Moses has been with Law Students in Court since 2005, when he started supervising in the criminal defense clinic. Before joining us, he was a Prettyman/Stiller Fellow with Georgetown University School of Law. He is a passionate teacher, social justice advocate, and defender of the underdog. In addition to serving on the Board of Governors of the DC Bar, each summer Moses teaches Public Interest Lawyering at George Washington School of Law as an adjunct professor.
Moses received his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, he worked at the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Missouri and volunteered for the St. Louis County public defender’s office. He spent a semester as a clinic student with the AIDS Project at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and organized an AIDS march during his final semester of law school. He served as an Executive Notes & Topics editor for the Washington University Law Quarterly and was a member of the Criminal Law Society. Prior to law school, Moses decided to follow in the footsteps of Phil Jackson and Chuck Klosterman and enrolled at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Moses enjoys returning each ski season for the “greatest snow on earth.” He wishes he had more time to learn a new instrument, listen to live music, travel the globe, and keep his son and daughter from growing up too fast.
He became LSIC’s Executive Director in December 2013.
Karine Aghajanyan has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and studied Political Science and European Law at The French University in Armenia. She obtained certification of Human Rights Trainer with Youth, by Council of Europe's Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation. She is a certified Digital Security Trainer with Frontline Defenders and Security in a Box organizations.
Her work both as a volunteer and as an employee with women's organizations such as the Women's Resource Center and the Women's Support Center has contributed greatly to the growth of feminist activism in Armenia. She has implemented peace projects, including a cross-border blog with Azebaijani women's rights activists and the Turkish-Armenian peace-building projects.
In addition, Karine's experience working for Tert.am and Hetq.am, two of the biggest media platforms in Armenia, gave her the tools with which to stay up to date with the local, regional and international political, economic and social context as it relates to Armenia. Karine continued this trend with her self-initiated website Armenian Feminist, which is an important online platform for raising awareness on women's human rights and issues in Armenia and beyond.
Karine has worked as a lawyer at the Positive People Armenian Network NGO, where she provided legal counselings and Human Rights training to people living with HIV/AIDS. She also worked as a lawyer at the Human Rights Common Platform social NGO, where she was implementing Human Rights training with Syrian-Armenian refugee women, LBTQA women. Together with Mission East Armenia humanitarian organization she gave Human Rights training for social workers who work with sex workers at AIDS Prevention Union NGO. She was also part of two projects: Art & Activism initiative (Armenia, Sweden) and Fearless Collective (India, Lebanon) which use art as a tool for raising awareness about gender based violence and gender equality.
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Michael Barfield is a Supervising Attorney at Law Students in Court. Prior to joining our team, he was an associate for two years in the criminal defense, white collar, and Qui Tam practice groups at a DC area law firm. While there, he worked with clients in DC Superior Court and various Federal District Courts on matters ranging from the sealing of criminal records to suing corporate defendants for defrauding the federal government under the Federal False Claims Act.
Mike received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and B.A. from Rutgers University. At the end of his 1L year, he started the District Record Sealing Service in conjunction with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia—a pro bono program that matched indigent District residents with law students to provide assistance in sealing their DC criminal records. Mike also interned at the Fair Elections Legal Network during law school where he worked to protect the voting rights of students, minorities, and the elderly from state legislative disenfranchisement efforts.
Prior to attending law school, Mike worked in professional politics in the NY/NJ area where he helped elect dozens of candidates to local, state, and federal office. During his free time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, snowboarding, and riding his motorcycle. With a little luck (and a cooperative landlord), there will be a new puppy in the near future.
Mike was a student in the LSIC Criminal Division during his 3L year and is excited to have the opportunity to share his passion for social justice with new students and clients in the coming year.
David Blum is a Staff Attorney with the Civil Division. He joined Law Students in Court (LSIC) as a Legal Fellow following his graduation from George Washington University Law School in 2015. In addition to to completing a successful semester as a student attorney with the Civil Division of LSIC, during his time in law school David interned with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, and the Office of the Public Defender for Arlington County & the City of Falls Church.
Originally from Austin, Texas, but having lived all over the country (including Texas, Nebraska, Louisiana, and Illinois), David graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in History. During his undergrad years, he worked as a telemarketer and an intramural sports official. David’s interests include history, civil rights, sports, and trivia. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Katie, an elementary school teacher.
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Kathryn Boothe is the Criminal Division Director & Pro Bono Coordinator of the Law Students in Court program. She oversees two other supervising attorneys and together, they train and supervise 25 clinic students from area law schools representing indigent adults and youth charged with criminal offenses.
