Alumni Podcasts

Alumni Interviews

Gain insights into the experiences of LSIC alum by tuning in to these podcasts hosted by Ananda Leeke, Digital Communications Director at LSIC.


MARC ALBERT


Marc Albert, a partner at Stinson Leonard Street. Marc chairs the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group at Stinson, is a graduate of George Washington University Law School (GW Law) and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. in Taxation). While he was at GW Law, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division during the 1972-73 academic year. (7:09 min.)


ALEX ANDERSON


Alexander (Alex) Anderson is the founder of a Maryland boutique litigation firm specializing in family and appellate law. Visit www.akalegal.com to learn more about the firm. Alex is an active LSIC alumnus and graduate of American University Washington College of Law (2013). While he was at American, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic during the 2012-2013 academic year. (7:57 min.)


MELINDA BOLLING


Melinda Bolling, Director of the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Melinda is a graduate of Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (1998). While she was at Catholic, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Bankruptcy Clinic. During the interview, she shares how her clinic experience taught her about serving the public with humility. (8:19 min.)


STEPHANIE BROWN


Stephanie Brown is an aspiring chef and restaurateur. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (2007). While she was at Georgetown, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. During the interview, she discusses her film, “A Little Justice Goes A Long Way” that she created about LSIC. (9:19 min.)


JOEL CHORNY


Joel Chorny is Assistant Legal Defender for the Pima County Legal Defender in Arizona. Joel is a graduate of George Washington University Law School (GW Law, 2010). While he was at GW Law, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Criminal Division during the 2009-2010 academic year. (8:18 min.)


THERESA CUSICK


Theresa Cusick is a Hearing Officer for the DC Department of Public Works. Theresa is a graduate of Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (1993). While she was at Catholic, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. During the interview, she shares how her clinic experience helped her identify what did and did not want to do in her legal career. She also discusses her definition of justice. (13:39 min.)


MORAD EGHBAL


Morad Eghbal is a consultant and higher education professional who worked previously as a trial advocacy adjunct faculty member at Howard University School of Law and the Deputy Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore. Morad is a 1989 graduate of Howard University School of Law (HU Law). While he was at HU Law, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division during the 1988-1989 academic year. (20:19 min.)


KATE ERKLAUER


Kate Erklauer was a LSIC Civil Division student attorney during the 2009 academic year (8 minutes). She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010 and directly transferred her LSIC experience to a career as the D.C. Superior Court Landlord Tenant Attorney Advisor. (8:43 min.)


THE HON. CARMEN E. ESPINOSA


Justice Carmen Espinosa (‘76, GWU, Civil) is the first Hispanic to sit on all three levels of the Connecticut judiciary, advancing from the District and Appellate Courts to her current position as State Supreme Court Justice. Her early career included positions as a French and Spanish teacher, an FBI agent, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Judge Espinosa is the recipient of the LSIC 2017 Celebration of Service Distinguished Alumna Award. (15:27 min.)


S.JOY GAINES


S. Joy Gaines, Assistant Public Defender in the Washtenaw County’s Office of the Public Defender. Joy works in the Juvenile Division and represents primarily children as the lawyer guardian ad litem in child welfare proceedings. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (1995). While she was at Georgetown, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. (16:40 min.)


ROBERT GOODIS


Robert Goodis is a 2015 graduate of American University Washington College of Law and founder of the Goodis Center. Robert worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division during the 2015 academic year. He received the LSIC 2015 Nathan A. Neal Award for his work and commitment. (20:35 min.)


KELLY HEBRON


Kelly Hebron is an Associate Professor at Northern Virginia Community College and the founder of Pride Law Office. Kelly is a graduate of Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (1996). While she was at Catholic, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. (10:35 min.)


RAYMOND JACKSON


Raymond “Ray” Jackson is a law clerk for Senior Judge Margaret B. Seymour of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. Ray is a 2015 graduate of George Washington University Law School (GW Law). While he was at GW Law, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Criminal Division during the 2014-15 academic year. (10:52 min.)


JOHN JASKOT


John J. Jaskot is a partner at Jones Walker. He leads Jones Walker’s Government Relations Practice Group. He is a graduate of George Washington University Law School (GW Law, 1984). While he was at GW Law, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Criminal Division during the 1983-1984 academic year. (13:00 min.)


DAVID JOHNSON


David Johnson is Assistant Dean for Pro Bono & Advocacy Programs at George Washington University Law School. David is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (1990). While he was at Georgetown, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. (11:56 min.)


ANTOINETTE KIRWAN


Antoinette Kirwan, is a juvenile rights attorney at the Legal Aid Society in Bronx, New York. Antoinette is a graduate of Howard University School of Law (2004). While she was at Howard Law, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. During the interview, she discusses her commitment to being a social engineer and defines justice as being made whole. (9:37 min.)


ZARAH LEVIN-FRAGASSO


Zarah Levin-Fragasso is an associate of The Lanier Law Firm. Zarah practices in the area of pharmaceutical litigation. She is a graduate of Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (2011). While she was at Catholic, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Criminal Division Clinic. During the interview, she discusses her work as Chair of the Special Committee on Drugs & the Law at the NYC Bar Association. In addition, she shares why she co-wrote a letter about the global war on drugs that was published in the New York Times in April 2016. (20:24 min.)


NANCY LOPEZ


Nancy Lopez, Executive Director of the Washington Council of Lawyers, is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (1995). While she was at Georgetown, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic during the 1994-1995 academic year. (8:43 min.)


