Program Faculty

Lawyer Re-Entry Program Faculty

Washington College of Law has brought together an extraordinary group of WCL faculty members, practicing attorneys, career and professional development experts and coaches to ensure your experience is a success. The program is led by Executive Director Linda Mercurio, founder of Transformative Impact, a leadership coaching and consulting practice.

Program faculty will help you:

  • Develop a career vision
  • Identify strengths, transferrable skills, and further training needs
  • Reinforce confidence and self-assurance
  • Develop a successful job search strategy
  • Learn how to reestablish a professional network
  • Update basic legal research
  • Gain exposure to new technology and technology-based research

In addition, the program features inspiring keynote and panel speakers. This year's featured speakers will be announced soon. Please check back for updates or view the list of last year's featured speakers.

Linda Mercurio, Executive Director, Instructor & Attorney Coach
Linda Mercurio, executive director of the Lawyer Re-Entry Program at American University Washington College of Law, is the founder of Transformative Impact, a leadership coaching and consulting practice. She has served on the faculty at Seton Hall Law School, Ramapo College of New Jersey and William Paterson University. In 2000, Linda was the Democratic Candidate for the United States Congress in New Jersey's 5th Congressional District. She is a 1990 graduate of Brooklyn Law School and began her career as a tax lawyer with Coopers & Lybrand, LLC in New York.

  • Billie Jo Kaufman, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources
  • David Spratt, Academic Coordinator, Legal Rhetoric Instructor
  • Paul Figley, Associate Director of Legal Rhetoric and Legal Rhetoric Instructor
  • Traci Jenkins, Assistant Dean Office of Career and Professional Development
  • Matthew Pascocello, Director, Career Development & Alumni Counseling
  • Aryan Kushan, Training Manager, Office of Technology

Fall 2013 Featured Program Speakers:

Julie Shifman is an inspirational, award-winning speaker, author, and business owner. Julie believes in every woman’s ability to challenge herself and to grow as Julie herself continues to do. She started her career as a professional ballet dancer and then became a highly successful lawyer in New York City and Cincinnati before founding her company, Act Three, in 2008. She recently received the prestigious Athena award from Cincy Magazine, was named a “Woman to Watch” by the Cincinnati Enquirer and was named as a 2013 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts. Through the story of her own personal transformations: from ballerina to law partner to stay-at-home mom to business owner: and through the stories of the remarkable women she has interviewed, Julie energizes women to live their best lives. She speaks with passion, humor, and heart as she encourages women to imagine what’s next for them, and then to take one small step at a time to do it.Julie is the founder and president of Act Three, an organization that helps women define their next stage of life and create their own personal action plan for living out that life and is a certified coach.  Julie is the author of Act Three: Creating the Life You Want, and has also created a documentary film featuring many of the incredible women profiled in her book.

Check Back Soon for More 2013 Featured Speakers

Fall 2012 Featured Program Speakers

Jenny Brody, President, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
Jenny Brody is a founder of the DCVLP and currently serves as its President and Foster Care Project Coordinator. Ms. Brody practices family law in the areas of domestic violence, adoption, custody and child abuse and neglect. She is a member of the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) Attorney Panel of the DC Family Court. Ms. Brody was formerly a litigator in private practice in Washington, DC. She also served as an appellate staff attorney with the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, where she briefed and argued cases in the US Courts of Appeals. Prior to her work at the Justice Department, Ms. Brody clerked for the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Brody has served on the board of directors of Hospice Care of DC and has been active as a volunteer in the Montgomery County public school system. Ms. Brody earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Crosse is the Manager of Employer Relations in the Office of Career & Professional Development at American University Washington College of Law. In this role, Stephanie coordinates recruitment programs and builds relationships with legal employers to identify employment opportunities for students and alumni. Stephanie is also an adjunct professor with WCL's International Legal Studies Program. After graduating from law school, Stephanie practiced law for eleven years in the private sector. Two years ago, upon relocating to the DC area with her military spouse, Stephanie transitioned to law school career services. In addition to her service on the Board of Directors for the Military Spouse JD Network, Stephanie serves on the Spouse Advisory Council of the Military Officers Association of America. Stephanie resides in Bowie, Maryland with her husband, Lt. Colonel David Anglin. In true Army fashion, the couple will relocate this summer.

