Kate A. Martin, Board Chair
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Kate is proud to have served as Chair of the Board of SJP since its founding. She is a senior fellow at American Progress where she works on issues at the intersection of national security, civil liberties, and human rights. The New York Times’ Taking Note blog described her as “an expert on surveillance and detention, and a leading advocate for the rule of law in the so-called ‘war on terror.’” Before coming to American Progress, Martin served as director of the Center for National Security Studies for more than 20 years. She frequently testifies before Congress on national security and civil liberties issues. She is also a frequent commentator in the national media and has written extensively on these issues for the past 25 years. At the Center for National Security Studies, Martin brought lawsuits that challenged government deprivations of civil liberties. She has taught national security law and served as general counsel to the National Security Archive.
Kate Martin is proud to have served as Chair of the Board of SJP since its founding. She is a senior fellow at American Progress where she works on issues at the intersection of national security, civil liberties, and human rights. The New York Times’ Taking Note blog described her as “an expert on surveillance and detention, and a leading advocate for the rule of law in the so-called ‘war on terror.’” Before coming to American Progress, Martin served as director of the Center for National Security Studies for more than 20 years. She frequently testifies before Congress on national security and civil liberties issues. She is also a frequent commentator in the national media and has written extensively on these issues for the past 25 years. At the Center for National Security Studies, Martin brought lawsuits that challenged government deprivations of civil liberties. She has taught national security law and served as general counsel to the National Security Archive.
Christy Weisner, Treasurer
Christy is a litigator by trade who focuses on legal operations and the business of law. Christy graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010 and clerked for the Honorable Edward Hogshire in Charlottesville, Virginia. She joined Mayer Brown as an associate, focusing on antitrust, securities, and other complex commercial litigation while also dedicating significant time to pro bono cases, representing a criminal defendant in a due process appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and a Gambian family in an affirmative asylum application. Christy joined Pangea3, Thomson Reuters’ alternative legal service provider, in Washington, D.C. in 2014.
Prior to law school, Christy worked on Capitol Hill in the personal office of the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) and as an intern for Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (MD). Christy is an attorney retaining inactive memberships in the bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
As a member of the board of School Justice Project since 2013, Christy has focused her efforts on community outreach, fundraising, and governance improvements. She has served as the Chair of SJP’s annual fundraising event since 2013, the Secretary from 2016-2017, and Treasurer since 2018.
Ewadele Butler, Secretary
Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells LLP
Dele practices law at Hogan Lovells LLP, an international law firm, and works with investment fund managers to help them form and manage their private investment funds and advises on all aspects of fund formation and maintenance, including structuring, governance, and investor relations. Dele also advises investors on their private fund investments across numerous asset classes, including, private equity, venture capital, real estate, emerging markets, and Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs).
Dele received her Bachelor degree from University of Maryland College Park in 2000, Master degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2003 and J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 2010.
Angela Kennedy, Board Member
Professor, Howard University School of Law, Fair Housing Clinic
Angela was born and raised in Washington DC. She graduated from the National Cathedral School for Girls and received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. Before law school, Angela taught in DC Public Schools. She received her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in 1995. After law school, Angela was the law clerk for the Honorable Mary Ellen Abrecht in D.C. Superior Court. After clerking, Angela was a staff attorney at the Office of People’s Counsel, and then a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia before returning to teaching at her beloved Howard University School of Law.
Angela is the mother of four sons and has been married to her partner of over 20 years, Rudolph Acree Jr. Esq.
The Honorable Joan L. Goldfrank, Board Member
Retired Judge, D.C. Superior Court
The Honorable Joan L. Goldfrank graduated cum laude from Emory University and received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Judge Goldfrank began her legal career as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Energy. She served as Associate Chief Counsel for President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. She was an associate at the law firm of Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott, and she served as an attorney in the Office of Legal Advisor for Saint Elizabeths Hospital. In 1985, Judge Goldfrank became the Executive Attorney for the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility. In 1994, she accepted a position as an Attorney at the United States Department of Justice where she worked in the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the Office of Professional Responsibility until her appointment as a Magistrate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 2002. During her tenure on the Court, she was part of teams that established the Mental Health Diversion Court and the Juvenile Behavioral Diversion Program. She served as the first judicial officer to preside over these calendars. As a Magistrate Judge, she also served as Chair of the Superior Court’s Commission on Mental Health. Judge Goldfrank retired after more than ten years of service on the Court.
