Crime Scenes, Detectives, Experts And Drafting Legislation

Advanced Law & Trial

Internship Summit Tier II

Decide The Fate of A Real Court Case

Work With Lawyers, Private Investigators, And Lawmakers

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Lessons Taught By Elite Law Professors, Top Prosecutors, And Skilled Legal Consultants

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Advocate Your Client's Case To Congressional Officials

Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier II

Crime Scenes, Jury Selection & Advocating For New Laws

The Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier II is a first-of-its-kind program that allows motivated high school students to intern with Goodwin Weber PLLC, work with private investigators, recreate crime scenes and advocate for a new law for the State of Maryland.

In this accelerated internship, students will spend seven days working on one of two cases. This year students can choose among a self-defense case of a former police officer with national and state implications on animal rights, or a gender disparity case involving the National Park Service, which is transforming how the promotion system works for federal law enforcement officers.

These cases contain highly confidential information and will require non-disclosure agreements and background checks from students and parents.

For the first time ever, student interns will work with actual private investigators in real cases, recreate crime scenes in the home of the victims, develop jury selection plans with the nation's top Jury selection experts, and become advocates for their clients on Capitol Hill meeting directly with Senators and Congressmen.

Throughout the internship, students will connect with top law professors and leading attorneys about the cases, sift through legal documents, review evidence, and help prepare the clients for trial.

On the final day, students will present one key aspect of their cases at the Georgetown University Law Center to a retired federal judge, the clients, and legal team to assist with the strategy that will be used in filing the cases in the Summer or Fall of 2020.

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Rising Freshman To Graduating Seniors

7 Days

July 26th - August 1st

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Price:

$3800 *40 Financial Assistance Scholarships Are Still Available

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WE ARE THE ONLY SUMMER PROGRAM IN THE WORLD

WHERE STUDENTS...

Intern With A Law Firm

And Work On A Real Case

Work With Private Investigators

To Investigate Real Crimes

Collaborate With Lawmakers

To Write Or Improve Laws

Develop Case Strategy With

Trial Consultant Experts

Students will intern for Goodwin Weber PLLC, and learn from one of the nation’s top attorneys, David P. Weber, who is the former Chief Investigator of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and now a lawyer in private practice.

Interns will meet with clients, review case documents and help prepare their client’s case. Students will experience the legal profession working on actual court cases and preview what a future in the field of law holds for them.

Students will work directly with private investigators to gather, analyze, compile, and report information regarding individuals and organizations to the clients.

Interns will travel to the location of a crime scene to recreate an accurate portrayal of the incident that can be used in the upcoming trial. Interns will also interview witnesses and work to gather evidence to further their client's case.

Interns will develop recommendations for trial strategy based on empirical research that is completed with the help of a trial consultant.

Students will work with trial consultants to create an effective jury selection strategy for trial. Interns will provide to the client with the most effective jury selection questions permitted in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Interns work with state legislators in Maryland to advocate for a change in the law regarding household pets, and whether the use of force, including deadly force, can be used to protect a loved pet.

In Case 1, students will work with lawmakers, their client, and the ASPCA to propose new legislation to create new protections for companion animals.

The law will be introduced during the Winter 2020 legislative session (The Maryland legislature meets part time, and the next legislative session after the summer program will be Winter 2020).

In Case 2, students will work with Congressional officials on Capitol Hill to advocate for enforcement of gender disparity and discrimination laws.

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We bring in specialized mentors, experts and instructors for each case

Choose Your Case Of National Importance

Home Invasion

Case 1

Gender Disparity

Case 2

Case 1-Home Invasion

Your Client

The Case

National Importance

Your Role As An Intern

Your client is a retired Maryland police officer who had to defend his rescue dog. An intruder tried to steal the pet from the officer's home, using force.

In Maryland, loved pets are considered “chattel,” or property, and force is not supposed to be used to protect property. However, most people would never allow a member of their family to be kidnapped, or here, dognapped. Force was used to protect their home.

As an intern you will assist Goodwin Weber PLLC to secure a lawsuit victory in civil court to cover disability and injuries the client received during the course of the attempted home invasion. Your client who now has limited mobility is facing mounting medical and legal bills.

Charges were brought against the officer for use of force. Eventually, those charges were dismissed. But injuries were suffered by the officer, and a civil lawsuit will be filed against the assailant with your help.

This case will also serve as a starting point to change laws that consider household pets as "chattel".

