David Aaronson, B.J. Tennery Professor of Law

David E. Aaronson is Professor of Law and B. J. Tennery Scholar. He is Director of WCL’s nationally recognized Trial Advocacy Program and WCL’s Advocacy LL.M Program. His areas of specialization include: Criminal and Civil Trial Advocacy, Evidence, and Criminal Law and Procedure. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he was selected to be a Prettyman Fellow in the Georgetown University Graduate Law Center's Legal Internship Program, the first LLM program in the United States focusing on trial advocacy skills. He represented indigent persons accused of crime in Federal and local courts and served as a clinical instructor. Prior to joining the Washington College of Law faculty, he practiced civil and criminal law with a private law firm. As a WCL professor, he served as Interim Director of WCL’s Clinical Programs and Director of the Maryland Criminal Justice Clinic, creating the prosecutor component. He was a co-principal investigator of two U.S. Department of Justice funded national criminal justice studies, including a path-breaking study of “Alternatives to Conventional Criminal Adjudication,” and “Decriminalization of Public Drunkenness Laws.”

Professor Aaronson is a past chair of the Maryland State Bar Association's Section of Criminal Law and Practice and, currently, is an ex officio member. He has served on the executive committee of the Association of American Law School’s Criminal Justice Section. He is a member, former co-chair and chair of the ABA's Criminal Justice Section's Rules of Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Police Practices Committee. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation. He received the Robert C. Heeney Award in 1999 (presented “to those individuals exemplifying the highest professional standards and achievement in the field of criminal law during their distinguished careers”) from the Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Criminal Law and Practice. In 2011, he received WCL’s Pauline Ruyle Moore Scholar Award in recognition of his scholarly work. He has been twice honored as "Outstanding Teacher" and as American University Scholar/Teacher of the Year. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

Professor Aaronson has authored or co-authored eight books and monographs and numerous articles on topics such as crime victims’ rights and remedies, criminal jury instructions, cross-racial eye witness identification, the insanity defense, the death penalty, and police discretion and public policy. He authored Maryland Criminal Jury Instructions and Commentary (MCJIC) in 1975, Maryland’s first book of criminal pattern jury instructions. The second edition was published in 1988. The two volume third edition, was published in 2009 and supplemented annually. Starting with the 2014-2015 edition, MCJIC is published annually in a multi-volume soft bound set. See www.lexisnexis.com/MDRULE. This work includes more than 270 jury instructions and detailed commentary on Maryland criminal law, aspects of criminal procedure and evidence, and applicable U.S. Supreme Court decisions. It has been in cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Maryland Court of Appeals, and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Carlos F. Acosta

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Carlos F. Acosta currently serves in the Prince George’s County, Maryland Police Department as the Inspector General. In that role Mr. Acosta functions as the independent authority over the Internal Affairs Division, as well as being responsible to investigate systemic or programmatic issues affecting the police department’s missions. Immediately prior to this position, he worked at the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division as the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) Mérida Program Manager. In that role he supported the Department of Justice / Department of State mission of fighting organized crime via several programs, including Prosecutorial Capacity Building, Strengthening Government of Mexico Law Enforcement Integrity Systems, Certification of Forensic Laboratories, Extradition Training, Asset Forfeiture, Evidence Preservation and Chain of Custody, and Pretrial Case Resolution.

Mr. Acosta has also served as the Deputy State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was directly responsible for the Homicide, Violent Crime, Gun, Felony Trial, Economic Crime and Grand Jury / Screening Units, in addition to his administrative functions and trial work. Previously, Mr. Acosta was a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Gang Squad. Mr. Acosta has also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia in the Organized Crime and Narcotics Trafficking Section. He began his prosecutorial career as a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Office of the State’s Attorney. Mr. Acosta, currently an adjunct Associate Professor of Law, has been at the American University Washington College of Law since 1997. In that capacity, he teaches in the Trial Advocacy Program instructing courses in prosecutorial ethics, as well as prosecuting complex homicides. Mr. Acosta has served on the faculty of the National Advocacy Center (Columbia, SC). He has been a lecturer both domestically and internationally for various Department of Justice agencies, as well as for the Financial Action Task Force-Le Groupe d'Action Financière (FATF-GAFI) and the United Nations Development Programme. He traveled to Panama as part of an American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative to assist in a business process review of that country’s effort to transform its criminal justice system. He was an invited speaker at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) where he gave a presentation entitled “Using Science and Technology to Combat Crime”. Mr. Acosta has traveled to Kosovo several times to train senior prosecutors on cross-examination and ethics as well as on conducting Death Investigations. He was asked by the Justice Education Society of British Columbia to assist in a seminar entitled "Alternatives to Incarceration in Central America” which was presented in Guatemala December 2014. He has also has been a speaker on panel discussions for the American Bar Association on ethical issues for public lawyers, as well as legal issues for Inspectors General. Most recently, he went to Neuquen, Argentina (Fall 2015) to train local and national prosecutors on “Jury Trial Advocacy: Techniques and Strategies”.

Mr. Acosta received both a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in English (Rhetoric) from the University of Maryland. In 1991, he received his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. He is licensed in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Judge Michael J. Algeo

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The Honorable Michael J. Algeo is currently Special Counsel to the State's Attorney for Montgomery County, MD and serves as the Felony Trial Team Leader in the Circuit Court.  In November, 2016 he was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan

as Chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission.  He was a Judge on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County from 2005 until his retirement in July, 2014.  His judicial career began in 1999, as an Associate Judge for the District Court of Maryland, where he served for six years.  Prior to that, he was Team Leader of the Felony Trial Unit in the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office for 11 years, and also spent time in private practice with the District of Columbia law firm, Jordan Coyne and Savits.

Judge Algeo is an Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law of American University and Montgomery College.  He is the author of Crimes and the Constitution, a criminal law text used at Montgomery College.  In addition, he has taught lectures and seminars for the National College of District Attorneys, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Maryland Trial Lawyers, and the Maryland State's Attorney's Association.  He has been a guest panelist on Montgomery Channel 21, Law School for the Public.

In 2010, Judge Algeo presided over the case State v. Renee Bowman.  The defendant was a woman convicted of murdering two of her adopted children and storing their bodies in a freezer.  Ms. Bowman is serving two life sentences without the possibility of parole.  In 2016, he along with State's Attorney, John McCarthy prosecuted State vs. Scott Tomaszewski who violently murdered his neighbors, Richard and Julianna Vilardo and fled to Alaska.  The Defendant was sentenced to life without parole.

Judge Algeo is a Vietnam Veteran.  He is a recipient of The Daily Record, Leadership­ in-Law Award, the Washington College of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, the Montgomery College Service Award, and Drawing the Line Community Service Award.

Phil Andonian, Esq.


