DC Affordable Law Firm Staff and Key Volunteers
DC Affordable Law Firm’s Team is comprised of a combination of staff and volunteers who contribute to our programming in a pro bono capacity. This composition enables us to leverage the talents of highly skilled attorneys to deliver top-quality legal services to our community.
Gabrielle Mulnick Majewski (she/her), Executive Director
Gabrielle “Gabby” Mulnick Majewski joined DC Affordable Law Firm as Executive Director in January 2020. Gabby oversees all aspects of DCALF’s programs and operations, leading the high-quality work of the staff, building and strengthening community partnerships, and guiding the strategic direction of the organization.
Gabby has dedicated her entire career to amplifying the voices of underserved community members and providing holistic, compassionate, family-centric legal services to DC residents. Gabby came to DCALF following more than eleven years of experience with Children’s Law Center, where she served as a Guardian ad litem, supervising attorney, and program manager. Across these roles, Gabby represented the best interests of children, teens, and young adults in DC’s abuse and neglect system, children caught in the middle of high-conflict custody disputes, and the parents of children in need of appropriate special education services. Gabby appeared in hundreds of hearings in DC Superior Court, litigated dozens of trials, led a multitude of trainings in national and local forums, and supervised more than three hundred child welfare, custody, and education cases. As a program manager, Gabby cultivated stakeholder relationships and created more effective models for representation and attorney engagement to maximize impact for the District’s families.
Since 2012, Gabby has served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of BEST Kids, providing fiduciary, strategic, content-knowledge, and fundraising leadership to the organization. Gabby was a member of the Princeton AlumniCorps Emerging Leaders class of 2016 and a 2008 recipient of the Frederick B. Abramson Public Service Award. Gabby earned her law degree from American University Washington College of Law and graduated with honors from the University of Delaware with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Public Law.
Rebecca Goldfrank, Legal Director
Rebecca joined DCALF in August 2021 as the inaugural full-time legal director. Her career is devoted to public service having worked for nearly two decades with various legal services organizations in Washington, DC. Through this work, Rebecca has worked closely with many area law firms serving as a substantive mentor and trainer to hundreds of pro bono attorneys.
Prior to joining DCALF, she was the director of the Detained Children’s Program at Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition. In that capacity she managed a team of approximately thirty staff responsible for providing legal screening and orientation to the majority of the detained immigrant children in the DC region and providing full representation in removal proceedings and before USCIS to those children released in the area. Rebecca was responsible for the children’s program’s contract management and compliance and a member of the organizational leadership team.
Before joining CAIR Coalition, Rebecca directed a program devoted to providing high-quality, free legal representation to children and caregivers in complex child welfare and custody matters at Children’s Law Center (CLC). Rebecca led the organization’s domestic relations practice while also defining organizational culture and priorities. From 2004 – 2011 she was a staff attorney and supervising attorney at CLC managing a varied caseload.
Rebecca is an active member of the DC legal community. She serves as a Complaint Examiner with the DC Office of Police Complaints where she makes determinations regarding allegations of police misconduct. Until March 2020, Rebecca staffed the DC Bar Pro Bono Center’s monthly Saturday Advice and Referral Clinic which provides free legal advice on any civil legal matter.
Rebecca graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from New York University. She is proficient in Spanish.
Mary Gately (She/Her), Pro Bono Litigation Director (Volunteer)
Mary Gately is the co-head of DLA Piper’s Washington, DC Litigation group and pro bono legal director of DC Affordable Law Firm. She graduated from Harvard Law School. Mary serves on the leadership committee for DLA Piper’s Washington, DC office. Mary has repeatedly been ranked by Chambers USA, a highly respected legal directory and is ranked Band 2 in the 2019 edition where she was regarded as “…very tenacious in the courtroom, she works hard to understand clients’ needs and interests to get the best results.” Clients have recognized her as an “‘outstanding’ lawyer who ‘combines a deep understanding of legal principals with a common-sense approach to practice.'” She focuses her practice on reputation management, class actions, cross border litigation and other complex litigation in the fields of the First Amendment, product liability and commercial litigation. Mary also is a DLA Piper 2018-2019 North American Pro Bono Award Recipient.