Deborah S. Froling, President-elect of the National Association of Women Lawyers, is a member of Arent Fox’s corporate/securities and real estate groups. She has extensive experience in public and private offerings of debt, equity and convertible securities as both issuer’s and underwriter’s counsel primarily for real estate companies. She also has extensive experience in the tenant in common syndication industry and the non-traded REIT and equipment leasing industry. Deborah has closed public and private debt and equity offerings, primarily for REITs, and other real estate companies, as well as equipment leasing companies. She has also structured and closed numerous tenant in common syndications. She has also worked with public and private company clients providing general corporate counseling and advising on periodic and annual reporting and other Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure requirements. Previously, Deborah worked for a nationally recognized law firm in real estate securities in Richmond, Virginia, and two national law firms in Washington, DC, and was an attorney-advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC where she examined and analyzed transactional and periodic filings for compliance with federal securities laws, primarily for REITs and syndicated limited partnerships. Deborah is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Tenant in Common Association, where she is a member of the Legislative and Regulatory Committee; the Investment Program Association, where she is a member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee; the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law, where she is a part of the leadership of the State Securities Subcommittee; and the National Association of Women Lawyers, where she serves on the Executive Board and is Editor of the Women Lawyer’s Journal. Deborah frequently speaks at conferences and writes articles on topics such as tenant in common syndication, securities law issues, non-traded REITs and retention strategies for women. A graduate of The Catholic University of American Columbus School of Law and the College of William and Mary, Deborah is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars.

Claudio Grossman, Professor of Law, Dean, Raymond I. Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law

John Lim, Academic Account Manager, West, a Thomas Reuters business
John Lim is the Westlaw Account Manager for AU-WCL and licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. During law school John was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and authored a note that was published in Spring, 2000 and has since been cited by several treatises and publications. Prior to joining West, John practiced commercial litigation and D&O insurance coverage with a prominent DC law firm. Since joining West, John has worked with several law schools in the DC area and for a time, was also a Law Firm Research Specialist and Academic Account Manager in Southern California. In addition to law schools, John has extensive experience working with and instructing attorneys, paralegals, investigators and legal assistants. From 2008 through 2010 John was a Senior Consultant with West's Government Services division and worked with various federal and state law enforcement agencies on the CLEAR platform, specializing in criminal and asset-based investigations on public records. In Spring 2010, John returned to the Academic segment and to WCL.

Michael Melcher is a lawyer, writer and coach. He is a partner in the New York office of Next Step Partners, a leadership development and executive coaching firm. Michael started his legal career with the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in Manhattan. He also worked as a Foreign Service Officer in Calcutta and Taipei and ran an internet start-up in Silicon Valley.  He received his BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, his JD from Stanford Law School, and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the author of The Creative Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction (American Bar Association, 2007).  He has also written articles on leadership and career development for The New York Times “Shifting Careers” blog, for The Huffington Post, and for the ABA Journal, including the widely-circulated article, “Why Thinking Like a Lawyer is Bad For Your Career.” Michael’s experience in career reinvention started at home.  His mother, Trini Urtuzustegui Melcher, raised Michael and his two sisters alone for most of their childhood, and returned to school in her early 40’s to earn a doctorate in accounting, before going on to a storied career as a university professor.  She is the first Hispanic woman in the U.S. to earn that degree.   

Daniel M. Mills, Manager, Practice Management Advisory Services, District of Columbia Bar
Daniel M. Mills is the Manager of the Practice Management Advisory Service of the D.C. Bar. Dan helps lawyers with the business side of their law office. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and State of Indiana. Dan leads Basic Training, a regular, free program for solo and small firm lawyers in the DC Bar sponsored by the Practice Management Service Committee.

