Colleen F. Shanahan is Director of The Community Justice Project and a Visiting Associate Professor of Law. Her scholarly work includes the areas of clinical education, representation of organizations, the intersection of civil and criminal law, and access to justice. She has been named a Bellow Scholar for her current research into access to justice and clinical legal representation. She received her law degree from Columbia and her undergraduate degree from Princeton. She previously taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and from 2010-2012 was a fellow in The Community Justice Project, where she received her LL.M from Georgetown Law Center. Professor Shanahan serves as a hearing officer in police misconduct cases for the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints and on the Board of the Equal Rights Center.
Prior to her arrival at the Law Center, Professor Shanahan was in private practice at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC and Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin in Philadelphia. In private practice, Professor Shanahan litigated a wide variety of matters at the trial and appellate levels, including complex commercial disputes, criminal defense, professional malpractice and misconduct, and civil rights, and had an active pro bono practice that included post-conviction capital representation, criminal defense, asylum representation, landlord-tenant matters, and assistance to non-profit organizations. She was a law clerk for Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jane Roth and Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Michael Baylson.
Jane Aiken, Dean of Clinical Education, Public Interest and Community Service and Co-Director of The Community Justice Project, joined the Georgetown faculty in the Fall 2007 after ten years at Washington University School of Law where she was the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law. She was a Root-Tilden Scholar and graduated from New York University School of Law. She received her LLM from Georgetown Law Center as a fellow in the Center for Applied Legal Studies.
She is well-known for her work in clinical legal education and evidence. Her work in clinics has involved a wide array of legal issues focusing on abuse of power. These cases included domestic violence against women and children, clemency and parole, police brutality, municipal violations involving resisting arrest , appeals of benefit denials, and habeas and Section 1983 complex litigation. Professor Aiken has taught evidence for 20 years. She is a member of the ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. She is an American Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the American Law Institute. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Tribhuvan Law Campus in Kathmandu, Nepal and continues her work there, particularly in the area of women’s rights. In 2000 and 2001, Professor Aiken was a Carnegie Scholar in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her research and writing include many articles about character evidence, domestic violence, and clinical pedagogy.
Amber Baylor is a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney at The Community Justice Project. Prior to joining the Community Justice Project, Amber Baylor served for five years as a staff attorney at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS), a community-based public defense office in New York. At NDS Amber defended clients charged with crime in all stages of representation, including at trial in misdemeanor and felony cases.
Before joining Neighborhood Defender Service, Amber was a trial attorney at Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., where she represented clients in federal criminal cases and at trial. Her clients at the federal public defense office predominantly faced U.S.-Mexico border and immigration-related criminal charges.
Most recently, Amber was a Kathryn Wadia fellow at the Ramallah and Jenin offices of the International Legal Foundation. She worked with Palestinian public defense attorneys to prepare for court, led trainings on client-centered advocacy, and helped develop litigation strategies.
Amber is a former legal intern of the public housing division at BPI, a Chicago-based civil rights organization, and the Indigenous Rights section of the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi Kenya. She graduated from NYU School of Law and received her B.A. in History from Columbia University.
Daria Fisher Page is a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney at The Community Justice Project. Most recently, Daria was the Supervising Attorney of the Washington, D.C. office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), where she oversaw the representation of unaccompanied immigrant children in immigration court and in family court by both staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys. Previously, as the Senior Staff Attorney at the Tahirih Justice Center, she represented women fleeing gender-based violence in their immigration cases, focusing on complex asylum cases and impact litigation. Prior to Tahirih, Daria worked at the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation and she has experience working with refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa at the Refugee Rights Project, and in Egypt at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), as the head of the unaccompanied minors team.
Daria was a Visiting Professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, where she lectured on refugee law and human rights litigation. During that time, she worked on the legal team representing the plaintiffs in Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco, an environmental class action seeking damages for oil contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
She received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was awarded the Jane L. Mixer Award for the Advancement of Social Justice and the Scholarly Writing Award. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale, where she studied architectural history and theory.
Lisa Pollan is the program coordinator at The Community Justice Project. Lisa previously served as a Site Coordinator at LIFT-DC, where she trained college student volunteers to work one-on-one with low-income community members in the areas of employment, housing, and public benefits. In addition to supervising students, Lisa created partnerships with community organizations, evaluated LIFT-DC's impact, and strategized to improve program delivery and quality. Throughout college, Lisa volunteered as an advocate in the local LIFT office in Somerville, Massachusetts. As a Student Advocate, she met with clients on a weekly basis to help them achieve economic security and learned how to provide high quality service to clients with complex needs. Lisa now sits on the Alumni Host Committee for LIFT-DC's annual benefit. Lisa is a student in the evening MBA program at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Tufts University, where she studied Community Health and Spanish.