Phil Andonian, Esq. Phil Andonian is Of Counsel at the law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser, P.L.L.C., which has a national practice specializing in complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, congressional investigations, labor law and employee tax benefits law, and the representation of non-profit organizations on a broad range of institutional issues. Prior to joining Bredhoff, Mr. Andonian spent six years as an attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where he represented juveniles and adults charged with a range of criminal offenses from misdemeanors to serious felonies, and argued cases before the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining PDS, Mr. Andonian served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Morin in the D.C. Superior Court and was a criminal-defense attorney for two years at Nolan, Armstrong & Barton, LLP a boutique criminal-defense firm in northern California.

Mr. Andonian received his B.A. in English and psychology from The University of Michigan in 1998 and his J.D. from Santa Clara University in 2002. Mr. Andonian is a member of the bars of D.C. and California.

Kenneth Armstrong, Esq.


As a Senior Partner at Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos, Vaughan & Rhoades, Chartered, Mr. Armstrong’s practiceKenneth Armstrong, Esq. involves the trial of complex civil matters, including medical and professional malpractice, serious personal injury, and professional licensing matters.  He also practices in the areas of commercial and business litigation and other civil litigation.

In his 38 years of practice, Mr. Armstrong has tried over 200 cases to jury verdict, arbitration award or Court decision.  He has handled well over a thousand medical malpractice cases for various hospitals, physician insurers, and private health care provider companies and groups. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Armstrong has been a frequent public speaker, presenting hundreds of lectures, seminars, and presentations to medical and legal audiences on a wide variety of medical and legal topics.  For the past 9 years, he has returned to his alma-mater, American University, Washington College of Law, as a Clinical Professor, teaching Civil Trial Advocacy, Trial Practice, and Expert Witness Deposition classes to 2nd and 3rd year law students.

Mr. Armstrong has received a number of honors and awards including the prestigious election as a Fellow of the American College of Trials Lawyers. He has served as the Maryland State Chair of the American College, 2002-2004. In 1998, he was elected to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Armstrong has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for over 20 years.


Mark Austrian, Esq.

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Mark Austrian is a litigation partner at of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and has been lead trial counsel in cases involving intellectual property, environmental, toxic torts, products liability, real estate, and commercial litigation. He is a Mark Austrianmember of the Defense Research Institute and is a Master and Team Leader of the William B. Bryant Inn of Court.

Mr. Austrian is a frequent teacher in deposition and trial practice programs at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, an Adjunct Professor at WCL (teaching "Advanced Trial Advocacy in the High-Tech Courtroom" and "Litigating in the Digital Age: Electronic Case Management"), and is a member of the American Law Institute, the E-Discovery Advisory Board of Georgetown Law School, and the Sedona Conference Working Group on eDiscovery. He has also authored several publications in the fields of E-Discovery and electronic case management.

Mr. Austrian graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance. .

Chief Judge DeLawrence Beard

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Judge DeLawrence Beard Judge DeLawrence Beard is currently the Chief Judge of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, a position he has held since 1996. Prior to his appointment as Chief Judge, Judge Beard was an Associate Judge on the Montgomery County Circuit Court from 1984 to 1996. Judge Beard has also served as a District Court Judge for Montgomery County, Public Defender for Montgomery County, and Senior Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County.

Judge Beard is a co-founder of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Judicature Society, and Phi Beta Gamma Legal Fraternity. His awards include Governor's Citation, 1998; Meritorious Achievement Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter, 1989; Charles Sumner High School Hall of Fame Award, 1985; Montgomery County NAACP Community Service Award, 1984; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - Mu Nu Chapter Outstanding Citizen of the Year, 1982; J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association Award, 1993; J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association Legal Excellence Award, 2003; and History Makers, April 2003.

Elizabeth Boals, Esq.

Professor Boals began as the Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program in 2005 and became the Program’s Associate Director in 2009.  Her areas of specialization include: Criminal and Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Evidence.  Professor Boals is a recipient of the Washington College of Law (WCL) Faculty Leadership Award and is a member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) faculty.  She is an author of several books and teaching case files, and lectures frequently both domestically and abroad on expert witness testimony and other trial practice related issues. Before joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Boals defended the U.S. Department of Commerce on alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  She was a partner at Lay, Ippolito & Dillard, PLLC, and prior to that, an attorney at Zwerdling, Paul, Leibig, Kahn, Thompson & Wolly, P.C. where she served as counsel to the International Union of Police Associations.  Professor Boals began her legal career as an assistant public defender in the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, Virginia defending a felony caseload consisting of clients in all stages of the criminal justice system from pretrial through appeal before the Virginia Court of Appeals.

Michael P. Bruckheim, Esq.

Michael P. Bruckheim, Esq. Michael Bruckheim enjoyed a diverse career litigating in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) for over 11 years. Mr. Bruckheim began in the General Crimes Section (now called the Criminal Section) where he conducted over 50 criminal trials. Mr. Bruckheim spent the majority of his career in the OAG's Civil Division where he defended the District of Columbia in local and federal courts against a variety of claims, including police misconduct, constitutional violations, employment discrimination, failure to accommodate people with disabilities, and personal injury. Mr. Bruckheim also served as the Chief of OAG's Criminal Section, and as the Attorney/Adviser in the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights.

In April, 2010, Mr. Bruckheim opened the Law Office of Michael Bruckheim, LLC where he specializes in DUI/DWI defense, general criminal defense, domestic violence, mediation, and civil litigation.

Since September, 2007, Mr. Bruckheim has served as an Adjunct Faculty Coach for the Washington College of Law's Mock Trial Honor Society. He received his B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University in 1993 and his J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law in 1996. He is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland.

William P. Butterfield

William P. ButterfieldMr. Butterfield is a partner at Hausfeld LLP, a global claimants' law firm. He focuses his practice on antitrust litigation and electronic discovery. Mr. Butterfield developed his interest in electronic discovery in the early 1990s when he led the design and implementation of an electronic document repository to manage more than 15 million pages of documents in a complex securities case. He has testified as an expert witness on e-discovery issues, and speaks frequently on that topic domestically and abroad. Recently, Mr. Butterfield was invited to provide Congressional testimony regarding the costs and burdens of civil litigation.

Mr. Butterfield is vice chair of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. He is also a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure. Additionally, Mr. Butterfield serves on the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center's Advanced E-Discovery Institute, and for the Federal Judicial Center's e-discovery seminar for federal judges. He has also served as a guest lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Butterfield has authored or contributed to several publications concerning e-discovery.

Judge Erik P. Christian

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In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Judge Erik P. Christian as an Associate Judge to the bench of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. A native Washingtonian, Judge Christian  graduated with distinction from Archbishop John Carroll High School, where he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor in 2012.  Judge Christian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Political Science, magna cum laude from Howard University in 1982, where he was selected in his junior year as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and later inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha.  In 1986, Judge Christian received his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center where he has returned as Instructor and speaker at keynote events.

Following his service in the United States Attorney’s Office, Judge Christian was appointed in 1999, by the D.C. Mayor  to serve as Deputy Mayor  for Public Safety and Justice, where he oversaw the Metropolitan Police Department, the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, the Department of Corrections, the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Emergency Management Agency, and the Office of Justice Grants Management.  Judge Christian was later appointed as Legal Counsel to the Mayor where he served until his appointment to the Superior Court bench.

