Board of Directors
Sheldon Krantz, Board Chair and Director
Sheldon Krantz chairs the board of the DC Affordable Law Firm. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law Center and Co-director of its Justice Lab. Before that, Mr. Krantz was a litigation partner in DLA Piper’s Washington, DC office and the Founder and Director of New Perimeter, its global pro bono non-profit affiliate.
Mr. Krantz began his career as a prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also served as the Dean of the University of San Diego Law School and a Professor of Law and Director for the Center for Criminal Justice at Boston University School of Law. He is the author of numerous books and articles including The Legal Profession: What is Wrong and How to Fix It which was published by LexisNexis is 2013.
Mr. Krantz has received a number of awards including the 2016 Council for Court Excellence Justice Potter Stewart Award for his continued efforts in public service, pro bono and civil liberties advocacy; the 2011 National Law Journal Champion Award for his New Perimeter initiatives; and the District of Columbia Pro Bono Law of the Year Award in 2004. He has been a member of the DC Access to Justice Commission since 2011 and is a former Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association.
Benjamin S. Boyd, Treasurer and Director
Mr. Boyd is the Co-Managing Partner of the Washington D.C. office of DLA Piper. His practice is focused on civil litigation, with significant experience in product liability cases and corporate contractual disputes. He has represented national manufacturers of consumer products, pharmaceuticals, food products and motor vehicles in state and federal courts throughout the nation. He has extensive experience representing corporate clients in a wide variety of disputes, including leading a team of DLA Piper lawyers based in Tampa and Washington, D.C. from 2007 to 2010 representing a large tobacco company in its defense of approximately 9,000 individual lawsuits.
Mr. Boyd has engaged in extensive pro bono work, including representing an inmate on death row in Virginia, multiple claimants for Social Security Disability Claims, federal workers challenging random drug testing laws, and an individual in a housing discrimination lawsuit. As DLA Piper’s National Hiring Partner, Mr. Boyd has led DLA Piper’s efforts to hire a highly diverse group of lawyers to meet its clients’ needs and expectations wherever they may arise across the U.S.
Jeffrey E. Jordan, Secretary and Director
Mr. Jordan is a partner in Arent Fox. He principally practices in the areas of federal securities law and state corporation law, representing public and private companies in a variety of corporate transactions and corporate governance matters.
Jeff’s practice involves a wide variety of business acquisitions and dispositions, including stock transactions, assets transactions and mergers. In 2014, he was recognized as a “recommended” lawyer in mid-market M&A by Chambers USA. He has represented sellers or purchasers in a variety of business transactions, ranging in value from a few million dollars to in excess of $700 million.
Jeff Jordan also uses his corporate skills to support charitable causes, assisting in the organization of a therapeutic horseback riding center for disabled veterans, a crisis pregnancy center in Northern Virginia, and the organization of the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund, which raised over $150 million for the families of firefighters.
Rachel Camp, Director
Rachel Camp is a Co-Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic and a Professor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Camp plays an integral role in hiring, training, and mentoring all DCALF attorneys and managing the LL.M. program for Georgetown fellows. She joined Georgetown’s faculty in 2011 and became a co-director of the Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC) in 2013. Professor Camp has devoted her career to advocating on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized populations. She has represented, and has supervised law students representing, hundreds of survivors of intimate partner violence in civil protection order and family law cases during her time at Georgetown and while a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law. In addition to direct legal representation, Professor Camp has supervised law students on a variety of community education and systemic legal reform projects aimed at increasing access to justice for survivors. Professor Camp’s co-authored article on integrating community legal education into clinical programs was published in the Clinical Law Review in 2012.
Between 2000-2008, Professor Camp served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice. While there, she served as counsel for a variety of state agencies, including the Department of Human Services in matters involving child abuse and neglect. Prior to her employment at the Oregon Department of Justice, Professor Camp was an attorney at the Maryland Disability Law Center representing patients at a maximum-security state psychiatric hospital in civil and administrative matters. Professor Camp currently serves on the Board of Directors of the D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, the D.C. Affordable Law Firm, Girls on the Run of Central Maryland.
