Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic

Madeline Meth

Second Year Fellow

Madeline Meth graduated from Georgetown Law in 2017 where she participated in the Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic’s inaugural semester.  Her focus is public-interest litigation, particularly anti-poverty work.  Before returning to ACIC as a fellow, she worked at AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly, providing legal services to low-income seniors living in the District of Columbia; she also clerked for the Honorable George J. Hazel on the U.S. District Court in Maryland and for the Honorable Jane B. Stranch on the Sixth Circuit.  She reads a lot of fiction (find her on Goodreads!), enjoys city walks, crossword puzzles, and returning to New England to spend time with family.

Hannah Mullen

Second Year Fellow

Hannah Mullen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2019.  She is interested in public-interest appellate litigation, federal courts, and constitutional law.  In law school, Hannah was a Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review and a semi-finalist in the Ames Moot Court Competition.  She earned the Stephen L. Werner Prize for the best paper in the field of criminal justice and the Derek C. Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.  She also interned at DOJ for the Civil Appellate Staff and worked as a summer associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson.  After law school, she clerked on the D.C. Circuit for the Honorable Merrick Garland.  Hannah enjoys hiking with her spunky rescue dog Betty.  She is an avid reader of advice columns, an aspiring kickboxer, and a novice baker.

Appellate Litigation Clinic

Joshua Marcin

Second Year Fellow

Josh Marcin graduated in 2014 from Harvard Law School, where he participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic and the Criminal Justice Institute. After law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Paez of the Ninth Circuit Court of the Appeals and Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California. He most recently worked with a Federal Community Defender Office, challenging individuals’ convictions and death sentences through habeas corpus proceedings. Before law school, he worked on policy research in Washington, D.C., and migration research in Central America.

Lauren Bateman

Second Year Fellow

Lauren Bateman graduated from Harvard Law School in 2015, where she was the Co-Chair of the Articles Committee for the Harvard Law Review. Prior to joining the Appellate Litigation Clinic, she clerked for the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Honorable Algenon L. Marbley of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Honorable Dana A. Fabe of the Supreme Court of Alaska. She also worked as an associate attorney for law firms in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. Before law school, she served as a staffer to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Tiffany Yang

First Year Fellow

Tiffany graduated from Stanford Law School in 2015, where she received the Lisa M. Schnitzer Memorial Scholarship for her commitment to public work as well as prices for outstanding performance in clinical practice, clinical coursework, federal litigation, legal research and writing, immigration law, and property. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. Josephine L. Staton (Central District of California) and the Hon. Andre M. Davis (Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals). She then began practice with a Skadden Fellowship, through which she litigated federal class actions and appeals to protect the civil rights of youth in immigration detention, people impacted by the collateral consequences of contact with the criminal punishment system, and workers combatting sex-based hostile work environments. She was most recently a senior attorney at the Advancement Project’s national office, where she engaged in movement lawyering and strategic litigation to support grassroots abolitionist campaigns.

Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS)

Alison J. Coutifaris

Second Year Fellow

Before joining the Law Center as a clinical teaching fellow, Alison was a Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow at HIAS Pennsylvania, representing immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in immigration matters, including asylum, U visas, Violence Against Women Act petitions, applications for permanent residency, and citizenship.

Previously, Alison was a Senior Staff Attorney at Sanctuary for Families (Sanctuary).  At Sanctuary, Alison managed and supervised the asylum practice group, supervising pro bono attorneys on affirmative and defensive asylum applications.  Alison also provided direct representation to immigrant survivors of domestic violence.  Through a partnership with Columbia and Brooklyn Law Schools, Alison supervised student-led U Visa clinics, guiding law students through the representation of immigrant survivors of crime in New York City.

Alison served as a law clerk for the Hon. Denny Chin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Immediately after law school, she practiced federal income tax law as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.  Alison received her J.D., magna cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where she received the Chertcoff Prize for Excellence in Taxation and the Exemplary Pro Bono Service Award.  She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish Literature (honors) from Haverford College.  Alison speaks Spanish.