As judicial officer, Judge Christian was appointed by the Chief Judge in January 2013, as a member to the Court’s Judicial Leadership Team and as Deputy Presiding Judge of the Probate and Tax Divisions.  From January 2015 through December, 2016, he served as the Presiding Judge of the Probate and Tax Divisions.  Judge Christian has served as a Trial Judge in every Division of the Court, including the Probate and Tax Divisions, the Civil Division, the Criminal Division, the Family Court, the Domestic Violence Unit, and District of Columbia Traffic Trial Branch. He presently serves in the  Family Court.  

David Clark


David Clark established his private ADR practice in 2001, where he provides arbitration, mediation, facilitation, and training services to companies, federal agencies, labor unions, and private individuals. As a mediator, Prof. Clark has presided over hundreds of workplace disputes involving employees and management. As an arbitrator, he presides over collective bargaining and other employment matters, as referred by the American Arbitration Association and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, among others.

In 2016, Mr. Clark was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of State to be a member of the Foreign Service Grievance Board, which oversees the formal grievance system covering employees of the U.S. foreign affairs agencies (fsgb.gov). In this position, Mr. Clark serves intermittent duties as an adjudicator of such disputes

In 2014, Prof. Clark was appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to serve a 5-year term as an Administrative Judge and Member of the Government Accountability Office’s Personnel Appeals Board (PAB), an independent body charged with protecting against potential or perceived conflicts of interest arising from the GAO’s oversight of the executive branch. Hearings before the PAB are conducted pursuant to the same laws, rules, and regulations applied by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Merit Systems Protection Board, and Office of Special Counsel.

From 1998 to 2001, Prof. Clark worked as an attorney-adviser to presidential appointees for the Federal Labor Relations Authority, an independent quasi-judicial agency that oversees federal labor-management relations. His duties included analyzing lawsuits involving collective bargaining disputes, mediating cases, making recommendations to management, and drafting final decisions issued by the agency.

Prof. Clark graduated from WCL 1997, and also received a M.A. in International Organizations from American University’s School of International Service, with a specialization in the field of Conflict Resolution. Prof. Clark is a member of the state bar associations of New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia, and is a certified mediator by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Judge Charles B. Day

Judge Day received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1978, his Master Judge Charles B. Dayof Science degree from The American University in 1980, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Maryland in 1984.

After being admitted to the practice of law, Judge Day became a prosecuting attorney who successfully litigated several high profile cases in the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.  He later practiced law with the Washington, D.C. firm of Sherman, Meehan, Curtin, & Ain.  For many years, Judge Day was a frequent legal commentator for CNN and other national television and cable broadcasts.

Judge Day was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Maryland, on February 18, 1997.  He is the first African-American Magistrate Judge for the District of Maryland, and the second person of color to serve in this position in the Fourth Judicial Circuit of the United States.  The Fourth Circuit includes the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Judge Day has held many positions of leadership.  He is a former Co-chair of the American Bar Association's Race and Racism in the Criminal Justice System Committee, and has served on the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council.  He has chaired the Maryland State Bar Association's Leadership Academy and the Alan J. Goldstein Inns of Court, and was Vice- chair of the Maryland State Court’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial

Process.  He is a Past President of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association and former Chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges for the American Bar Association.

Judge Day is an active member of many professional organizations and has served on the board of directors of a number of civic, charitable and Christian organizations, including Habitat for Humanity - Montgomery County Chapter.  Judge Day has been on several missionary trips to Romania to build churches, to Mexico and West Virginia to help build several homes for the needy, to Kenya to build walls around a facility for refugee women, and he travels yearly to the Dominican Republic as part of a medical/construction faith-based mission effort.  Judge Day and his wife, Cheryl, are the proud parents of three young adults.

Melinda Douglas, Esq.

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Melinda Douglas Melinda Douglas founded the Office of the Public Defender for the City of Alexandria in 1987, where she has represented indigent clients ever since.  She supervises a team of nine attorneys, two investigators, one sentencing specialist, and five support staff.  She is a frequent speaker, guest lecturer, and training instructor in the fields of criminal defense and professionalism.  Additionally, she is extensively involved in criminal justice policy initiatives, and public service projects.  She is a member of various professional organizations and boards. Her educational background includes a B.A. from Emmanuel College and a J.D. from the Antioch School of Law. 

Ms. Douglas is the 2012 recipient of the Harry L. Carricio Professionalism award, presented by the Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section.

David K. Felsen, Esq.

David K. Felsen is a partner at Kaplan Sargent LLC. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.  After graduating from law school, Mr. Felsen clerked for the Honorable Robert Richter, District of Columbia Superior Court.  Mr. Felsen’s practice focuses on civil and criminal matters.  He teaches Plea Bargaining at WCL.

Ryan Flax, Esq.

Ryan Flax, is an Administrative Patent Judge with the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Before being appointed to the PTAB, Judge Flax was A2L Consulting’s Managing Director of Litigation Consulting and General Counsel. Judge Flax joined A2L Consulting after pPhotograph of Professor Ryan Flaxracticing intellectual property (IP) law as part of the Intellectual Property Group at Dickstein Shapiro LLP (now Blank Rome LLP) in Washington, DC.

In 2015, The National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) published Judge Flax’s book,SwimTime, Corp. v. Water-Fun, Inc., which is the first NITA case file focusing on patent litigation.

Judge Flax earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Between his undergraduate studies and law school, He was a Laboratory Scientist conducting DNA research at the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Kara L. Fischer, Esq.                                                                     

Kara Fischer is a Trial Attorney with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at the United States Department of Transportation. Ms. Fischer works in the Litigation and Enforcement division, where her work focuses on a variety of motor vehicle safety issues, including the recent Takata airbag recall. Prior to working at the Department of Transportation, Ms. Fischer was an associate attorney with a plaintiff’s law firm in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she was named one of Maryland’s “Rising Stars” for her work in civil litigation and criminal defense. She received her J.D. from the Washington College of Law, and has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. from York College of Pennsylvania.

Bruce A. Fredrickson, Esq.

Bruce A. FredricksonBruce Fredrickson is a founding partner of Webster, Fredrickson, Correia & Puth PLLC, where he has represented employees in discrimination and harassment cases, severance negotiations, and other employment matters for 34 years. Among other matters, Mr. Fredrickson led the fight in Hartman v. Powell, winning the largest employment discrimination award in the history of the Civil Rights Act. Mr. Fredrickson reached the record $508 million settlement after individual class members had won forty-six of forty-eight trials, yielding awards of $25 million paid over and above the settlement. As a result of the historic Hartman v. Powell case, Mr. Fredrickson was named the 2000 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and the 2001 Lawyer of the Year by the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.

