Board of Directors
Hannah seigel proff, JD
FoundeR & President
Ms. Proff is an experienced trial attorney whose practice is dedicated to representing adults and juveniles charged in criminal and delinquency cases. From misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies, Ms. Proff has represented hundreds of individuals in state and municipal courts across Colorado.
Ms. Proff currently exercises her philosophy as an attorney by being a compassionate and creative adovacate when it comes to her practice at Proff Law. She was previously at Johnson & Klein as a senior associate beginning in 2016. Prior to Johnson & Klein, Ms. Proff was the policy director for the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center. In that role, she successfully lobbied for legislation in the Colorado General Assembly to improve the treatment of children and youth in the juvenile justice system in Colorado. Ms. Proff was instrumental in getting landmark legislation passed that authorized resentencing hearings for individuals sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed when they were juveniles.
Ms. Proff previously spent seven years as a trial attorney in the Denver office of the Colorado State Public Defender. During that time, she defended thousands of individuals and tried over 50 cases to verdict. Mr. Proff co-founded LYRIC during her time as a public defender and has been the chair of the LYRIC board of directors since the organization became a 501(c)(3) in 2015. Ms. Proff is an active volunteer with a number of legal services organization including the Women's Bar Association and Colorado Youth at Risk. Ms. Proff also acts as a consultant for the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center (CJDC).
Ms. Proff has been invited to lecture at legal conferences and trainings across the country on topics ranging from litigating pretrial motions to best practices when defending children charged as adults. She also teaches a class at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and is a frequent guest lecturer at Colorado Law.
Michael Juba, JD
Michael Juba graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law in 2007. Mr. Juba started his career at the Denver Trial Office of the Colorado State Public Defender and worked extensively with children in juvenile criminal court and children charged with crimes as adults in district court. Mr. Juba started his own criminal defense firm, Hardy & Juba LLC in 2012. As a part of his current practice, Mr. Juba has a contract with the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel representing kids in Denver juvenile court, and specializes in representing kids charged as adults in transfer hearings and reverse transfer hearings. He gave several statewide trainings during his time at the Public Defender’s Office, and now Mr. Juba presents legal trainings through the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel on various topics, including effective advocacy in juvenile court, the application of the 4th Amendment to juvenile cases, and how to effectively represent juveniles in adult court. Michael is also published as a contributing author to the Juvenile Defense Manual released in 2013.
Ezra aldern, lCSW
After completing his undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, Ezra began working as a case manager with the Office of Dropout Prevention and Recovery for Jefferson County Public Schools in metro Denver. Ezra developed a transition program that supported students’ reentry back into the school district after serving their expulsions, with the goal of connecting students with a school setting that met their individual needs.
Through his experiences in education, Ezra quickly learned the importance of advocating on behalf of high impact students in order to disrupt the ‘school-to-prison pipeline.’ Ezra is currently a consultant with Adams 12 Five Star Schools. Ezra provides consultation on the implementation of best practices to the Student Engagement Initiative, the department that oversees district attendance, behavior, and expulsions.
After earning his Master’s Degree from University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, Ezra started his own forensic social work practice, Dance in the Rain Consulting LLC, providing comprehensive mitigation, assessment, and advocacy on behalf of juveniles and young adults involved with the legal system. As a forensic social worker, Ezra’s work has focused on youth facing adult prosecution, juveniles serving life without parole, and capital cases. Ezra currently contracts with Colorado’s Alternate Defense Counsel, the Federal Public Defender Office in Denver, and the Criminal Justice Act Panel.
Ezra was named the Social Worker of the Year in 2017 by the Colorado Juvenile Defender Center.
Renae Bruning, MA
Renae Bruning serves as the Director of College Access for the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) providing leadership for 13 DSF College Advisors serving Denver Public School students. She also serves on the DSF program management team offering strategic direction for the organization. Previously, she was a DSF College Advisor for six years at John F. Kennedy High School, her alma mater, and received recognition from Stanford University for her outstanding achievements in that position.
Ms. Bruning obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder in sociology and educational practices and policies, respectively, finishing graduate school with highest distinctions. Her graduate research focused on issues related to college access and success of underrepresented students, and parent engagement. Ms. Bruning is a 2000 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Denver Public Schools, prior to graduation was named to the inaugural class of the Daniels Fund, a full, four-year scholarship based on character, leadership, maturity, academic promise and community service.
Ms. Bruning began her career in the University of Colorado at Boulder's Office of Admissions playing a lead role in the effort to increase the enrollment of underrepresented students. In 2006 she completed the competitive Color of Justice, Inc. Urban Leadership Institute and in 2012 completed the year-long Denver Leadership Initiative. She uses the skills she gained to be an effective advocate for social justice, donating much of her time to local community organizations.
Christen E. Keller first began as an assistant public defender in Florida in 2013. From 2014 to 2015 Ms. Keller took more cases to trial than any other lawyer in the office. She has tried over 50 cases in front of a jury. Through that experience, she witnessed the unfairness that is present in our country’s justice system. From the beginning of her career, Ms. Keller dedicated herself to becoming a strong representative for the accused.
