Rhode Island Lawyers for the Public Interest

Our Staff

Executive Director

Jennifer L. Wood jwood@centerforjustice.org

Jennifer Wood has over 30 years of public interest experience in civil legal aid organizations, civil rights firms, state government, and legislative roles. Prior to joining the Center for Justice, she was the Deputy Secretary/General Counsel at the RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the General Counsel/Chief of Staff in the Office of the Lt. Governor. She also spent nine years as the Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel at the RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She started her career as a fellow at Rhode Island Legal Services, before transitioning to private practice. Jenn is a graduate of Brown University and the Northeastern University School of Law.

Staff Attorney

Jordan Mickman jmickman@centerforjustice.org

Jordan has practiced poverty law since 2012, and joined the Center for Justice as a Staff Attorney in July 2017. Jordan's work at the Center is focused on enforcing and advancing the rights of tenants and employees.  He began his legal career working with the Health, Education, and Legal Assistance Project: A Medical-Legal Partnership, where his work focused on helping low-income families in the Philadelphia region resolve disputes with public benefits, enforcing tenants’ rights to safe and affordable housing, eviction and foreclosure prevention, and defending consumers from unfair debt collection practices.  He earned a BA in Philosophy from The George Washington University and a JD from the Delaware Law School where he graduated with honors and was awarded the Outstanding Student Service Award.

Staff Attorney

Natalia Friedlander nfriedlander@centerforjustice.org

Natalia joined the Center for Justice as a Resnik-Curtis Liman Fellow in September 2018, with a focus on criminal justice and prisoners' rights. Natalia earned a JD from Yale Law School, where she represented clients through the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, the Criminal Justice Clinic, the Advanced Sentencing Clinic, and the Re-entry Clinic, and received the Stephen J. Massey Prize for client advocacy and community service.  Prior to law school, she worked on healthcare policy with the Alliance of Community Health Plans in Washington, DC and the SHARe (Support to the HIV/AIDS Response) Project in Zambia. Natalia received a BA in Community Health from Brown University.

Legal Fellow

Michaela Bland mbland@centerforjustice.org

Michaela Bland joined the Center for Justice as a Skadden Fellow in August 2019. She graduated magna cum laude in 2016 from Ithaca College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as double minors in Counseling and Anthropology. Following her undergraduate studies, Michaela earned a JD from Roger Williams University School of Law, where she was a member of the Honors Program, Law Review, Moot Court, and the Association of Public Interest. Additionally, Michaela was awarded a coveted Skadden Fellowship, funding a research project focusing on the disproportionate discipline suffered by children of color in schools and its long-lasting impact on their young lives. Michaela has a passion for helping others and cultivating new and innovative ways to use the law to advocate for her clients, as well as the community at large.

Legal Fellow

Christine Bradley cbradley@centerforjustice.org

Christine Bradley joined the Center for Justice as a Roger Williams University School of Law Fellow in August 2019. She graduated with honors from Old Dominion University in 2010, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, as well as a minor in Psychology. Throughout and following her undergraduate studies, Christine worked as a legal assistant and then, ultimately, a civil litigation paralegal in Virginia Beach, VA. In 2016, Christine desired to further her education and enrolled at Roger Williams University School of Law, where she earned her JD in May 2019. During her time at RWU Law, Christine participated in the Street Law program teaching Fourth Amendment rights to High School Students at Rogers High School in Newport, RI, participated in the Pro Bono Collaborative’s Adult Correctional Institute (ACI) Civil Legal Clinic in which student attorneys provided civil legal assistance to incarcerated individuals, and was a student attorney with the RWU Law Immigration Law Clinic throughout her third year of law school.