Mr. Fredrickson is President of the Employee Rights Advocacy Institute, a non-profit public interest organization dedicated to the creation of workplaces free from discrimination and retaliation, where employees are accorded livable wages and benefits. Mr. Fredrickson is also a past President (2007-2010) and current Board member (2002-) of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). He is also a past President of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association and current member of the MWELA Board of Directors, as well as a member of the American Association for Justice and the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.. In July, 2000, Mr. Fredrickson was introduced as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and in 2011, was named Best Lawyers' 2012 Washington DC Civil Rights Law Lawyer of the Year.

Mr. Fredrickson is a 1973 summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, obtained his Juris Doctor in 1976 from The George Washington University National Law Center with high honors.

Mr. Fredrickson has taught Trial Practice at WCL since 1986.

Douglas F. Gansler, Esq.

Douglas F. Gansler, former Attorney General of Maryland and President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of BuckleySandler LLP. His practice focuses on advising businesses and individuals on federal and state investigations and enforcement actions and litigation matters involving state Attorneys General, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and other state and federal enforcement and regulatory agencies, including individual and multi-state enforcement actions. He also handles complex litigation cases involving data breaches, cybersecurity, and privacy matters and provides regulatory compliance advice.

Mr. Gansler served as Attorney General of Maryland from 2006-2014 and focused on environmental, consumer and public safety issues. He distinguished himself by prosecuting polluters of the Chesapeake Bay, protecting consumers from various forms of fraud, and safeguarding the public from gangs, violent crime, and the underbelly of the Internet. In the fight against mortgage fraud alone, he recovered more than $1 billion in relief and assistance for Maryland homeowners. Attorney General Gansler secured the largest air quality settlement of its kind in the history of the United States, a Maryland history-making water pollution penalty, the largest civil penalty ever levied for an oil spill in Maryland, and the largest asbestos penalty in Maryland history. As President of the National Association of Attorneys General from 2012-2013, his presidential initiative was data privacy and cybersecurity. Mr. Gansler also served as Chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association during his tenure as Attorney General.

Prior to becoming Attorney General, Mr. Gansler served for eight years as the Montgomery County State’s Attorney and was the first in the country to fully implement community-based prosecution. Prior to being elected State’s Attorney, Douglas Gansler was an Assistant United States Attorney. From 1992-1998, he prosecuted over 1,000 cases involving almost every type of crime, including public corruption, hate crimes, narcotic trafficking, sex offenses, child abuse, economic crimes, gang-related violence, and homicides.

Mr. Gansler received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. from Yale University (cum laude).

Aimee Ghosh, Esq.

Is an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in the law firm’s Public Policy practice and is based in the Washington, DC office. She focuses her practice on global security, cyber security, and government affairs, with an emphasis on assisting companies in obtaining liability protections under the SAFETY Act. Aimee advises clients on state, federal, and industry
compliance obligations and best practices with respect to physical and cyber security planning, incident response, and recovery, as well as liability mitigation strategies in the event of a serious physical or cyber incident. Aimee also represents clients on regulatory and government affairs before the Department of Homeland Security and Congress.

In addition to her work on security issues, Aimee provides legal and advocacy advice to national organizations navigating state and local regulations across the country. She also has a background in political law.

Aimee earned her J.D. from Washington College of Law, American University cum laude in 2012 and her B.A. in Communications, from American University, 2007 cum laude

Mark A. Gilday, Esq.

Mark Gilday Mark Gilday is a partner at Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday, LLC in Maryland. His litigation practice includes the defense and prosecution of commercial lawsuits, contract disputes, employment disputes, construction disputes, personal injury lawsuits, and general civil litigation. Mr. Gilday is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia, including trial and appellate courts. Mr. Gilday also represents clients in arbitration matters, including before the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Gilday represents numerous business and real estate clients on a wide range of issues. For example, Mr. Gilday provides clients with general business advice, negotiates and drafts contracts (such as leasing, purchase and sale, construction, and employment), and assists clients with business development. Mr. Gilday received a B.A., Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland in 1982, and his J.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1985. After graduating from law school, Mr. Gilday served for three years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Mani Golzari, Esq.

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Seth M. Guggenheim, Esq.                                                                 

Professor Guggenheim has practiced law in both the public and private sectors for over 35 years. He has held leadership positions in the Alexandria, Virginia, Bar Association, and lectures frequently on legal ethics and professional regulation to bar associations and other groups. As an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law , he teaches Ethics for Trial Lawyers, and judges law student competitions.

Between February of 2000 and April of 2012, Professor Guggenheim was a prosecutor for the Virginia State Bar. He is now assistant ethics counsel for the Bar, giving Ethics Hotline advice to attorneys, presenting at seminars, and assisting the Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics in the generation of legal ethics opinions.

Professor Guggenheim earned his bachelor’s degree at Boston University, and is a graduate of the Washington College of Law, where he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree. He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.

Brandi Harden, Esq.

Brandi Harden is currently the Managing Partner at Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, a boutique law firm located in downtown Washington, DC. Harden & Pinckney, PLLC specializes in criminal defense litigation, contract, divorce and family law. Ms. Harden is also an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law, where she coaches the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team. Before going into private practice, Ms. Harden was a trial attorney as well as a supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (hereinafter PDS). While working for PDS, Ms. Harden maintained a homicide case load and supervised attorneys litigating general felony cases in D.C. Superior Court.

Ms. Harden also served as a chair of the 2004 Criminal Practice Institute, led the felony division-trial practice groups, served as faculty for Summer Series trainings, and was an active member of the PDS Forensic Practice Group. Prior to becoming employed at PDS, Ms. Harden worked for the Southern Center for Human Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and for the United States Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division – Computer and Finance Section. Ms. Harden has been faculty at the National Student Leadership Conference, the Georgia Honors Program, the Southern Public Defender Training Center, The Bronx Defender’s Trial College, and Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Brandi Harden is a native Texan who obtained both her Bachelor of Arts as well as her Juris Doctorate from Howard University. She is currently admitted to practice law in Washington DC, and is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Barry Helfand, Esq.

Barry Helfand, Esq.Barry Helfand has forty-four years of experience as a litigator and is among the premier trial attorneys in the metropolitan area.  The Washington Post reported that Mr. Helfand is "a canny and shrewd adversary who enjoys the limelight and the mental rush of legal competition.  A prosecutor briefly during the 1960s, he has become one of the most sought-after criminal defense lawyers in the Washington area. His trial appearances attract large crowds of lawyers and casual observers." Super Lawyers Magazine named Mr. Helfand as one of the best lawyers in both Maryland and Washington, D.C. in 2009. 

Mr. Helfand has taught criminal and civil trial advocacy at the American University, Washington College of Law for approximately ten years.  He received his undergraduate degree from the  University of Delaware in 1958 and his J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1963.      

Gregory L. Hillyer

Gregory L. Hillyer is a practicing trial attorney and a partner with the firm Brinks, Gilson & Lione. Mr. Hillyer is a Board Certified, Registered Patent Attorney licensed to practice law in several state, federal and administrative courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has litigated and tried a wide variety of civil cases throughout the country involving patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets and false advertising.

