Out and About and Listening In | DCLAW Students


While our academic clinic may break for the summer, our staff members certainly do not. Here are some highlights culled from our social media platforms, including some illuminating podcast interviews and reporting from the field.

From our Watercooler Conversations series

  • Gideon’s Promise founder Jonathan Rapping (GW Law, Criminal Division) is building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities. What inspired him to become the activist? His parents for one. Listen in as Rapping discusses his years as an attorney for the DC Public Defender Service and his participation in the All Def Digital Town Hall on criminal justice reform and policing.
  • Faith Winstead (Catholic, Criminal Division) is living her dream as a death penalty lawyer. Currently, she works as the Assistant Capital Defender for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.
  • Kelly Hebron (Catholic, ’96, Civil Division) is an Associate Professor at Northern Virginia Community College and the founder of Pride Law Office.
  • David Seidel (GW Law, ’15, Civil Division) is a Litigation Associate at Jones Day in San Francisco. David discusses the lessons he learned while working as a student attorney and his definition of justice.
  • Melinda Bolling (Catholic, ’98, Bankruptcy Clinic) is Director of the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. She shared what her clinic experience taught her about serving the public with humility.
  • Antoinette Kirwan (Howard, ’04, Civil Division) a juvenile rights attorney at the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx, New York, discusses her commitment to being a social engineer and defines justice as being made whole.
  • Juvenile Justice and Policy Clinic supervising attorney Patrice Sulton discusses her participation at the Juvenile Training Immersion Program Summer Academy and reflects on the White House United State of Women Summit and the wisdom she received from First Lady Michelle Obama’s conversation with Oprah Winfrey. Listen here.
  • Nathaniel Goodman-Johnson, a 3L at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and Equal Justice America Fellow, has been working with the LSIC Juvenile Justice and Policy Clinic this summer. (Read related blog post here.)
  • LSIC community organizer Sima Lee participated in DC Black Pride (Memorial Day weekend) and several restorative justice and mental health trainings. Listen in to her definitions of mindfulness and restorative justice here.

Adrian Madsen: Congratulations on Two Counts

LSIC staff attorney/alum Adrian Madsen (UDC David A. Clarke, Criminal Division) was sworn into practice in the District of Columbia on the heels of winning a case victory in the DC Court of Appeals while he was a student in our clinic. Adrian represented a client found guilty of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia at the trial level. He discusses the case in this interview here (16 min. 58 sec). Executive Director Moses Cook, attorneys Mike Barfield and Kathryn Boothe, former Legal Fellow Mike Michel, and former Sidley Austin Fellow Stewart Inman contributed to the case.

Welcome to the World, Baby Lev!

It’s official. We’re thrilled to announce LSIC’s brand new social justice advocate. Congrats to Moses Cook, mom Annette Kyobe, and daughter Zhanna on the arrival of their son and brother Lev.



It’s Got a Nice Ring to It

LSIC staff, students, and interns had some fun this summer with our “What Does LSIC Mean?” social media campaign. Among the winning submissions: Leadership Should Include Community, Landlords Sometimes Imperil Clients, Legal Services Inspired by Care, Lost Students in Court, and Lawyers & Students Ingesting Candy.


Speaking of candy, York Peppermint Patties seems to be the LSIC favorite. Pictured here are Paul DiBlasi, interns Max Vogel and Toni Ojomo, and development assistant Peter Lu.

Podcasts with Interns

  • Summer intern Crystal Abreu discusses her work with our office manager, Client Court Closet, and Expungement Clinic. A student at Florida International University, she plans to attend law school and pursue a corporate law career.
  • Summer intern Christy Bonner is stepping out of her comfort zone. A visit to Howard University School of Law inspired her decision to attend law school. She reviews Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindnes and recommends Why Jury Duty Matters by law professor Andrew Ferguson.
  • Summer intern Max Vogel  discusses his work with CARECEN, the social media campaign he worked on, and the impact of his internship on his career plans. He recommends two books for interns, law students, and youth: The Case of A Lifetime by Abby Smith and The Central Park Five by Sarah Burns. (Read blog post here.)
  • Summer intern Sarah McCreary’s Instagram Takeover includes a trip to the White House. Find out what else Sarah has been up to. (Read blog post  here.)

Welcome Trevor Osterhaus


We welcome Trevor Osterhaus, LSIC’s new office manager. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Trevor majored in Criminal Justice and Corrections at James Madison University. An interest in nonprofit management and public service inspired Trevor to join LSIC. He will work alongside the out-of-this-world Adelaide Taylor, who is departing  later this month.

Best of Luck

LSIC staff Billy Gagner, a rising junior at American University, and Peter Lu, a recent graduate of Georgetown University, started working as summer interns in 2015. They did such a great job that we hired Billy as an administrative assistant and Peter as a development assistant. We wish them the best of luck as they prepare for their fall academic adventures. Billy is studying abroad. Peter is headed to Harvard Law School. We also bid farewell to summer intern Mika Dewitz (3L, AU), who had the experience of writing a pretrial statement and conducting intakes at Landlord Tenant Court. Listen to her podcast here.


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