Among other publications and law review, in Coercing Pregnancy, 21 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 275 (2015), Professor Camp examines the intersection between intimate partner violence (IPV), reproductive coercion, and pregnancy. In her most recent article, Pursuing Accountability for Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: The Peril (and Utility?) of Shame, 98 BOSTON UNIV. L. REV. 1677 (2018), Professor Camp explores how formal and informal methods of shaming perpetrators of IPV lead to counterproductive outcomes for reducing violence in intimate relationships and increased risk of harm for survivors. In addition to her work in the DVC, Professor Camp directs the LL.M. program for the D.C. Affordable Law Firm, a program that allows recent law graduates to provide civil legal representation to D.C. residents who fall between 200-400% above the federal poverty rate and who otherwise may be unable to obtain legal representation.
Marcus A. Christian, Director
Marcus Christian is a Washington DC partner in Mayer Brown’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, and White Collar Defense & Compliance practices. Since joining Mayer Brown in 2013, Marcus has represented clients in matters involving data security planning, board governance of cybersecurity, cyber fraud, data breach response, cybersecurity litigation, and congressional investigations, among others.
Previously, he was the Executive Assistant United States Attorney at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the third-highest ranking position among more than 200 federal prosecutors. In this role, Marcus worked on the senior management team with responsibility for the Criminal, Civil, Appellate, Asset Forfeiture and Administrative Divisions. Among other things, he oversaw a number of identity theft task forces, maintained critical incident response readiness, and supervised investigations and prosecutions of crimes related to data breaches. Marcus developed strong working relationships with members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and other agencies that investigate computer and data crimes. He also held a top secret security clearance.
Earlier in his career, Marcus was selected by the Attorney General’s Honors Program to work as an attorney in Appellate Section of the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington DC. He also clerked for Judge H. Robert Mayer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC.
- Yale Law School, JD
- University of Oxford, MSc; Rhodes Scholar
- Williams College, BA; Phi Beta Kappa
Renée mcdonald hutchins, Director
Renée McDonald Hutchins is Dean and Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law). Dean Hutchins joined UDC Law as dean after fourteen years on the faculty at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Dean Hutchins also taught in the Lawyering Program at the New York University School of Law.
Dean Hutchins is widely recognized as a leading expert on the Fourth Amendment and criminal appellate practice. Her legal scholarship has been published in high-impact journals like the UCLA Law Review and NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, among others. She has also provided legal analysis and insight for outlets including MSNBC, “Voice of America,” and CSPAN-TV’s “Landmark Cases” series.
She has authored or co-authored three textbooks: Learning Criminal Procedure, Developing Professional Skills: Criminal Procedure, and Essential Lawyering Skills. She has also written on the law of racial profiling and stop and frisk, most recently as a contributing author to the anthology Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution & Imprisonment and in David Tanenhaus’ Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Dean Hutchins is a member of the American Law Institute. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. She is a former member of Maryland’s Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission and the ACLU of Maryland’s Committee on Litigation and Legal Priorities and a former board member of both the Judicial Institute of Maryland and the Clinical Legal Education Association.
Dean Hutchins graduated cum laude from Spelman College with a B.A. in Mathematics. She went on to receive her J.D. from Yale Law School. Dean Hutchins clerked for the late Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
matthew fraidin, Director
B.A., Haverford College, 1987; J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1993.
Professor Fraidin served from 2017-20 as Associate Dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs and teaches Civil Procedure, Torts and the Externship seminar. He previously served as co-director of the General Practice Clinic and director of the former HIV/AIDS Clinic, and has also taught Professional Responsibility and Katrina and Beyond: Disaster Prevention and Recovery, Social Justice & Government Accountability. Prior to joining the School of Law, Professor Fraidin served as Legal Director of The Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., Supervising Attorney at The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and Associate Counsel to Vice President Al Gore. Professor Fraidin served as law clerk to Hon. Juan M. Perez-Gimenez in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Professor Fraidin frequently addresses local and national groups about family law, lawyering skills, and clinical legal education. Professor Fraidin’s speeches, presentations and activities include keynote addresses at the District of Columbia Neglect and Delinquent Practice Institute, New Mexico’s Children’s Law Institute, and National Association of Counsel for Children annual conference.
