Meet the Facilitators
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.
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 and web content. Mariko received her bachelor’s degree 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.
Jose Luis Davila-Gonzalez
Originally from Mexico City, Jose Luis attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business. Prior to Georgetown Law, he worked for Population Services International (PSI) as a Procurement Officer in charge of the Latin America and Eastern Europe regions. Back in Mexico City, Jose Luis worked as a chewing gum salesman for Warner Lambert now part of Mondelez International, Inc. where he achieved to be the first young salesman under 23 to reach the highest sales volume in Mexico City. Jose Luis Completed his Executive MBA from Georgetown University –The McDonough School of Business in partnership with ESADE Business School in Madrid and the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. Most recently, Jose Luis received his certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. Jose Luis lives in Takoma Park, enjoys the cultural scene in DC and paints in his free time. You can see some of his art pieces in the Office of Career Strategy.
Lauren DePompeo is a staff psychologist at the Law Center’s Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS). Lauren was trained as a Lawyers in Balance facilitator in 2017. She looks forward to working with students outside of her role at CAPS to find new ways to destress and find balance in their lives. Lauren earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Washington DC Campus in 2016, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2009.
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.
As the Director of the Early Learning for nearly 19 years, Donna understands the importance of bringing calmness and presence into the learning environment. Donna began her journey into mindfulness through Staff-in-Balance several years ago and became a Lawyers in Balance facilitator in 2016. Improving the quality of life for herself, family, and friends has led Donna on the path of alternative health therapies for the past 10 years. Donna has a degree in Early Childhood Education and is a Virginia State Licensed Massage Therapist. Her studies also include hypnosis, HypnoBirthing®, Brain Gym, Rhythmic Movement Training, behavior management, meditation and Reiki energy work. She has a health coaching certificate through Georgetown University and is certified as a Consulting Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists.
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 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.
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 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 X. Howell is a Visiting Associate Professor and former Street Law Clinic Co-Director at Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, she conducted research in the areas of education policy, accountability, assessment and best practices. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Professor Howell worked in the Executive Office of the Mayor as the Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council where she focused on policies that addressed the intersectionality of juvenile justice and education. Professor Howell also served as legislative counsel and general counsel for an education advocacy organization that promoted access to high quality education for all students.
Professor Howell started her advocacy career by amassing numerous academic and trial skills related awards. She participated in the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy’s Trial Skills Academy. Although the only student among 75 trial attorneys, Mrs. Howell was named “Best Advocate.” She won a not guilty verdict in her first criminal jury trial with the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Howell has worked for the Honorable Judge John A. Houston of the United States District Court, Southern District of California and also interned at the California Innocence project which seeks the release of wrongfully convicted prisoners in California.
Professor Howell has taught about student centered teaching methodologies domestically and internationally at the graduate and undergraduate levels and for diverse stakeholders including legal professionals, lay people, and policy makers.
Professor Howell attended Arizona State University achieving a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She obtained her law degree from California Western School of Law in 2.5 years and her Master of Laws in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.
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 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. Tim currently is being trained as a mindfulness teacher a in two-year program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. 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.
A long time participant in the Lawyers/Staff-in-Balance program, Hannah received her facilitator’s training in 2015. She enjoys helping people connect to various mind-body wellness techniques that support self-care and personal well-being. Dedicated to Lawyers/Staff wellness, Hannah hopes to bring more opportunities to Law Center staff and students that supports balance and peace. Mindfulness and holistic healing methods have long been a passion of hers and she has committed her free time to exploring different healing arts, such as sound, yoga, subtle energy systems and nutritious natural food. Hannah sometimes gives classes during the Dean’s challenge on “Gluten-free Living” and “Going Organic on a Budget.” Hannah is the Special Collections Librarian at the Law Library. Hannah curates the Law Library’s rare book and manuscript collections, as well as oversee the day to day operations of the Special Collections Department.
