Ariel directs LCCR’s civil legal services unit as well as a number of special projects. Previously, Ariel supervised the Children’s Defense Team, which includes lawyers, investigators, social workers and youth advocates. Prior to joining LCCR, Ariel was a staff attorney for nearly four years at the Orleans Public Defenders. She has a passion for providing holistic and zealous defense for individual youth and a deep commitment to being part of the larger effort to address systemic issues in juvenile justice in New Orleans and Louisiana. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Hastings College of Law.