Jocelyn B. Cazares

First Year Fellow

Before joining the CALS team at Georgetown, Jocelyn was a Senior Attorney at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR). At CAIR, Jocelyn mentored, taught, and supported a wide range of legal advocates and pro se litigants in various immigration matters, including asylum, withholding of removal, protection under the Convention against Torture, Cancellation of Removal, adjustment of status, U and T visas, bond, motions to reopen, and appeals. As part of the Legal Orientation Program, Jocelyn managed stakeholder relationships at Caroline County Detention Facility, Howard County Detention Center, and Worcester County Detention Center to ensure access to meaningful legal services to detained individuals, including providing key information and assistance to pro se individuals through group and individual orientations to help them navigate the immigration court system. Jocelyn also led the Caroline County Anonymous Grant which provided legal representation to individuals detained at the Caroline County Detention Facility. As part of the grant Jocelyn represented numerous individuals in a wide array of defensive applications for relief in their removal proceedings and release from detention facility, including one of the first successful challenges to the application of the Third Country Transit Ban for an individual who was subject to the ban due to the contested metering practice at the US-Mexico Border.

Prior to her work at CAIR, Jocelyn represented a wide array of individuals in both affirmative and defensive applications, including individuals impacted by the family separation policy, individuals deemed “mentally incompetent” by the immigration court in removal proceedings as part of the National Qualified Representation Program, and unaccompanied children through her work with Esperanza Immigrants’ Right Project and Public Counsel. She also spent extensive time working at various indigent defense offices, including the Los Angeles County Public Defender Office, Harlem Neighborhood Defender Service, and Bronx Defenders. Jocelyn received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a 2016 and 2017 Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and awarded the Lowenstein Fellowship due to her extraordinary commitment to social justice and human rights. She received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Jocelyn is a native Spanish speaker.

Civil Litigation Clinic

John Giammatteo

First Year Fellow

John joins the Civil Litigation Clinic from Lutheran Social Services of New York’s Immigration Legal Program. At LSSNY-ILP, John represented noncitizens in removal proceedings and in federal court, and he launched the Second Circuit Asylum Monitoring Project to track pending asylum appeals at the Circuit. Prior to working at LSSNY-ILP, he clerked for the Honorable Victor A. Bolden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and for the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

John is a 2017 graduate of Yale Law School, where he participated in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and the International Refugee Assistance Project. He received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 2011, and master’s degrees from City University and SOAS in London, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

Civil Rights Clinic

Marissa Hatton

Second Year Fellow

Marissa Hatton is a supervising attorney and clinical teaching fellow in the Civil Rights Clinic.  Before joining the Clinic, Marissa was a staff attorney at Equal Justice Under Law, where she litigated class action impact cases challenging poverty discrimination, government abuse of civil punishment (including child support enforcement practices and discriminatory housing codes), exploitative private probation companies, and other criminal system reform issues across the country. Marissa’s litigation helped to end the Driver Responsibility Program in Texas, which overwhelmingly targeted impoverished communities, and her work helped to end Pennsylvania’s practice of suspending driver’s licenses as a collateral consequence of drug convictions, which targeted communities of color through stop-and-frisk policies — resulting in over one million individuals becoming eligible to reinstate their driver’s licenses.  Marissa’s team won one of the largest federal class action cases challenging money bail in the United States, which enjoined San Francisco’s bail practices and declared the County’s money bail system unconstitutional.

Marissa received her B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her J.D. from Georgetown Law, where she founded and served as co-president of the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) and was awarded the Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Service to the law school community.  She is barred in the District of Columbia and the Chickasaw Nation.

Lucia Goin

First Year Fellow

Lucia Goin is a supervising attorney and clinical teaching fellow in the Civil Rights Clinic. Prior to joining Georgetown Law, Lucia clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Paez for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was a fellow at a plaintiffs’ class-action firm.

Lucia received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and Columbia University, respectively. She received her J.D., with Honors, from The University of Chicago Law School. She is barred in California and the District of Columbia.

