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.
Celina Aldape is a Legal Fellow at Law Students in Court. She represents tenants in rent-controlled buildings who are at risk of eviction, and focuses on rent control as a means of preserving affordable housing in DC through education, legal assistance and legislative reform. She joined LSIC after graduating from Yale Law School in 2017. During her time in law school, Celina participated in the Landlord & Tenant Legal Services Clinic and the Criminal Justice Clinic, and was a summer clerk with the National Juvenile Defender Center and the Public Defender Service of DC.
Celina grew up in Houston, Texas. She attended Columbia University, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Neuroscience, and was involved in advocacy for indigent criminal and juvenile defendants in New York.
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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 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.
Kathryn received the "Top 40 Under 40" National Trial Lawyers Award (2013) and the "Top 100" National Trial Lawyers Award (2014), which recognize attorneys in each state for their superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7.
Kathryn received her JD from The George Washington University Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Elon University. While in law school, she prosecuted misdemeanor cases at the Arlington Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Arlington, VA under the supervision of assistant commonwealth attorneys and worked as a law clerk for Luque & Marino LLP, a local boutique law firm. She also served as a student-attorney at Law Students in Court, where she represented clients charged with misdemeanor offenses and won her first trial.
DIRECTOR & PRO BONO COORDINATOR, CRIMINAL DIVISION
Jade Chong-Smith is a Staff Attorney at Law Students in Court. She represents clients in juvenile and adult cases in DC Superior Court, and also supervises law school students representing clients in misdemeanor cases. Before beginning full-time at LSIC, Jade spent a year as a legal fellow at Law Students in Court and the Center for Children's Law and Policy working on a juvenile justice project.
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.
DIRECTOR, CIVIL DIVISION
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.
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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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Jonathan Newton joined LSIC as the Deputy Director of Development after receiving his Juris Doctor from the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law in May. During his 1L year, Jonathan founded the National Association Against Police Brutality (NAAPB). He continues his social justice work as an advocate for police accountability and ending mass incarceration while serving as President of the NAAPB as a volunteer. As a law student, Jonathan volunteered to help women and children seeking asylum with the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley Texas and he served as President of the Student Bar Association. In 2017, Jonathan was the recipient of the Richard H. Semesker Prize in Civil Rights Law.
Prior to law school, Jonathan was a police officer in Georgia. He earned his undergraduate degree in Social Science at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey. Originally from Key West, Florida, Jonathan enjoys his family, software development, writing, playing chess, and the ocean.
Jonathan was a Student Attorney in the LSIC Criminal Division during his 3L year and is excited to have the opportunity to provide his passion and skills to the organization.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
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Trevor Osterhaus serves as Business & Operations Manager at Law Students in Court, specializing in the areas of business 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.
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 Marching Royal 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 be a part of the LSIC team and to help better serve its mission.
BUSINESS & OPERATIONS MANAGER
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.
KEESHEA TURNER ROBERTS
Keeshea Turner Roberts is a Supervising Attorney in our Criminal Division. Prior to joining LSIC, Keeshea was a managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP). At NLSP, she supervised staff attorneys, legal fellows, legal externs and interns, and on-loan law firm associates in the family law and public benefits practices. In addition to being managing attorney, she was also the most senior attorney of the Polk Street (Ward 7) office. This office is a community hub which brings together local stakeholders to address neighborhood problems and provides a readily accessible source of assistance for residents east of the River. During her tenure at NLSP, Keeshea was a frequent presenter at community-based legal clinics and guest lecturer at several local law schools and the D.C. Bar.
Keeshea is a member of the D.C. Bar’s John Payton Leadership Academy Class of 2017. The John Payton Leadership Academy is an intensive training program for members who are interested in developing their leadership skills and learning more about the D.C. Bar and its leadership opportunities. The goal of the Leadership Academy is to identify, inspire, and educate D.C. Bar members to be leaders of the Bar and to encourage them to use their leadership skills in professional settings, local bar associations, and community organizations.
Keeshea received her J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and her B.A. in History from Hollins University (formerly Hollins College). While in law school, she interned at numerous legal organizations including the United States Department of Justice (Violence Against Women Office), ACLU for the National Capitol Area, and the Alexandria and Fairfax Virginia Public Defender Offices. During her third year of law school, Keeshea was a student-attorney at LSIC, where she represented clients with misdemeanor cases. After graduating from law school, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorables Janet Albert, Andrea L. Harnett, and Richard Ringell, Magistrate Judges for the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.