Isabelle Johnson, Operations Director; Karen Barker Marcou, DCVLP Co-founder; and Jackie Love-Baker, Development Director
Karen Barker Marcou, a DCVLP co-founder, has recently transitioned to the Board of Directors after 12 years as a Co-Executive Director and Executive Director at DCVLP. Prior to co-founding DCVLP, Ms. Marcou was an attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services and has over ten years of experience handling family law cases and representing low-income individuals in the District of Columbia. Ms. Marcou received her J.D. magna cum laude from Washington College of Law, American University and her B.A. from Middlebury College. She has served on the Board of Directors of School for Friends, Guy Mason Recreation Center, and the Rosedale Conservancy.
Alexis Collins, Vice President - Partner at Cleary Gottlieb
At Cleary Gottlieb, Alexis Collins’ practice focuses on complex civil and antitrust litigation, criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, and cybersecurity. Alexis first joined the firm in 2001. In 2003, she joined the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served in numerous positions for more than a decade. She returned to the firm as a senior attorney in 2015 and became a partner in 2019. See more on Alexis here.
Trish Kelly, Treasurer - Marcum LLP
Trish Kelly is a certified public accountant and attorney, and employed at Marcum LLP. Prior to transitioning to accounting, Ms. Kelly was Deputy Director of the Maryland Center for Assault Prevention, a child abuse prevention organization, and before that she was a staff attorney for the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s Child Advocacy Unit. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University and her Certificate in Advanced Accounting from the University of Maryland, University College.
Jamillia Ferris, Secretary - Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Jamillia Ferris is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she is a member of the antitrust practice. Her practice focuses on representing companies in government antitrust investigations, including mergers and acquisitions and other civil antitrust matters. Jamillia also provides antitrust counseling on a wide range of business conduct, including joint ventures and pricing and distribution, among others.
Jamillia served in leadership positions and has overseen mergers at both the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). At the FCC, she served in the Office of General Counsel, where she led the FCC’s review of AT&T’s proposed $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. In this role, she directed all aspects of the FCC process, including coordination with the DOJ. She was also a member of the steering committee overseeing the FCC’s review of Comcast’s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
Prior to being recruited from private practice to the FCC, Jamillia served as chief of staff and counsel to the assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. In addition, she served as the acting assistant attorney general and acting deputy assistant attorney general on numerous enforcement matters.
Previously, Jamillia was a partner in the antitrust and competition practice at Hunton & Williams, where she primarily focused on antitrust and consumer protection matters and represented clients in merger and conduct investigations before the Federal Trade Commission, the DOJ, and the state attorneys general. Jamillia began her legal career as an associate at two international law firms.
Amy Barker - Chief HR Partner at Barker HR Consulting
Amy is a senior HR executive with over 30 years experience in building the HR function in growing companies. She is skilled in organizational design, HR compliance, policy, and procedure, retention and training programs, full-cycle recruitment, benefits plan design and administration and has a proven track record in employee relations. Amy worked with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts for twenty years and has also developed HR programs at First Potomac Realty Trust, The Acacia Group, The Network for Good, Commerce One, and ARBROS Communications. Amy is a graduate of Rice University. For more on Amy, click here.
Beth Brinkmann - Partner at Covington
Ms. Brinkmann is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP and is excited about the prospect of increasing the involvement of the DC legal community in this important cause. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she defended the Affordable Care Act and former President Barrack Obama’s immigration executive orders. Ms. Brinkmann previously served in the Office of the Solicitor General, chaired an appellate litigation practice at another global law firm, and served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. Earlier in her legal career, she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and Judge Phyllis Kravitch, and has since argued 24 cases before the Supreme Court.
Tracey Coates - Partner at Paley Rothman
Tracey Coates, a Litigation and Family Law Partner at Paley Rothman, who has volunteered as a DCVLP attorney for the past four years. She has taken some of the most difficult cases on behalf of domestic violence victims and at-risk children.
“I cannot say enough positive things about Ms. Coates. Our clients have benefited enormously from her outstanding representation. We are lucky to have her,” says Sara Tennen, Legal Director at the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Prior to working for private practices, Ms. Coates was a staff attorney with Maryland Legal Aid Bureau and clerked for a judge in Arizona. From 2013 to 2016, Ms. Coates has been designated as a Rising Star by both Washington, D.C. and Maryland Super Lawyers. Ms. Coates graduated from Smith College and Hamline University School of Law. She is also a certified mediator.