Professor Fraidin has served as an invited guest lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Law, William and Mary School of Law, American University Washington College of Law, and The University of Wisconsin School of Law, as a Visiting Professor in the Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center.
An expert in the areas of kinship care, child custody, and child abuse and neglect, Professor Fraidin has testified before the U.S. Senate and the D.C. Council about a variety of proposed legislation. Professor Fraidin has been interviewed on Washington, D.C. area radio and television programs and quoted in numerous newspaper articles on the subjects of child abuse and neglect and family law. Professor Fraidin served as a Discussion group leader at the Fourth Annual Conference of American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law National Project to Improve Representation of Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System. Professor Fraidin is Director of the District of Columbia Child Abuse and Neglect Moot Court Project.
Professor Fraidin currently serves as Chair of the School of Law Academic Standards Committee. He is also a member of the Faculty Evaluation and Retention Committee.
Professor Fraidin is active in several local advocacy organizations. He serves on the board of the D.C. Affordable Law Firm. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law National Project to Improve Representation of Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System.
Elizabeth Dewey, Director
Ms. Dewey has been DLA Piper’s full-time Pro Bono Partner since 1999 and is the current Director of its global pro bono nonprofit affiliate, New Perimeter. As Pro Bono Partner, Ms. Dewey cultivates DLA Piper’s strategic thinking on pro bono, including the vision for its U.S. pro bono program. She also supervises associates to ensure they receive the training, mentoring, and staff support they need to give pro bono clients high-quality legal services. She identifies and procures pro bono opportunities and ensures widespread participation in the pro bono programs on all levels (including staff) across DLA Piper’s U.S. offices. She develops and spearheads DLA Piper’s signature pro bono partnerships among DLA Piper, corporate clients, and legal service providers.
Her personal pro bono experience has included representing a man on death row in Alabama, handling several federal criminal appeals, and representing families who lost loved ones in the Khobar Towers terrorist attack in 1996. She obtained a $321 million judgment against the Government of Iran in a lawsuit against the Government of Iran under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act concerning the death of a U.S. citizen in a terrorist aircraft hijacking. Ms. Dewey has also represented refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. and several individuals in family law, juvenile, and housing matters. She has also done civil rights work and appellate work in suits concerning the admissions policies of the University of Michigan.
Ms. Dewey is a member of the Public Interest Law Institute Pro Bono Council. Her awards include recognition by Financial Times as one of only 10 Innovative Individuals in the Responsible Business category on its list of U.S. Innovative Lawyers (December 2010) and being named as one of the Greater Washington’s Legal Elite by Washington SmartCEO Magazine (2005).
Ms. Dewey has taught seminars as an Adjunct Professor of Law on law firm economics and pro bono practice (Georgetown University Law Center), pro bono practice and the public interest (Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City), and pro bono and public interest (Washington College of Law, The American University) and lectured on pro bono, social change, and public policy (Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo De Mexico, Mexico City).
Peter B. Edelman, Director
Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy the Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and poverty law and is the faculty director of its Center on Poverty and Inequality. He served in all three branches of the federal government, including as Counselor to Secretary Donna Shalala in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Clinton administration and then Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in HHS.
Mr. Edelman has been Associate Dean of the Law Center, Director of the New York State Division for Youth, and Vice President of the University of Massachusetts. He served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy’s 1980 Presidential campaign. Prior to working for Robert F. Kennedy, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and before that for Judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals. He was Special Assistant to U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Douglas. He was a partner in the law firm of Foley & Lardner while in private practice.
Mr. Edelman has chaired and been a board member of numerous organizations and foundations, including his current position as chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission and prior service on the American Bar Association’s Presidential Task Force of Access to Justice. He also chaired the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the Public Welfare Foundation, and the New Israel Fund.
He is the author of numerous published reports, law review articles, book chapters, books, letters and op-ed pieces, including the book So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America (2012), “When Second Best Is the Best We Can Do,” in Closing the Justice Gap, Center for American Progress (June 2011), and “Access to Civil Justice in the District of Columbia: A Case Study of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission,” at 47 The Judges’ Journal 10 (2008).
Mr. Edelman has been a United States-Japan Leadership Program Fellow, was the J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, and has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award from the D.C. Bar in 2005.
