Who We Are

Victim Rights Center Staff

Maura Crossin- Executive Director/Senior Attorney

Maura began her career working with victims as an intern at the Center for Family Justice (formerly the Center for Women and Families) while she was earning a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut. She then worked as a Family Violence Victim Advocate for the YWCA Domestic Abuse Services for several years before she decided to further her knowledge of the law at Quinnipiac University. While earning her J.D. at Quinnipiac, Maura interned in the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Civil Legal Clinic, and New Haven Legal Aid Association. She also competed in four Mock Trial Competitions while in law school, placing first in the Northeast Regional Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. Maura began her career as a lawyer representing minor victims of Sexual Assault as a Guardian Ad Litem before accepting a position as an associate attorney at the Victim Rights Center of CT in 2013. She was promoted to Senior Attorney and then Executive Director in January of 2018 after VRCCT’s founder, James Clark, retired.

 

 

 

 

 

Stacey Cox- Associate Attorney

Attorney Cox brings a diverse professional background to the Victim Rights Center of CT.  She spent several years as in house counsel for Allied World Assurance Company, a professional and general liability insurer. Prior to that, she drafted legislation and advised lawmakers as an attorney for the Legislative Commissioners Office of the CT General Assembly.  She also handled divorce and custody cases as a pro bono attorney for Statewide Legal Services.  Attorney Cox holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law, where she was a member of the Syracuse Law Review, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Providence College.

Allison Roach- Associate Attorney

Allison graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law in May of 2013 and holds bar licensure in both the state of Connecticut and Massachusetts. While earning her Juris Doctor she was involved in and received honors of “Highest Ranking Student Ethics and Professional Responsibility” as well as “Highest Ranking Student Domestic Violence and Juvenile Clinic.” Prior to joining the Victim Rights Center this past fall, she worked as an Attorney Advocate for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Stamford CT where she gained invaluable experience in advocacy for victims of family violence. Allison is excited to continue her career that she has dedicated to working with victims of crime. Her professional aspirations include; working closely with system partners to achieve a better understanding of the effects of trauma on victims of sexual assault therefore leading to a better systemic response.

 

Mary-Caitlin Harding- Associate Attorney

Mary-Caitlin graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2016. While in law school, Mary-Caitlin served as a publication editor for the Quinnipiac Law Review and Vice President of the Mock Trial Society. Mary-Caitlin competed in several mock trials during law school. She was a regional finalist at the 2016 TYLA National Trial Competition and a semi-finalist at the Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition. Prior to working at the Victim Rights Center of CT, Mary-Caitlin worked as an attorney representing children with special needs advocating for her clients to receive appropriate educations.

 James G. Clark- Founder

Attorney Clark prosecuted violent crimes Connecticut for more than twenty years, serving and interacting with victims on a daily basis. In 2010, Attorney Clark was appointed as the first civilian professor at the Army’s law school in Charlottesville, Virginia as the subject matter expert on sexual assault, victim and offender behavior, and victims’ rights. He has studied and written about these issues in depth and has attended national conferences on victim rights. He has also been specifically trained to represent the needs of crime victims at numerous national conferences and by the National Crime Victim Law Institute in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Clark first served victims of crime in 1979 when he co-founded the first Temporary Restraining Order clinic for domestic violence victims in San Francisco while a law student. He founded VRCCT in July 2013. In January 2018, he retired from VRCCT.


Board Of Directors

Wick Chambers – President

Wick is an attorney at Winnick, Ruben, Hoffnung, Peabody and Mendel, LLC in New Haven, Connecticut, offering independent, experienced advice about questions relating to legal ethics, specifically to Connecticut’s Rules of Professional Conduct. He assists lawyers to exercise independent, professional judgment consistent with the Rules and thereby (a) prevent ethics questions from becoming problems and (b) improve the process of self-regulation. He has been a practicing attorney for 27 years, including twenty-seven years of experience in the field of legal ethics, eighteen years of experience negotiating IT contracts for a regional bank holding company, and ten years of experience with corporate / commercial transactions.

Diane Langlan-Wortz- Vice President

Diane is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Haven and Quinnipiac University, teaching Forensic Psychology and Victimology courses. Prior to teaching, she worked for the State of Connecticut’s Office of Victim Services as a Victim Advocate, then moved on to a Staff Development position.

Laura Lawrence- Secretary

Laura has worked in New Haven County for over 25 years and has served in various capacities professionally in the New Haven Public Schools, private,
 non-profit and faith-based organizations. Her goal is to ensure resources are m
ade available to the families that she serves so that they can reach their highest potential. As an ambassador for the families, Laura provides leadership opportunities and uses a strength based approach to ensure that goals are being met. She appeared as a Family Advocate in the documentary RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. In the film, Laura is shown caring for one of her clients in New Haven, CT and facilitating a Multifamily Group whose members have significant trauma history. She also shares her personal struggles with overcoming trauma in the forms of abuse and violence and uses those past struggles as stepping stones to a brighter future for herself and others.

April Ries, Psy.D.

April is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Hamden, CT. She has worked extensively with both children and adults, and has experience counseling victims of crime.