Executive Director and Chief Counsel

Cullin J. Smith: Executive Director and Chief Counsel

Cullin has been with NJC for eleven years, first serving as a Staff Attorney and Director of Community Outreach, and in 2013 was named Executive Director by NJC’s Board of Directors. Cullin received his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Hamline University, and his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. He has worked for judges in both State and Federal Court, and has worked internationally on criminal matters in the English Crown Courts.

While as Chief Counsel Cullin still enjoys defending clients on cases of all types, as the Executive Director he is also responsible for all executive administration for NJC, including fundraising, human resources and office management. Cullin is a passionate advocate in the courtroom and in the community, who believes that all people deserve the opportunity to be represented by talented, concerned attorneys, regardless of their ability to pay.

Cullin has served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, protecting the rights of GLBT community members. He truly believes in the power of community and zealously pursues a more just society.

csmith@njcinc.org – 651.222.4703 Ext. 103

Katie Allen: Attorney and Director of Law Clerks

Katie received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 2007, where she majored in Sociology – Law, Criminology and Deviance and Political Science. While in law school, Katie was awarded a Minnesota Justice Foundation clerkship and clerked at NJC. When the clerkship was finished, Katie remained at NJC helping the staff attorneys with cases of all levels. Katie received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010. She entered private practice where she handled criminal defense cases of all levels, ranging from driving matters to homicides, while continuing to do pro bono work for NJC. Katie enjoys working with clients to achieve fair and just results in a system that oftentimes works against defendants. Most recently, she has been very grateful for the opportunity to represent participants in Mental Health and Adult Substance Abuse Courts in Ramsey County. She has been a staff attorney at NJC since January 2014.

kallen@njcinc.org – 651.222.4703 Ext. 108

Luis Rangel-Morales: Attorney and Director of Community Outreach

Luis is a staff attorney at the Neighborhood Justice Center and Director of Community Outreach since 2015. Luis began working at Neighborhood Justice in 2010 as a undergrad student volunteer and continued as a Student Certified Attorney throughout law school. Luis graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas and Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. Luis is appointed to the City of St. Paul Planning Commission, where he serves as Secretary and also sits in the Comprehensive Planning Committee. Luis also serves as a Board member for the St. Paul’s Board of Zoning Appeals. As part of his community outreach, Luis volunteers with organizations helping at-risk youth and provides legal presentations to high schools, non-profits, and other organizations.

lrangel@njcinc.org – 651.222.4703 Ext. 106

John Barragry: Attorney and Director of Expungements

John graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2009 with a degree in Economics. After that he moved to Minnesota and began law school at William Mitchell College of Law. While in law school, John began clerking with NJC and developed a passion for criminal defense and representing indigent clients in all types of criminal cases. John graduated from law school in 2013 and presently works for NJC as an attorney. John represents clients in all types of criminal cases, from misdemeanors to felonies. In addition, John leads the expungement program for NJC, by helping give legal advice, preparing petitions, and arguing in court on behalf of his clients. In his free time, John enjoys playing hockey, golf, and spending time with his family.

jbarragry@njcinc.org – 651.222.4703 Ext. 102

Kris Lor: Receptionist

Kris is fluent in Hmong, responsible for greeting clients and visitors,
answering and routing calls, assisting NJC clients and staff, and for
controlling secure access to the office.

kxiong@njcinc.org – 651.222.4703 – Ext. 0

Community Advocate / Investigator

651.222.4703 – Ext. 0

Law Clerk Desk:

651.222.4703 Ext. 110