Juvenile Court Division | Baltimore City
JUVENILE COURT - DISTRICT ONE
Melanie Shapiro, Chief Attorney
Melanie Shapiro is a child advocate who joined the Office of Public Defender, Baltimore City Juvenile Division as a supervisor in October 2011 and was appointed Chief in March 2012. Since becoming Chief of the Juvenile Division, Ms. Shapiro has worked to create a representation model that provides a holistic defense for children. She serves on a number of advisory boards and committees, including the Disproportionate Minority Contact Advisory Board and Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Steering Committee, and conducts trainings to educate the community on the juvenile delinquency system. Prior to relocating back to Baltimore, Ms. Shapiro was an attorney with New York City’s Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice for eight years and represented children in both delinquency and child protective cases. Ms. Shapiro was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Ruth A. Jakubowski in the Baltimore County Circuit Court. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and her B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College.
Christine Burke, Supervising Attorney
Christine Burke joined the Office of the Public Defender in 2005. Before representing youth in delinquency cases, Ms. Burke represented at-risk youth in the child welfare system through the Legal Aid Bureau's CINA division. Christine, a New Jersey native (and closeted Giants fan) represented litigants in a small civil firm prior to moving to Balimore in 2001.
Melissa Ricke, Supervising Attorney
Melissa Ricke is a supervising attorney for the Office of the Public Defender Baltimore City Juvenile Division. Prior to moving to Maryland in 2011, Melissa served as the Chief Juvenile Attorney for Mohave County in Kingman, Arizona, where she actively represented juveniles in delinquency and dependency proceedings. While in Arizona, Ms. Ricke helped implement the Mohave County Juvenile Drug Court and Teen Court programs. Melissa has exclusively practiced juvenile criminal law since becoming a lawyer in 2006 and was named a "Rising Star" by the Arizona Public Defender's Association in 2007. Ms. Ricke holds a Master' Degree in Criminal Justice and Crisis Counseling in addition to her legal degree from the University of New Hampshire. In her spare time, Melissa volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Baltimore City.
Latricia Baker, Office Manager
Sheila Moore, Secretary
Michael Savoy, Administrative Assistant
Alycia Capozello, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Capozello has been an Assistant Public Defender practicing in the area of juvenile delinquency for thirteen years. In addition to representing individual youth, Ms. Capozello engages in detention reform through the office’s participation in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She also is a supervising attorney to student attorneys from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Ms. Capozello graduated with honors from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she was a recipient of the CIVITAS Child Law Fellowship. Ms. Capozello completed her undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.
Jennifer Davis, Assistant Public Defender
Jennifer Egan, Assistant Public Defender
Sara Dienemann, Assistant Public Defender
Michael Fiol, Assistant Public Defender
Dorris Catherine French, Assistant Public Defender
Mark Friedenthal, Assistant Public Defender
Sasha Garcon, Assistant Public Defender
Christopher Kim, Assistant Public Defender
Mr. Kim graduated from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, LA. During law school, Chris clerked for Common Ground Legal Clinic, the Orleans Public Defenders, Catholic Charities - Immigration and Refugee Services, the Southern Center for Human Rights, and Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. He also participated in the Criminal Law Clinic at Tulane Law. Chris was a law clerk and a volunteer attorney for the Neighborhood Defenders in Northwest Baltimore before becoming an Assistant Public Defender in the juvenile division.
Elizabeth Lewis, Assistant Public Defender
Elizabeth H. Lewis is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School or Law and a member of the Maryland bar. She is proud to have devoted her legal career to representing children and young people in the Baltimore City Juvenile Court.
Gail Mitchell, Assistant Public Defender
Gail Mitchell has been a tireless advocate for the children of Baltimore. She began her career working with runaways. Currently, she is active in her community and church, aiding those in need. In court, she fights daily to better the lives of families.
David Shapiro, Assistant Public Defender
Jacquelyn Shelton, Assistant Public Defender
Gloria Storch, Assistant Public Defender
Gloria Storch earned degrees from Bryn Mawr College, B.A.; Tulane University Law School, J.D.; and University of Baltimore School of Law, LL.M. She has very extensive experience in juvenile delinquency matters and also brings to her clients the knowledge she gained from her work in the OPD Statewide Mental Health and Collateral Review Divisions.