Before joining LSIC, Kathryn worked as an associate at Price Benowitz, LLP, a local criminal defense firm, where she focused her practice on criminal defense work in DC Superior Court and The US District Court for DC.
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Jade Chong-Smith is a Legal Fellow at Law Students in Court. She works to prevent the unnecessary incarceration and criminalization of youth victims of complex trauma who come into contact with DC's juvenile justice system. She is also working to equip defenders nationwide with new trauma-informed resources.
Jade graduated from Yale Law School. At Yale, she devoted her time to indigent criminal defense work and criminal justice reform. She represented adults in misdemeanor cases, worked on a criminal appeal, assisted in death penalty litigation, and helped write amicus briefs in ineffective assistance of counsel and prosecutorial misconduct cases. Before coming to Yale, she worked for the Canadian federal government and as a legal literacy consultant in Tamil Nadu, India, for the Commonwealth of learning.
Jade is originally from Ottawa, Canada. She received a B.A. & Sc. in Environment from McGill University
Dan Clark is the Civil Director of the Law Students in Court Program. As the Civil Director, Dan manages a staff of three supervising attorneys, two staff attorneys, and two post-graduate fellows. Together, they supervise 25 clinic students from area law schools representing low-income clients in housing and consumer-related matters in the courts of the District of Columbia.
Before becoming the Civil Director, Dan was a supervising attorney with the program. Dan earned his LL.M. in clinical teaching and systems change while serving as an instructor in the Housing and Consumer Law Clinic at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia. Before joining the Housing Clinic, Dan was the Managing Attorney for Housing and Consumer Law at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program. As Managing Attorney with the Pro Bono Program, Dan oversaw operations of the Landlord Tenant Resource Center and Bankruptcy Clinic while supporting the Advice & Referral Clinic, Advocacy & Justice Clinic, and other programs. He attended law school at American University, Washington College of Law and was awarded a J.D. in 1995. In 1990, he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.
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PAUL DI BLASI
Paul Di Blasi is a Supervising Attorney in the Civil Division of Law Students in Court. He also volunteers as a member of the Legal Committee of the DC Language Access Coalition and as a volunteer attorney at the Employment Justice Center’s clinics. Before coming to LSIC, he represented low-income tenants as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. He moved to the District from the Rio Grande Valley in Southmost Texas, where he represented low-income tenants, consumers, and workers as a Staff Attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
Paul graduated with honors from the University of Texas in Austin School of Law. At the University of Texas, he was an Articles Editor for the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, and also participated in numerous clinics. Paul also organized the University’s first “Pro Bono in January” trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In his summers during law school, Paul clerked at the Public Justice Center in Baltimore and at the Texas Civil Rights Project in the RioGrande Valley.
Paul graduated from Williams College, where he played trombone in the jazz band and the student symphony. Between college and law school, Paul worked probably too many jobs, including voter registration projects and teaching monolingual Spanish speakers GED math. After a nomadic early childhood, Paul grew up in San Antonio, Texas, which he thinks you should really visit sometime when you have the chance.
Jay Kim is a Supervising Attorney in the Civil Division of Law Students in Court. Prior to joining our team, Jay was a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Common Law, a non-profit organization in New York City that supports community organizing efforts through legal education and legal assistance. During her seven years with Common Law, she defended organized street vendors against excessive fines and administrative violations; represented low-income tenants in the Lower East Side fighting eviction and gentrification; and also ran an innovative foreclosure defense legal clinic for pro se homeowners. Employing a combination of direct representation, strategic direct action support, and intensive community legal education and skill sharing, Jay developed a robust model for community lawyering with grassroots partners. This model not only achieved favorable results for individuals, but also built community power for member-based organizations of color.
Jay received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from CUNY School of Law. Before attending law school, Jay worked as a teaching assistant at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband and their miniature schnauzer. As new transplants, Jay and her family enjoy exploring DC and try hard to avoid making comparisons to their beloved Queens, NY.
A native Washingtonian, Gabriella graduated from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in the District of Columbia. She went on to Hampton University where she earned her degree in Political Science and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. She then went on to earn her law degree at the American University Washington College of Law. Gabriella’s journey at LSIC began when she came to work as a student attorney during the 2012-2013 academic year. Her passion for legal services led to a fellowship opportunity and, after several months, she became a staff attorney, working with indigent clients in civil cases on the Attorney of the Day Project. Currently a Supervising Attorney, Gabriella supervises law students and teaches them trial advocacy skills.