 

Communications and Technology Law Clinic

Victoria Tang

Second Year Fellow

Victoria Tang is a staff attorney and teaching fellow at the Communications and Technology Law Clinic (Institute for Public Representation). Before joining Georgetown Law, she was a legal fellow at the Student Press Law Center.

During law school at Berkeley, Victoria participated in the International Human Rights Law Clinic and led the California Asylum Representation Clinic. She was a legal intern at the American Civil Liberties Union, National Coalition Against Censorship, and Southern Poverty Law Center. She served as Senior Online Editor of the California Law Review and Senior Articles Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. Her writing has also been published in Human Rights Quarterly.

Prior to her legal career, Victoria was a science and technology journalist, working as an editor at Wired magazine. She received her JD from UC Berkeley; MA in Newspaper, Magazine, and Online Journalism from Syracuse University; and BA in Molecular & Cell Biology, Political Science, and Rhetoric from UC Berkeley.

Daniel Jellins

First Year Fellow

Daniel Jellins is a teaching fellow at the Communications and Technology Law Clinic (Institute for Public Representation). Daniel received both his J.D. and his B.A. in Law, Letters and Society from The University of Chicago.

At UChicago law, Daniel was the President of the Chicago Law Foundation and Treasurer for the Black Law Students Association. Daniel interned for Judge Alfred H. Bennett of the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas and at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. He was also a Judicial extern for Judge Patricia Mendoza of the Juvenile Justice Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County and a research assistant for Professor Lior Strahilevitz, the Sidley Austin Professor of Law, at the University of Chicago.

Prior to law school, Daniel interned at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Institute of World Politics in their Cyber Intelligence Initiative.

Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic

Dara Jackson-Garrett

Second Year E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow

Dara is the second-year E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2020 and earned her B.A. in International Relations from American University in 2013. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Venezuela from 2013-2014. Dara was a summer law clerk at the Bronx Defenders and ArchCity Defenders, where she worked on indigent criminal defense and prisoner advocacy. She was a student attorney and Practice Area Director at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented indigent clients in housing court and led the Housing Practice. Dara was also a student attorney and Executive Director at Harvard Defenders, where she represented indigent clients in criminal show-cause hearings. Prior to law school she worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in the David Rockefeller Studies Program.

Gail Engmann

First Year E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow

Bio forthcoming…

Criminal Justice Clinic

Safa Ansari-Bayegan

Second Year E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow

Safa was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received her J.D. from Berkeley School of Law where she was an NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Scholar. At Berkeley, she co-led the student public defense organization, participated in bi-monthly restorative justice circles facilitated by the incarcerated people inside San Quentin Prison, volunteered in an asylum clinic, and led a court-watching trip to Mississippi. In the East Bay Community Law Center’s Education Advocacy Clinic, she represented young people in special education administrative hearings and school discipline proceedings. As a student in the Death Penalty Clinic, she assisted in the representation of an Alabama death row client in state post-conviction litigation. For her involvement in public service while at Berkeley, she was awarded the Eleanor Swift and Francine Diaz Memorial awards. Safa spent her law school summers working at the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Trial Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. For over two years prior to law school, she worked with the Regional Public Defender Office in Lubbock, Texas as a mitigation specialist on a trial level capital defense team. As an undergraduate, she worked on post-conviction capital cases with Texas Defender Service in Houston and lethal injection drug research with Reprieve in London. She received her bachelor’s in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Houston Honors College and master’s in Human Rights from the London school of Economics and Political Science.

Luna Garzon-Montana

First Year E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow

Luna was born and raised in New York City. She received her J.D. in 2021 from Fordham Law School, where she was a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics and co-president of the student public defense organization. For her involvement in public service while at Fordham, Luna was awarded the Feingold Family Prize in Public Service.
Luna spent her law school summers at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Department of Public Defense in Seattle, Washington. For four years prior to law school, Luna worked as a paralegal on capital direct appeals with Federal Defenders of New York, and as a client advocate with the Center for Appellate Litigation. Luna received her B.A. in American Studies from Vassar College in 2014.

