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.
Mary Elizabeth Gately, Legal Director
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, Training 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.
Francesca A. Gibson (she/her), Senior Associate
Francesca Gibson joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2018. She came to DCALF with experience in education. At DCALF, she focuses primarily on Family Law and Immigration Law.
Francesca earned her B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College and a M.A. in Teaching from American University. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2018. During her time at Georgetown, she was a student attorney in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic. In addition to clinical experience, Francesca gained valuable experience at the Maryland Public Defender’s Office, Landesa, and as a member of Georgetown’s Moot Court Team.
Prior to law school, Francesca was an English teacher in Washington D.C. and a Fulbright scholar in Thailand.
Francesca is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Courtney A. Wilkes (she/her), Senior Associate
Courtney Wilkes joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2018. She came to DCALF with a strong commitment to helping others utilize the law to achieve justice.
Prior to law school, Courtney lived and worked in southwest China. She is proficient in Mandarin. Courtney earned her B.A. in East Asian Studies and Human Rights at Barnard College, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
At Georgetown, Courtney served as a student attorney in The Community Justice Project legal clinic. Beyond her clinical experience, Courtney served on the boards of student organizations focusing on reproductive rights and migrant rights, and she was a member of the Student Bar Association. She received the Dean’s Certificate in recognition of special and outstanding service to the Georgetown Law Community.
As a Public Interest Fellow, Courtney spent her law school summers interning at community organizations dedicated to immigrant youth, human trafficking survivors, and consumers facing debt collection and other financial issues. She earned Exceptional Pro Bono Recognition for providing 284 hours of pro bono services to individuals and organizations during law school.
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.
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).
Allison Rice (she/her)
Carlos Garcia Medina (he/him)
Clara Mora (she/her)
Era Kryeziu (she/her)
Guadalupe Saylor (she/her)
Rachel Ungar (she/her)
Sabiya Ahamed (she/her)
Sarah Ottone (she/her)
Jamila Hubbard (she/her)
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 joined the 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.