Michael Terhune, Assistant Public Defender
Michael Terhune has been an Assistant Public Defender since October 2010. He is a 2005 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Criminology, and in 2009 received his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. His legal experience began in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender as a law clerk in the in the Felony Division, and also as a Rule 16 Student Attorney in District Court. He was also a law clerk in the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Division. In addition to fighting for the rights of juveniles in the courtroom, he fights for America’s Soldiers’ rights as a Judge Advocate in the Maryland Army National Guard. First Lieutenant Michael Terhune practices a broad spectrum of law in the National Guard, and is able to use his experience there to more effectively advocate for our clientele. Prior to law school, Michael worked with children as a camp counselor for the East Shore YMCA in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Amy Wilson, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Wilson graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1995. After working in private practice doing criminal defense and family law, she joined the OPD in 1997. Her first position with the OPD was as an attorney in the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Juvenile Division for the JIFI (Juvenile Intervention & Family Independence) project. She then worked in the Anne Arundel County District Court in Annapolis for a short time before moving to the District One Juvenile Division in May 2000. Amy has been in the District 1 Juvenile division since then and has been the drug court attorney in that division since February 2011. Ms. Wilson is also the training coordinator for the staff in the Juvenile Division.
Jeremy Zacker, Assistant Public Defender
Juvenile Client Services
Bea Zipperle, Supervising Social Worker
Ms. Zipperle is an experienced licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in clinical social work, a bachelor’s degree in human services administration, and an associate’s degree in mental health. She has particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of trauma, adolescent development, and mental health assessment of juveniles. Her work focuses on waiver and transfer cases, monitoring conditions of confinement for juveniles housed in both adult and juvenile facilities and providing clinical supervision to licensed social workers and interns. She is an expert on programming and placement options for juveniles committed to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. She regularly teaches attorneys and social workers in areas such as trauma and juvenile placement. Ms. Zipperle is routinely qualified as an expert witness in waiver and transfer cases and has testified throughout the State of Maryland. She joined the Office of the Public Defender in 2005. Ms. Zipperle has recently been appointed social work supervisor for the Juvenile Division of the Office of the Public Defender. She is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Cahill Advocate for Justice award for her zealous and tireless advocacy for Maryland's most vulnerable children.
Ericka Morgan, Social Worker Ericka Morgan is an experienced licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work from The University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Morgan State University. Ms. Morgan's specialty is in child welfare and mental health assessment of children and adolescents. Her career has included foster care case management, level V school social work, outpatient mental health therapy (individual, family and group), residential treatment and medical case management. She enjoys mentoring and supervising social work interns from local universities. Ms. Morgan joined The Office of the Public Defender in June of 2013 and is assigned to the District One Juvenile Division. Her work focuses on preparing psychosocial assessments for disposition and sentencing planning, assessing youth for various service needs and advocating for at-risk juveniles.
Dante Scancella, Social Worker
Marquita Wilson, Social Worker
Marquita Wilson is an experienced licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work from The University of Maryland at Baltimore, specializing in families and children. Ms. Wilson also has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Bowie State University. In addition to being a licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Wilson is also a clinically certified juvenile treatment specialist. Her career has included both outpatient and inpatient mental health therapy (individual, family and group), case management services, Level 5 school social work services and substance abuse treatment. She enjoys mentoring and supervising social work interns from local universities and has experience supervising therapists and PRP (psychiatric rehabilitation program) counselors. Ms. Wilson joined The Office of the Public Defender in June of 2013 and is assigned to the District One Juvenile Division. Her work focuses on preparing psychosocial assessments for disposition and sentencing planning, assessing youth for various service needs, and advocating for at-risk juveniles through testifying as an expert in the field of social work.
Juvenile Intake Office
Diane Frisby, Intake Specialist
Carla Heath, Intake Specialist
Forstina High, Intake Specialist
Sophie Williams, Intake Specialist