Bobbin is the founding Executive Director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, which he co- founded in 2011. He manages the OJRC, oversees staff, volunteers and all programs, and serves as its principal spokesperson. Working with the Board of Directors, he sets policy and direction for the OJRC.
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School
B.S., Portland State University
Amie Wexler graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1999. She has been an ardent advocate for access to justice and worked across the nonprofit sector both while in law school and in her years since graduating. Most recently Amie was working at Portland State University's Student Legal Services, providing legal access to students who would not otherwise have legal representation. Amie is passionate about criminal justice reform, civil rights, and death penalty abolition and will bring her fundraising, lobbying, and legal experience to OJRC to grow our capacity. In her spare time, Amie enjoys yoga, reading, red wine, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs.
Director of Policy and Advocacy
In January, Kate Gonsalves joined the Oregon Justice Resource Center as the Director of Policy and Advocacy. Originally from Hawai'i, Kate moved to Portland in 1996. For the next decade she led political campaigns with community groups, progressive nonprofits and unions in multiple states including directing campaign strategy for the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club in California. She is passionate about ending the death penalty and worked on the Military Death Penalty Project with Dr. David Baldus and studied critical race theory under Dr. Angela Davis. Kate returned to Portland in 2010 after receiving her Master’s degree in politics as a Rotary Scholar at the University of British Columbia. Kate is eager to utilize her background and wide ranging political strategy experience towards repealing and replacing the death penalty in Oregon. Prior to her current work at OJRC, Kate conducted political field campaigns and lobbying for the American Federation of Teachers - Oregon along with building coalitions and advancing ballot measure campaigns at Our Oregon.
Legal Director, Oregon Innocence Project
J.D. , Harvard Law School, cum laude
A.B., Colgate University, cum laude
Wax served as Oregon’s Federal Defender from 1983 to Sept, 2014, and was one of the longest-serving public defenders in the country. A cum laude graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Law School, he was a key part of the Brooklyn, N.Y. District Attorney's prosecution of David Berkowitz, a.k.a. "The Son of Sam." Wax and his Federal Defender team successfully represented six men formerly held as "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo. He has taught at Lewis & Clark Law School, serves as an ethics prosecutor for the Oregon State Bar, and lectures throughout the country. Wax has been honored for his work by, among other groups, the NACDL (2004 President's Commendation), American Jewish Committee (Oregon Chapter 2007 Judge Learned Hand Award), ACLU (Oregon 2007 Civil Rights Award), Federal Bar Association (National 2010 Hon. Sarah Hughes Civil Rights Award and Oregon 2010 Hon. James M. Burns Professionalism Award), and American Constitution Society (Oregon Chapter 2014 Justice Hans Linde Civil Liberties Award). Wax was invited to present the 2009 Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Peace Lecture at Oregon State University. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Kafka Comes To America, Wax's book about his work representing Portland attorney Brandon Mayfield and the men in Guantanamo, has won four national awards, including the prestigious ABA Silver Gavel.
Project Director, Reentry Law Project/Women in Prison Projce
Originally from Aiea, Hawai‘i, Julia is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to law school, Julia worked in the social services field for six years and earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa. She worked primarily with low-income clients in the areas of behavioral health and drug addiction. She became acutely aware of the need for accessible, high-quality, and compassionate legal services for marginalized individuals. She is dedicated to using her law degree to increase access to justice by improving the bridge between the fields of legal services and social services. Her goal has been to collaborate with a social service organization serving low-income clients and expand its services to identifying clients’ legal issues and providing quality legal assistance.
Juris Doctorate, Lewis & Clark Law School, cum laude, 2013
Master of Social Work, University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa, 2006
Bachelor of Arts, Carleton College, cum laude, 2001