Current Board Members
Ashley Paholski (2L)
I started my intense involvement with public service during my undergraduate education at Fairfield University, where I was a Service Learning Associate and Service Curriculum Advisory Associate, integrating academic study with community service. At Georgetown I knew I wanted to continue my commitment to public service, which I did through the Pro Bono Pledge my 1L year, working with the ABA Death Penalty/Serious Mental Illness Initiative and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's and Mental Health's Pets and Foster Care project. Through the public service I continue to engage in, I am able to offer my assistance in navigating the complexities of the law for people from all walks of life. Each project provides new perspectives, new relationships to be formed, and new areas of the law to explore. While I will be working in private practice in the coming years, my commitment to public service is not going to end, as I will continue my passion for pro bono work at a law firm that keeps its program flourishing. .
A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Meha Goyal is a 1L in Section 1. Meha has been interested in serving the community since high school, when she coached string ensembles at a community music school. In college, she did a summer internship at the Northern California Innocence Project, a legal clinic that works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. While working at the law firm, WilmerHale, she volunteered at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center. This past summer she interned at the Death Penalty Focus and helped put the initiative to abolish the death penalty on the November 2016 ballot.
Flora became involved in pro bono work as a strategy consultant in the education industry. Working with non-profit organizations and disadvantaged individuals was deeply enriching both personally and professionally, and she gained valuable new skill sets she went on to regularly apply to her private sector work. One memorable project in animal welfare – a cause especially dear to her – was leading an organizational change at a 100% volunteer-run adoption center. Flora serves on the board of a global educational non-profit, where she has led its Canadian expansion and re-strategized the organization’s recruiting and staffing department. Before consulting, she was in academia pursuing research and undergraduate-level teaching. Flora received her BA at the University of Pennsylvania and MA and PhD-ABD at Cornell University, all in philosophy.
Michael is a Michigan native and graduated from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor with a degree in Political Science. While completing his undergraduate studies, Michael worked as a civil rights researcher, volunteered for the Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office, and was given an award for exemplary service and dedication to the surrounding community from the University of Michigan. Michael has been active in serving the community throughout his life, as his Jesuit education instilled upon him a commitment to helping others. At Georgetown, Michael currently volunteers with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.
Ryan was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. After four years of service in the United States Marine Corps, Ryan earned a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of West Georgia. Ryan developed a passion for community service while in college, serving as a volunteer lay minister at Ashbrook Village, an assisted living home in Villa Rica, Georgia, and as a Resident Assistant with the HOPE Center, a faith-based transitional program for homeless men in Carrollton, Georgia. Ryan is a 1L in Section 3 and plans to pursue his interest in poverty law and legal aid. He participates in the Public Interest Fellows Program and currently volunteers with Christian Legal Aid of DC and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Marissa is a California native and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. After completing undergrad, she lived and worked at an orphanage in Makuyu Village, Kenya. Marissa is passionate about reforming prisons and the criminal system, as well as ending poverty-based oppression in our legal system;she has worked and volunteered with Equal Justice Under Law, The Public Defender Service, The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Southern Poverty Law Center, and DC Books to Prisons. In addition to the Pro Bono Board, Marissa is a student attorney in the Civil Rights Clinic and the co-founder of the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA). She has seen the transformative benefits of pro bono work and hopes to inspire her peers to make a sustainable commitment to pro bono work throughout their legal careers.
Josette is an Arizona native who received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Pepperdine University and Masters in Special Education from Arizona State University.Prior to Georgetown Law, she served as a Teach for America corps member, teaching children with special needsin a low-income school district.Her experience as a special educator heightened and cemented her desire to pursue the practice of law to reinforce her efficacy as an advocate for marginalized groups.She continues her commitment to the under-served by volunteering in Washington, DC as a law clerk with the Advocates for Justice and Education and with Neighborhood Legal Services.She is looking forward to spreading the word about how students can utilize their newfound legal knowledge by participating in Georgetown Law's wealth of pro bono opportunities.
I am from Baltimore, Maryland and hold a B.A. in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. During college, I had a number of volunteer experiences from tutoring Rwandan refugee children through the Refugee Youth Project to being a hotline counselor for the House of Ruth Maryland, Inc. I stayed in Baltimore after college to teach in the Baltimore City Public Schools and continued to volunteer with these organizations. These experiences during and after college fueled my passion for community service. Here at Georgetown, I have been involved in a pro bono project with the American Friends Service Committee teaching its Human Rights Learning Curriculum in the D.C. Public Schools - it has been a wonderful opportunity for me thus far, and I am excited to encourage my peers to get involved in pro bono work!
Patrick spent his formative years in Alabama and Arizona, raised in a family of farmers, ministers, military personnel, and public servants. After receiving his Bachelors in Religious Studies from Elon University, Patrick spent time as a youth minister before returning for a Masters of Education from Arizona State University. Patrick spent five years in higher education administration working on issues in developmental education (adult re-entry, not college ready, and second language learners), veteran support services, and second-chance students (formerly incarcerated students). During all of this time Patrick did volunteer work with prison ministry, education, and counseling programs, homeless outreach and support,and has been a continuing supporter of second-chance hiring programs. In DC, Patrick has been involved with various school pro bono projects, student organizations, and the DC Education Coalition for Change.
Nick grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Boston College with a degree in Business Management, Economics, and Philosophy. While in college, he volunteered for numerous youth organizations including the Junior Achievement Academy of Northern New England, for which he taught Boston Public School students skills in financial literacy and workforce readiness. After graduation, he worked in the private sector as a litigation paralegal on matters from international regulatory investigations to immigration and fair housing pro bono cases. Nick has found his pro bono work both as a paralegal and as a law student to be particularly rewarding, and he hopes to stress the importance of pro bono work for students considering entering the private sector. Last summer, Nick worked on the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York. He currently serves as a Legal Practice Law Fellow and is a member of the Georgetown Law Journal. Nick will be a Summer Associate at Paul, Weiss in New York in 2017.
E.J. grew up in Darien, Connecticut and received his undergraduate degree in Government from Georgetown University. E.J. is currently an International Trade Law Clerk at Morris, Manning & Martin. As a law clerk at Morris, Manning & Martin, E.J. has assisted several pro bono clients with applying for asylum and changing their name and gender marker on legal documents. E.J. has also volunteered for Whitman Walker’s Name and Gender Change clinic and recently helped organize a team to compete in Whitman Walker’s Walk and 5K to End HIV.