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2017 Law Review Symposium Speaker Bios

Erik Bauer has practiced in Tacoma, Washington for over 30 years.  Mr. Bauer joined the battle against Backpage.com and was recently featured in the Netflix documentary I Am Jane Doe, which depicts the struggle that several mothers faced when their children were kidnapped by traffickers and subsequently sold on Backpage.com.  Mr. Bauer argued before the Washington Supreme Court that Backpage.com should be sued and held liable for their part in perpetuating the illegal sale of individuals on their website.  History was made when the Washington Supreme Court agreed with Mr. Bauer.  Mr. Bauer continues to work to advocate for victims of human trafficking, and continues to speak out against Backpage.com.


Mary Frances Bowley is the Founder and Executive Director of Wellspring Living in Atlanta, Georgia.  Wellspring Living serves survivors of sex trafficking through various programs that empower and encourage them to move forward in their lives and succeed in whatever path they choose to pursue.  In 2010, Ms. Bowley was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence.  Ms. Bowley has written three books: A League of Dangerous Women, The White Umbrella, and Make it Zero.


Phil Coduti is a special agent of Homeland Security.


Julie Dahlstrom is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law.  Professor Dahlstrom founded the Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Program at Boston University School of Law and has directed it ever since.  Professor Dahlstrom was appointed to the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Task Force in 2012, where she served as the co-chair of the Victim Services Subcommittee and was a member of the Labor Trafficking Subcommittee.  In 2016, Professor Dahlstrom received the Top Women of the Law Award from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  Professor Dahlstrom received her B.A. from Boston College and J.D. from Boston College Law School.


Kasandra Dodd is employed as a Supervisory Social Worker at the District of Columbia Child Protection Agency in Washington D.C.  As a Supervisory Social Worker, she leads and supervises a team of four child welfare social workers, conducts weekly supervision and monitoring of child welfare social workers, and manages support programs.  Ms. Dodd is involved in the Child and Family Services Agency’s Human Trafficking Committee, where she works to develop practices and policies for social workers who interact with youth who are confirmed and/or at high risk for becoming victims of human trafficking.  Ms. Dodd received her B.A. from the University of Georgia and her Master of Social Work from Howard University.


Leslie King is the Founder and Executive Director of Sacred Beginnings in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Ms. King was trafficked at the young age of 15 and was exploited for over 20 years.  In 2008, Ms. King won YWCA Advocate of the Year and in 2014 was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. 


Jill R. Koster has served as a federal prosecutor for twelve years – first as a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. and then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Indiana.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Koster worked as an associate at the boutique corporate defense law firm of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott in Chicago, IL.  Prior to that Ms. Koster completed a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman in the Northern District of Indiana.  Ms. Koster graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.


Sara Morley LaCroix founded the Kalamazoo Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition (KAHTC) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 2012.  The organization works to raise awareness of human trafficking occurring in its local community, to train professionals to recognize and respond efficiently to human trafficking, and to advocate for services in the area to help victims of human trafficking.  The KAHTC is a regional task force under the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.   


Lisa Palumbo is a supervisory attorney for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF).  At LAF, Ms. Palumbo represents immigrants in removal proceedings, administrative applications, and conducts outreach to service providers and immigrants in regards to immigration laws and remedies.  Ms. Palumbo received her B.A. from McGill University and J.D. from SUNY Buffalo Law School. 


Tiffany Simmons is an Adjunct Faculty Member for the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University as well as an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer for the Department of Law, Justice & Criminology at American University.  At Howard University, Professor Simmons teaches various courses such as Introduction to Criminology, Principles of Criminal Justice, and Police, Law & Society.  At American University, Professor Simmons teaches courses such as Race & Justice in America and Corrections in America. Professor Simmons received her B.A. from Johnson C. Smith University and J.D. from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  Professor Simmons is a member of the State Bar of Texas.