Ellen Ostrow, Ph.D., CMC is the founding principal of Lawyers Life Coach LLC, a firm providing executive, leadership and career coaching to attorneys and consultation to legal employers. Lawyers Life Coach was founded in 1998 to help attorneys accomplish their most important professional goals while maintaining their commitments to those areas of life outside of work that give their lives meaning and purpose. Since then, Ellen has provided individual and group coaching to hundreds of attorneys, throughout the world and at every level of experience and seniority, on issues related to career planning and advancement, leadership, work/life conflict and integration, business development and effective communication. Known for her expertise in the challenges facing women attorneys, Ellen has been invited to address the ABA, NAWL, NALP and bar association groups throughout the U.S. She has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, the Legal Times, Of Counsel and many other prominent legal publications. A frequent contributing author for a variety of print and electronic media, Ellen's articles have been published in Perspectives, Lawyers Weekly USA, The New York Law Journal, Trial Magazine, and The Complete Lawyer. Her email newsletter, "Beyond the Billable Hour," has been reprinted by print and electronic publications throughout the world and in multiple languages. Ellen is Co-Chair of WILEF (Women in Law Empowerment Forum) DC, Co-President of the Board of The Third Path Institute, was an advisory committee member for the Project for Attorney Retention and PAR-GC, and served on the faculties of the ABA Commission on Women's Women in Law Leadership Academy and the UC Hastings Leadership Academy for Women in Law Firms. She is one of only a handful of PAR Consultants in the U.S- trained by the Project for Attorney Retention to assist legal employers in implementing effective balanced-hours policies. Ellen also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Lawyers Assistance Program of the District of Columbia Bar. After receiving her Ph.D., Ellen served on the psychology department faculties of three universities and as a staff psychologist in the counseling centers of four universities.  She lives in suburban Maryland with her husband and two cats.  Her son is in his senior year at college and her step-daughter is an MBA and HR professional with two children of her own.

Cassie Pangas is the LexisNexis Account Executive at American University Washington College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster where she focused on Communication Studies and Philosophy. Cassie is a recent graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law where she served as the Managing Editor of the Law Review. Her comment, “Making the Home More Like a Castle: Why Landlords Should Be Held Liable for Co-Tenant Harassment,” was published by the University of Toledo Law Review in 2011.

Laura Possessky, President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, has a national practice in intellectual property, media, and entertainment law as a partner with Gura & Possessky, P.L.L.C. For over a decade, she has counseled artists, nonprofits, associations and small businesses on intellectual property protection and on content transactions in publishing, television, film, media and the internet. She also advises clients on First Amendment issues relating to fair use of third-party content and intellectual property. Prior to working in private practice, Ms. Possessky was with the Smithsonian Institution, negotiating agreements for museums revenue-generating activities including publishing, film and image licensing, product development, art consignments and special events including the Presidential Inauguration. She currently serves as the President for Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and as an elected Member of the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar. Recently, she was appointed to board of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Dianne Rosky. A Harvard Law School graduate and former large-firm litigator, Dianne is a consultant to leading law firms and corporations. Dianne and her associates have led hundreds of group and individual training sessions at major law firms throughout the United States and abroad, including 10 of the top 25 firms in American Lawyer’s Am Law 100. Dianne brings a warm, accessible approach to her teaching. She is passionate about teaching lawyers to express themselves clearly and confidently. Before founding Rosky Legal Education in 2003, Dianne taught legal writing and other lawyering skills in the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law. Dianne is now as an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law, where she teaches Legal English and U.S. Law to international LL.M. students. Dianne has practiced commercial litigation at two leading New York firms: Sullivan & Cromwell and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. At Sullivan & Cromwell, she was selected as the firm’s Pro Bono Fellow to litigate prisoners’ federal civil rights actions. Dianne is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Sweet of the Southern District of New York. Dianne has long been enamored with words and language. Before law school, she was an Editorial Assistant at Merriam-Webster, selecting and defining new dictionary entries. Dianne is responsible for putting carb and cash cow in the dictionary.