Soraya Chemaly - Author and Activist
Ms. Chemaly is a writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion and media. She is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, both of which are involved in curbing online abuse, media and tech diversity, and expanding women’s freedom of expression. You can read more about Ms. Chemaly here.
Barbara Garlock brings over twenty years of experience assisting nonprofits with strategic planning, marketing, and fundraising to DCVLP’s board. She most recently was the Director of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s Financial Reporting and Management Institute. Prior to that, she was Interim Executive Director at Interfaith Works, and prior that she was its Director of Development. Ms. Garlock’s background includes management consulting and providing counsel for both start-ups and Fortune 500 firms. She has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College.
Dale Harburg - DCVLP Volunteer Lawyer
Dale Harburg has been active as a Child Advocacy Program volunteer since 2008, and received the Volunteer of the Year award in 2012. Since 2009, Ms. Harburg has been sharing her expertise with other volunteers as a GAL supervisor, reviewing investigative strategy and recommendations with new volunteers. She also is a certified mediator. Previously, Ms. Harburg worked at the law firm of Baker Hostetler, specializing in trademark prosecution, and volunteered with CASA of Montgomery County as a court-appointed special advocate in neglect cases in Maryland. She received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Tom Hentoff - Partner at Williams & Connolly
Tom Hentoff is a partner at Williams & Connolly, where he chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. His private practice is concentrated in three areas: intellectual property, First Amendment and media law, and complex civil litigation. Mr. Hentoff graduated from Wesleyan University with honors in 1985, and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Princess McDuffie - DC Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
Ms. McDuffie is a Supervisory Community Supervision Officer in the Domestic Violence Unit at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency in Washington, DC. She has spent years advocating for domestic violence survivors, both professionally and as a volunteer. She currently serves as a Commissioner for Women through the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives which fosters economic and social equity for women. She is also a board member at Imagination Stage and volunteers with the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), which provides housing and services for survivors of domestic violence. Ms. McDuffie is looking forward to sharing her experiences working with batterers, victims and the court system to enhance DCVLP’s programs.
Sarah Morgenthau - Managing Director & Head of DC Office at Nardello & Co.
Sarah Morgenthau is a Managing Director at Nardello and Co., a leading global investigations firm. Prior to Nardello, Ms. Morgenthau worked for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under President Barack Obama as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector Office, and as the Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Ms. Morgenthau was also appointed by President Obama to serve as the Director of Peace Corps Response for the United States Peace Corps. Her earlier professional experience includes positions as an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities & Exchange Commission, a law clerk for a United States District Court judge, and as a litigation attorney with Curtis-Mallet, Prevost and Mosle in New York.
Ms. Morgenthau graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science, and earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Stephen Raptis - Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Steve Raptis is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillps, LLP, where he is a member of the energy & environmental practice. Steve has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work, and has represented victims of domestic violence for more than two decades, as well as victims of human trafficking, clients with developmental disabilities, and African-American farmers subject to discriminatory loan practices. His private practice focuses on complex insurance claims on behalf of commercial policyholders, as well as other complex commercial disputes. Before joining Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, Steve worked at major law firms in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Raptis earned his B.A. and his J.D. from West Virginia University.
Pam Sauber - DCVLP Volunteer Lawyer
Pam Sauber began volunteering with DCVLP in 2012. Formerly a white collar criminal lawyer, she brings strong investigatory and litigation skills to her work as a Guardian ad litem in DCVLP’s Child Advocacy Program. Ms. Sauber was a law clerk for a federal district court judge, a litigator at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and a senior litigation counsel at AT&T, before leaving the practice of law to stay home with her two daughters. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the University of Richmond.
Sara Tennen, ex officio - DCVLP Executive Director
Sara Tennen oversees the entire programmatic, operations, and development functions of DCVLP, ensuring ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, and communications. She leads strategic outreach to law firms and community partners, and works with our Director of Development to oversee fundraising efforts. She started her legal career as a prosecutor with Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Arizona, where she prosecuted sex crimes against children. Sara later practiced family law in Arizona, Maryland, and the District. Sara has served as a court appointed guardian ad litem on behalf of numerous children in DC Superior Court. Ms. Tennen serves on the Superior Court Domestic Relations Branch Subcommittee and was a member of the Best Practices in Child Testimony Task Force, alongside other legal services providers and Superior Court Judges. She has extensive litigation experience questioning experts, dealing with foundational issues in trial, and interviewing children, both inside and outside the courtroom. Ms. Tennen, a trained mediator and forensic interviewer, earned a law degree and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Rochester.