D.C. Street Law Program

Brenda Keels

First Year Fellow

Bio forthcoming…

 

Domestic Violence Clinic

Lauren Birzon Harriman

First Year Fellow

Lauren joined the Domestic Violence Clinic in July 2021. As a Clinical Teaching Fellow, Lauren represents survivors of abuse in Civil Protection Order cases, designs and teaches Clinic seminar classes, and supervises students in their representation of clients. Before joining the Clinic, Lauren was a senior attorney at DC’s Children’s Law Center (CLC), where she represented the best interests of children in complex custody cases and advocated for caregivers in child custody, neglect, guardianship, and adoption matters. She trained attorneys, judges, and community members on topics of family law and litigation. She also mentored pro bono attorneys and colleagues new to domestic relations and child welfare practice. In 2020, Lauren was selected as a participant in the DC Bar’s John Payton Leadership Academy. Before joining CLC, Lauren worked as an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and as a legal fellow at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, DC. Lauren is an alumna of the University of Maryland, College Park, and The George Washington University Law School.

Environmental Law and Justice Clinic

Jack Whiteley 

First Year Fellow

Jack is a clinical fellow and supervisory attorney at Georgetown’s Environmental Law & Justice Clinic. He is a graduate of the University of St Andrews and Yale Law School, where he was a Coker Fellow, an executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Law, and a member of the Yale Environmental Protection Clinic. Prior to joining Georgetown, Jack clerked for the Honorable Richard R. Clifton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and spent two years as a litigation associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Federal Legislation Clinic

Jessica Killin

First Year Fellow

Jessica Killin has almost 20 years of experience working in and with Congress, and she has a passion for mentoring and teaching.  She recently served as Chief of Staff for several Members of the House of Representatives and worked earlier in her career for Senators Bill Nelson and Tom Carper.  Jessica also served for ten years as Assistant Vice President of Federal Government Relations in USAA’s Washington, D.C. office, during which she was responsible for interfacing and engaging with government officials in both chambers of Congress and the administration about legislative and political issues relating to consumer banking and tax policy matters.  Prior to that, Jessica was an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham and Watkins, LLP where she represented large private equity funds and corporations in mergers, acquisitions, and related corporate transactional matters.  Jessica is a veteran who served in the United States Army from 1995 until 2000, where she was a Captain in the Military Police Corps.  Jessica is an avid athlete and completed the Ironman Arizona Triathlon in 2016.  She enjoys traveling and cooking and took a year away from public policy in 2018 to obtain her Sommelier Certification (WSET and Court of Master Sommeliers).

Courtney French

First Year Fellow

Bio forthcoming…

 

 

 

Health Justice Alliance

Ashley Nyce

Second Year Fellow

Ashley is a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney in the Health Justice Alliance (HJA) Law Clinic. Prior to joining HJA, Ashley was a coordinating attorney in the Special Education Unit (SEU) at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) where she worked with families and healthcare providers to advocate for appropriate educational services on behalf of students with disabilities attending traditional public and charter schools in New York City. While at NYLAG, Ashley was a mentor attorney for the Disability and Civil Rights Clinic at Brooklyn Law School, supporting clinic students engaged in special education advocacy on behalf of adolescents and young adults. Ashley also served as a Guardian ad Litem at the Children’s Law Center (CLC) where she provided comprehensive representation for children in D.C.’s abuse and neglect system, and carried a limited number of special education cases with CLC’s Healthy Together Program. Prior to law school, Ashley taught third grade at a public charter school in Detroit, Michigan.

