NCCPR Board and Staff


President: Prof. Martin Guggenheim, former Director of Clinical and Advocacy Programs, New York University Law School; author, What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights (Harvard University Press, 2005).

Vice President: Carolyn A. Kubitschek, Esq., attorney specializing in child welfare law, former Coordinator of Family Law, Legal Services for New York City.


Prof. Annette Ruth Appell, Former Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Washington University Law School, St. Louis, former Associate Dean for Clinical Studies, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; former member of the Clinical Faculty, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University Law School Legal Clinic, former Attorney and Guardian ad Litem, office of the Cook County, Ill. Public Guardian.

Marty Beyer, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and consultant to numerous child welfare reform efforts.

Ira Burnim, Legal Director, Judge Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington, DC; former Legal Director, Children’s Defense Fund; former Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center.

Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Civitas Books, 2002).

Witold “Vic” Walczak, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

Ruth White, Executive director, National Center for Housing and Child Welfareformer Director of Housing and Homelessness, Child Welfare League of America.

Founding President

Elizabeth Vorenberg, (1931 – 2018) former Assistant Commissioner of Public Welfare, State of Massachusetts; former Deputy Director, Massachusetts Advocacy Center; former member, National Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union.


Richard WexlerExecutive Director.  Author, Wounded Innocents: The Real Victims of the War Against Child Abuse (Prometheus Books: 1990, 1995).