The goal of the trial balloon is to change the historical treatment of companion animals (pets) which are considered under the law as property or chattel in many states, including Maryland and Virginia. In cases of willful negligent, injury or death to these animals, courts have typically awarded market value damages, which, in most cases are nominal, mainly the cost you paid for the animal. In this case, as a rescue, the cost was $0. But we all know how valuable and loved a pet can be. The law must change.

This case will be used as an example to propose legislation to change the characterization of animals as mere property. The goal is to pass legislation to reflect societal views allowing victims to sue for punitive damages where injury to the animal is willful, wanton or reckless.

Passing this legislation would lead to saving the lives of thousands of animals in Maryland and eventually across the United States by making the consequences of injuring a pet too costly to perpetrators of animal cruelty. In addition, a change in the law would allow a person to use force - even deadly force - to prevent the kidnapping of a family pet. While such force can be used to repel an attempted kidnapping of a person, it arguably cannot be used to protect a pet.

You will work with a public administrator to recreate the crime scene to provide additional evidence for the trial. You will meet with jury selection experts to create a jurist profile and test it in front of the client, lead attorney, and a judge. You will work with Maryland State Senators to write a law to stop companion animals from being labeled as chattel.

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Case 2-Gender Disparity

Your Client

The Case

National Importance

Your Role As An Intern

One of the first female Chief Rangers in National Park Service history is facing discrimination based on her gender. This has hindered her ability to see her child, husband, and make advancements in her chosen career.

The client is facing employment discrimination and reprisal in her attempts to become a Regional Chief Ranger of all national park sites in the Washington, D.C. She was not selected for the position because she was supposedly not the highest qualified. Instead, a male ranger was pre-selected for the position, two ranks below her, and who supervised just five law enforcement rangers.

In the summer of 2018, the Advanced Law and Trial Summit students met with congressional officials on their client's behalf.

After Interns began lobbying for the client, the Deputy Director of the National Park Service sent out an anti-harassment statement and anti-gender discrimination statement to all National Park Service employees.

This case has the potential to go to the Supreme Court and establish legal precedent in favor of women who face gender discrimination in the workplace, whether it is within the National Park Service or in another field, particularly those in federal law enforcement.

The federal government is supposed to be a “model employer.” If the case is successfully tried, it will be used to ensure equal pay, equal evaluations and equal promotions for millions of women who work within the United States government. This case will change how women advance in American society.

This was the first time in the history that National Park Service sent out an email of this nature.

Interns will read and analyze transcripts from depositions of witnesses in order to prepare for trial and look for material facts in dispute.

Students will work directly with a jury consultant to create a jury selection profile for the trial and present their methodology to the lead attorney and the client. Students will also build momentum for the case by advocating on Capitol Hill to leading congressional officials and speak to the national press about the case.

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Program Highlights

Lawmaker Partnerships & Advocacy

Work With Lawmakers

& The National Press

National News Media Outreach

Students will speak to reporters from national news outlets to showcase their client's cases and work to gain national attention to the issues faced by their clients.

Students will work with a media prep team to create press releases and conduct practice interview sessions before meeting with reporters.

Case 2 Interns will speak directly to congressional members of the Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulations and in the Senate leaders of the Subcommittee on National Parks. Their goal will be to impact legislative policy priorities facing our clients and nation. Interns will work to convince lawmakers to publicly support our clients.

Case 1 Interns will work directly with state senators on writing legislation to create special protections for companion animals changing the legal definition of "chattel." Interns will work with legislation experts from national corporations and national advocacy groups.

Work With A Private Investigator

Partner With A Real Private Investigator

Recreate A Real Crime Scene

Surveillance Lessons & Practice Sessions

Students will work directly with a private investigator, who works for Goodwin Weber PLLC, to gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals and organizations to the clients.

Students working on Case 1 will travel to the actual scene of the home invasion and recreate the crime scene to provide additional evidence that will be used at the trial. They will work with a private investigator and leading crime scene experts in undertaking this role.

Students from both cases will study with crime scene experts and complete classes in the forensic investigation of crime scenes.

All students will learn how private investigators engage in professional surveillance. Students will take surveillance courses from private investigators and will participate in a coordinated surveillance test, using the streets of Washington, DC, as their surveillance course. The capstone of the surveillance training will be to work as a team, and follow the suspect in a dense urban setting, without being “burned” or “made.”

The winning team will attend a private dinner at the tombs with a leading Georgetown Law School Professor.

