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.
Jessica Den Houter, Attorney
Jessica joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2017 with experience in social work and education. Prior to joining DCALF, Jessica served on the founding team of a public charter high school in the District, serving both as the school social worker and as the post-secondary transition coordinator for students with disabilities. For this work, Jessica received the Emerging Social Work Leader Award from the National Association of Social Workers- DC.
Jessica earned her B.S. with honors from Northwestern University, and her M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center’s evening program, where she received the Joyce Chiang Memorial Award for her commitment to public service. While at Georgetown, Jessica interned at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, clerked at the Children’s Law Center, was a student attorney with the Juvenile Justice Clinic. Additionally, Jessica was Public Interest Fellow while at Georgetown, and received Exceptional Pro Bono recognition for providing over 175 hours of pro bono services to individuals and organizations in the District.
Jessica is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Jenadee Nanini, Attorney
Jenadee Nanini joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2017. She came to DCALF with a background in public interest work. Jenadee has demonstrated a deep commitment to serving individuals in need both during and prior to law school. She also has background as a middle school and high school math teacher prior to law school. Jenadee represents clients primarily in Family and Immigration Law.
Jenadee earned her B.S. in Economics and B.A. in Political Science with honors from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. She earned her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as a Student Attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. She was also a Public Interest Fellow and provided over 125 hours of pro bono services to individuals and organizations during law school earning her the distinction of exceptional pro bono service at graduation. Jenadee received the Dean’s Achievement Award and the Dean’s Certificate in recognition of special and outstanding service to the Georgetown Law Center, her dedication to public interest, and her commitment to service and advocacy. She also published two articles and participated in the Iron Tech Lawyer competition.
While at Georgetown, Jenadee worked at internships with the NAACP and the White House. During her undergraduate education, she interned for Senator Kennedy (D-MA), and Senator Tester (D-MT). Jenadee participated in several public interest and volunteer organizations and projects both during and prior to law school.
Jenadee is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Nasser Siadat, Attorney
Nasser joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2017. He is deeply committed to assisting individuals and families in crisis. At DCALF, Nasser represents clients primarily in Family and Immigration matters.
Nasser earned his B.A. in Social Research and Public Policy from New York University, as a member of the Inaugural Class of NYU Abu Dhabi.
He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught in the Street Law Clinic and served as President of the Muslim Law Students Association. In addition to his clinical experience, Nasser gained valuable experience at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Maryland Legal Aid, Whitman-Walker Health, and the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
While at Georgetown, Nasser provided over 175 hours of pro bono services to individuals and organizations during law school earning him the distinction of Exceptional Pro Bono service at graduation. Nasser received the Dean’s Certificate in recognition of special and outstanding service to the Georgetown Law Center community, and his commitment to service and advocacy.
Nasser is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia. He is currently pursuing an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.
Johanna Schmidt, Attorney
Johanna Schmidt joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2017. She came to DCALF with a background in, and deep commitment to, serving communities in need.
Johanna earned her B.A. magna cum laude in Linguistics from Carleton College. Prior to law school, Johanna served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Tackling Obstacles Raising College Hopes, a college-access nonprofit based in Northfield, Minnesota.
Johanna earned her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Johanna served as a student attorney in The Community Justice Project, where she represented a client in an unemployment insurance appeal and provided representation to a local nonprofit, helping to develop a proposal for granting clemency for individuals convicted under D.C. law. Beyond her clinical experience, Johanna also served on numerous student organizational boards, and ran Georgetown Law’s spring break pro bono trip. She also served as an Executive Editor on the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. During her time at Georgetown Law, Johanna completed over 175 hours of pro bono service through internships at Equal Justice Under Law (a civil rights nonprofit), the AFL-CIO, and in D.C. Superior Court. She also worked at a small union-side firm during law school, assisting attorneys with issues related to wage-theft and labor law topics.
Johanna is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Julia Ward, Attorney
Julia Ward joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2017. She came to DCALF with experience in family law and civil legal services, with an emphasis on domestic violence. At DCALF, she focuses primarily on Family Law and Immigration Law.
Julia earned her J.D. and Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University Law Center in 2017. During her time at Georgetown, Julia was a Public Interest Law Scholar and devoted most of her time to direct services legal work with low-income DC residents. Julia has worked at Bread for the City, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia – Domestic Violence and Family Law Unit, the Public Defender Service – Civil Legal Services Division, and Legal Counsel for the Elderly. Julia was a student attorney in the Center for Applied Legal Studies asylum clinic. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Julia was a Fulbright scholar in Namibia, where she focused her research and work on domestic violence legal issues.
Julia is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Nadine N. Williams, Fellow
Nadine joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in August 2017. As a dedicated public service advocate, Nadine is excited to bring her varied experiences to the DC Affordable Law Firm’s work to address the Access to Justice Gap. Nadine’s experiences include teaching students from low-income families, as a member of Teach for America, representing clients in a housing clinic, and several public interest internships during law school. Nadine works with clients in several areas of law including Housing, Family, Wills and Estate, and is co-leading the development of an Education Law practice.
Nadine earned a B.A. with distinction in Economics and African Studies from Yale University. Nadine earned her M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, Nadine was a student attorney in the Harrison Institute Affordable Housing Transactions Clinic, where she provided direct legal services to tenant client groups in their acquisition of multifamily housing. Prior to joining the DC Affordable Law Firm, she interned at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission working on discrimination cases involving government agencies, the AARP Foundation Litigation working on amici briefs for appellate litigation, and the Enforcement Division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau working to protect consumers from predatory financial practices.
In addition to her clinic service and internships, at graduation Nadine received Special Pro Bono Pledge Recognition for contributing over 125 hours of pro bono and community service in fulfillment of the Georgetown Pro Bono Pledge. Nadine also received the Dean’s Certificate in recognition of special and outstanding service to the Georgetown Law Center community.
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 is responsible for a variety of tasks to support DCALF.
Rebecca Willman, Legal Assistant
Rebecca joined the firm in October 2017. Prior to coming to DCALF, she worked as a paralegal for an immigration law firm in St. Louis.
Rebecca earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where she studied Studio Art and Hispanic Studies. After graduating, she focused on honing her language skills while working with students abroad in both Spain and Brazil. In addition to translation work, Rebecca has done volunteer interpreting in a variety of settings including neighborhood clinics and even the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks Portuguese.
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