Meet Our Team

 
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Mitchell McDowell - Founder

Mitchell McDowell is the founding member of Unite the People. His vision for the organization is to advance social justice in the United States through organizing in the community service sector and promoting affordable legal services for all. Mitchell has 25 years of experience as the owner of low-cost bail bonds offices and has also managed several community service organizations. He also served in the United States military reserves. He and UTP are currently involved in moving forward a California sentencing reform initiative - The People’s Fair Sentencing & Public Safety Act - as well as helping close the justice gap by connecting the less affluent with affordable legal services and representation. He can be contacted at mitch_mcdowell@unitethepeople.org

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Thomas Loversky (CA Bar #140128) - President & Supervising Attorney

Thomas Loversky is the President of Unite the People. He has been a criminal defense attorney for almost 30 years and is highly rated, earning an Excellent rating by Avvo and 5 stars for his criminal defense work. Tom started as a Public Defender in Los Angeles County and has had his own private practice since 1993. He has also served as a Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles County. He is a longtime advocate of social justice and has devoted countless staff hours and pro bono defense work for the disadvantaged communities represented by Unite the People. He can be contacted via email at info@unitethepeople.org

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Jeanilou G.T. Maschhoff (CA Bar #270562) - Of Counsel

Jeanilou G.T. Maschhoff is a highly rated attorney with over 20 years of comprehensive business operations, finance and development experience. Passionate about social justice and assisting underrepresented populations, Jeanilou spent the first 4 years of her legal career working in the non-profit sector. She continues to assist non-profit organizations in many capacities and actively looks to partner businesses with charitable causes to develop a synergistic effect that benefits not only the organizations involved but our society as a whole. Her email is jeanilou_maschhoff@unitethepeople.org

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Mia Jin (CA Bar #323416) - Immigration Attorney

Mia Jin graduated from University of Southern California, Gould School of Law in 2011. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, California, and P.R. China. Mia has been an immigration attorney since 2012, and is specialized in Family-Based Immigration, Citizenship, Asylum, VAWA, Removal Defense, etc.  Since 2017, Mia has devoted herself in public interest law serving the disadvantaged community. She volunteered at the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Project; Neighborhood Legal Services - Shriver Housing Project; and Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic. She represents immigration detainees in their bond hearings, and immigrants in removal proceedings to seek immigration relief. She can be contacted at mia@unitethepeople.org

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Erin Brinkman (CA Bar #289967) - Criminal Defense Attorney

Erin Brinkman is a fourth-generation Angeleno who has been passionate about criminal law and social justice issues for as long as she can recall. Erin attended Harvard University, where she graduated with an BA in Government (magma cum laude) and a Special Citation in Spanish. Erin went on to graduate from The University of North Carolina School of Law. While there, she served more than 300 pro bono hours working with the California Innocence Project, the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, the ACLU Capital Punishment Project, and the Center for Death Penalty Litigation. She also interned for the local District Attorney’s office, externed for the North Carolina Department of Justice (Criminal Appeals Division), and served as a Guardian ad Litem. Erin brings her passion for criminal justice and 10 years of criminal law experience to Unite the People. Her email is erin@unitethepeople.org

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Amy Chattopadhyay - Legal Case Management Director

Drawing on her experience in civil litigation and immigration law, Amitabho "Amy" Chattopadhyay joined Unite the People as Case Management Director in 2018. An immigrant herself, she manages both criminal and immigration services. She is also committed to ending mass incarceration in the United States. Amy can be reached via email at amy@unitethepeople.org

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Bilal Khan - Paralegal

Bilal Khan is a paralegal with over 15 years of experience in the legal services field. He chose a career in law with the main goal of helping marginalized communities connect with professional legal services. He is a strong advocate for minority communities and fighting for justice for the under-served. He can be reached at bilal@unitethepeople.org

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Judson Parker - Issue Advocacy Campaigns & Marketing Consultant

Judson Parker joined UTP as a campaign and strategy consultant in January of 2018. Professionally, he is a political consultant with more than 15 years of experience directing progressive nonprofits and political campaigns. As a partner at Democracy Resources and owner of Parker Consulting & Political Management, Judson has also been in charge of qualifying and winning dozens of citizens initiatives, including raising the minimum wage in two states, passing the Equal Rights Amendment into the Oregon Constitution, legalizing medical and recreational cannabis in four states, stopping multinational corporations from drilling for oil along the Florida coastline, and dozens more progressive victories. Over the last decade, Judson has also fundraised more than $25 million for organizations including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (where he served as the Los Angeles Senior City Fundraising Coordinator), the Sierra Club, Environment America, and the Human Rights Campaign. He can be reached at judson_parker@unitethepeople.org

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Bethany Crooks - Social Media & Administrative Assistant

Bethany Crooks graduated from College of the Canyons with a degree in Psychology. She has always had a passion for helping others. She is committed to ending mass incarceration with UTP and reuniting families because Prop 57 directly affects her and her family.