Kayla Littlejohn joins LSIC as a graduate student extern from Howard University’s School of Social Work, where she is pursuing a Masters in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Family and Child Welfare (Direct Services). Kayla works with our social work supervisor and staff attorneys to ensure that our clients and their families receive adequate support and community resources that can help them. She will contribute to creating psychosocial reports, which help our staff understand the mental, behavioral, and emotional issues facing our clients.
A California native, Kayla earned a Sociology degree in 2014 from the University of California, Merced. As an undergraduate, she worked as a Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor with high school students, helping them build leadership skills and become more aware of the impact of drugs and alcohol in their communities.
When Kayla is not buried in schoolwork, she enjoys getting acclimated with the D.C. brunch lifestyle, and also staying at home watching HGTV or Lifetime movies.
Adrian Madsen is a Staff Attorney in the Criminal Division at Law Students in Court. He joins LSIC after graduating summa cum laude from the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law in January. In 2015, he served as a student attorney in our Criminal Division, where he received the Earl H. Davis Award from the Olender Foundation for his zealous representation of our clients. While in law school, Adrian worked as a law clerk in three divisions of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and also served as Associate Editor of the UDC-DCSL Law Review. Adrian has a long history of working for social justice in the District, including his role as Secretary to Empower DC's Board of Governors since 2007. He is thrilled to further his commitment to indigent defense at LSIC.
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Trevor Osterhaus serves as Business Manager at Law Students in Court, specializing in the areas of office operations, people management, student outreach, human resources, and paralegal support. Prior to joining our team, he worked as a branch manager at a busy commercial operation in Northern Virginia and also ran his own business, acquiring valuable business and leadership skills that he puts to use at LSIC.
In 2010, Trevor received his BA in Justice Studies and Environmental Studies from James Madison University. There he also helped lead the trombone section of the University's Royal Marching Dukes and co-founded the Leadership Team Development Club. In his spare time he enjoys staying active, watching movies, volunteering in the community with multiple organizations, including Holy Trinity Church, and spending time with friends and family. He is excited to join LSIC to help better serve its mission.
Olga is working as a project manager within the Institute for Penal Reform from Republic of Moldova. She also is member of the National Legal Aid Council, a state institution which is administrating the legal aid system: providing legal services from state funds to people who lack sufficient funds to pay for an attorney.
She started her career in the Republic of Moldova as an attorney within the Public Defender Office, providing legal aid assistance to vulnerable individuals. She received her masters degree in Business Law from the Republic of Moldova State University.
As a Fellow of the Professional Fellowship Program, developed by the American Councils for International Education, Olga is joining us for her internship.
Olga loves law practice, and enjoys participating in court meetings and attending conferences related to juvenile justice.
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EBONY SIMA LEE OUTLAW
Ebony "Sima Lee" Outlaw joins Law Students in Court as our first Community Organizer. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, she brings more than 20 years of involvement with liberation movements and human rights advocacy to our team. Sima founded the direct action grassroots collective "Food, Clothing & Resistance" and currently works with "The Peace House," a local activist/artist collective focusing on social justice and human rights advocacy. Sima has also participated with "Universal Zulu Nation," the international organization credited for helping to bring Hip Hop culture to the South Bronx as a response to the widespread poverty, racism, and violence plaguing inner cities in the 1970s. An Early Childhood Educator by training, Sima is a seasoned Hip-Hop/Spoken Word performing artist and writer.
Melanie Reid joins LSIC as a graduate student extern from Howard University’s School of Social Work, where she is pursuing her masters in social work (MSW), with a concentration in mental health (Community, Administration and Policy). At LSIC, she works closely with Moses Cook and our staff attorneys to ensure that our clients and their families receive the community resources and support they need. She also helps to build new partnerships between LSIC and various neighborhood organizations.
A North Carolina Native, Melanie earned a psychology degree in 2013 from Argosy University. She is a former Law Enforcement officer with 15 years of experience as a Federal Special Police Officer and as a Deputy Sheriff, working on a special team for Crisis Intervention. When Melanie finds some free time, she enjoys visits with her grandchildren, traveling, dancing, and relaxing with a good book.
Patrice Sulton, Supervising Attorney in our Criminal Division, is a comprehensive criminal justice advocate and proud alumna of Law Students in Court (John F. Evans Award recipient, 2008). Through her solo law office, Patrice primarily represents criminal defendants and civil rights plaintiffs. As an extension of her practice, Patrice lends her voice to the rising call for criminal justice reform at the local and national levels. She writes and speaks extensively on topics including drug decriminalization, police accountability, and sentencing reform, and serves as an officer in several renowned advocacy groups and professional associations. Patrice also teaches Trial Advocacy at the George Washington University Law School and was recently recognized as a Rising Star by the National Law Journal, the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association, and Super Lawyers Magazine.