Janine Arvizu is a chemist (BS Biochemistry California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo; and ABD chemistry University of New Mexico) and Certified Quality Auditor (American Society for Quality #19856) who has spent nearly four decades in the field of analytical measurement quality. She established and managed an analytical laboratory for the Department of Energy, managed US Navy’s nationwide laboratory audit program, and has audited dozens of government and commercial laboratories. She conducts independent quality assessments of forensic results, helps lawyers understand laboratory analyses, and has testified in state, federal, and international courts.
Luke Ryan is a fifth generation native of Northampton, Massachusetts. He received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 1994 and a juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Western New England College School of Law in 2005. While at Western New England, Luke served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review and published a note on the necessity defense.
Luke concentrates his practice in criminal defense at the trial and appellate level and in civil rights litigation. He is cooperating attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and has collaborated with the Center for Constitutional Rights. Luke has published articles on the rights of criminal defendants to access internal affairs files in self-defense cases, challenging search warrants in drug cases, and abusive police interrogation practices. He is active in many community organizations over the years including the Performance Project, Out Now, Arise for Social Justice and Springfield No One Leaves.
From 2005 to 2007, he clerked for United States District Judge Michael Ponsor. In 2016, Luke was recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the area of criminal defense and began serving on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. That same year, he received the Edward J. Dugan Award for Zealous Advocacy and Outstanding Legal Services to the Poor. In 2017, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly selected Luke as one of its Lawyers of the Year.
Mindy Gulati is founder and CEO of Fundamental Advisory, a consulting firm focused on advising businesses, nonprofits, and law firms on issues related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Using a unique and personal approach, she designs strategic plans and custom content and workshops for organizations on issues related to implicit bias awareness, creating inclusive and innovative cultures at work, and educating on the ethical pitfalls and implications of ignoring DEI, as well as guiding organizations on legal issues such as sexual harassment and discrimination. Her approach provides the building blocks for cultural change through empathy, storytelling and understanding. She regularly tackles complex issues such as implicit and explicit bias in decision making, creating culturally competent workplaces, compensation equity, and ethical leadership and management. Her legal background gives her a key advantage in understanding these issues with an eye towards risk mitigation and by crafting specific policies and procedures to guard against the harms that workplace inequities create.
As a former criminal defense attorney and subject matter expert on implicit bias, she is passionate about fostering equity and inclusion through her work. She is intentional in the projects she takes and leaves a lasting impact on the organizations she works with. She has invested tremendous energy throughout her career sparking lasting movements for change through relationship-building and hard work; though her most profound joy comes from opening minds and opening doors. She prides herself on being a builder for others and recognizes that incremental improvement is only part of the path to success, not the finish line.
Chuck Rathburn is a nationally recognized attorney, expert witness and speaker who focuses his practice on OWI (DUI) defense in the State of Indiana. Few attorneys have his training in blood and breath testing, SFSTs, ARIDE, and DRE. In addition, he is a certified phlebotomist. Chuck has been recognized as an expert by trial and appellate courts in nine states in these areas of law and science. He was a public defender early in his career in Fulton County, Indiana, and gives his time to public defenders to increase their trial skills.