Certificate Ceremony/Reception Keynote & Featured Speaker

Mary Clark, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs

John P. Kudel, President, The Maryland State Bar Association

Fall 2011 Featured Program Speakers

Jenny Brody is a founder of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) and currently serves as its Co-Executive Director and Foster Care Project Coordinator. Ms. Brody practices family law in the areas of domestic violence, adoption, custody and child abuse and neglect. She is a member of the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) Attorney Panel of DC Superior Court. Ms. Brody was formerly a litigator in private practice in Washington, DC. She also served as an appellate staff attorney with the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, where she briefed and argued cases in the US Courts of Appeals. Prior to her work at the Justice Department, Ms. Brody clerked for the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Brody has served on the board of directors of Hospice Care of DC and has been active as a volunteer in the Montgomery County public school system. Ms. Brody earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sandra Grossman, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), is an experienced immigration litigator and has successfully represented individuals before the immigration courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal district courts. Her experience also includes representation of clients in lawsuits to prompt Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) action on long-delayed applications, including naturalization, adjustment of status, waiver, and replacement green card applications. Ms. Grossman graduated from Georgetown Law Center (JD), the London School of Economics (MA), and Tufts University (BA). She is a native Spanish speaker and conversant in French. Prior to establishing Grossman Law, LLC, she practiced immigration law at Maggio & Kattar, P.C. Ms. Grossman is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), the District of Columbia Bar (DC Bar), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Ms. Grossman has given numerous talks on the topic of immigration law and law practice management. She is active in AILA, where she is liaison to the Maryland State Bar Association and a member of AILA’s DC Chapter’s Nominating Committee

Deborah S. Froling, Vice President of the National Association of Women Lawyers, is a member of Arent Fox’s corporate/securities and real estate groups. She has extensive experience in public and private offerings of debt, equity and convertible securities as both issuer’s and underwriter’s counsel primarily for real estate companies. She also has extensive experience in the tenant in common syndication industry and the non-traded REIT and equipment leasing industry.Deborah has closed public and private debt and equity offerings, primarily for REITs, and other real estate companies, as well as equipment leasing companies. She has also structured and closed numerous tenant in common syndications. She has also worked with public and private company clients providing general corporate counseling and advising on periodic and annual reporting and other Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure requirements. Previously, Deborah worked for a nationally recognized law firm in real estate securities in Richmond, Virginia, and two national law firms in Washington, DC, and was an attorney-advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC where she examined and analyzed transactional and periodic filings for compliance with federal securities laws, primarily for REITs and syndicated limited partnerships.. Deborah is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Tenant in Common Association, where she is a member of the Legislative and Regulatory Committee; the Investment Program Association, where she is a member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee; the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law, where she is a part of the leadership of the State Securities Subcommittee; and the National Association of Women Lawyers, where she serves on the Executive Board and is Editor of the Women Lawyer’s Journal. Deborah frequently speaks at conferences and writes articles on topics such as tenant in common syndication, securities law issues, non-traded REITs and retention strategies for women. A graduate of The Catholic University of American Columbus School of Law and the College of William and Mary, Deborah is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars.

Stephanie Kimbro, MA, JD, has operated a Web-based virtual law office in North Carolina since 2006 and delivers unbundled estate planning to clients online. She is the recipient of the 2009 ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering and has won the Wilmington Parent Magazine Family Favorite Attorney Award five years in a row for her virtual law office. Her book, Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online, was published by the ABA/LPM in October, 2010. She is also the co-founder of Virtual Law Office Technology, LLC (VLOTech), which was acquired by Total Attorneys in the fall of 2009.

John Lim is the Westlaw Account Manager for AU-WCL and licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. During law school John was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and authored a note that was published in Spring, 2000 and has since been cited by several treatises and publications. Prior to joining West, John practiced commercial litigation and D&O insurance coverage with a prominent DC law firm. Since joining West, John has worked with several law schools in the DC area and for a time, was also a Law Firm Research Specialist and Academic Account Manager in Southern California. In addition to law schools, John has extensive experience working with and instructing attorneys, paralegals, investigators and legal assistants. From 2008 through 2010 John was a Senior Consultant with West's Government Services division and worked with various federal and state law enforcement agencies on the CLEAR platform, specializing in criminal and asset-based investigations on public records. In Spring 2010, John returned to the Academic segment and to WCL.

Daniel M. Mills is the Manager of the Practice Management Advisory Service of the D.C. Bar. Dan helps lawyers with the business side of their law office. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and State of Indiana. Dan leads Basic Training, a regular, free program for solo and small firm lawyers in the DC Bar sponsored by the Practice Management Service Committee.