Mary has served as DC Affordable Law Firm’s pro bono legal director since January 2019. In this capacity, Mary has played an instrumental role in supervising, training, and and mentoring DCALF attorneys in litigation, case planning and strategic decision-making, and case management. Mary has also played an integral role in co-counseling complex litigation alongside DC Affordable Law Firm attorneys. During her first three years of practice with DC Affordable Law Firm, Mary has performed over 1000 hours of pro bono service to the firm.
Mary teaches annually at a one-week NITA trial advocacy institute run by the EPA and is on the Board of School Talk, a D.C. based not for profit that advocates for the rights of students with disabilities.
Rachel Camp (She/Her), Training and LL.M. Director (VOLUNTEER)
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.
ANDREW BUDZINSKI (HE/HIM), ASSISTANT TRAINING DIRECTOR (VOLUNTEER)
Andrew Budzinski is Co-Director of the General Practice Clinic and an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, where he represents clients and supervises students in family law cases and projects. Professor Budzinski is the Assistant Director of DCALF’s training program and takes an active role in mentoring all DCALF attorneys.
Throughout his career, Professor Budzinski has focused on representing survivors of intimate partner violence in civil protection order and family law cases, and supervising law students at various institutions in the same cases. Prior to joining the UDC-DACSL faculty in 2020, Professor Budzinski taught at George Washington University School of Law’s Family Justice Litigation Clinic, where his students represented survivors in divorce, custody, child support, and civil protection order cases. Before that, Professor Budzinski taught at Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic, where he represented survivors and supervised students in civil protection order cases and projects aimed at advancing access to justice for survivor-litigants. He has also worked as a staff attorney at Washington & Lee University Law School’s Community Legal Practice Center representing low-income clients in cases involving domestic violence, custody, divorce, and end-of-life planning. He served as a law clerk to Judge Roy W. McLeese III on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Professor Budzinski is an active advocate for improving access to justice and closing the justice gap. He has published law review articles on how court rules disadvantage litigants without counsel and how those rules can be modified to maximize procedural justice. He has served on the D.C. Superior Court’s Domestic Violence Division Strategic Planning Committee and the D.C. Superior Court’s Domestic Violence Division Rules Committee. He has appeared as a Faculty Presenter for the District of Columbia Bar’s Continuing Legal Education class on civil protection order litigation and edits the D.C. Bar’s Practice Manual chapter on domestic violence.
Holly Pannullo (she/her), Operations and Finance Manager
Holly Pannullo joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in November 2015 as the Operations and Finance 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 is responsible for a variety of tasks to support DCALF.
BRIANNA MELHORN (SHE/HER), LEGAL ASSISTANT
Brianna joined DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2020. Prior to coming to DCALF, she worked as a paralegal for three years at an immigration law firm in Philadelphia, PA.
Brianna earned her B.A. from the Honors Program at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she double majored in Global Studies with Security and Spanish with a certificate in Arabic. In addition to paralegal work, Brianna has participated in and led a Border Immersion Program to El Paso, Texas to learn and educate others on the realities of the U.S. immigration system. Brianna has interpreted in a variety of settings including USCIS interviews, detention centers, and legal aid clinics. She is fluent in Spanish and intermediate in Arabic.
Josette M. Barsano (she/her), Senior Associate
Josette joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in September 2019. She came to the firm with a passion for advocating on behalf of marginalized groups to minimize the access to justice gap. Josette has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, a M.Ed. in Special Education from Arizona State University, and a B.A. in Art History and Undergraduate Certificate in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. She is currently pursuing her LL.M in Civil Justice from Georgetown.
Prior to law school, Josette taught children with special needs in a Title I school district as a Teach For America Corps Member. In designing and implementing students’ individualized education plans, she was struck by the widespread lack of understanding of legal rights, as well as the unique difficulties low-income individuals face in acquiring legal representation. In working closely with her students, their families, and school personnel to overcome these challenges, she developed a keen awareness of the critical role advocates serve in protecting the most vulnerable in our society. Her experience as a special educator cemented her desire to practice law with the goal of defending the rights of under-represented individuals.
