Joyce Seelen, Esq.

Ms. Seelen brings over 30 years of legal experience to the advisory board. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctor from the Denver School of Law. She began her career as a Colorado Public Defender in 1980 and has focused her career on defending the indigent and protecting the abused against institutions including the Catholic Church. In 2003 she moved to the Big Island of Hawaii and became a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Hawaii. Her contributions to defending human rights have included defending children who were victims of pedophiles connected to religious institutions and representing children who were the victims of negligence by medical and psychological professionals.