Sheldon Krantz, Executive Director
Sheldon 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.
Jenadee L. Nanini, Senior Associate
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.
Johanna A. Schmidt, Senior Associate
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 L. Ward, Senior Associate
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.