Pro Bono Advisory Board
The Pro Bono Advisory Board serves as a liaison to the broader student body regarding pro bono involvement and opportunities and in an advisory capacity to the Pro Bono Coordinator regarding the growth and development of Georgetown’s pro bono program. The Board also works to encourage all Georgetown law students to make pro bono work a consistent part of their legal careers by encouraging students to become involved in legal and community service in the greater DC area and beyond.
2017-2018 Advisory Board Members
Meha Goyal, 2L
A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Meha Goyal is a 2L. 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 WilmerHale, she volunteered at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center. In summer 2016, she interned at the Death Penalty Focus and helped put the initiative to abolish the death penalty on the November 2016 ballot.
Flora Lee, 2L
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 Fakhoury, 2L
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 volunteers with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.
Josette Barsano, 2L
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 needs in 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 is committed to helping the underserved and has volunteered as a law clerk with Advocates for Justice and Education and with Neighborhood Legal Services. She is happy to spread the word about how students can utilize their newfound legal knowledge by participating in Georgetown Law’s wealth of pro bono opportunities.
Drayden Peters, 3L
Drayden is from Baltimore, Maryland and holds a B.A. in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. During college, she 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. She 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. At Georgetown, she has 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 her thus far, and she is excited to encourage her peers to get involved in pro bono work!
Nick Butto, 3L
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. In summer 2016, Nick worked on the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York. This past year he served as a Legal Practice Law Fellow and member of the Georgetown Law Journal. Nick is currently a Summer Associate at Paul, Weiss in New York.
E.J. Thomas, 3E
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 helped organize a team to compete in Whitman Walker’s Walk and 5K to End HIV.