Marc Fleischaker, Director
Mr. Fleischaker is Counsel and Chair Emeritus of Arent Fox. He served as Chair from 1996 through 2010, and officially retired as of March 31, 2020.
While in practice, Marc focused his practice on counseling national trade and professional associations and foundations in the fields of automotive parts, grain handling and export, higher education, and domestically produced athletic and waterproof plastic and rubber footwear. He was lead counsel in major regulatory matters and litigation throughout the country, as well as appellate challenges to federal agencies’ regulations. Mr. Fleischaker also led significant civil rights based class action litigation on a pro bono basis against various federal agencies.
Mr. Fleischaker has chaired several nonprofits dedicated to improving access to justice, including the Appleseed Foundation, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the National Health Law Program, and the District of Columbia Bar Foundation. Among the awards he has received are the Whitney North Seymour Award from the National Lawyers Committee in 2003, the Wiley Branton Award from the Washington Lawyers Committee in 2006, and the Justice Potter Stewart Award by the Council for Court Excellence in 2014. In his honor, Arent Fox presents the Marc L. Fleischaker Pro Bono Award each year to a partner who has performed exemplary pro bono work. Mr. Fleischaker chaired the Senior Attorney Initiative for Legal Services, an effort co-sponsored by the District of Columbia Bar and the District’s Access to Justice Commission dedicated to encouraging senior lawyers to contribute pro bono service. Marc was the co-founder of the DC Affordable Law Firm, and served as its initial Board Chair. He also served two stints as Executive Director.
George A. Jones, Director
George A. Jones has been Chief Executive Officer of Bread for the City (BFC) since January 2, 1996. He is responsible for managing all administrative, financial, and programmatic aspects of the organization and its 100 full time staff.
Mr. Jones has led Bread for the City’s growth from a $1.2 million operation in 1996 to a $10.6 million operation in 2014. This growth included overseeing the development of a new center in Southeast DC in 2002, as well as the 11,000 sq. ft. expansion of BFC’s Northwest Center, which opened for service in December 2010.
In 2015, Georgetown University recognized Mr. Jones as a local leader working to solve some of the city’s most pressing challenges and honored him with the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.
Mr. Jones was appointed to the Access to Justice Commission in 2014 and was also recently selected to be a member of one of Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser’s transition committees on poverty and homelessness in DC.
From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Jones served as Chairman of the Board of the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA), a non-profit which advocates for the expansion of healthcare access and reduction of healthcare disparities among low-income DC residents. He currently serves as the DCPCA’s Vice Chairman, is on the Center for Nonprofit Advancement Board, as well as the Board of the Capital Area Food Bank. Mr. Jones is also a 2011 winner of the Center for Non-Profit Advancement’s Gelman, Rosenberg, & Freedman EXCEL Award.
While serving as CEO of Bread for the City, the organization has been recognized for excellence by Johnson & Johnson, the District of Columbia government, the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (DC), DC Bar Pro Bono Program, and the District of Columbia Primary Care Association. The agency was also a two-time finalist and one-time winner for the Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.
In addition, Mr. Jones was recognized by Mayor Anthony Williams for 10 Years of Dedicated Service in April 2006 and received the Haynes Rice Award from the DC Hospital Association in 2011.
Mr. Jones holds a B.A. in Psychology from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Nancy A. Noonan, Director
Regarding international trade and customs matters, Ms. Noonan has represented a wide variety of clients in antidumping, countervailing duty, and Section 201 proceedings. Ms. Noonan’s clients have included a major steel company; a provincial government in Canada; several trade associations; and manufacturers of merchandise ranging from softwood lumber, to salmon, to bedroom furniture. In addition, Ms. Noonan has counseled clients with respect to classification, valuation, and country of origin marking issues under the customs law. She has also advised clients in their defense against penalty proceedings by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and False Claims Act proceedings relating to the importation of goods into the United States. She routinely serves as counsel to clients in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, as well as in appeals to the US Court of International Trade and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
As for immigration and nationality law, Ms. Noonan routinely advises domestic and foreign companies regarding the optimal strategies for the transfer of foreign nationals for temporary and permanent employment, and counsels US and foreign companies in matters relating to the employer’s legal obligations under immigration law. She is experienced in employment and family-based immigration, nonimmigrant visas, and citizenship issues, including representing individuals of extraordinary ability, and in applications for Regional Centers under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program.