Ms. Keller began her legal career in Colorado in 2016 where she continued her commitment to the accused by working as a contract attorney and as a law clerk for district court judges presiding over criminal cases. She then joinined Springer & Steinberg, P.C. Ms. Keller uses the injustices she witnessed as a public defender continue to motivate her as a trial lawyer. Her practice focuses on criminal defense, as well as appellate law. Ms. Keller credits her in-trial acumen to her adaptability, strategic mind, and passion for defending her clients’ rights.
Priscilla gartner, JD
For nearly 20 years, Priscilla has demonstrated an unwavering professional commitment to assisting indigent children and families within the community. As the Denver Juvenile Court Supervisor, she developed the first specialized juvenile defense unit within any trial office of the Colorado State Public Defender. She is currently responsible for managing, evaluating, and mentoring all attorneys assigned to the Juvenile and Sobriety Court Divisions of the Denver Trial Office. Through her advocacy and collaboration, Priscilla has played an instrumental role in developing and sustaining innovative courts designed to empower individuals in need and increase community safety. In 2010, she served as one of the initial team members responsible for creating the Denver County Sobriety Court, a specialized misdemeanor treatment court, and she presently serves as a steering committee member for all of the Denver juvenile treatment courts. In her own practice, Priscilla specializes in the representation of juveniles facing prosecution as adults and juveniles participating in the Denver Youth Development Court. She has successfully argued before the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals in the published opinions of Golob v. People, 180 P. 3d 1006 (Colo. 2008), People Ex Rel. H., 74 P. 3d 494 (Colo. App. 2003), and People v. Jowell, 199 P. 3d 38 (Colo. App. 2008). Priscilla is passionate about the law and dedicated to strengthening the community through education and mentoring. In 1995, she received the Lowrey Kelley Memorial Award and later served as a mentor for 2 attorneys who were recipients of this award in 2011 and 2012. She has served as an instructor for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, the Denver Bar Association, and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
brendan patrick rodman, Esq.
Brendan Patrick Rodman is a partner at Rodman & Rodman, LLC. Brendan Rodman has been practicing law as a Civil Defense Attorney after graduating from the University of Tulsa in December 2005. A native of Colorado, Brendan attended Kent Denver High School, in Englewood, Colorado. He completed his undergraduate education at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, obtaining a degree in European History. After graduating from DePauw, Brendan moved to Breckenridge, Colorado. He spent two years working as a Clerk of Court in Park County, Colorado, and as an Adaptive Ski Instructor for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Brendan then attended the University of Tulsa, where he received his Juris Doctor. During law school, Brendan worked at the Boesche Legal Clinic, was on the staff of the University of Tulsa International Law Journal, and completed an internship with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Brendan also obtained certificates in Comparative and International Law, and Public Policy. While in Law School Brendan spent time studying abroad, attending programs at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; The University of Edinburgh, School of Law, in Edinburgh, Scotland; The University College Dublin, in Dublin, Ireland; The Institute of European Studies, in Leuven, Belgium, and; The Graduate Institute of International Studies, in Geneva, Switzerland. Brendan has been a member of the Denver Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association and Colorado Defense Lawyers Association since 2007. Brendan attended the inaugural ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) National Trial College in 2010 conducted at Princeton University. Brendan has participated in the organization and presentation of the ABOTA Colorado Teacher’s Law School for the past six years. In 2017, Brendan was admitted to the South Dakota Bar. Brendan enjoys spending time with his wife, Yvonne, and two sons, Keegan and Banner, and attempts to spend as much time as possible fly fishing, skiing, hunting, camping, attending live music, and traveling.
TALly zuckerman, JD
Tally Zuckerman is a partner at Gorman & Zuckerman, LLC. Prior to forming the firm, Ms. Zuckerman was an attorney in the Denver Trial Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. Ms. Zuckerman spent several years as a Deputy State Public Defender practicing solely in the area of indigent criminal defense. While at the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Zuckerman represented thousands of clients in county court, juvenile court, drug court and district court. She has handled cases ranging from misdemeanor domestic violence assault and DUI to sexual assault and homicide. Ms. Zuckerman also has extensive experience in juvenile law as well as handling cases in Colorado’s drug courts. During 2012, Ms. Zuckerman served as the representative of the Public Defender’s Office on the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (“DVOMB”), the Board which creates and promulgates the standards of domestic violence treatment for so-called “domestic violence offenders” across the state of Colorado. In 2010, Ms. Zuckerman was awarded the “Attorney of the Year” award by the Denver Trial Office. Ms. Zuckerman has been in private practice since 2013 practicing solely in the area of criminal defense. Since 2015, Ms. Zuckerman has been named a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 3% of lawyers in the state. She was also named as a Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense by 5280 Magazine in 2018
Ian Farrell is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He completed his undergraduate degree and law degree at the University of Wollongong in Australia before attending Harvard Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he received an LL.M. Ian also received a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Texas, where he was part of the joint Law and Philosophy program.
Prior to joining the University of Denver faculty in 2010, Ian was a Fellow in the Emerging Scholars Program at the University of Texas School of Law. Ian's teaching and research covers criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, and the philosophy of law. Ian's research has been published in, amongst others, the California Law Review, Texas Law Review, Boston College Law Review, William and Mary Law Journal, Yale Law Journal Online, and the Columbia Law Review Sidebar. Ian was named the law school's Most Outstanding Professor in 2017.