During law school, Josette continued her commitment to public interest work. She was the Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, and a member of Georgetown’s Pro Bono Advisory Board. Josette also participated in a wide variety of litigation internships. She worked as a judicial intern for Chief Judge G. Murray Snow of the United States District Court of Arizona and the Honorable Robert Okun of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Josette also worked as a law clerk for the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, and as a trial intern for New York Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice. She further developed her litigation and client counseling skills as a student attorney in Georgetown’s Civil Rights Clinic. At graduation, Josette was recognized as a Special Pro Bono Pledge Honoree for providing over 100 hours of pro bono services to individuals and organizations during law school.
SARAH OTTONE (SHE/HER), SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Sarah Ottone joined DC Affordable Law Firm in October 2020. Sarah came to DCALF with a background in assisting survivors of intimate partner violence and abuse. At DCALF, she represents clients in Family, Probate, and Immigration matters.
Sarah earned her B.A. and graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, where she double majored in Criminology, Law and Society and Psychology and Social Behavior. As an undergraduate, Sarah worked with women seeking temporary restraining orders through the Orange County Family Justice Center. After college, she worked as a Judicial Administration Fellow at the Orange County Superior Court. Sarah earned her M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach in 2017. Her graduate research examined bail and pretrial decision-making in Orange County and Los Angeles.
Sarah started at Georgetown University Law Center in the fall of 2017. During law school, she interned in the public benefits unit at The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, the family unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, and the Supplemental Security Income unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. Sarah was a Public Interest Fellow and a student advocate in the Georgetown Law Domestic Violence Clinic. Sarah was recognized as a Special Pro Bono Pledge Honoree for providing over 100 hours of pro bono services to individuals and organizations in the District and Philadelphia.
ALLISON RICE (SHE/HER), SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Allison Rice joined DC Affordable Law Firm in October 2020 and represents clients in family law, immigration, and probate matters. While born and raised in Iowa, she has spent the last 18 years living and working in DC. After graduating from American University with a degree in History and Philosophy, she worked for a large, national retailer in its shipping and receiving department. In 2013, Allison transitioned from retail to trade association work, where she specialized in communications and government relations. While working for trade associations, she attended law school in the evening, graduating summa cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC).
During law school, Allison also worked in UDC’s Community Development Law Clinic and UDC’s Legislation Clinic, providing free legal services to low-income DC residents. In addition, she served on the UDC Law Review Editorial Board for two years as the Notes Editor and competed on the UDC Moot Court Team.
Samuel P. Wilkins (he/him), Senior Associate
Samuel Wilkins joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in September 2019. He came to DCALF with a deep academic interest in access to justice theory, and a commitment to implementing access to justice ideals on the ground. At DCALF, he focuses on Family Law, Probate, and Immigration Law.
Samuel graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, he served as the Senior Notes Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. His prior legal experience was primarily focused on education law, interning for organizations like the National School Boards Association, US Department of Education Office of the General Counsel, and Advocates for Justice and Education. He received Special Pro Bono Pledge Recognition for his 119 hours of pro bono service during law school, which he spent working on projects that ranged from staffing an election protection hotline to writing an analysis on the interaction between childhood trauma and court involvement for the Georgetown Center for Child and Human Development.
Samuel also received his Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University, where he graduated magna cum laude, double majoring in Government (focusing on Political Theory) and Theology (focusing on Religious Ethics).
TONÉE EARLE (SHE/HER) ASSOCIATE
Tonée Jones joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in October of 2020. Tonée came to DCALF with a background in labor and employment law and tax law.