Create A Jury Selection Profile With A Leading Jury Consultant

Work With Legal Experts

Collaborate With Legal Scholars and Activists

Students will work with legal scholars and leaders from Georgetown University Law School, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and specialized legal experts depending on case selection.

Case 1 Students will partner with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or United States Humane Society to assist in the creation of a new law to stop companion animals from being legally defined as "chattel."

Case 2 Students will work with the National Women's Law Center to create an advocacy plan for their Capitol Hill outreach.

Students will create a jury selection portfolio working with a jury consultant for their case. Students will create a survey of the community where the trial is taking place to understand the background characteristics of the jury pool such as race, sex, marital status, age, income, and careers.

Students will create specific questions based on their case. Questions will be designed to discover the beliefs and attitudes likely associated with a favorable or unfavorable verdict for their client. Students will then create a jury selection profile that will be used when the case goes to trial.

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David P. Weber, CFE

Attorney, Registered Private Investigator and Certified Fraud Examiner
David P. Weber, CFE

Attorney, Registered Private Investigator and Certified Fraud Examiner

From disputes involving millions of dollars, murder and suicide, self-defense shootings, whistleblowers alleging national security violations, and the investigation of foreign leaders implicated in the Panama Papers, David P. Weber has a unique practice:  extracting clients from tight spots.  First and foremost, Weber is focused on getting clients back on their feet.  If you have a problem, Weber can probably help. Until the conclusion of his federal career in May 2013, Mr. Weber was the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this role, Mr. Weber served as the SEC’s Chief Investigator and directed all criminal, civil, and administrative investigations into fraud, waste, or abuse concerning SEC programs on a nationwide basis. Weber’s notable cases included reporting misconduct in the Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford investigations.  Mr. Weber now uses this skill set to assist and defend clients, and to investigate wrongdoing in private practice. Prior to his employment at the SEC OIG, Mr. Weber served as Supervisory Counsel and Chief of Enforcement Unit I for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and was responsible for overseeing all banking enforcement activities and investigations involving state chartered banks and bank failures for the western half of the United States. Before joining the FDIC, Mr. Weber served for more than a decade as the Special Counsel for Enforcement at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury responsible for the supervision and regulation of the national banking system, including all federally licensed foreign banks operating in the United States. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Weber serves as the Academic Director of Fraud Management Programs at the Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of Maryland, an executive education partnership with the American Bankers Association.  At Smith, Weber teaches in Smith’s top-10 rankedExecutive and Online MBA, Masters and undergraduate programs, teaching courses in Ethics & ProfessionalismFraud Detection & DeterrenceForensic Accounting; and Regulatory Compliance.   Starting in Fall 2017, he will also be teaching a course about the involvement of organized crime groups in white collar crime.  He has vast experience regarding the intersection of fraud, professionalism, and the practices of law and accounting.  You can read more about Mr. Weber’s University of Maryland teaching activities here. Mr. Weber accepts engagements as an expert witness in selected cases concerning standard of care or malpractice in fiduciary matters, self-defense, law practice, public accounting, investigations, fraud examinations, accounting fraud, and other criminal justice matters. Weber also has academic interest in failures of internal controls required under Section 404 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act.  Please contact Mr. Weber if you require an expert with an emphasis in internal controls, accounting, ethics, investigation, fraud examination or criminal justice. Until March 2016, Weber was the appeals officer for the 70th Regiment of the Maryland Army National Guard, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate Corps of the Maryland State Guard. He places a special emphasis of his private practice on assisting veterans and service members with difficult legal problems – including reporting misconduct of government and military contractors.  Weber is a founding member of the Maryland State Bar Association Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Military Law.

Richard J. Link

Goodwin Weber PLLC’s lead attorney on all family and bankruptcy matters
Richard J. Link

Goodwin Weber PLLC’s lead attorney on all family and bankruptcy matters

Richard J. Link graduated from the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vermont, and then attended Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He has practiced law for more than two decades.  Richard is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.  He is Goodwin Weber PLLC’s lead attorney on all Virginia cases, and Goodwin Weber PLLC’s family, guardianship, bankruptcy, and criminal law matters.

Richard has been involved in various federal and state appellate cases and does extensive work in fiduciary disputes, employment, immigration, bankruptcy, criminal, guardianships, domestic relations, and family law.  Richard has extensive trial and administrative law experience.

