Council for Children’s Rights (CFCR), a Charlotte non-profit providing advocacy and legal representation programs for children, has named attorney Colleen Mullan to lead its Children’s Defense Team (CDT). She began her duties as director on January 16.
As director, Mullan will have responsibility for managing the only specialized juvenile public defender in North Carolina. The staff of 9 serves as court appointed attorneys for children between the ages of 6 and 16 who are alleged to be delinquent in Mecklenburg County, as well as representing children facing civil commitment to a mental health hospital or residential treatment facility. CFCR is the only specialized juvenile public defender in North Carolina. During the most recent fiscal year, CDT attorneys handled 544 delinquency cases and 2,618 mental health commitment hearings.
Mullan joined CFCR in 2012, working first as a staff attorney in mental health and later as a juvenile defense attorney. Prior to joining CFCR, Mullan held positions with Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont working with their Consumer Protection Program and with the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund.
In announcing her appointment, CFCR’s executive director Bob Simmons adds, “In her time with the Council, Colleen has demonstrated a strong and vigorous commitment to our mission to keep children safe, healthy, and well-educated. Colleen has a passion and vision for improving the lives of children in our community. Her tireless efforts on behalf of her child clients, her effectiveness as an attorney and colleague, and her level of experience with our work make her the perfect person to lead our Children’s Defense Team. ”
Mullan received an MSW as well as a BS in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut. She earned her JD from the Charlotte School of Law and currently serves as member of the Juvenile Law Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar.
About Council for Children’s Rights:
Council for Children’s Rights works to improve the lives of nearly 2,200 children and families in the greater Charlotte community each year, providing legal representation and advocacy for some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens. We are committed to the premise that every child has the fundamental right to be safe, healthy and well-educated. We pursue that vision through individual advocacy, legal representation and addressing broad, community-wide issues through research and policy work.