Our Board of Directors
Sheldon Krantz, Chairman and Director
Sheldon Krantz is the DC Affordable Law Firm Chairman of the Board. Prior to serving in this capacity, he was a Visiting 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.
Marc Fleischaker, Executive Director and Director
Mr. Fleischaker is Chairman Emeritus of Arent Fox, having served in that capacity from 1996 to 2010. He focuses 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 has been lead counsel in major regulatory matters and litigation throughout the country, as well as appellate challenges to federal agencies’ regulations. Mr. Fleischaker has also led significant 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 chairs 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 that is dedicated to encouraging senior lawyers to contribute pro bono service. Mr. Fleischaker has also engaged in significant class action litigation on a pro bono basis against various federal agencies.
Jane H. Aiken, Deputy Director for Education/Training and Director
Ms. Aiken is Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Experiential Education at the Law Center and Director of the Community Justice Project. She has directed clinics in which law students act as lawyers under supervision in cases involving a wide array of legal issues including domestic violence against women and children, HIV, homelessness and international human rights. She has also taught courses on evidence, torts, and motherhood and criminality. Ms. Aiken received the Frank Flegal Award for Excellent Teaching at Georgetown in 2010 and Faculty Member of the Year in 2013. As Associate Dean, she has substantially expanded the experiential and public interest curriculum at the Law Center.
Ms. Aiken was a Carnegie Scholar for Teaching and Learning and a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal. She is a member of the American Law Institute and an American Bar Association Foundation Fellow. She was the Co-Chair of the Women and Criminal Justice Committee of the American Bar Association from 2005 to 2011. She currently serves on the American Bar Association’s Council on Legal Education and is a Fellow in the Academy for Innovative University Leadership.
Her publications include “Measuring Justice,” with Stephen Wizner, 2013 Wis. L. Rev. 79; “The Clinical Mission of Justice Readiness,” 32 B.C. J. Law & Soc. Jus. 1 (2012); “Teaching and Doing: The Role of Law School Clinics in Enhancing Access to Justice,” coauthored with Stephen Wizner, 73 Ford. L. Rev. 997 (2004); “Putting the ‘Real World’ into Traditional Classroom Teaching,” with Ann Shalleck, in New Legal Realism, Vol. 1, Macaulay, Mertz, Mitchell, eds. (2015); and “Supervision: A Conceptual Framework & The Practice Of Supervision,” with Ann Shalleck in Transforming The Education Of Lawyers: The Theory And Practice Of Clinical Pedagogy, Bryant, Milstein, Shalleck, eds. (2014).
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
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.
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).
Katie Dilks, Director
Ms. Dilks is the Assistant Director for Public Interest Programs in the Office of Public Interest and Community Service at the Law Center. She joined Georgetown in 2010 after serving as the PSLawNet (now PSJD) fellow at The National Association of Law Placement (NALP). She oversees Georgetown’s unique Public Interest Fellows program for over 350 students and alumni. She earned her JD and Master of Public Policy from Georgetown, and has an ongoing focus on diversity, education, and supporting positive change in the public interest legal market.
Ms. Dilks is an active member of NALP and the Washington Council of Lawyers and has sought to support and further creative solutions to the justice gap through both groups. She served as a working group leader for Washington Council of Lawyers’ “Looking into Low Bono” series this year, hosting six dialogue sessions focusing on different models to address the modest means justice gap in the District.
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.
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.
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