Juvenile Law Center: Board of Directors

Cassandra Yany, 360 Mag •
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Juvenile Law Center announced Wednesday the appointment of four new members to the Board of Directors. Khaliah AliDaniel OkonkwoRobert Parker and Eli Segal will join the governing body of the national organization, based in Philadelphia. The center is the country’s first nonprofit public interest law firm for children’s rights.

Meet the new members


Khaliah Ali

Khaliah Ali, the daughter of boxing legend and social justice activist Muhummad Ali, is a fashion designer, author and humanitarian. She first connected with Juvenile Law Center after she read about the child abuse crisis at Glen Mills Schools in Delaware County, PA where she resides. This led her to begin speaking and writing in support of the organization’s fight for children in juvenile facilities.

“I am so honored to serve on Juvenile Law Center’s board,” Ali said. “Additionally as the daughter of the late boxer Muhammad Ali, I am honored to help curate my father‘s legacy through such a laudable cause.”

R. Daniel Okonkwo, Esq.

R. Daniel Okonkwo, Esq. is an attorney and public policy expert with significant experience in the policy, advocacy and nonprofit sectors. Okonkwo is the Vice President (Relationship Manager) in the Office of Nonprofit Engagement at JPMorgan Chase and Co., where he is responsible for building relationships with key stakeholders and grantmaking in the Mid-Atlantic region. He also manages a national grant portfolio that focuses on nonprofit capacity building and civil rights organizations.

“I am thrilled and honored to join Juvenile Law Center’s Board of Directors,” said Okonkwo. “The organization has been at the forefront of the work to ensure that young people are protected from unjust treatment in the various systems that impact their lives. Juvenile Law Center is an organization that I have admired for a long time and I look forward to supporting their work on behalf of young people across the country.”

Robert P. Parker, Esq. 

Robert P. Parker spent 14 years as a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss before joining a D.C.-based technology/litigation focused firm in 2013. His practice centers on complex civil matters involving technology, regulatory and commercial issues. Parker represents some of the world’s most established companies, as well as start-up enterprises in a variety of commercial and litigation matters. He is ranked among Washington D.C.’s Super Lawyers in the area of IP litigation and has previously served as the chairman for the National Council of Adoption’s Board of Directors.

“Too often, children and teens become lost in the juvenile justice system – civil and criminal. The impact on their lives, their families, and society at large is beyond calculation,” said Parker. “I am delighted to join Juvenile Law Center’s efforts to ensure that no more juveniles get lost in our courts or in their placements.”

Eli Segal, Esq. 

Eli Segal is a partner at the law firm of Troutman Pepper, where he focuses on representing journalists in First Amendment matters, colleges and universities in their unique legal issues, and other businesses and individuals within the spectrum of commercial litigation. He is the co-chair of Troutman Pepper’s First Amendment and Newsroom practice.

“I volunteered at Juvenile Law Center years ago during college and law school and am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute again to the organization’s vitally important work,” said Segal.

Juvenile Law Center says it is proud to welcome these distinguished individuals to its Board of Directors. “Our Board of Directors is an integral part of Juvenile Law Center and it is a joy and privilege to work with them,” said Sue Mangold, the Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled to welcome Khaliah Ali, Daniel Okonkwo, Robert Parker and Eli Segal. Each is already engaged in our work and brings valuable expertise and experience to our board.”

About the Expert

Khaliah Ali has been at the forefront of affordable clothing for women of all sizes, and a former Ford Plus Size model. She has been all sizes ranging from size 8 to size 24, as is discussed in her book, “Fighting Weight,” now in its third printing, and published in hardback by Harper Collins.

Khaliah Ali sewing patterns have been featured with both Simplicity and now McCall, Vogue, and Butterick. Her brand remains the top-selling pattern for its segment. Aliʼs ready to wear apparel collection has been available at Home Shopping Network, QVC Europe, and Shop NBC, now known as EVINE, for over

Robert P. Parker joined Rothwell Figg, a D.C.-based technology/litigation focused law firm, in 2013, following 14 years as a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss. His practice centers on complex civil matters involving technology, regulatory, and commercial issues. Along with representing some of the world's most established companies, Parker represents start-up enterprises in a variety of commercial and litigation matters. He is ranked among Washington, DC’s Super Lawyers in the area of IP litigation.   He has also led large corporate internal investigations involving the

R. Daniel Okonkwo, Esq. is an attorney and public policy expert with significant experience in the policy, advocacy, the nonprofit sectors. Daniel is an Executive Director at JP Morgan Chase where he serves as the Corporate Responsibility Market Strategy Lead for the Mid-Atlantic Region. In this role, Daniel is responsible for the development and implementation of Corporate Responsibility strategies that are aligned with firmwide business strategy in the region.

Daniel has held multiple leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase. Prior to his current role, he was the East Region Executive for the

Eli Segal is a partner at the litigation boutique of LeVan Stapleton Segal Cochran LLC, where he represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex litigation. Eli’s diverse litigation practice has included defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, higher education, intellectual property, fiduciary duty, False Claims Act, RICO, trusts and estates, real estate, antitrust, unfair trade practice, fraud, breach of contract, tortious interference, and intentional infliction of emotional distress cases. He has particular expertise in the First Amendment and media law and