ChildLaw Research

a California nonprofit corporation

Ann Reyes, Executive Director


Ann Reyes completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California and received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1998, where she was both a Kellogg and Bergstrom Child Welfare Fellow. She is licensed to practice in Indiana federal and state courts, has been registered as a mediator since 1999, and has been an Indiana Bar Foundation Fellow since 2006. She was certified as a Family Law Specialist by the Independent Certifying Organization of the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Indiana Bar Association when they first granted the certification in 2002 (but discontinued her certification after relocating to California). She has also completed the Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution mediation training to fulfill the California Dispute Resolution Program Act training requirements to mediate in court and community programs. She completed her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Southern California in 2010, where she previously obtained graduate certificates in Public Policy and Geographic Information Science.

Her professional career includes extensive work experience in domestic relations, child maltreatment, and delinquency proceedings as an attorney, guardian ad litem, judicial officer, and mediator. She has received specialized training in child development, domestic violence, substance abuse, and forensic interviewing of children. Her interdisciplinary research interests build upon her years of experience advocating on behalf of children. She has taught graduate courses in Leadership Development in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors, Cross-Sectoral Governance, and Intersectoral Leadership in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and has also served on the boards of directors for several nonprofit organizations addressing health disparities, legal access, and the well-being of children.


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