Mr. Hillyer is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized by other publications for excellence in the field, including being named a Philadelphia Super Lawyer and appearing in the Washington Post as one of Washington, D.C.’s top lawyers. Mr. Hillyer is the author of several publications and is a frequent lecturer and panel participant. He enjoys teaching trial techniques and is a former Adjunct Professor at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law where he coached the National Trial Team. Prior to joining Brinks, Mr. Hillyer developed his courtroom skills as a Philadelphia Public Defender.

Mr. Hillyer is the recipient of the Lewis Powell Medallion from the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Most Promising Litigator Award from the Center for Forensic Economic Studies, the Murray Love Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Trial Lawyers, the Trial Lawyer’s Prize from the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Barrister’s Award from Temple Law.

Benjamin Jacewicz, Esq.

Ben Jacewicz has practiced law in the Washington metropolitan area for the past seventeen years. After working in the litigation departments of several private firms, he joined the Office of the County Attorney for Fairfax County, Virginia, where he represents and counsels County agencies, officials, and employees on a wide variety of subjects, including civil rights, employment law, government ethics, and retirement benefits. Mr. Jacewicz also is an instructor at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy and serves as a court and community mediator.

Following graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. Jacewicz clerked for Judge Thad Heartfield of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and Judge Emilio M. Garza of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Firth Circuit.

Jon S. Jackson

Jon S. Jackson is a Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps. Since February 2008, he has been a Defense Counsel in the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel, Office of Military

Commissions, and has served as lead defense counsel for detainees Mustafa Ahmed Al-Hawsawi (one of five men charged in the attacks of 9/11) Majid Khan, and Omar Khadr before the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Colonel Jackson served previously as a defense counsel in Germany and as the Deputy of the Defense Counsel Assistance Program at the Headquarters of the United States Army Trial Defense Service, Arlington, VA. He has been involved with numerous high profile cases and investigations including the Walter Reed Scandal, the Pat Tillman Investigation, Abu Ghraib and most recently the Wiki-Leaks case.

Colonel Jackson has taught extensively in the areas of Military Commissions, Military Justice and Trial Advocacy, and served as an associate professor of law at the ABA accredited U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School. He was a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University School of Law. Colonel Jackson also volunteers his time as a member of the National Trial Competition Committee.

Colonel Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, received his J.D. from University of Memphis College of Law and was awarded his LLM from The Judge Advocate General’s School where he was named the Trial Advocacy Honor Graduate.

Danielle Jahn, Esq.

Dani Jahn is an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia and has been in that capacity since 2005. Prior to 2005 she was a research and writing attorney in the Federal Public Defender’s office in the District of Columbia. She received her bachelor of arts degree in communications and criminal justice from Indiana University and a juris doctor degree from University of Baltimore School of Law. Ms. Jahn also serves as an adjunct professor in a trial advocacy course entitled Plea Bargaining at American University, Washington College of Law.


Joseph V. Kaplan, Esq.

Joseph Kaplan is a founding principal of Passman & Kaplan PC.  He received his undergraduate degree from
the Pennsylvania State University in 1975, and his Juris Doctor in 1978 from Gonzaga University. In 1979, Mr. Kaplan received a Master of Laws, LL.M. from the George Washington University National Law Center, specializing in Labor and Employment Law.  Mr. Kaplan concentrates his practice in the areas of employment, labor, and discrimination law. While primarily representing Federal and D.C. Government employees and labor unions of the Federal and District of Columbia Governments, he also represents private sector employees. 
He teaches Lawyer Bargaining at WCL.


John F. Karl, Esq.

John F. Karl, Esq. John Karl is a partner at Karl & Tarone, a law firm in general practice with an emphasis on complex and federal litigation. He has been in private practice since 1979. Since 1985, Mr. Karl served as an Adjunct Lecturer at The American University's Washington College of Law, where he currently teaches a seminar on Complex Civil Litigation and Civil Trial Practice. Mr. Karl received his J.D. from the Washington College of Law of The American University in 1979. He holds an Honors B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto.

Mr. Karl is a member of the Bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Florida, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia,and the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Fourth and Federal Circuits. He served as President of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers from 1996 to 1998. He has been on the Board of Directors of this association since 1994.

Mr. Karl has served as a Mediator and an Arbitrator in the District of Columbia Superior Court since 1986. He has served as a member of the D.C. Bar's Attorney-Client Arbitration Board since 1990. The Board resolves fee disputes and claims of attorney malpractice.

Brittany A. Keil, Esq.

In May 2006, Ms. Keil started as a line attorney in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia in the Criminal Section of the Public Safety Division. She prosecuted quality of life, traffic, impaired driving and unregistered firearm offenses. After a year in that section, she moved to the Juvenile Section, where she prosecuted juveniles in D.C. for all types of misdemeanors and felonies, including violent crimes such as robberies, carjackings and homicides. In May 2012, she became the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Section, where she supervised attorneys and staff, as well as advising on policy and procedural decisions. In September 2015, she left the Office of the Attorney General.

Ms. Keil coached mock trial for Georgetown Law from Fall 2006 until 2011, when she joined the Trial Advocacy Program at WCL. Since her move to WCL she has coached mock trial competition teams every spring and fall. Additionally, she co-taught Criminal Trial Advocacy in the Fall of 2014 and currently co-teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy- Challenges and Obligations of a Prosecutor.

Ms. Keil received her B.A in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2002 and her J.D. from the University of Houston in 2005. Ms. Keil is a member of the Texas and D.C bars.

Lisa Kreeger-Norman, Esq.

Ms. Kreeger-Norman is the Associate Chief, Special Victims Counsel Division, AFLOA, Joint Base Andrews. She is Photograph of Professor Lisa Kreeger-Normanresponsible for SVC Program administration and development. She provides training, develops policy and procedures,
coordinates the representation of sexual assault victims of sexual assault through mentoring and training 36 SVCs world-wide, and is one of the appellate attorneys involved in the development of law regarding adult and child sexual assault victims’ rights.

Ms. Kreeger-Norman brings expertise from a broad range of professional experience; she was a prosecutor, plaintiff’s civil rights attorney, violent crime against women Program Manager, first and sole attorney at the USACIL and the Program Manager for the first crime victims’ assistance program at the National Park Service. She created one of a kind attorney training at the crime lab and advised Air Force Sexual Assault Trial and Defense Counsel in that capacity. She is admitted to the practice of law before the Supreme Court of Florida and the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.


Elizabeth L. Lippy, Esq.

Professor Elizabeth Lippy is the Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at the American Universityhttps://www.wcl.american.edu/trial/images/Liz_Lippy.jpg Washington College of Law and maintains a private practice as a founding member of the law firm of Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. where she focuses her practice on criminal defense and civil litigation.  In 2016, she proudly received the Edward D. Ohlbaum Professionalism Award presented by Stetson University College of Law.   Ms. Lippy has been named a Super Lawyer in Pennsylvania for the past five years in a row.  She was most recently was named one of Pennsylvania’s 10 best female attorneys by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, and a Top 40 Trial Lawyer under 40.