Ashley received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, her M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan Graduate School of Education, and her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lillian Kang

First Year Fellow

Lillian is a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney in the Health Justice Alliance (HJA) Law Clinic. Prior to joining HJA, Lillian worked as a staff attorney at the Homeless Action Center in Oakland and the Disability Advocacy Program of the Urban Justice Center in New York City. In those roles, she advocated for low-income and homeless individuals with their claims for Social Security disability and other public benefits. Lillian represented clients in administrative hearings, the Appeals Council, and district court, prioritizing barrier-free and trauma-informed advocacy. Lillian has also worked as a staff attorney for the Community Organization Representation Project at the Justice & Diversity Center in San Francisco. In that role, she advocated for local nonprofit organizations with pressing business law needs by placing cases with volunteer attorneys and organizing free legal clinics and workshops. As a law student, Lillian concentrated in Social Justice Lawyering, externed at the National Immigration Law Center as her placement for the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, and served as the Submissions Editor for the Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal. Prior to law school, Lillian worked with children and adults with disabilities at various organizations and received a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist certificate through Jump Start, a fellowship program in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Lillian received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her B.A. in Sociology and Disability Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Human Rights Institute

Michelle Liu

Dash-Muse Senior Teaching Fellow

Michelle Liu is the Dash-Muse Senior Teaching Fellow and Acting Deputy Director of HRI. Ms. Liu has taught international human rights law at Georgetown Law since 2018, when she became the Supervising Attorney & Teaching Fellow in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic. Her work involved supporting NGO partners in sub-Saharan African countries to advocate for women’s human rights through litigation and legislative reform. She has led or supported human rights fact-finding missions to Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana, and Lesotho. Ms. Liu is the author or co-author of several law review articles and other publications on women’s sexual and reproductive health rights. Her research areas also include women’s and girls’ rights to equality and non-discrimination in all spheres of life.

Ms. Liu has worked closely with current and prospective law students who are interested in human rights and public interest lawyering. As the Assistant Director of Admissions in the Georgetown Law Office of Admissions, Ms. Liu supported the Office of Public Interest and Community Service in identifying candidates for the Blume Public Interest Scholars Program. She continues to mentor former students at various stages of their public interest legal careers.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Liu was a corporate attorney at Linklaters, LLP in London, where she also supported several human rights pro bono matters—including on refugees and asylees, rule of law, and women’s reproductive rights in conflict areas. Before teaching at Georgetown Law, Ms. Liu was a national political coordinator on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya from 2007 to 2008.

Ms. Liu has a J.D. and an LL.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown Law, and she was a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow from 2018 to 2019.

Intellectual Property and Information Policy Clinic

Nina Srejovic

Second Year Fellow

Nina is a clinical teaching fellow in iPIP. Nina recently completed an OnRamp Fellowship at the law firm of Fenwick & West where she focused her practice on intellectual property litigation and patent counseling for clients in the life sciences and technology industries. Nina’s experience includes working as an IP litigation associate at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen where she represented biotech pioneer Cetus in the trial upholding the validity of Cetus’ patents for Kari Mullis’ Nobel Prize-winning polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology. She also served as the coordinator for the District Court for the Northern District of California’s Case Management Pilot Program to reduce cost and delay in civil litigation. Nina is a member of the Patent Bar and is licensed to practice in California. She holds a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A., with distinction, in economics from Stanford University.

Rebecca Chambers

First Year Fellow

Becky Chambers is a clinical teaching fellow in the iPIP Clinic. She recently received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she focused on intellectual property and entertainment law issues. During her time in law school, she interned with federal agencies and trade associations doing policy work related to technology and intellectual property and participated in the iPIP Clinic. She also held leadership roles with the Women’s Legal Alliance and the Georgetown Entertainment, Sports, and Media Association (GEMALaw). Prior to law school, she received her BA with Honors, magna cum laude, from Bucknell University in English Literature. You can find her on Twitter as @beckchambers1

International Women’s Human Rights Clinic

Catherine B. Cooper

Second Year Fellow

Catherine Cooper is the Clinical Teaching Fellow for the IWHR Clinic. Prior to joining the Clinic, she was Counsel at the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), where she managed two of PILPG’s human rights documentation programs and provided technical support to civil society organizations in East Africa and Myanmar. Previously, Catherine worked as an international legal advisor at Justice Base in Myanmar on the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, including access to citizenship. She was also a fellow with the Africa Section of the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she supported domestic litigation and advocacy with U.N. and regional mechanisms to advance women’s rights. Catherine clerked for the Honorable Pamela A. Harris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for the Honorable Peter J. Messitte of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Juvenile Justice Clinic