Dan Seikaly

Of Counsel Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Dan Seikaly

Of Counsel Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Daniel has deep knowledge of criminal, civil and internal investigations and can leverage that knowledge with the needs and reputation of his clients at the forefront. Daniel focuses his practice on white collar criminal matters, complex criminal and civil litigation, internal corporate investigations, implementation of compliance programs, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, domestic and international advisory matters, and internal corporate investigations. In the course of his career, he has handled investigations initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and local state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Prior to entering private practice, Daniel held several positions with the Department of Justice. At the DOJ, he was associate deputy attorney general in the executive office for national security and an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he was chief of the transnational and major crimes section and chief of the criminal division. In addition, he was assistant inspector general for investigations for the CIA, where he investigated allegations of fraud, waste and abuse involving CIA programs, personnel and resources. Before joining the DOJ, Daniel was a law professor at the University of Michigan School of Law and Antioch Law School.

Courtney Stewart

National Network for Returning Citizens
Courtney Stewart

National Network for Returning Citizens

Courtney Stewart is the Chairman of The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, Founder and CEO of Mentoring Works2. Inc. a nonprofit 501 c (3) and President of Stewart’s Cleaning Service, LLC. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU), DC Jobs with Justice (DCJWJ), The Reentry Task Force and Co-Chair Reentry Action Network. Mr. Stewart grew up in the drug infested streets of the District of Columbia and struggled with two alcoholic parents in the household. He became a product of the juvenile justice system at the tender age of 9 years old and placed in foster care at 13 years old. Ultimately, this led to his introduction to the revolving door of incarceration until his parole from Lorton Reformatory in 1985.

Dan Pond

Defense Attorney
Dan Pond

Defense Attorney

Dan Pond is a criminal defense attorney who has dedicated his career to working as a public defender representing indigent people at all stages of the criminal justice system, from initial arrest through trial and incarceration, and eventually back into the community. Earning his JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 2010, Dan became a trial attorney for Massachusetts’ Committee for Public Counsel Services, representing poor people accused of crimes in the trial courts of Brockton, MA until 2015.  He has also been a public defender in Pittsburgh, PA (2016).  Since January, 2017, he has been in the Prisoner and Re-Entry Legal Services division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.  In this role Dan has shifted his practice away from defending clients against the formidable resources of the prosecution at the trial level and re-focused on  representing and assisting incarcerated people in their applications for release on parole from lengthy felony sentences as well as recently released people as they attempt to overcome the often devastating hurdles of re-entry.  Dan also holds a Bachelors degree in Theology from Boston College (2001) and a Masters Degree in Theology from La Salle University (2005).

Alex Cerussi

Outreach Manager for the Legislative Engagement team of the Government Relations Department
Alex Cerussi

Outreach Manager for the Legislative Engagement team of the Government Relations Department

Alex Cerussi is Outreach Manager for the Legislative Engagement team  of  the  Government  Relations  Department.  Alex  focuses  on advocate    engagement    and    relationship    development    through grassroots work. She joined the ASPCA in March of 2019. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Alex worked as an attorney in Brooklyn, New  York, where she practiced consumer protection law as it related to  animal  agriculture  and the environment. Following  her  graduation from  law  school, Alex  worked  for  a law firm  practicing  commercial insurance litigation and as Field Organizer for a local political campaign. Alex currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Animals in Agriculture Subcommittee of the American Bar Association (ABA),  Young  Lawyer Representative of the Animal Law Committee, and as Program Chair of the Animal Law Committee. Alex earned her B.A. in Political Science and French from Elon University in 2013, and her law degree from  Catholic  University  in  2017,  where  she  focused  her  studies  on  animal  welfare  law  and  policy.  Alex interned and clerked with a variety of animal welfare organizations, environmental non-for-profits, and federal agencies throughout law school. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her terrier mix, Piper.

Thomas P. Mauriello

Adjunct Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Thomas P. Mauriello

Adjunct Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Thoms P. Mauriello is an Adjunct Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. For 38 years he has managed the school’s crime laboratory and taught a crime laboratory course where students get an introduction to criminalistics.

Thomas graduated from George Washington University with his Masters in Forensic Sciences.

