Program Facilitators

Jill Castleman

Jill Castleman is the Director of the Department of Academic Conferences and Continuing Legal Education. Jill has been a Lawyers in Balance facilitator since 2013. She has led both student and staff groups and has worked closely with fellow LIB facilitators to offer drop-in sessions for the Law Center community.

Jill has worked at the Law Center since 1997. She is on the Law Center’s Professional Development Committee and is a member of the Staff/AAP Advisory Council. Jill recently completed the “Shaping and Advancing Georgetown Executives – Future Leaders Program.”  She is active in the Association of Continuing Legal Education and the Society for Human Resource Management. Jill is a graduate of Indiana University.

Lawrence J. Center

Larry Center is Assistant Dean for Academic Conferences & Continuing Legal Education, a position he has held since 1985. He has been facilitating Lawyers in Balance classes for eight years here at the Law Center. Larry, a 1974 graduate of the Law Center, also facilitates a four-day course for law students and staff entitled “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” He also provides leadership coaching for senior staff at the law school.

Mariko Cool

Mariko is an Assistant Director in the Office of J.D. Academic Services, where she supports the Assistant Deans on projects such as producing the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies. Mariko received her A.B. from The College of William and Mary, where she studied German and Linguistics. She has previously worked in administrative support positions at the International Monetary Fund and the Admissions Office of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She uses mindfulness practices to help ground her personal and professional life, and values working at an institution where mindfulness and community are encouraged.

Ruthanne Deutsch

Ruthanne M. Deutsch is a Founding Partner of Deutsch Hunt PLLC. She has strong ties to the Law Center. She received her JD summa cum laude in 2004, and more recently was a Fellow in the Appellate Litigation Clinic and an Adjunct Professor. She regularly volunteers as a moot court justice for the Supreme Court Institute. She practices appellate law and has done so ever since completing her clerkships for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court. Her appellate experience includes stints at the Federal Trade Commission and two large DC law firms. 

Throughout her legal career, as well as her first career as an international development economist, yoga and meditation have been mainstays. These contemplative practices have helped to sustain the balance between her professional and personal lives. She is the mother of two grown sons who were toddlers when she entered law school. She has completed the MBSR course, as well as Georgetown's own Lawyer-in-Balance program.

Donna Dickerson

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Lauren Dubin

Lauren Dubin, is Director of Public Sector Careers in the Office of Public Interest and Community Service and an administrator and facilitator for the Law Center's "Lawyers in Balance" Mindful Meditation Program.  Lauren graduated from the University of MD with an M.A. in Counseling, Higher Education and Career Development. She is dedicated to bringing the lessons of mindfulness to the Law Center community through ongoing meditation opportunities, continuing education and enhanced awareness of contemplative practice in professional development.

Julie Eddinger

Julie Eddinger currently works as Financial Reviewer in the Financial Affairs Office of the Law Center. A graduate of Goucher College, she has worked at Georgetown University for almost twenty years, in administrative officer positions at the School of Foreign Service, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics, The McDonough School of Business, and in the Art and Art History Department. In 2010, she attended the Lawyers in Balance Program, and as a result, gained practice in meditation and returned to studying art. Julie is currently studying ceramics at Baltimore Clayworks, and teaches classes in creating with clay. She looks forward to being a facilitator with LIB Program, in order to share mindfulness with others, and to learn more about the many ways meditation allows for personal and spiritual growth in everyday life.

Daria Fisher Page

Daria Fisher Page is a Visiting Associate Professor and the Director of The Community Justice Project (CJP). In CJP, she supervises students in a semester clinic designed to give them an introduction to a broad array of advocacy tools, experience with diverse areas of the law, and a commitment to social justice, as a lawyer and a person. Before coming to Georgetown, Professor Fisher Page practiced for nearly a decade, focusing on immigration and refugee law, juvenile law, and human rights, both domestically and internationally, with an expertise in the provision of legal services to trauma survivors. Professor Fisher Page’s research and teaching interests include access to justice, administrative law and proceedings, immigration law, and clinical pedagogy. 

Professor Fisher Page was trained as a LIB facilitator in the summer of 2016. She uses mindfulness practices in her personal and professional life, including meditation, journaling, and guided imagery. She is excited to participate in students’ journey through LIB and to contribute to the creation of supportive communities at the law school. She received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, an L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. from Yale University, where she studied architectural history and theory.

Michael Goldman

Michael Goldman, a Georgetown University Law Center graduate and a lawyer in a previous career, has been the Jewish Chaplain for the Law and Medical Centers since August 2002. He has been a student of Judaism for most his adult life and has taught numerous courses on Judaica, including courses at Georgetown.Prior to his involvement in LIB, Michael facilitated groups at the Georgetown Medical Center in their mind-body seminar. Based on that experience, Michael worked with administrators at the Georgetown Law to adapt the mind-body course for law students. In this regard, Michael has studied the works of Jon Kabat Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh, among others, on the subject of mindfulness. He attended and presented at the June 2013 Workshop on Mindfulness in Legal Education at Berkeley Law.

