Michael Collins was a successful computer consultant in Utah when he was called as a witness in a civil case. Intrigued, he began to read about law, got hooked, and came to Concord. He was an active student, was awarded the DETC Outstanding Graduate Award, joined the American Constitution Society, participated in ACS Moot Court events, was named an ACS Next Generation Leader, and is still involved. Mick has had numerous articles published by the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, including his most recent, "Why the Exclusionary Rule is The Fourth Amendment and the Fourth Amendment is the Exclusionary Rule." He also recently earned his LLM in Health Law online from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Mick has combined his previous career with his legal education. Today he is a privacy and compliance manager for a health care organization. In September, he will be presenting at the IAPP Privacy Academy in San Jose, CA, on “Workplace Search and Seizure of BYOD Devices: A Brief History of Case Law and Trends in Recent Court Decisions."
In his spare time, he is writing his first symphony. His first degree was in music composition.
After graduating from Concord, Amy practiced civil litigation and family law, and worked as a deputy district attorney in Tulare County, CA. Over time, she realized that her true passion was achieving justice for victims by direct representation of their interests. Since June of 2012, she has been operating as a solo practitioner representing crime victims entirely pro bono. Amy is the founder, president, and CEO of the Crime Victim Advocacy Center (CVAC) of Tulare County, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing no-cost holistic legal representation to crime victims throughout California. The center is the first of its kind in the state. Her work has been featured in the National Crime Victim Law Institute's quarterly publication, as well as highlighted in NCVLI's California case happenings.
She has worked on child abuse, custody, and domestic violence cases, representing children ages 2 to 14; adult victims of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, burglary, embezzlement; the elderly; businesses; and surviving family members of murder victims.
“It was just me, representing victims up and down the State for free. Because it’s so vital and there’s no one else. I am the only nonprofit that represents victims of crime for free,” Amy said recently in an article in the Porterville (CA) Recorder.
She also discussed her work on Concord's panel discussion, The Needs Are Large and the Opportunities Great: Pro Bono Benefits All. Learn more about the Crime Victim Advocacy Center at https://www.facebook.com/cvactc.