Ms. Noonan has a long history of pro bono work including conducting intake at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, counseling at naturalization workshops, and assisting clients in immigration proceedings. She serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee as Vice Chair of Committee for the DC office.
William M. Treanor, Director
William M. Treanor is the Dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University Law Center, and he holds the Law Center’s Paul Regis Dean Leadership Professorship. Dean Treanor joined Georgetown in 2010 and was reappointed to serve a second term beginning July 1, 2015.
Under Treanor’s leadership, Georgetown Law has hired 39 new faculty members; tripled the number of experiential offerings for students in its clinical, externship and practicum programs; and experienced its most successful era of fundraising, culminating in a record of over $40 million in annual giving in 2019.
As dean, Treanor has worked to advance Georgetown Law’s commitment to affordability and access. During his tenure, Georgetown has more than doubled financial aid; raised nearly $20 million dollars for the Law Center’s scholarship program for exceptional students with significant financial need; and launched the RISE program, which provides academic support for students from historically underrepresented groups. The Law Center also created the Early Outreach Initiative which brings the Law Center’s dean of admissions, current law students, and alumni into urban high schools across the country to encourage student interest in pursuing careers as lawyers.
Georgetown Law’s motto is “Law is but the means; justice is the end,” and Treanor has focused on increasing opportunities for students to pursue careers in public interest law. The newly-established Blume Public Interest Leaders program provides full tuition scholarships, mentors, and specialized programs to a select group of students who wish to pursue careers in the public interest area. The Law Center has also initiated a program of post-graduate fellowships that have enabled more than 100 graduates to work in public interest jobs, and, in combination with the law firms Arent Fox and DLA Piper, it has launched the DC Affordable Law Firm, a “low bono” law firm where recent Georgetown Law graduates provide legal representation to people of limited means.
Dean Treanor has worked to develop Georgetown Law’s world-class program in law and technology. Currently, the Law Center has 19 faculty experts in law and technology and offers 70 courses in this area. During the dean’s tenure, the Law Center has established the Institute for Technology Law & Policy; the Center on Privacy & Technology; the Technology Scholars Program; and the Georgetown Law Technology Review.
In 2012, Dean Treanor was recognized by the National Law Journal as a “Champion” because of his work to “uphold the profession’s core values.” In the same year, he received the 2012 David Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award from the David Nee Foundation for his efforts to raise mental health awareness among law students. National Jurist magazine has named him one of the most influential people in legal education four times. He is a member of the Morristown (N.J.) High School Hall of Fame.
Treanor’s areas of academic expertise include constitutional law, property law, criminal law, intellectual property and legal history. At Georgetown Law, he has taught a first-year legal justice seminar and an upper-level course on the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. His writings have principally been in the area of constitutional history, and he has been recognized as one of the 10 most-cited legal history scholars in the United States by the University of Chicago Law School’s Brian Leiter. His early work largely focused on the history of constitutional protections of private property. His articles were selected three times by the Land Use and Environment Law Review as among the year’s finest, and his article “The Original Understanding of the Takings Clause and the Political Process,” 95 Colum. L. Rev. 782 (1995), was recently recognized by the Land Use Professors Blog as the most cited land use article of the past 30 years. Treanor’s more recent work, including “Judicial Review before Marbury,” his doctoral dissertation, has focused on the emergence of judicial review and on constitutional interpretation in the early republic. He is currently writing the article, “Dishonest Scrivener,” a study of the changes that constitutional convention delegate Gouverneur Morris and the Committee of Style made in preparing the Constitution’s final draft.
Before coming to Georgetown, Treanor was Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he began teaching in 1991. He also has served in a variety of positions in the government, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice; Associate Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel during the Iran/Contra investigation; Speechwriter to the United States Secretary of Education; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia United States Attorney’s Office; and Special Assistant to the Chair of the New York State Commission on Government Integrity. He was law clerk to the Honorable James L. Oakes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Treanor has a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, a B.A. from Yale College (summa cum laude) and a J.D. from Yale Law School.