Kathleen Russell has been the Executive Director of the Center for Judicial Excellence (CJE) for nearly seven years, where she works to promote judicial accountability and to protect the rights of children and domestic violence victims in the courts.
In 2010, Kathleen was tapped to organize the first White House briefing on the family court crisis. She also led California's successful legislative effort to audit two family courts, and she played a leadership role in passing California's historic 2012 law that allows children 14 and older to testify in family courts. Kathleen's strategic public affairs firm, Kathleen Russell Consulting, works extensively with the news media and has placed dozens of print, online, TV and radio stories exposing the family court crisis.
Kathleen co-directed and produced the award-winning 2008 documentary Family Court Crisis: Our Children At Risk and served as the creative director and writer for the companion photo exhibit Family Court Crisis: Surviving A Broken System. She is continually inspired and awed by the tremendous courage and tenacity of protective parents across the country who work tirelessly against impossible odds to convince the family courts to keep their kids safe.