NCRSOL’s Vander Wall selected as JLUSA Fellow 6


NCRSOL is proud to announce that its president, Robin W. Vander Wall, has been selected to serve as a Fellow in the 2018 Cohort of JustLeadershipUSA’s Leading with Conviction program.

Each year, JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) identifies effective and successful advocate leaders throughout the United States and invites them to apply for acceptance into a Cohort of formerly incarcerated individuals in order to participate in a year-long program of training and instruction intended to enhance their skill and capacity to lead others in the movement to drastically reduce our nation’s addiction to prisons.

JLUSA focuses exclusively on leaders who are already engaged in impactful criminal justice advocacy work and who have demonstrated the potential to become more successful reform advocates through exposure to training, new networks of reform, and additional resources from which to draw strength and endurance for the battles ahead.

Robin traveled to New York City in mid-January for the first of four intensive training sessions facilitated by David K. Mensah of DKBWAVE Training and Consulting, an organization that provides leadership training and executive coaching to for-profit and non-profit corporations throughout the United States.

“It was an incredible experience, and I’m still trying to get my head around it. I’m enthused about what JLUSA is attempting to achieve, and I am really thrilled that its leaders understand the importance of including registered citizens in the work of reforming our nation’s burgeoning prison problem,” Robin said.

“It’s really important for everyone to know that I was among friends who understand the terrible harm caused by sex offender registries. These people get it! They want the same thing we want: An end to unreasonable punishment and an opportunity for full and complete restoration of citizens into their communities. I am proud to be included in JLUSA’s 2018 Cohort of leaders.”


Robin W. Vander Wall was active as a campaign manager and consultant on a number of competitive municipal, state, and federal level campaigns prior to his arrest in 2003. At the time of his arrest, Robin was a third-year law student at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach and was scheduled to receive joint degrees in Law (J.D.) and Political Management (M.A.) the following Spring. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Citadel. From 1993 to 1997, Robin was president and publisher of The Citizen, a weekly tabloid on politics and culture published in Raleigh, NC. Since 2009, Robin has devoted much of his time as an advocate for citizens required to register as sex offenders. He presently serves as vice-chair for NARSOL and is the founder and president of NARSOL’s coordinating foundation, Vivante Espero.


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6 thoughts on “NCRSOL’s Vander Wall selected as JLUSA Fellow

  • Jason Mitchell

    Hello Mr. Vander Wall

    Reading this website has made me want to cry because I have been looking for direction to get to people who can understand what I have been dealing with as the last 8 years of my life have been rough. Here is my story.

    I was convicted of a crime that happened back in 2011, in a chat room by a police officer out of Gilpen County Colorado.I took it to trial and had a bad attorney who mis represented me at the trial and helped get me convicted.

    I feel that Gilpen County has been too aggressive in there chat room stings and are nabbing inocence people who are not criminals. I have been on probation and had to register as a sex offender but its almost like I am in prison.

    I live in Tacoma WA and the last few years my wife and I have spent all we have and maxed our credit to fight my ineffective assistance of counsel conviction which was not even looked at because the procecution used a loop hole and kept me convicted. The attorney that represent me at the trial in 2013 has been suspended 2 times since my trial and has been disbarred for his conduct, yet the Apeals courts wont look at my ineffective assistance of counsel motion.

    I am asking for help. I have followed all the rules of probation and feel I have been harshly punished for this situation from a Yahoo chatroom to which the officer portrayed someone under age in a chat room where your suppose to be 18 to chat.

    My hope that you can help me.

    I would like my freedom back as the State of Colorado wants me to be registered for life and I have served almost 5 years or probation and they want me to serve a minimum of 10 which is very harsh and I am stuck until I am off probation.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    I look forward to your assistance.

    Jason Mitchell

    • rwvnral Post author

      Jason, I’m sorry about your circumstances. Please visit the national website at narsol.org. Also, I encourage you to reach out to our Colorado affiliate:

      Colorado – Colorado Advocates for Change

      Website: advocates4change.org
      Address: P. O. Box 103392 Denver, CO 80250
      Phone: 720-329-9096
      Email: advocates4changeafc@gmail.com

  • Ollin

    I am grateful we have Robin working on our behalf here in NC as well as nationally. Robin has the courage and character necessary to carry on with this very difficult work.

    Congratulations to Robin on being named as JLUSA Fellow.