Chris Hall

Chris Hall is the Director of Residence Life & Student Programs at Georgetown University Law Center and has been with the Law Center since the 1999-2000 academic year. A native Texan, Chris has lived in Washington, DC since 1990, working with a law firm (Silverstein and Mullens) and an educational foundation (Close Up) before taking a brief sabbatical from Washington to return to Texas at Midwestern State University.  Chris earned his master's degree in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown and is considering a doctoral degree in education. He and his wife live in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC.

Charisma Howell

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Molly Jackson

Molly Jackson is Director for External Relations/Business Manager and the Director for the LL.M. Academic Externship Program in the Office of Graduate Programs.  Born in Washington, D.C., she graduated from the College of William and Mary.  Previously, she worked within the Law Center as International and Graduate Programs Administrator, Joint Degree Programs Administrator, and Academic Records Supervisor in the Registrar’s Office, and worked in the Development Office on Main Campus.  She also logged some time as an Academic Advisor at the University of California, San Diego. Molly started as a LIB Facilitator in Fall 2011 and is looking forward to this academic year!

Tim Lambert

Tim Lambert is a Senior Counsel in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Fair Lending. Previously, he was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, a Deputy Assistant General Counsel at HUD, and a senior associate in Mayer Brown’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice. He’s a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center where he currently serves as a mentor in the Public Interest Law Scholar program. Tim started meditating thirty years ago. For the last ten years, he has been a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), participating in many of its programs and retreats, including the Year of Living Mindfully training. At IMCW, he’s a mentor for newcomers to meditation. Tim also coordinates DC Mindful Lawyers, a meditation group for DC area lawyers, law students, and law professionals which meets at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Hannah Miller

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Mitos Parabot

Mitos has been a Lawyers/Staff in Balance facilitator since 2009 fall. Her long-term avocation in personal development has allowed her to experiment with various practices and appreciates the importance of caring of one’s mind, body, and spirit. As a facilitator, she gladly shares with others her insights in caring for one’s self through a mindfulness practice. She continues her learning by having earned her Health Coaching certificate from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies. She is also a certified facilitator of SoulCollage®. Mitos feels privileged to be giving back to the Law Center community through her participation in the Lawyers/Staff in Balance program. You will find her in the Office of the Dean suite, where she provides administrative assistance to the associate dean of the JD Program and the associate dean of Research and Academic Programs.

Charles Pruett

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Jarrod Reich

Jarrod Reich is an Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the Law Center and is teaching Legal Practice in Section 5 this year.  Now in his second year at the Law Center, Professor Reich previously served on the faculty at the Florida State University College of Law, where he focused his teaching on lawyering skills, including courses in legal writing, alternative dispute resolution, appellate advocacy, and in-house counsel practice.  Prior to teaching, Professor Reich spent nearly a decade as a litigator at the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where he specialized in complex litigation and worked on several cutting-edge and high-profile cases, most notably Hollingsworth v. Perry, the landmark civil rights case involving the constitutional right to marry.  A proud Commodore, Professor Reich graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004.
Professor Reich was trained as a LIB facilitator in Summer 2016; however, he has made wellness and balance cornerstones of both his practice and teaching careers.  He has mentored and advised many associates and students over the years, and includes a presentation on mindfulness and balance in his classes.  In January 2016, he was unanimously elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Law Schools’ Section on Balance in Legal Education, which seeks to investigate, discover, and inspire practices that support the well-being of law students, lawyers, and judges.  He is honored to be a LIB facilitator and looks forward to helping students on their journey through law school and into the legal profession.

Richard L. Roe

Professor Roe directs the Law Center's D.C. Street Law Project and specializes in educating the public about the law. In the Street Law High Schools Clinic, law students teach practical law in high schools in the District of Columbia. In the Street Law Community Clinic, law students teach in community and correctional settings, such as the D.C. Jail, homeless shelters, addiction treatment centers and juvenile correctional settings. He also teaches the Literacy and Law seminar in fall semesters, examining how emergent readers develop their legal culture. Prior to joining the Law Center faculty full time in 1983, he served as Program Director of the National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law and Executive Director of the Coalition for Law Related Education in Washington, D.C., and as an adjunct professor in the former Street Law Corrections clinic. He also conducts numerous workshops throughout the country and the world on teaching about the law to the public. Since 2000, he has consulted with Street La programs in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, England and Cambodia and has participated in several international conferences in the field. He is the co-author of the high school textbook, Great Trials in American History. He has reviewed upcoming arguments in Preview of Supreme Court Cases, written several articles for Update on Law Related Education, edited the ABA publication "Putting on Mock Trials" and is the author of "Valuing Student Speech" in the California Law Review. Professor Roe founded and directed the D.C. Family Literacy Project, which taught prisoners and homeless families how to read with their children and other developmentally appropriate practices. His present research focuses on learning theory and its implications for law and law teaching.

Nicole Sandoz

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Marcia Shannon

Marcia is the Assistant Dean of the Office of Career Strategy.  She has been a Lawyers in Balance facilitator since 2015.  A believer in the positive practical results of mindfulness and meditation, Marcia sincerely enjoys sharing these practices with students. Marcia joined the Law Center as Assistant Dean in 2012. She has an M.Ed. in Counseling (emphasis in career counseling) from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University.

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