Supervising Attorneys

Sheldon Krantz, Executive Director

Sheldon Krantz (2) resizeSheldon Krantz is the DC Affordable Law Firm Executive Director. 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.

Kelly K. Hughes, Senior Associate

Kelly Hughes joined the DC Affordable Law Firm in September 2016. She came to DCALF after editing an Iraqi news website and covering Congress for public radio. At DCALF, she focuses on Immigration, Family Law, and Housing Law.

Kelly earned her B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California and her M.A. from Georgetown University in International Affairs. She earned her J.D. and Refugee & Humanitarian Emergencies Certificate from Georgetown University Law Center. There, she was a student attorney in the asylum law clinic, CALS, and assisted the Appellate Litigation Clinic in drafting a brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Kelly’s internships include drafting opinions for Immigration Judges at the Executive Office of Immigration Review, working for the Department of Justice’s Office of Human Rights and Special Prosecutions, and representing the government in immigration court. She has also completed more than 75 hours of pro bono service, including for the International Refugee Assistance Project and Catholic Legal Immigration Network Charities.

Kelly is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.

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