Ellen Ostrow, Ph.D., CMC is the founding principal of Lawyers Life Coach LLC, a firm providing executive, leadership and career coaching to attorneys and consultation to legal employers. Lawyers Life Coach was founded in 1998 to help attorneys accomplish their most important professional goals while maintaining their commitments to those areas of life outside of work that give their lives meaning and purpose. Since then, Ellen has provided individual and group coaching to hundreds of attorneys, throughout the world and at every level of experience and seniority, on issues related to career planning and advancement, leadership, work/life conflict and integration, business development and effective communication. Known for her expertise in the challenges facing women attorneys, Ellen has been invited to address the ABA, NAWL, NALP and bar association groups throughout the U.S. She has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, the Legal Times, Of Counsel and many other prominent legal publications. A frequent contributing author for a variety of print and electronic media, Ellen's articles have been published in Perspectives, Lawyers Weekly USA, The New York Law Journal, Trial Magazine, and The Complete Lawyer. Her email newsletter, "Beyond the Billable Hour," has been reprinted by print and electronic publications throughout the world and in multiple languages. Ellen is Co-Chair of WILEF (Women in Law Empowerment Forum) DC, Co-President of the Board of The Third Path Institute, was an advisory committee member for the Project for Attorney Retention and PAR-GC, and served on the faculties of the ABA Commission on Women's Women in Law Leadership Academy and the UC Hastings Leadership Academy for Women in Law Firms. She is one of only a handful of PAR Consultants in the U.S- trained by the Project for Attorney Retention to assist legal employers in implementing effective balanced-hours policies. Ellen also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Lawyers Assistance Program of the District of Columbia Bar. After receiving her Ph.D., Ellen served on the psychology department faculties of three universities and as a staff psychologist in the counseling centers of four universities.  She lives in suburban Maryland with her husband and two cats.  Her son is in his senior year at college and her step-daughter is an MBA and HR professional with two children of her own.

Cassie Pangas is the LexisNexis Account Executive at American University Washington College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster where she focused on Communication Studies and Philosophy. Cassie is a recent graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law where she served as the Managing Editor of the Law Review. Her comment, “Making the Home More Like a Castle: Why Landlords Should Be Held Liable for Co-Tenant Harassment,” was published by the University of Toledo Law Review in 2011.

Monica Parham, President of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, serves as Crowell & Moring LLP's Diversity Counsel, with full-time responsibility for coordinating the firm's implementation of its diversity initiatives. She works closely with the firm's Diversity Council, and Recruiting and Lawyer Development Committees, to address and enhance the firm's recruitment, retention and promotion of attorneys from groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. She also facilitates communications regarding client expectations, and assists in coordinating client development efforts, focusing on diversity.

Laura Possessky, President-Elect of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, has a national practice in intellectual property, media, and entertainment law as a partner with Gura & Possessky, P.L.L.C. For over a decade, she has counseled artists, nonprofits, associations and small businesses on intellectual property protection and on content transactions in publishing, television, film, media and the internet. She also advises clients on First Amendment issues relating to fair use of third-party content and intellectual property. Prior to working in private practice, Ms. Possessky was with the Smithsonian Institution, negotiating agreements for museums revenue-generating activities including publishing, film and image licensing, product development, art consignments and special events including the Presidential Inauguration. She currently serves as the President for Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and as an elected Member of the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar. Recently, she was appointed to board of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Fall 2010 Featured Program Speakers

Dorian S. Denburg, President, National Association of Women Lawyers, General Attorney, AT&T
Dorian Denburg is General Attorney for AT&T with responsibility for Network Operations, including counseling clients, federal and state litigation, legislation and regulation. Previously she held numerous positions within the AT&T (previously BellSouth) Legal Department. During that time, the company avoided $600 million in expenses due to numerous federal and state cases of first impression and first-of-its-kind legislation for which Ms. Denburg was responsible.