Before becoming a professor at the University of Maryland he worked for the Department of Defense (DoD), was a police officer, and was a criminal investigator. When he was working for the DoD he held multiple positions such as Special Agent; Chief of Police; Senior Polygraph Examiner; Director, Occupational Health, Environmental and Safety Services; Director, Interagency OPSEC Support Staff (IOSS); Deputy Director for Security Education, Training and Awareness; Congressional Staff Investigator for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; and Chief of Polygraph for the Associate Directorate for Security and Counterintelligence. He received the DoD Exceptional Civilian Service Award, President’s Award, and the Donald B. Woodbridge Award.

Not only is he a professor, a retired member of the DoD, a criminal investigator, and a forensic sciences consultant but he is also a published author writing Criminal Investigation Handbook  Strategy, Law and Science; and The Dollhouse Murders.

He stays active in his community by being a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Association for Identification, Maryland Polygraph Association, and the Operations Security (OPSEC) Professionals Society.

Thomas formed his forensic consultant company, ForensIQ, Inc., in 2011. ForensIQ, Inc. provides his clients with forensic investigation services; criminal case & evidence assessments; security & counterintelligence services; education, training, awareness and motivational public speaking presentations; and news media and film and TV production consultation.

This summer Thomas will work as the Crime Scene Recreation Expert for the Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit Tier 2 where he will educate the students about crime scene recreation and its importance and assist them as they recreate their own crime scene.

Jeffry T. Frederick

Director of Jury Research Services Division at National Legal Research Group, Inc
Jeffry T. Frederick

Director of Jury Research Services Division at National Legal Research Group, Inc

Jeffery T. Frederick, Ph.D., attended North Carolina State University where he received his masters and Ph.D. in Social Psychology.

Jeffery is currently the director of Jury Research Services Division at National Legal Research Group, Inc. and has been focusing on juries, including jury selection and jury research, since 1975.

He has worked on hundreds of cases while also using his experience and research to write books and publications. He wrote Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, 3rd Edition (ABA Press 2011) and The Psychology of the American Jury (Michie Co. 1987). He also speaks at different programs for the American Bar Association,  the American Psychological Association, and many others about his experience with juries and the research he has done.

This summer Jeffrey will work with students not only teaching them about the rules and practices for choosing jurors, but he will also work with students on a jury selection simulation and help them make a jury profile for their case.

Bryan Bernys

Leadership Institute-Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program
Bryan Bernys

Leadership Institute-Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program

Bryan Bernys is the Leadership Institute’s Vice President of Campus Programs. He is responsible for all the Institute’s student training programs, it’s national field team and a nationwide network of more than 1,800 conservative student organizations.

Bryan also helped create and still oversees the daily operations of Leadership Institute’s campus news site CampusReform.org.   Under his leadership, the site has exposed countless examples of liberal abuse in America higher education, is frequently cited by conservative news outlets like Fox News and The Drudge Report, and has lead to dozens of victories for conservative students and University policy changes.

Before coming to work at LI, Bryan served as the New Hampshire Field Director for Senator John McCain’s 2008 Presidental campaign. He also has extensive experience working to elect GOP candidates to state and federal office as well as work on two other national Presidental campaigns.  He is a graduate of Amercian University in Washington, DC.

Jacob Yakov

Chief of Staff
Jacob Yakov

Chief of Staff

Jacob has tried numerous family matters to conclusion, ranging from highly contested custody litigation to cases involving complex valuation issues. He has gained experience in many of the varied aspects of family law.

Jacob has also developed a skill set in the appellate arena, briefing and arguing cases before Connecticut's appellate courts, such as McKenna v. Delente, 123 Conn. App. 137 (2010) (co-author on brief), Brown v. Brown, 132 Conn. App. 30 (2011) (co-author on brief), Keller v. Keller, 141 Conn. App. 681 (2013) (co-author on brief), Pryor v. Pryor, 162 Conn. App. 451 (2016) (argued and co-author on brief), Weyer v. Weyer, 164 Conn. App. 734 (2016) (co-author on brief).

In 2017, Jacob briefed Chang v. Chang, 170 Conn. App. 822, cert. denied, 325 Conn. 910 (2017), which affirmed the client's successful claim at trial that the parties' premarital agreement was invalid.

In 2018, in Keusch v. Keusch, 184 Conn. App. 822 (2018), Jacob briefed and argued the finer points of setting and modifying child support pursuant to Connecticut's child support guidelines.

In Krahel v. Czoch, 186 Conn. App. 22, cert. denied, 330 Conn. 958 (2018), Jacob briefed and argued for a successful outcome affirming the trial court's sanction of testimonial preclusion based on the husband's failure to disclose important financial information and documents.