Professor Lippy has been at American University since 2011.  In her role of Assistant Director of Trial Advocacy she works tirelessly with the mock trial competition teams. Professor Lippy currently teaches many different courses at the American University Washington College of Law including Criminal Trial Advocacy, Evidentiary Foundations & Objections, and Litigating in a High Tech Courtroom.   She was integral in the creation of new curriculum for advanced advocacy courses such as Plea Bargaining, Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony, and Special Victims Cases.  Professor Lippy instructs government agencies, military attorneys and law firms on different facets of trial advocacy skills.  She is also an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and has published a case file through NITA entitled Evans v. Washington State.


Judge Michael D. Mason

Judge Michael D. Mason Judge Michael Mason has served as an Associate Judge in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, since March 18, 1994. Prior to that appointment, Judge Mason was an Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County. He received his B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University, and graduated cum laude from the George Washington University School of Law in 1974.

Admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1974, Judge Mason is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, having served as Chair, criminal law section, 1985-86; Administration of Justice Committee; Executive Committee, 1986-87; Chair, Lawyer Referral Committee, 1991-92; Chair, District Court Bench & Bar Committee, 1992-93; and Chair, Circuit Court Bench & Bar committee. Judge Mason is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Treatment and Learning Centers, and the Executive Committee of Parents for Options in Special Education.

Anthony Morella, Emeritus

Anthony Morella was professor of law and co-director of the Trial Practice Program. He is among the longest standing faculty members at the Washington College of Law. In his time at American University, he has served as associate dean of the Washington College of Law; vice president and general counsel for American University; university marshal; chairman of the University Senate; assistant secretary to AU's Board of Trustees; and general counsel to American University. Also, he served as secretary-treasurer, National Association of College and University Attorneys; delegate of AU to the National Collegiate Athletic Association; fellow, John Sherman Myers Society; member of the Board of Trustees, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia; member of the Board of Trustees, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties (Maryland) Continuing Legal Education Institute; president, Court Practice Institute, Chicago; trustee, United States Capitol Historical Society and the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health. In 1973, he served as cocounsel for Respondent, Hon. John J. Sirica, Richard M Nixon v The Honorable John J Sirica, 487 F.2d 700 (1973).

In his career, he served as confidential aide to the U.S. Attorney General and special assistant to the director, U.S. Bureau of Prisons. He was legislative assistant to Hon. George Meader and to John V. Lindsay; and attorney advisor to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He was partner at Raysor, Barbour & Morella in Washington, D.C. and senior partner at Hewes Morella, Gelband & Lamberton, P.C., also in Washington. He is recipient of many awards and honors. Mr. Morella received his J.D. from the Washington College of Law and an A.B. from Boston University.

Paul Morella, AEA

Paul Morella is a professional actor who has performed in regional theatre, film, television, and radio for more than 35 years. Originally from Washington, DC, his extensive credits include more than 55 leading roles in over 125 professional productions, from classical to contemporary, as well as 19 world premieres. A multiple Helen Hayes Award nominee, Mr. Morella has performed at some of the most prestigious theatres in the country, including The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, LA Theatre Works, the National Players, American Showcase Theatre, the Delaware Theatre Company, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and many others. No stranger to lawyers, he received unanimous critical acclaim and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his portrayal of Roy Cohn in both parts of Angels In America, and has appeared as prosecuting attorney Horace Gilmer in the world premiere of To Kill A Mockingbird, as well as attorney Jarreld Schwabe opposite Julia Roberts in The Pelican Brief. Additional film credits include The Replacements (with Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman), The Hunley (with Armand Assante), That Night (with Juliette Lewis), Diner (directed by Barry Levinson), Liberty (with George Kennedy and Chris Sarandon), and A Man Called Hawk with Avery Brooks. Onstage he has worked with Julie Harris, James Farentino, Senator Fred Thompson, Marsha Mason, Robert Prosky, and M. Emmett Walsh, among others, and was a regular on the NBC television series, Homicide: Life On The Streets. He has worked on the HBO series, The Wire, and was a recurring cast member of the CBS television show, The District, with Craig T. Nelson. An M.F.A. (Acting) graduate of Catholic University, he has also portrayed three felons and two victims on the Fox- TV series, America's Most Wanted, and was recently chosen as one of only two actors to be featured on their special 700th Capture episode. For the past 10 years, he has presented his original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a one-man production he conceived, directed and performed, recently chosen by The Washington Post as the area’s best version of the holiday classic. In addition to Clarence Darrow, he has appeared as John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and most recently, as Teddy Roosevelt in a world premiere production at the Kennedy Center, in conjunction with the White House Historical Society. Paul Morella is from Washington, DC and has performed professionally in regional theater, film, television and radio for over 25 years.


Erica Mudd, Esq.

Erica Mudd is a native Washingtonian. She received her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Colorado, and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore, cum laude.  Ms. Mudd is a Partner with the law firm Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos, Vaughan and Rhoades, Chartered.  She has litigated and tried medical malpractice and personal injury cases in both state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  In addition, she has briefed and argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  Beyond her trial work, Ms. Mudd regularly represents physicians and nurses before professional licensing boards, and she lectures to health care provider groups on risk management related issues.  Ms. Mudd was recently selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers - Rising Stars 2013 in Maryland and in the District of Columbia.  

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Karl W. Pilger, Esq.

Karl Pilger is Counsel to the law firm of Brian V. Ebert, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia. His practice focuses on litigation of estate, business and employment disputes, with an emphasis on retirement disputes and employee benefits claims under ERISA. Karl has taught trial advocacy since 1985 for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), including its courses in trial skills, depositions, and trial advocacy teacher training. He was a lecturer in trial advocacy for over ten years with the U.S. Department of Justice's Legal Education Institute in Washington, D.C. For many years he also served as faculty for the law school trial advocacy programs at Emory University, Hofstra University and Widener University.

Karl has been affiliated with WCL since 2008 and has taught Civil Trial Advocacy, Fact Witness Depositions, Pretrial Litigation and Ethics for Trial Lawyers. He has also coached mock trial teams at WCL and served as a director of its 2009 and 2010 Capitol City Challenge mock trial competitions.

Karl has written articles about litigation for NITA, LexisNexis and the Virginia State Bar. His articles on closing argument and impeachment of witnesses have been reprinted for use by the law schools of the University of Virginia and Southern Methodist University. Karl has testified as an expert witness on the reasonableness of attorneys' fees incurred in litigation. He graduated from the University of Florida (B.A., with high honors, 1974; Phi Beta Kappa) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1977). Karl is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Among his honors are listings in Best Lawyers in America and Northern Virginia Magazine's “Top Lawyers”.


J. Christopher Racich

J. Christopher Racich is President and founder of Vestigant™. Mr. Racich has been a leader in the fields
of Computer Forensics and Electronic Discovery since 1997. Mr. Racich has conducted thousands of Computer Forensics investigations, and has been qualified to testify in Federal and State Courts and before arbitration bodies. Mr. Racich is a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) through The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners and is a recipient of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) case of the year award for 2016. Mr. Racich leads Vestigant™ and oversees the cases that Vestigant™ undertakes. 