Holly Loiseau, President, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Holly E. Loiseau is a litigation partner and a member of the firm's Complex Commercial Litigation and Product Liability practices in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Loiseau's litigation practice is dynamic and diverse. She has litigated and tried cases in a variety of fields including, antitrust, trade regulation and false advertising, products liability, insurance coverage, tax, bankruptcy, contracts, derivative transactions, healthcare and international trade. She has extensive experience litigating large consumer class actions and multi-jurisdictional cases for clients in various industries and has achieved significant victories for clients on motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment and oppositions to class certification motions. Ms. Loiseau has litigated numerous bankruptcy litigation matters for both debtors and creditors. She has represented and advised clients in grand jury proceedings and Congressional investigations. In addition, she counsels clients with respect to select government contracts issues.

Jenny Brody, President, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
Jenny Brody is a founder of the DCVLP and currently serves as its President and Foster Care Project Coordinator. Ms. Brody practices family law in the areas of domestic violence, adoption, custody and child abuse and neglect. She is a member of the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) Attorney Panel of the DC Family Court. Ms. Brody was formerly a litigator in private practice in Washington, DC. She also served as an appellate staff attorney with the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, where she briefed and argued cases in the US Courts of Appeals. Prior to her work at the Justice Department, Ms. Brody clerked for the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Brody has served on the board of directors of Hospice Care of DC and has been active as a volunteer in the Montgomery County public school system. Ms. Brody earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Marcou, Vice-President & Treasurer, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
Karen Barker Marcou is a founder of the DCVLP and currently serves as its Vice President and Treasurer. Ms. Marcou practices family law in the areas of custody and domestic violence. She was formerly a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services in Washington, DC. Ms. Marcou has served on the boards of directors of School for Friends, Green Spaces DC, Friends of Guy Mason and the Rosedale Conservancy. Ms. Marcou earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Washington College of Law, American University; and a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College.

Daniel M. Mills, Manager, Practice Management Advisory Services, District of Columbia Bar
Daniel M. Mills is the Manager of the Practice Management Advisory Service of the D.C. Bar. Dan helps lawyers with the business side of their law office. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and State of Indiana. Dan leads Basic Training, a regular, free program for solo and small firm lawyers in the DC Bar sponsored by the Practice Management Service Committee.

John Lim, Academic Account Manager, West, a Thomas Reuters business
John Lim is the Westlaw Account Manager for AU-WCL and licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. During law school John was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and authored a note that was published in Spring, 2000 and has since been cited by several treatises and publications. Prior to joining West, John practiced commercial litigation and D&O insurance coverage with a prominent DC law firm. Since joining West, John has worked with several law schools in the DC area and for a time, was also a Law Firm Research Specialist and Academic Account Manager in Southern California. In addition to law schools, John has extensive experience working with and instructing attorneys, paralegals, investigators and legal assistants. In 2008 - 2010 John was a Senior Consultant with West's Government Services division and worked with various federal and state law enforcement agencies on the CLEAR platform, specializing in criminal and asset-based investigations on public records. In Spring 2010, John returned to the Academic segment and to WCL.

Certificate Ceremony/Reception Keynote & Featured Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Deborah P. Kelly, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro and Distinguished Washington College of Law Alumnus
Deborah Kelly joined Dickstein Shapiro in 1988 and is head of the firm's Employment Practice as well as its Deputy General Counsel. She also recently concluded a four-year term on its Executive Committee. Ms. Kelly focuses her practice on civil litigation with emphasis on all aspects of employment law. She defends employers against class action suits, regularly counsels companies in all areas of employment compliance, advises and represents companies concerning the enforceability of non-competes and other restrictive covenants, conducts training in all aspects of equal opportunity employment (EEO) compliance and human resources (HR) issues, drafts employee policy manuals, and represents companies against employment claims up to and including jury trial litigation. As head of the firm's Employment Practice, she directed the development of Dickstein Shapiro's innovative PolicyPartner web-based service, which provides Dickstein Shapiro's clients with one-stop desktop access to compliance information related to a company's HR policies, procedures, guidelines, and forms. Ms. Kelly has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Washingtonian, The Washington Business Journal, The Best Lawyers in America,Lawdragon, Washington DC Super Lawyers, The Project for Attorney Retention, and Profiles in Diversity Journal.

