trials, Ken’s expertise in the criminal justice system provides vital support to LYRIC’s mission. He shares the same transformative vision as the LYRIC founders: that raising awareness about individual rights will reduce the number of unnecessary arrests and subsequent traumas that often occur. Ken directs and produces videos for LYRIC’s website to advance our social justice narrative.