In 2019, Jacob briefed and argued Oudheusden v. Oudheusden, 190 Conn. App. 169, cert. granted, 332 Conn. 911 (2019).  The decision represents a sea change in Connecticut law on "double dipping."  Next year, the Supreme Court will weigh in.

In 2019, Jacob briefed and argued Barber v. Barber, 193 Conn. App. 190 (2019). Although the Appellate Court was constrained to dismiss his client's cross appeal on mootness grounds, Jacob successfully defended the trial court's favorable rulings from attack in the main appeal.

Jacob has practiced matrimonial law exclusively from the start of his legal career in 2007, alongside attorneys widely considered to be the best trial lawyers in Connecticut and legends of the matrimonial bar.

Jacob is a graduate of Fordham University. He earned his juris doctor degree at St. John’s University School of Law in 2006. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and the District of Columbia. Prior to attending law school, Jacob obtained a master’s degree in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. After graduating from law school, Jacob served as a legal research clerk for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court.

Jacob is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Fairfield County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He was selected as a Super Lawyers® Connecticut Rising Star for 2013, and every year since. He was selected for a 2016 Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of Connecticut by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. He also volunteers his time as a court-appointed special master in the Stamford Superior Court for family law cases.

In 2017, Jacob presented on “Custody Evaluations: Understanding the Tools and Challenging the Report,” for the National

Andrew Good

Associate at Dinsmore
Andrew Good

Associate at Dinsmore

Andrew focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, as well as medical defense and professional liability. He has handled more than 100 cases that included investigating and evaluating claims, analyzing legal issues, conducting client and pre-deposition meetings, preparing and responding to motions, and taking and defending depositions. In addition, he has tried multiple cases to verdict as second chair.

He has managed cases concerning varying legal issues, such as shareholder disputes, breach of contract, trade secrets, employment disputes, product liability, premises liability, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, construction law, and transportation law. His experience also includes arbitrations and negotiating resolutions through mediation or pre-trial settlement meetings with opposing counsel.

Kimberly Snyder Mehta, J.D.

Educational Consultant
Kimberly Snyder Mehta, J.D.

Educational Consultant

Kim guides students interested in law school, MBA programs, medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, and numerous master’s and Ph.D. programs ranging from Human Resources to Physical Therapy. In addition to her work successfully advising students interested in furthering their education by attending graduate and professional schools, Kim provides guidance to high school students with their essay writing and the undergraduate college application process.

Jonathan Glick

Associate Director of Admissions, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Jonathan Glick

Associate Director of Admissions, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

As Associate Director of Admissions, Jonathan Glick counsels prospective students regarding all aspects of the law school application process and represents Maryland Carey Law at recruiting events throughout the United States and abroad. He also works on the development and implementation of innovative recruitment and student outreach initiatives for the J.D. and LL.M. programs, working closely with the Assistant Dean for Admissions.

Mr. Glick is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  He earned his undergraduate degree in government and criminal justice from the University of Maryland at College Park.  He then attended the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor.  Prior to returning to his alma mater, Mr. Glick spent several years as a civil litigator at Simeone & Miller, LLP in Washington, DC, where he handled a variety of automobile accident, premises liability, defective products, medical malpractice, and other civil litigation matters.

Meet With College Admissions Experts

Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)
Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)

Born and raised in northern California, I am an ABC (American-born Chinese) of Hakka heritage and speak Chinese and English. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, I am very familiar with high schools in the northern California and Washington DC regions.

I love working with students! As an admissions officer at Yale, I loved seeing students on campus that I had “met” (on paper) through the application process. Since then, I have continued to work alongside American and Chinese students who have interned in my workplaces, in the private sector, government, and NGOs, both in the U.S. and in China (I worked in Beijing for 3 years).

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Charlie, and our 2-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Zebedee. Some of my hobbies include triathlons, guitar, and eating out!

Danae McElroy

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law-Director Of Admissions
Danae McElroy

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law-Director Of Admissions

Shawn D. McShay

Boston College Law School-Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid
Shawn D. McShay

Boston College Law School-Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid

Shawn McShay serves as the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at Boston College Law School. Previously, he was the Assistant Dean of Admissions at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. There, he managed the JD and LLM admissions operation, as well as the University’s multi-million dollar merit scholarship and endowment fund. In addition, Dean McShay has served as Senior Director of Enrollment at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, and Assistant Director of Admissions at Fordham University Law School.