Efosa Akenzua

Second Year E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow

Efosa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow and an Editor-In-Chief for the N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change. While in law school, Efosa participated in both the Criminal Defense and Re-entry Clinic, for which he was awarded the Ann Petluck Moses Memorial Prize, and the Juvenile Defense Clinic. He co-led the law school’s Solitary Confinement Project, the N.Y.U. Mediation Organization and the Defender Collective. Efosa also served as the Political Action Chair for the Black Allied Law Students Association, a case manager/advocate for the Suspension Representation Project, and as a Teaching Assistant for Legislation and the Regulatory State.

During his summers, Efosa clerked at the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California and then under a student practice order at the Colorado State Public Defender. During term-time, he worked at both the Legal Aid Society’s Bronx Criminal Division and its Manhattan Juvenile Rights Practice. He also worked as a Hays Fellow with both the Vera Institute of Justice and TakeRoot Justice’s Equitable Neighborhoods Division.

Prior to law school, Efosa worked as an investigator for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia through their Criminal Law Internship Program. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

Marquise Findley-Smith

First Year E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow

Bio forthcoming…

 

Racial Equity in Education Law and Policy

Nikola Nable-Juris

First Year Fellow

Nikola Nable-Juris (she/her) is the Supervising Attorney/Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Racial Equity in Education Law and Policy Clinic (REEL Policy Clinic). She began her legislative lawyer career with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, leading advocacy campaigns across the country to ban life-without-parole sentences for children. Working alongside formerly incarcerated youth and their family members, her efforts led to bill passage in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, and Virginia, giving hundreds of people the opportunity to return home. She also worked as a staff attorney at First Shift Justice Project with a focus on D.C.’s paid family leave benefits program and completed a Georgetown’s Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship with the Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity.

Nikola earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland in Baltimore and clerked for federal magistrate judges in D.C. and Maryland. After graduating with her B.A. in Cognitive Science and Psychology from the University of Virginia, she worked with pregnant and parenting youth in Juneau, Alaska, and at domestic violence shelters in both Alaska and Virginia. She is the proud parent of two elementary school students at a bilingual D.C. public school and a toddler who can’t wait to join them. In her free time, she can be found wearing a bike helmet or running shoes, trying a new recipe, reading through a stack of overdue library books, or dreaming of a future trip.

Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Clinic

Julian Hill

Second Year Fellow

Julian Hill (he/they) is a Clinical Teaching Fellow with the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Julian brings experience as a community organizer and as a Supervising Attorney with the Capacity Building Practice at TakeRoot Justice, a New York City-based nonprofit that uses law, policy and research to empower grassroots organizing. Julian regularly advises worker cooperatives, collectives, nonprofits and small businesses on a range of matters, including governance, leasing and contracts, and partners with community-based organizations to facilitate political education and develop policies and campaigns. Prior to TakeRoot, Julian advised mostly Latin American companies in capital markets, M&A and finance transactions in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. After completing a B.A. at Northwestern University, Julian taught high school Spanish in California and obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Chaz Brooks

First Year Fellow

Chaz Brooks is a Clinical Teaching Fellow with the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Prior to joining the Clinic, Chaz was an experienced legal professional in the private equity space. Most recently, Chaz served as a Director at EJF Capital LLC, an investment manager focused on regulatory change and financial markets. While at EJF, Chaz was responsible for legal matters at the firm. Prior to joining EJF, Chaz practiced law as an associate in the Investment Funds Group at the DC office of Latham & Watkins LLP where his practice focused on advising clients on various transactional matters. During his time at Latham & Watkins, Chaz advised fund sponsors on the launch of their private funds, portfolio company holding structures, credit facilities, restructurings and operational matters. Chaz earned a B.S. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an M.S. in Finance from the University of Tampa, and obtained his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.