Zol D. Rainey

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Zol D. Rainey is a native of Lake Forest, Illinois and was educated at Old Dominion University (B.S.), The John Marshall Law School (J.D.), and The George Washington University Law School (LL.M. in Litigation and Dispute Resolution).

Rainey began his career in law enforcement as a Narcotics Detective for the Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Department and a Detective for the Deerfield, Illinois Police Department.  After 10 years in law enforcement and graduating from law school he joined the United States Navy as a naval officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps in 2000.  He served as defense counsel at the Naval Legal Service Office MIDLANT; as legal advisor to the Commodore of COMPHIRON 8 while deployed in

support of Operation Enduring Freedom; as an adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy; as aide to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy; and as trial counsel at the Trial Service Office Northeast.

Rainey left the Navy in 2005, joining the District of Columbia’s Office of the Attorney General, beginning as an Assistant Attorney General in the Juvenile Section, promoted to the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Section, and ending as an Assistant Attorney General prosecuting complex civil cases in the Civil Enforcement Section.  In 2009, Rainey joined the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) as an Assistant Chief Counsel for the Arlington, Virginia Office of Chief Counsel; as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Director of ICE; as the Deputy Chief of the OPLA Executive Communications Unit; and as the Acting Chief of the OPLA Executive Communications Unit.  As the Deputy Chief and then Acting Chief of the OPLA Executive Communications Unit Rainey reviewed every category of document and legal opinion before it left the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor.  Rainey joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on October 7, 2012, and currently holds the position of Senior Litigation Counsel where he investigates and is a principle litigation attorney in complex enforcement actions of Federal consumer financial laws.  Since 2008 Rainey has also been an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School co-teaching pre-trial civil litigation.

Judge Irma S. Raker

Irma Raker Judge Irma Raker has served as a judge on the Court of Appeals of Maryland since 1994. Prior to that appointment, she served on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County and the District Court of Maryland. She also served as an Assistant State's Attorney for Montgomery County and as a partner in the law firm of Sachs, Greenebaum and Tayler. Since 1981, Judge Raker has chaired the Committee to Draft Pattern Jury Instructions in Maryland. She has also been an adjunct professor in Civil and Criminal Trial Advocacy at the Washington College of Law from 1980 to the present.

Judge Raker received the 2007 Margaret Brent Award from the American Bar Association (ABA). Among Judge Raker's other commendations are the Century of Service Award by the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, the Ninth Annual Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award for Significant Contribution to Women's Rights by the Women's Law Center, and the Robert C. Heeney Award by the Maryland State Bar Criminal Law Section. The Maryland General Assembly recognized her outstanding contributions to the advancement and welfare of women in Maryland. Judge Raker was named the Syracuse Outstanding Alumnus by the Syracuse University Alumni Association of Maryland. She was recognized by The Daily Record as one of "Maryland's Top 100 Women" in 1998, 1999, and 2001, and was a recipient of The Daily Record's Leadership In Law Award in 2001.

Judge Nelson W. Rupp, Jr.

Judge Nelson W. Rupp, Jr.Judge Nelson Rupp has served as an Associate Judge on the Montgomery County Circuit Court since January 17, 1997, and was previously an Associate Judge on the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County from September 23, 1993 to January 16, 1997 . Prior to his appointment to the judiciary, Judge Rupp served as Senior Assistant State's Attorney, Montgomery County, 1973-77; Member, Alternative Community Services Commission, City of Rockville, 1975-80; Assistant Public Defender, Montgomery County, 1977-80; Deputy State's Attorney, St. Mary's County, 1980-81; Assistant State's Attorney, Prince George's County, 1981-83 and was the partner in charge of the Maryland Litigation Team at the insurance defense civil litigation firm, Jordan Coyne Savits and Lopata from 1983-1993.

Part of Judge Rupp's service as a Circuit Court judge includes: Chair of Committee to Implement Drug Court in Adult and Juvenile Montgomery County Circuit Court, 2003; Presiding Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court, 2004 to present; member of Drug Treatment Court Oversight Committee, Office of Problem Solving Courts, Maryland Judiciary, 2009 to present; appointed by Gov. O’Malley in 2011 to State of Maryland Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council.

Judge Rupp received his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 1974. He is a member of the Maryland and D.C. Bar, and his awards include the Outstanding Jurist Award, Montgomery County Bar Association, 1995 and 2016. Judge Rupp was also the 1997 Recipient of Distinguished Service Award, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC. On November 17, 2006, Judge Rupp was awarded The Daily Record's Leadership in Law Award. The award honors those who contribute significantly to the legal profession. Judge Rupp has also received the 2009 Community Service Award from the Caron Foundation and the 2015 Community Service Award from the Montgomery County Bar Foundation.

Addy R. Schmitt, Esq.

Addy Schmitt is Counsel at the law firm Miller & Chevalier Chartered, where she represents individuals, organizations and corporations in white collar criminal and complex civil litigation matters. Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Ms. Schmitt served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, where she represented federal executive agencies and employees at all stages of litigation in matters pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Schmitt served as counsel and career law clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 2007-2009, and as a term law clerk to Judge Sullivan from 2004-2005, where she assisted him with many complex and high-profile criminal and civil matters, including a number of jury and non-jury trials. Ms. Schmitt also worked as an Associate for the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro, LLP from 2003-2004 and 2005-2007, where she handled a wide range of civil cases at all stages of the litigation process.

In addition to practicing law and teaching, Ms. Schmitt is active in the community. Ms. Schmitt serves on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia's Committee on Grievances and is President of the Board of Directors of the Abramson Scholarship Foundation.

Ms. Schmitt graduated summa cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where, in addition to her J.D., she earned a number of honors and awards, including the Dean's Award for Professional Responsibility in the Clinical Program, the Mooers Trophy for outstanding student in the Trial Practice Program, and the Gillett-Mussey Dean's Fellowship for academic achievement. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Schmitt worked as a staff assistant in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and as a lobbyist for a large national non-profit organization. Ms. Schmitt holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Allison Stanton, Esq.

Allison Stanton is the Director of E-Discovery, FOIA, and Records for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division. She advises on complex e-discovery issues in civil litigation and investigations; develops e-discovery policies, practices, and training for the Civil Division; works with the other Department of Justice Divisions on e-discovery initiatives; advises federal agencies on e-discovery and information management matters; and provides guidance on proposed changes to procedural rules, regulations, and legislation affecting e-discovery. Allison also leads the Civil Division’s office responsible for meeting the Division’s FOIA and records obligations. She received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for her work in the investigation that led to the multi-billion dollar settlement with JP Morgan for mortgage fraud. Allison is an established author and speaker. She teaches E-Discovery at American University’s Washington College of Law and is the Former-Chair of the D.C. Bar E-Discovery Committee. She graduated first in her law school class from the Washington College of Law, American University, summa cum laude, and received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University with honors. Allison clerked in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for the Honorable Barry R. Poretz. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Stanton was an attorney with Hogan Lovells US LLP where she represented numerous clients in complex civil cases and criminal investigations.