Mary is the Associate Director for Ignatian Formation and Catholic Chaplain for Georgetown’s Law School and School of Continuing Studies. When she was a litigator in San Francisco and Sacramento, CA, Mary found beneficial the practices of Buddhism. When she returned home to her Catholic tradition, she found complementary contemplative practices, including in the Jesuit/Ignatian tradition. Following her time as clinical law faculty, Mary pursued study in theology and spirituality. She has since worked at the intersection of psychology and spirituality as a spiritual director where she employs and teaches contemplative, mindfulness and reflection practices, especially in the area of trauma recovery and peacebuilding.
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.
Dr. Judith Pérez-Caro has served as an educator, scholar, and diversity officer for the past two decades, and is the inaugural Director of Equity, Community, and Inclusion at the Georgetown University Law Center. In this role, Dr. Pérez-Caro serves as a resource for students who are historically underrepresented in the legal profession; develops and sponsors educational programs that explore the intersection of social justice and diversity, and provides faculty with professional development to support inclusive pedagogical practices. Dr. Pérez-Caro received training this past summer to serve as a Lawyers in Balance (LIB) facilitator, and looks forward to sharing the benefits of mindfulness to a diverse cadre of students.
Before coming to Georgetown Law, Dr. Pérez-Caro created and developed the pre-college summer pipeline program for the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at George Washington University (made possible by CHCI Advisory Board Members Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros), and has worked in the fields of higher education administration and academia, serving most recently as a sociology professor at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Pérez-Caro holds degrees from Canisius College (BA), Columbia University (MA), and Fordham University (PhD; Sociology).
Charles is the Assistant Dean for Financial Aid at the Law Center and has been with the Financial Aid Office since 1997. Throughout his time at Georgetown Law, the concept of financial balance has been central to the counseling that the office provides and he joined the Lawyers in Balance team in 2016 to promote other types of balance as well. Charles grew up in southern California and moved to the metro area when he enrolled in the “other George” across town. Charles is also the co-chair of the Law Center’s Building Community Committee, an outlet to encourage the sharing of interests and connections amongst the members of the Law Center community.
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. Before joining Georgetown Law, 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 joined Georgetown Law in February 2016 as the Director of Student Life and Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Liaison (SARVL). She is also a facilitator in the Lawyers In Balance: Mindfulness for Law Students Program. Nicole was an administrator at Cornell Law from 2013 to 2016, where she served as the Director of Career Services, and an adjunct professor of law, among other duties. Nicole is a graduate of Amherst College and Cornell Law. At Cornell she was President of the Black Law Students Association. After law school Nicole practiced for five years as a labor and employment attorney in Los Angeles in top tier law firms. While in private practice, Nicole discovered meditation and yoga, and they have become a regular part of her everyday practice.
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 rejoined the Law Center as Assistant Dean in 2012. She recently completed the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Program taught by former Assistant Dean Larry Center and was also selected to participate in the “Shaping and Advancing Georgetown Executives – Future Leaders Program (SAGE)”. In 2017, Marcia was awarded Georgetown Law’s McCarthy Award, given to a senior administrator for Excellence in Administration and Service. Marcia has an M.Ed. in Counseling (emphasis in career counseling) from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University.
Renate L. Seiwert is a Program Coordinator in the Department of Academic Conferences and Continuing Legal Education. She is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio with B.A. in Anthropology. As Program Coordinator, she handles many of the logistical aspects of the department’s programs and academic conferences, including CLE accreditation. Before joining Georgetown CLE, Renate spent several years teaching English and facilitating curriculum development in Northern India while studying Tibetan language, history, culture and Buddhism.
Ruby Sheikh is the Assistant Director of Public Interest Employer & Alumni Outreach in the Office of Public Interest & Community Service (OPICS) where she helps public sector employers connect with Georgetown students and alumni. Prior to joining OPICS, Ruby was the Manager of Legal Recruitment with the Office of Career Strategy (OCS) and just reached her ten year mark with the Law Center. Ruby is Pakistani American but was raised in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and has spent most of her adult life in Chicago and Washington, DC. She considers herself a global citizen and enjoys learning about different cultures through food, travel and great conversations. This is Ruby’s first year as LIB facilitator and she is very much looking forward to helping students develop strategies to re-frame and manage their stress and explore the benefits of mindfulness.