She can be reached at bethany@unitethepeople.org

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Andrea DeBerry - Grants Program Director

Andrea DeBerry, a marketing professional in Grant Writing, received her Bachelors of Science in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Integrated Marketing & Communications professional certificate from DePaul University, and her Masters of Science in Communications from Northwestern University. She currently is a Program Specialist at one of the Nation’s largest private non-profit Community Action Agencies. Andrea can be reached via email at andrea_deberry@unitethepeople.org

 
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Elizabeth Stewart - Ambassador

Elizabeth Stewart is an Ambassador of  UTP. She has a personal connection to criminal justice reform through her son, Jeremy, who was arrested for property theft and given a 70 years to life sentence under the California Three Strikes law in 2010. She began her activism by serving as Chapter Leader for Families to Amend California Three Strikes (FACT) from 2010-2015, and is currently continuing her work with All of Us or None, A New Path, and Moms United out of San Diego and the Fair Chance Program in Los Angeles. Elizabeth has shared her son’s story through speaking engagements and the creation of the “Three-Striker” documentary which exposes how the Three Strikes law sends nonviolent criminals away for life.

 
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Rev. Dennis Malone - Ambassador

Rev. Dennis Malone has more than 25 years experience advocating for criminal justice reform. He earned a Bachelors of Social Science degree and is certified through SDSU in Community Economic Development (CED). Honors include the San Diego Foundation for Change Danzig Award for outstanding community grassroots organizing. Documentaries:  “America’s Longest War” A film about drug prohibition. Rev. Malone’s lead organizing efforts include; United Afro American Ministerial Action Council (UAAMAC), where he recruited faith and community based agencies into joint collaborations leading towards effective policy changes. Families to Amend CA’s Three Strikes Law – San Diego Chapter, (FACTS). Rev. Malone currently directs “All of Us or None, San Diego”, a grassroots movement of former prisoners and felons, organizing to combat the many forms of discrimination faced as the result of felony convictions. He is in the 15th year of service on the Board of Directors of Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing “A New PATH”. These accomplishments come after serving nearly a decade (1982-1991) in federal and state penal institutions. Since 1991 Rev. Malone has been an example of “A second chance made good.”

 
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Kevin Bilal Chatman - Ambassador

Kevin Bilal became an ambassador of UTP because of his dedication to ending mass incarceration. He was born in Los Angeles and later moved to San Jose as a child with his single mother and three brothers. In the 1980s, when the economy crashed, Bilal lost his job. At this time the crack epidemic hit, he was swept up in drug addiction and dealing. Ultimately, he received a 150 years-to-life sentence under California’s “Three Strikes” law for selling $200 worth of drugs to an undercover police officer. He was then incarcerated at Soledad, Solano, Jamestown, and ultimately San Quentin State Prisons. At San Quentin—known for its commitment to re-entry programming—Bilal took classes in Sociology, Anger Management, Conflict resolution, A.A. Peer Mentoring, Drug Treatment, Parenting, Humanities, Yoga, and Religious Studies. He also was a very active member in the Men’s Advisory Council. In 2012, Californians overwhelmingly voted to amend the “Three Strikes” law and Bilal became eligible for release. After nearly 11 years, he returned to San Jose, a district with relatively high support for those reentering, and has since thrived.

As a member of The Return Project as well as featured in the Emmy Nominated Documentary “The Return”, he was also featured on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” invited to the Obama White House, and has been a panelist at a Capitol Hill Screening with Congressman Elijah Cummings of Baltimore. Bilal has also been on panels in Philadelphia, Virginia, Washington D.C, Chicago New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, san Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland. He has traveled to Prisons in New York, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, California. Bilal is also a member of the “Ride Home Program” which picks up released Obama Clemency recipients, takes them shopping, and provides them with their first meal and stories of experience, strength, and hope during their first 24 hours released. He continues to travel the country speaking about the effects of mass incarceration in America.