Prior to law school, Tonée attended Towson University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Law and American Civilization. Shortly after that, Tonée went on to receive her Master’s in paralegal studies at the George Washington University. After obtaining her Master’s degree, Tonée immediately went on to study law at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School of Law. During law school, Tonée developed a deep commitment to the public interest. Tonée interned with The D.C. Council’s Office of Racial Equity, serving as a Race Equity Fellow. Tonée also interned for the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association and served as the DC Bar’s inaugural writers in residence fellow, where her writing was featured in three separate editions of the Washington Lawyer. As a student advocate, Tonée performed over 600 hours of pro bono work through UDC’s Whistleblower and Juvenile and Special Education Clinics. Tonée also has a passion for litigation. She was a member of the UDC Law Mock Trial Team and competed in multiple competitions.
OLIVIA GROB-LIPKIS (SHE/HER), ASSOCIATE
Olivia joined DCALF as a Fellow in August 2021. She graduated cum laude from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) in 2018 with a BA in Political Science and minors in Global Politics and Women’s and Gender Studies as a member of the President’s Honors List. She also won the John H. Lynn Award for Best Senior Project Paper in 2018-19 for her project analyzing the Title IX sexual assault enforcement climate in higher education.
While getting her JD at the Georgetown University Law Center, she interned with the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, CA, providing low-income clients with direct legal services in areas broadly related to health and welfare, including public benefits, reasonable accommodations, housing habitability, and others. She also served as a student-attorney in Georgetown Civil Rights Clinic and interned with the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs during law school. She served as a Notes Editor on the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, which published her Note titled Title IX on the Line: Ethical Implications of Title IX Sexual Assault Enforcement and Lawyers’ Roles. She is proficient in French.
STEPHANIE KAMEY (SHE/HER), ASSOCIATE
Stephanie Kamey, a native Spanish speaker, and daughter of immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico, joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in August of 2021. Stephanie came to DCALF with the intention of furthering her commitment to provide exceptional traditional and non-traditional legal advocacy for underserved BIPOC and low-income community members.
Prior to DCALF, Stephanie graduated from the University of California, Riverside with Magna Cum Laude honors and a B.A in History/Law and Society. Stephanie then went on to become an Organizer for the ACLU of Northern California where she advocated on a broad range of civil liberty issues. Stephanie continued her role as an organizer on a wide range of settings, organizing for political campaigns, labor unions, and grassroots organizations in her home state of California, in Denver, CO, Miami, FL and Chicago, IL.
Stephanie moved to Washington, DC in 2018 to attend the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law where she also graduated Magna Cum Laude in May of 2021. While in law school, Stephanie volunteered for the Immigration and Humans Right Clinic at UDC providing fast-paced legal assistance to Asylum seekers at the US/Mexico border. Stephanie served as a student-attorney for the Juvenile and Special Education Clinic, and the General Practice Clinic where the focus was on providing counseling for survivors of domestic violence. Stephanie was also a Hispanic National Bar Association Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Jose M. Lopez at the DC Superior Court in 2019. Throughout her law-school career, Stephanie also worked as a research assistant and contributed to published law articles relating to the effect of racism in a COVID-19 era, and a book chapter on the implications of the law in Hip-Hop.
Stephanie is a mother of one, and currently pursuing her LL.M in Advocacy from Georgetown Law and is thrilled to provide Washingtonians with legal assistance in multiple areas of law.
SHELBY MCGUIRE-SMITH (SHE/HER), ASSOCIATE
Shelby joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in August of 2021. She came to DCALF with a background in human rights and immigration law and a passion for social justice.
Shelby is originally from central Florida and graduated summa cum laude from Rollins College in Orlando with a B.A. in international relations and a minor in German. After college, she dedicated a year to service in AmeriCorps, where she engaged college students in social justice and community service initiatives in the greater Orlando area. Thereafter, she traveled to South Africa as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, where she spent a year teaching English to high schoolers and refugees in a township outside of Cape Town.