CATALINA MARTINEZ


Catalina Martinez, District Counsel at the U.S. Small Business Administration, serves as a pro bono attorney for the DC Bar Pro Bono Program where she represents low-income D.C. residents in landlord and tenant cases. She is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law (2009). While she was at American, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic during the 2008-2009 academic year. (5:57 min.)


JENNIFER MATHIS


Jennifer Mathis is a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP. Jennifer’s litigation practice includes cases with subject matters ranging from First Amendment to bad faith insurance litigation and from civil rights to employment defense. She has collaborated on pro bono matters with the Orange County Public Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Human Options (an Orange County shelter for victims of domestic abuse), KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) and the Washington, DC-based Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (1996). While she was at Georgetown, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. (12:16 min.)


DAVID MITCHELL


David Mitchell, Program Manager (Financial Security) at The Aspen Institute, is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (2014). While he was at Georgetown, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. (8:12 min.)


MARC MORIAL


Marc Morial is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban League (NUL). Prior to becoming CEO of NUL, Morial served as the Mayor of New Orleans, President of U.S. Conference of Mayors, and a Louisiana State Senator. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (1983). While he was at Georgetown, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic during the 1982-1983 academic year.(9:16 min.)


JENNIFER NETBURN


Jennifer “Jennie” Netburn is an attorney at the D.C. Tenants Rights Center. Jennie is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (2014). While she was at Georgetown, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. (9:11 min.)


KERRY O’BRIEN


Kerry O’Brien is Senior Counsel at the U.S. Department of Labor. Kerry is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (1998). While she was at Georgetown, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. (7:19 min.)


KAY PIERSON


Kay Pierson, Director of the Community Reinvestment Division at the United Planning Organization, is a graduate of Howard University School of Law (HU Law, 1985). While she was at HU Law, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division during the 1984-85 academic year. (7:15 min.)


JONATHAN RAPPING


Jonathan Rapping is founder of Gideon’s Promise, a nonprofit organization that is transforming the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities. Jon is a graduate of George Washington University Law School (GW Law). While he was at GW Law, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Criminal Division. During the interview, he shares how his parents taught him to be a social justice activist. He also discusses his previous work as an attorney for the DC Public Defender Service and participation in the All Def Digital Town Hall on criminal justice reform and policing. (16:19 min.)


KEESHEA TURNER ROBERTS


Keeshea Turner Roberts is Managing Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program. Keeshea is a graduate of Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (2002). While she was at Catholic, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Criminal Division Clinic. (9:07 min.)


MELISSA SAWYER


Melissa is an Arkansas criminal defense lawyer and 2001 graduate of George Washington University Law School (GW Law). While Melissa was at GW Law, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Criminal Division during the 2001 academic year. (15:32 min.)


DAVID SEIDEL


David Seidel is a litigation associate at Jones Day in San Francisco, California. David is a graduate of George Washington University Law School (GW Law, 2015). While he was at GW Law, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Clinic. During the interview, David discusses the lessons he learned while working as a student attorney and his definition of justice. (11:58 min.)


LAUREN MEDLOCK SMITH


Lauren Medlock Smith is Associate General Counsel at the CRIF Corporation. Lauren is a graduate of Howard University School of Law (1989). While she was at Howard, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Division Clinic. (10:38 min.)


PATRICE SULTON


Patrice Sulton is a criminal defense attorney and the Legislation Chair for the DC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is a 2008 graduate of George Washington University Law School (GW Law). While Patrice was at GW Law, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Criminal Division during the 2008 academic year. 2008 LSIC Criminal Division and GWU Law alumna. Since taping this interview, Patrice has rejoined LSIC as a supervising attorney. (9:11 min.)


JASON STONE


During the podcast, Jason shares how his current work as a Deputy District Attorney of Riverside County, California was directly impacted by the lessons he learned as a LSIC Criminal Division student attorney during the 2006 academic year. He is a 2006 graduate of George Washington University Law School. (8:19 min.)


ADAM STROCHAK


Adam Strochak is the founder of Arlington Restoration Builders, LLC. Adam is a LSIC Board member and graduate of George Washington University Law School (GW Law, 1992). While he was at GW Law, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Bankruptcy Clinic in 1992. (9:48 min.)


CHAD TIEDEMANN


Chad Tiedemann is a partner at Holland & Knight. Chad has extensive experience representing real estate investors including opportunity funds, investment banking firms, insurance companies, investment advisors, foreign investors, life companies, banks, syndicators, and pension funds in connection with their real estate investments throughout the United States. He is a graduate Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (1981). While he was at Catholic, he worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Criminal Division Clinic. (9:59 min.)


PAULA TIEDEMANN


Paula Tiedemann, General Counsel, Vice President, and Chief Compliance Officer at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, is a graduate of Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (1981). While she was at Catholic, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Civil Division Division Clinic. During the interview, she discusses her pro bono work with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. (7:12 min.)


NICOLE WATSON


Nicole Watson (UDC, 15, Criminal Division) shares why she joined LSIC, several lessons she learned here, and her definition of justice.


FAITH WINSTEAD


Faith Winstead, an Assistant Capital Defender for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. Faith is a graduate of Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (2006). While she was at Catholic, she worked as a LSIC student attorney in the Criminal Division Clinic. During the interview, Faith shares how she is living her dream of being a death penalty lawyer. Currently, she works as the Assistant Capital Defender for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. (14:34 min.)


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ANTHONY WILSON


Anthony Wilson is founder of Fully Restoring Every Sons Hope (FRESH) and The Great Injustice Paralegal and Consultant Service. After being wrongfully convicted of murder and spending 22 years in prison in Maryland, Wilson launched his organization and consulting service to help people living in jail and returning citizens. Visit www.thegreatinjustice.com.


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