Staff

The DC Affordable Law Firm was established through a unique partnership among Georgetown University Law Center, DLA Piper and Arent Fox. The firm has six recent Georgetown law graduates who will complete a 15-month fellowship, during which the associates represent clients and earn an L.L.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Each graduate has also committed to providing 50 hours of pro bono legal services during that period.


Joseph C. Ardito, Attorney

Joe joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in September 2016.  Joe has demonstrated a deep commitment to serving individuals in need both during and prior to law school.  At DCALF, Joe represents clients in several areas of the law including Employment, Small Business, Housing, and Family Law.

Joe earned a B.A. in psychology from The George Washington University in 2003.  For nearly a decade prior to law school, Joe was the human resources director for a large, non-profit organization in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Joe earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in May 2016.  At Georgetown, Joe was a Public Interest Fellow as well as a student attorney in The Community Justice Project clinic where he provided over 700 hours of pro bono services representing a client in an unemployment insurance appeal as well as helping a local non-profit organization identify and remove barriers faced by undocumented, transgender immigrants seeking name changes in the District of Columbia.  In addition to his clinical experience, during law school Joe served as a legal fellow at the Equal Rights Center, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the Office of General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In addition to his clinical service, Joe provided over 125 hours of pro bono services to individuals and organizations during law school earning him the distinction of exceptional pro bono service at graduation.  Joe received the Dean’s Certificate in recognition of special and outstanding service to the Georgetown Law Center community, his dedication to public interest, and his commitment to service and advocacy.

Joe is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.


Caroline Fehr, Attorney

Caroline Fehr joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in September 2016. She came to DCALF with a background of public interest work, including working as a congressional aide prior to law school. Caroline represents clients primarily in Family and Immigration Law.

Caroline earned her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish with honors from Washington University in St. Louis.  She earned her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as a Student Attorney in the Domestic Violence Clinic and received the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law. While at Georgetown, Caroline served on the executive board of Advocates Against Sexual Violence and was an Annual Survey Editor on the American Criminal Law Review. Caroline also worked at internships with the Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia, Break the Cycle, AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Division.

Caroline is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.


Katrina L. Goodjoint, Attorney

Katrina L. Goodjoint joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in September 2016. She came to DCALF with experience in criminal law, family law and probate law before and during law school. At DCALF, she focuses on Family Law, Immigration and Estate Planning.

Katrina is originally from Seattle where she earned her B.A. in Political Science from Seattle University summa cum laude. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the Executive Boards of the Georgetown Youth Advocacy group and the Black Law Students’ Association. At Georgetown Law, Katrina completed over 175 hours of pro bono work including internships at the D.C. Public Defender Service, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, the ABA’s Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project and the ABA’s Racial Justice Improvement Project. Katrina has also clerked at a small law firm in the DC area assisting a solo practitioner with matters relating to family law, probate, and tax in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Katrina is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.


Kelly K. Hughes, Attorney

Kelly Hughes joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in September 2016. She came to DCALF after editing an Iraqi news website and covering Congress for public radio. At DCALF, she focuses on Immigration, Family Law, and Housing Law.

Kelly earned her B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California and her M.A. from Georgetown University in International Affairs. She earned her J.D. and Refugee & Humanitarian Emergencies Certificate from Georgetown University Law Center. There, she was a student attorney in the asylum law clinic, CALS, and assisted the Appellate Litigation Clinic in drafting a brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Kelly’s internships include drafting opinions for Immigration Judges at the Executive Office of Immigration Review, working for the Department of Justice’s Office of Human Rights and Special Prosecutions, and representing the government in immigration court. She has also completed more than 75 hours of pro bono service, including for the International Refugee Assistance Project and Catholic Legal Immigration Network Charities.

Kelly is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.


Richard S. Kelley, Attorney

Richard Kelley joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in September 2016. He came to DCALF after a ten year career in education, teaching high school and running after-school and out-of-school time programming for low-income youth.  Prior to DCALF, Richard worked at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel reviewing and mediating federal employment law complaints and at the National Juvenile Defender Center working on juvenile justice reform efforts in Maryland.  At DCALF, Richard represents clients primarily in Family Law, Employment and Probate matters.

Richard earned his A.B. cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. cum laude and LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a Student Attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic.  Richard was a member of the Georgetown Law ProBono Board and completed over 175 hours of pro bono service while at law school, which included internships at the Children’s Law Center, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel as well as work with the D.C. Youth Court.

Richard is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Virginia.


Russell Martinez, Attorney

Russell Martinez joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in September 2016. Russell is deeply committed to assisting individuals and families in crisis, particularly those of limited financial means. At DCALF, Russell represents clients primarily in Small Business and Immigration matters.

Russell earned his B.A. in Political Science from California State University Long Beach and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. In college, Russell interned for organizations that promoted the rights of underrepresented groups. Russell also served as a student attorney in Georgetown’s Criminal Justice Clinic. While at the DC Affordable Law Firm, Russell will represent clients primarily in small business and immigration law cases.

Russell is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.


Holly Pannullo, Office Manager

Holly Pannullo joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in November 2015 as the Office Manager.  She earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Vassar College and her M.E. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.  After working for 10 years in the software industry, she took a career break to raise her three children who are now teenagers.  Holly will be responsible for a variety of tasks to support DCALF.


Terry Scudieri, Law Clerkscudieri

Terry Scudieri joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in March 2017.  Terry is a part-time evening student at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is pursuing his J.D.  At Georgetown, Terry serves as the Online Strategy Editor of the American Criminal Law Review.  He is also a Featured Online Contributor of ACLR Online, and his research and advocacy centers on the over-policing and disparate application of the constitutional right to privacy vis-à-vis communities of color.

Terry holds a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts with high honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A native Chicagoan, Terry brings years of professional public service experience to his role at DCALF.  Terry is licensed to practice clinical social work in Illinois and New York.  In the past, Terry worked at the Center for Court Innovation in New York City, where he was instrumental in developing an alternative sentencing program for defendants with histories of mental illness and substance use issues facing low-level criminal charges, In Chicago, Terry worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he developed and implemented a social service program for formerly homeless military veterans.

Terry plans to use his law degree in the public interest, combining his experience as a clinical social worker and program coordinator, to continue to advocate for a justice system that is both fair and equally accessible to all.