Shelby graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in June of 2021 with a J.D. and a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. While in law school, Shelby was a Public Interest Fellow and Human Rights Associate. As such, she focused her education on gaining hands-on experience in human rights and immigration. She was a research assistant for the Georgetown Human Rights Institute and interned with Accountability Counsel and Freedom Now. As a student, she also represented asylum seekers in the Center for Applied Legal Studies Asylum Clinic and the Women in Immigration Practicum. Shelby also served as a Supervising Editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. She was recognized as an Exceptional Pro Bono Pledge Honoree for completing over 200 hours of pro bono service during her law school career.
NICOLE MOLINARO (SHE/HER), ASSOCIATE
Nicole Molinaro joined DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2021 and represents clients in family law, immigration and probate matters. Nicole has lived in Washington, D.C. for six years, and prior to law school she worked at NGOs focused on the Middle East and international legal services.
During law school, Nicole pursued her commitment to public interest legal advocacy through a number of experiences. In the Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic, Nicole represented clients in a number of claims, litigating deliberate indifference, use of force, defamation and employment discrimination suits. She defended individuals facing the death penalty in Northern Virginia and Guantanamo Bay, interned with the ACLU and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and was the student Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. As a member of the Pro Se Practicum at Georgetown, Nicole also spent time volunteering at the DC Family Court Self Help Center, assisting pro se litigants navigate the challenges of self-representation.
Nicole graduated summa cum laude from Elon University with a B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies and earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is currently pursuing her LL.M in Civil Justice at Georgetown Law.
LESLIE MULLINS (SHE/HER), ASSOCIATE
Leslie Mullins joined DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2021 and represents clients in family law, immigration, and probate matters. A native of the Midwest, Leslie has called the DC metro area home for the past 20 years. She earned her B.S. in Business and an MBA, both from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She attended law school at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC) in the evening division, while working as a self-employed health care consultant. She graduated from magna cum laude from UDC law in May 2021.
During law school, Leslie worked in UDC’s Community Development Law Clinic and UDC’s Legislation Clinic, providing free legal services to low-income DC residents. She did community service for Veteran’s First and completed an internship with the Equitable Housing Institute. She served on the UDC Law Review two years, first as an Associate Editor and then as Managing Editor, and was a student representative for UDC Law’s Curriculum and Academic Standards committees.
Prior to law school, Leslie’s health care work included developing programs to serve vulnerable beneficiaries, including those who are severely mentally ill, impoverished, or chronically ill. This work inspired her to pursue a law degree and a second career in legal advocacy for vulnerable groups and persons.
CHLOE PEEPLES (SHE/HER), ASSOCIATE
Chloe Peeples joined DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2021. Chloe came to DCALF with a background in civil rights law and a deep commitment to social justice.
Chloe earned her BA from Oberlin College, where she majored in Politics and minored in Economics. After graduation, Chloe dedicated a year of service to Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio as an AmeriCorps-VISTA member.
Chloe started at Georgetown University Law Center in the fall of 2018. During law school, she interned in the Civil Legal Services Division and the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, served as a law clerk to an Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and interned for the Impact Litigation team at the National Center for Youth Law. She further served as Executive Articles Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy and was a student attorney in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic. Chloe was recognized as a Special Pro Bono Pledge Honoree for providing over 100 hours of pro bono services during law school.
MICHELLE SHAPIRO (SHE/HER), ASSOCIATE
Michelle Shapiro joined DC Affordable Law Firm in September 2021. Michelle earned her B.A. and graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in political science. After graduation, Michelle taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and then worked for the government as a program analyst at the Office of Trade.
Michelle started law school at Georgetown University Law Center in 2018, where she focused on immigration matters. She served as managing editor of Georgetown’s Immigration Law Journal and on the board for Georgetown’s International Migrants Bill of Rights organization. During law school, she interned with the Peace Corps Office of General Counsel, the Tahirih Justice Center, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Al Otro Lado, where she worked with asylum seekers at the US-Mexico Border. She also served as a student attorney in both Georgetown’s Asylum Clinic and the Women and Immigration Practicum.
Michelle graduated from Georgetown Law in 2021, with a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. She was recognized as a Special Pro Bono Pledge Honoree for providing over 100 hours of pro bono service. She is currently pursuing her LLM in Advocacy at Georgetown Law.