Judge Goldfrank was an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington School of Law and Vermont School of Law where she taught professional responsibility. She was a member of the Boards of the D.C. Legal Counsel for the Elderly and a founding member of the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation. She has participated in various Bar activities, including serving as vice chair of the Disciplinary System Study Committee and a member of the Leadership Development Committee. The Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar appointed her to the D.C. Judicial Disability and Tenure Commission in 2014 for a six-year term. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Marcus Littles, Board Member
Founder & Senior Partner, Frontline Solutions
Marcus is an experienced social entrepreneur with expertise in racial and gender justice, strategic philanthropy, and social justice and advocacy. He is the Founder and Senior Partner at Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned national consulting firm that offers clients in the nonprofit and public sectors a full range of services to enhance impact. Under Marcus’ leadership, Frontline has provided support services to numerous social change organizations, including philanthropic foundations, affinity groups and support organizations, as well as nonprofits advocacy groups and social enterprises. Frontline has three offices, in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Durham, NC, and 17 full-time staff.
Previously, Littles worked as a consultant for TCC Group, served as a Program Associate in the Ford Foundation’s Community and Resource Development Unit and has held positions as a policy analyst at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, an educator at a middle school in South Africa and a program director at several youth development organizations.
Originally from Mobile, Alabama, currently Marcus lives in Washington DC with his wife, and toddler son.
Sarah Remes, Board Member
Social Work Master’s Candidate, University of Maryland
Sarah Remes has practiced immigration law with an emphasis in removal defense and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and served as a guardian ad litem in D.C. Superior Court. She is currently studying social work, with a particular interest in reducing educational disparities for students of color and students with disabilities. She lives in D.C. with her husband and two children.
Sarah received her bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1999, her law degree from UCLA School of Law in 2005, and will receive her master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland in 2020.
Dan Sharpe, Board Member
Associate, Troutman Sanders
Dan practices law at Troutman Sanders LLP, in the Intellectual Property and Business Litigation practice. His practice includes a variety of IP litigation before U.S. district courts, the Federal Circuit, as well as the U.S. International Trade Commission. Dan's practice further includes patent prosecution as well as portfolio development and strategic counseling.
Dan received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering along with a certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University, and his J.D. from The University of Virginia Law School. Prior to law school, Dan was a patent examiner at the USPTO.
Jahmila Williams, Board Member
Jahmila Williams is an attorney who spent seven years as an associate at biglaw firms in New York City (Ropes and Gray and Paul Hastings). Ms. Williams’ practice focused on investigations and representations in anti-corruption matters. Experience included the representation of major pharmaceutical and technology companies in connection with alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the development of FCPA compliance programs for private equity clients, as well the creation of anti-corruption risk assessment forms.
Ms. Williams maintains an active pro bono practice, serving as counsel to several individuals before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in petitions for asylum and successfully representing asylum seeker in deportation proceedings in Immigration Court. Ms. Williams received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law (cum laude) in 2011. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She is admitted to practice in New York.
Claire Nilsen Blumenson, Board Member (non-voting)
Executive Director & Co-Founder, School Justice Project
Claire has focused her career on the intersection of juvenile justice and education. After graduating from University of Virginia Law in 2011, Claire joined the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Through this two-year fellowship, Claire provided post-disposition special education representation to young people ages 18-22 who had been placed in DC's secure juvenile facility. To continue this work, she co-founded and launched School Justice Project (SJP) in August 2013 thanks to seed funding from Echoing Green’s Black Male Achievement Fellowship. SJP is a DC-based special education legal services nonprofit for older court-involved students with disabilities.
Prior to working at PDS, Claire received her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, majoring in government, sociology, and psychology. After joining Teach for America’s New York City cohort in 2006, Claire earned her master’s degree while teaching third and fourth grade at Excellence Boys Charter School.
Claire is an attorney admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since 2016, she has been an adjunct professor The George Washington University Law School.
Sarah Comeau, Board Member (non-voting)
Director of Programs & Co-Founder, School Justice Project
Sarah graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL) cum laude in 2011. Prior to co-founding School Justice Project, Sarah was an associate at a District of Columbia law firm that specialized in special education advocacy, representing students and families of students involved in both the juvenile justice and abuse and neglect systems. After graduating from law school, Sarah was awarded a JD Distinguished Fellowship at the Juvenile Services Program at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.
Sarah focused her law school career on indigent representation and the protection of civil and human rights. She was a student defense practitioner at WCL's Criminal Justice Clinic, a law clerk at a Maryland law firm that specialized in post-conviction representation, and an advocate for international human rights. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications. Sarah is an attorney admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York. Sarah is a member of the District of Columbia Superior Court Special Education Attorney Panel.