Speaker Information


Dr. Alissa Ackerman is a criminal justice professor at California State University, Fullerton. She has been researching sexual violence and sex crimes policy for almost fifteen years. She has written extensively on these topics and on restorative justice as a method of harm reduction for individuals impacted by sexual victimization. She is often called on by media outlets to comment on cases related to sexual victimization, policy, and accountability. In 2018 she delivered a TEDx talk on her experiences of restorative justice participation and facilitation in the aftermath of her own rape. Her most recent Healing From Sexual Violence: The Case For Vicarious Restorative Justice was published in 2019. Alissa is a restorative justice facilitator who has worked with over 500 men and women who have committed various sexual offenses. Her work was recently featured in an HBO Vice News segment. Alissa has been invited to speak in various US States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.



Dr. Jill Levenson, PhD, LCSW, is a Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami. She has published over 100 articles about policies and clinical interventions designed to prevent sexual perpetration, including projects funded by the National Institutes of Justice and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Her groundbreaking research on the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and sexually abusive behavior has paved the way for innovations in treatment programs that now utilize a trauma-informed approach. She has also been a practicing clinical social worker for over 30 years, using a scientist-practitioner model to inform her research and her work with survivors, offenders, and families impacted by sexual abuse. In 2019 Dr. Levenson was named by the Journal of Social Service Research as being among the top 100 most influential contemporary social work faculty in the U.S.



Paul Dubbeling is an attorney in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the general counsel for the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL). For the past four years he has been involved in numerous constitutional challenges to various state registries and local ordinances, reaching successful conclusions in cases like Doe v. Cooper, Meredith v. Stein, CTOSJ v. Town of Windsor Locks, and others, and continues to stay engaged in the fight against unconstitutional laws affecting registered citizens and their families. Prior to entering private practice, Paul served in the United States Army as both an Infantry Office and Judge Advocate and clerked for Judge Neil Gorsuch on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.




Ira Mark Ellman is currently Distinguished Affiliated Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, and Affiliated Faculty of the Berkeley Center for Child and Youth Policy. He has a graduate degree in experimental psychology as well as a law degree, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, a research journal published by the American Psychological Association. Professor Ellman is the author of a leading textbook on Family Law and conducted many empirical studies with social psychologists in the United States and England focused on family policy. In recent years his focus has shifted to the laws applied to persons convicted of sexual offenses. His 2015 article, “’Frightening and High’: The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics,” has been widely discussed in both legal publications and in key national media. Professor Ellman has authored amicus briefs on behalf of law and social science scholars in cases concerning sexual offender registries and the laws applied to registrants. He currently serves on the Board of the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL).




Guy Hamilton-Smith is the legal fellow for the Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law where he competed on the National Trial Team and National Moot Court team and received a CALI award for his work with the Kentucky Innocence Project. Guy graduated in the top third of his class while finishing felony probation and working two jobs. He was a 2019 JustLeadership fellow and is now a writer, advocate, and public speaker. He has regularly been cited as an expert on sex offense law and policy in numerous media outlets, including NPR and Rolling Stone. You can read his writing on his website and follow him on Twitter.