Paul T. Stein, Esq.

Photograph of Professor Paul SteinPaul Stein received a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and a J.D. degree from the Washington College of Law of the American University. Mr. Stein is Board Certified as a civil and criminal trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for superior proficiency in the Art and Science of Trial Advocacy. In March 2003, he was elected as a fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Stein served in the States Attorneys' Office for Montgomery County, Maryland from 1970 to 1975, both as a paralegal and as an assistant state's attorney where he was responsible for the prosecution of serious felony matters and the management of a trial team. Mr. Stein has taught litigation to paralegals at the University of Maryland as well as criminal and family law to bar groups and the community. He currently teaches in the Trial Practice Program at the American University as an adjunct professor.

Mr. Stein serves as a court-appointed mediator for the Circuit Court of Montgomery County and as a panel chair for medical malpractice hearings for the Maryland Health Claim Arbitration Office. Formerly, he served as Chairman of the Montgomery County Commission on Landlord and Tenant Affairs, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, as President of the Central Maryland Chapter of the United States Navy League, as a member of the Economic Development Commission for the City of Rockville, and as a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the Hebrew Home of Washington, D.C.

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan was born in Washington, D.C., and attended public schools in the District of Columbia until his graduation from McKinley High School in 1964. In 1971, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Howard University, and, in 1971, a Juris Doctor Degree from the Howard University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Sullivan was the recipient of a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship and was assigned to the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C., where he worked for one year. The following year, he served as a law clerk to Superior Court Judge James A. Washington Jr.

In 1973, Judge Sullivan joined the law firm of Houston & Gardner. He subsequently became a partner and was actively engaged in the general practice of law with that firm until August 1980, when his partner, William C. Gardner, was appointed as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Thereafter, Judge Sullivan was a partner in the successor firm of Houston, Sullivan & Gardner. While in private practice, Judge Sullivan was a member of a number of bar associations, court advisory, and rules committees. He was a perennial voting delegate to the Circuit Judicial Conference and the District of Columbia Law Students in Court Program; the District of Columbia Judicial Conference Voluntary Arbitration Committee; the Nominating Committee of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia; and the U.S. District Court Committee on Grievances. Judge Sullivan has also taught as an adjunct professor at teh Howard University School of Law and has served as a member of the visiting faculty at Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop. He is a member of the National Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Judge Sullivan is the recipient of many honors, including the Ollie May Cooper Award, the Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence, and the Howard University Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also been recognized for his achievements by the District of Columbia Public School System, the Judicial Administration Division of the American Bar Association, and the District of Columbia Judicial Disabilities and Tenure Commission.

On October 3, 1984, President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Sullivan to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. As an Associate Judge of the Superior Court, Judge Sullivan was one of only seven judges to have served full-time in every division. On November 25, 1991, Judge Sullivan was appointed by President George Bush to serve as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. While an Associate Judge of that court, and in addition to his full-time case management responsibilities, Judge Sullivan was Chairperson for the Nineteenth Annual Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia, held in June, 1994. On June 16, 1994, Judge Sullivan was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, making Judge Sullivan the first person in the District of Columbia to have been appointed by three United States Presidents to three judicial positions.

Jeannette P. Twomey                                            

Jeannette P. Twomey is an experienced mediator, consultant, facilitator, and trainer in the field of conflict management and resolution. She has provided alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services since 1992, focusing on workplace, family, and elder issues. She has been certified since 1993 by the Judicial Council of Virginia to mediate court-referred cases and to deliver training required for the court system’s mediator certification program.

Ms. Twomey has provided training and facilitation to private organizations and government agencies including the U.S. Department of the Air Force, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Department of Interior, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Fairfax County’s Department of Human Services.

She has successfully mediated and facilitated resolution in hundreds of two party and multi-party disputes. Ms. Twomey participated in the EEOC Washington Field Office’s pilot mediation program in the early 1990’s and has mediated EEO and workplace disputes for government agencies including The Corporation for National Service, The Central Intelligence Agency, The National Science Foundation, The World Bank, and the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority. She also serves on the rosters of General District and Circuit Court mediation programs in Arlington and Fairfax Counties.

Ms. Twomey has been a leader in the dispute resolution field, serving on governing boards of ADR organizations in both Virginia and the District of Columbia. She regularly trains mediators in ethics and professional responsibility. She was named 2014 Distinguished Mediator by the Virginia Mediation Network and Mediator of the Year by Northern Virginia Mediation Service in 1994. Ms. Twomey is a Mentor Mediator for the Virginia’s Mediator Certification Program and an appointed member of the Advisory Council for the Virginia Supreme Court’s Division of Dispute Resolution Services (Term ends in 2014).

She was instrumental in designing the mediation program for Arlington County’s General District Court and has partnered with George Mason University’s Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution to design and deliver training and facilitation services to public and private clients.

Ms. Twomey served as President of Northern Virginia Mediation Service from 1996-1999. She is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Virginia State Bar. She is an adjunct professor, teaching negotiation and mediation, at the American University’s Washington College of Law.

Kathleen M. Uston, Esq.

Kathleen M. Uston is Assistant Bar Counsel with the Virginia State Bar in Alexandria, Virginia, and an adjunct professor of law at American University Washington College of Law teaching Litigation Ethics. She received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 1991 where she served as President of the Student Bar Association and as a Justice on the Moot Court Board. Ms. Uston was previously in private practice doing ethical defense, GAL work, and civil litigation. While in private practice, she also served as a Commissioner in Chancery for the Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria. Ms. Uston is a past President of the VSB Young Lawyers Conference during which time she served on the VSB Council and Executive Committee. She also served as vice-chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Solo and Small Firm Committee. Ms. Uston currently serves as President of the Alexandria Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Bar Counsel. Ms. Uston has lectured extensively on the subject of attorney ethics, and co-authored the updated edition of Lawyers and Other People’s Money with Frank Thomas, Esquire.


Megan Whiteside, Esq.

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Judge Patrick Woodward

Judge Woodward Resume

Judge Patrick Woodward Judge Woodward has served as a Judge on the Court of Special Appeals for Montgomery County since May 26, 2005. Prior to his appointment, he served as Associate Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court, from May 7, 1998 to May 25, 2005. Judge Woodward served as an Associate with the Law Offices of Rourke J. Sheehan, 1974-78; as Partner, Sheehan & Woodward from 1978-80; Partner, Jackson, Campbell & Parkinson; and Director, Jackson & Campbell, P.C. from 1980-87. He acted as a sole practitioner from 1987-91 before his appointment to the Montgomery County District Court, which lasted from 1991-1998. Judge Woodward received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1973. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Edward S. Northrop, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, from 1973-74. Judge Woodward served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Captain from 1974-75. His awards include the President's Citation, Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1986; the Champion for Children Award, Maryland Citizen Board for Review of Foster Care for Children, 1996; and the Outstanding Jurist Award, Montgomery County Bar Association, 1997.