Featured Speaker: Julia Court Ryan
Julia Court Ryan is of counsel in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she is a member of the International Department. Ms. Ryan advises multi-national companies on US and foreign anti-corruption laws in connection with these companies' worldwide business activities. She has developed corporate compliance programs, and advises companies on anti-corruption aspects of specific events and transactions. With anti-corruption experience encompassing the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as with the specifics of the laws of numerous foreign jurisdictions, Ms. Ryan is adept at tailoring advice to address the confluence of US and foreign anti-corruption requirements.


Fall 2009 Featured Program Speakers

Karen M. Lockwood: Managing Director, The Lockwood Group, LLC.
A former partner at Howrey LLP with 31 years of trial and federal appeals practice, Karen founded The Lockwood Group, LLP in 2009 to help professional service firms and corporations by increasing client value while leveraging diverse talent and adapting to 21st century economics.


Consuela Pinto: President of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia and Chair of the WBA's Task Force on the Initiative for Advancement and Retention of Women.
Consuela Pinto is President of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia as well as Chair of the WBA's Task Force on the Initiative for Advancement and Retention of Women. Ms. Pinto has been an active member of the WBA since 1996 and has been a member of the WBA Board of Directors since 2006. Additionally, she served as a member of the WBA Foundation Board of Directors from June 2000 - May 2006.


Jenny Brody, President, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
Jenny Brody is a founder of the DCVLP and currently serves as its President and Foster Care Project Coordinator. Ms. Brody practices family law in the areas of domestic violence, adoption, custody and child abuse and neglect. She is a member of the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) Attorney Panel of the DC Family Court. Ms. Brody was formerly a litigator in private practice in Washington, DC. She also served as an appellate staff attorney with the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, where she briefed and argued cases in the US Courts of Appeals. Prior to her work at the Justice Department, Ms. Brody clerked for the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Brody has served on the board of directors of Hospice Care of DC and has been active as a volunteer in the Montgomery County public school system. Ms. Brody earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania

Fall 2008 Featured Program Speakers

Carol Fishman Cohen: Author of Back on the Career Track
Carol Fishman Cohen, author of the acclaimed career re-entry book Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work (with co-author, Vivian Steir Rabin), will be the program's opening keynote speaker. Cohen is a frequent speaker and consultant to corporations, universities, non-profits and mothers groups on the topic of career re-entry. She has 18 years of diverse business experience, primarily in finance. Cohen, a mother of four, relaunched her career after 11 years out of full time workforce. She co-founded iRelaunch.com, a company providing career re-entry programming, events, and information to employers, universities, and organizations and to mid-career professionals in all stages of career break. She has presented career re-entry strategies to over 3,500 people at more than 60 events since 2006. She has a BA in Economics from Pomona College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Marci Alboher: The New York Times "Shifting Careers" columnist
Marci Alboher, who writes the "Shifting Careers" column and blog for The New York Times, is the program's featured speaker on Saturday, Oct. 26. Her recently released book, "One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success," popularized the term "slash" to refer to a new breed of individuals who can't answer "What do you do?" with a single response. Alboher is herself a slash. The author/journalist/speaker began her career in law after graduating from The University of Pennsylvania and American University's Washington College of Law. After nearly 10 years of practice, she used her law background as a springboard to a second career as a journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous national publications including: Time Out New York, Travel and Leisure, Marie Claire, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Legal Affairs, The International Herald Tribune and More Magazine covering such topics as workplace issues, entrepreneurship and travel. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times since 2001. Alboher's career insights have been featured throughout the media including the "Today Show," The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, CNBC, BusinessWeek, National Public Radio, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Kansas City Star.
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Emma Gilbey Keller: Author of The Comeback
Emma Gilbey Keller, the program's closing speaker, is the author of The Comeback, in which she tells the stories of seven very different women who gave up work to become full-time mothers and their path's back into the workforce years later. Keller is also the author of Lady: The Life and Times of Winnie Mandela. Previously she wrote for The London Sunday Times, The London Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Marie Claire, More Magazine, Vanity Fair and Tatler among others. She grew up in England and lives in New York City with her husband Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, and their two children. Emma stopped writing for seven years after the birth of her first daughter.