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Psych Drug Action Campaign Staff

William L. Grimm, Senior Attorney joined NCYL in 1988 and has been lead counsel bill
for the Center’s class action foster care reform litigation in Arkansas, Utah, Washington, and Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada. Billholds a B.A. from the University of Maryland (1972), and earned his law degree from the same university’s school of law in 1975.  Under his leadership, the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. implemented a specialized child advocacy office. For several years prior to joining NCYL, Bill was director of that statewide program.  Bill is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on the problems of children in foster care.  He has published extensively, and speaks and trains regularly on foster care issues.  In 2005, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) awarded him the Kutak-Dodds Prize for his work on behalf of low-income children. In 1994, he was honored for his career of service when he received the American Bar Association’s John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award.

Edward Opton has been an Of Counsel attorney at the National Center for e_optonYouth Law since 2007. Law is Opton’s second career. A graduate of Yale, he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University, and his J.D. from UC Berkeley’s School of Law. Dr. Opton is co-author, with Prof. A. Scheflin, of The Mind Manipulators.




IMG_0195Anna Johnson is a recent graduate of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley and is the lead policy analyst for the campaign.She has worked with NCYL since 2012 researching psychotropic medication policies, practices and their alternatives. Anna worked as a teacher in the Oakland and Philadelphia public school systems for six years prior to attending the Goldman School, initially as a Teach for America corps member. She hopes to work on stabilizing health care and education funding and institutionalizing access to holistic healing in the mainstream medical realm.


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