Our Team

Melinda Bowen, Interim Executive Director

Melinda Bowen is a Founder and the Interim Executive Director of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion.  Ms. Bowen joined the faculty of BYU Law School in August 2017 as Practitioner in Residence. She previously practiced at Snow Christensen & Martineau in Salt Lake City, in the white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation practice groups. She also served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Tena Campbell in the United States District Court for the District of Utah and for Judge Carolyn McHugh on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Professor Bowen received both her B.S. and J.D. from Brigham Young University. She teaches Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law and researches in the field of criminal justice reform.

Ling Ritter, Assistant Director

Natalya “Ling” Ritter is the Assistant Director of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion.  Ling grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics. Ling is captivated by issues at the intersections of civil rights and constitutional law, law and society, and political theory.  Her recent thesis grew out of her background as a Filipina American and analyzed the racial and political classification of Filipinos within the early twentieth-century American legal framework. In her free time, Ling cooks and gardens, performs as a jazz musician, and serves as a founder and vice president of the Filipino American National Historical Society-Utah Chapter.

Polina Lyubavina, Grant Consultant

Polina is a recent graduate from Westminster College where she studied ethics and social justice. Specifically, Polina focused on the intersectionality and interconnectedness of oppression. At UCLI she works as a grant consultant, helping streamline grant materials and generating funds so that UCLI can increase inclusion and diversity within Utah’s justice system. In her free time, Polina loves trail running, coding, and travel.

Freddy Barrera, Intern

Alfredo “Freddy” Barrera is an intern with the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion.  Originally from Southern California, he moved to Salt Lake City about six years ago. He is about to start his sophomore year at New York University this fall. He is studying Political Science with a minor in psychology. His goal is to attend law school, either here in Utah or New York. He is excited to be working with UCLI this summer to help out in any way he can!

Hattie Wall, Intern

Catherine “Hattie” Wall is an intern with the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Born and raised in Utah, she will be a senior this year at Rowland Hall. Hattie is interested in law and political science but doesn’t know where that will take her yet. She is excited to go off to college but first plans to take a gap year somewhere she can practice her Spanish. Hattie is excited to work with UCLI to help out and learn as much as she can.