Dean McShay holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He has held leadership positions in the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). He has also served on the planning committee for the Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals for which he is the current conference chair

Erica Curtis

Brown University-Admissions Evaluator (Former)
Erica Curtis

Brown University-Admissions Evaluator (Former)

I am a Former Admissions Evaluator at Brown University and have been working in college admissions for almost a decade. I have enjoyed counseling hundreds of students through the college admissions process as the Director of College Counseling and Associate Director of College Counseling at various independent schools in Maryland. My knowledge of selective college admissions has only increased through membership in NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and PCACAC (Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling) and travel to professional conferences and campus visits.

I also love teaching students and have taught US history, American government, French and psychology classes in the past. My foray into education began with a year abroad in South Korea teaching ESL.

I have my BA from the Pennsylvania State University in History and French, MA from Columbia University in French Studies, and a MAT from Brown University in Secondary Education. I lived  abroad in Paris for three years and take every opportunity to return to France as often as possible.

When I am not advising students about the college admissions process, I am an avid knitter, weaver, baker, and hiker.

Reggie McGahee

George Washington University-Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid
Reggie McGahee

George Washington University-Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid

A former National Bar Association“Young Lawyer of the Year” and “Top 40 Lawyer Under 40”, Reginald A. McGahee became an Assistant Dean at Howard University School of Law at the age of 26. He currently serves as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions and is well known for his innovative ideas and dedication to helping shape the future of the law school.

A Georgia native, Dean McGahee graduated South Carolina State University (“SCSU”) with honors with dual degrees in English and Political Science. While at SCSU, he travelled the country to represent his undergrad, was selected to serve as a Washington DC Capitol Intern, served as the Student Director of the South Carolina Legislative Black and was selected as a fellow at the University of Virginia Ralph Bunche Summer Institute in the area of political science for his research in group utility heuristics in the African American Community.

In addition to his responsibilities as Associate Dean, Reginald is a former partner at Mincey, Battle and McGahee, LLP, where he negotiated contracts for professional athletes. Dean McGahee has spoken internationally in Brazil, Switzerland, Canada, France, London, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates and at over 100 events domestically. His areas of expertise range from law school admissions, diversity in the legal profession, student and professional success to the impact that education has on emerging communities in the 21st century.

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Advanced Law & Trial Summit Tier II

July 26th - August 1st

Georgetown University, Washington DC

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Advanced Law & Trial

Testimonial

Internship Summit

Last years law program through Leadership Initiatives was everything I expected it to be and more. I had a blast learning about the law profession and getting to meet many new people. I cannot wait until I go back to the Tier II law program this summer, and pick back up on the work I started last summer!"

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Internship Summit

Last summer, I attended Leadership Initiatives’ Advanced Law and Trial Summit Tier I, and it was the best summer experience I have ever had. No other program has allowed me to go so in-depth into the legal process and really understand what a career in law could entail, such as how to use Westlaw and write case briefs. I also got invaluable information from admissions officers about applying to college and law school. This upcoming summer I will be attending Advanced Law and Trial Tier II, and I cannot wait for another amazing experience!"

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Exclusive Partnership Benefits

Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is recognized worldwide for excellence in international relations, politics, medicine, and law. It is consistently ranked as one of America’s top 20 universities. Famous alumni include US President Bill Clinton, actor Bradley Cooper, and the Crown Prince of Spain. Ideally situated in Washington, D.C., Georgetown is the perfect setting for a pre-college program.

Leadership Initiatives has partnered with Georgetown for over a decade and have been recognized multiple times with the Outstanding Community Partner Award. We’ve created six first-of-their-kind programs for students who come from all 50 states and nations from across the globe. This summer, expand your horizons at one of the top universities in the world in the nation's capital.

Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs are granted exclusive access to experts, facilities, technology and educational opportunities from our partners. In addition our programs are heavily subsidized by our sponsors allowing our programs to offer additional benefits that no other summer program in the world can offer.

Please click on the sections above to learn about our programs, our specialized student housing, meal plans, student travel, and more. Click below to learn about our academic benefits.

Exclusive Tours Of The State Department, National Institute Of Health, Supreme Court And More

In addition to unparalleled access to mentors, experts, and direct action, students will select from a list of available locations on Choose Your Own Adventure sessions!

Officials will provide private tours of select DC sites including the World Bank, National Institute of Health and Congressional Offices. These exclusive tours allow a small group of students an opportunity to ask in-depth questions and make personal connections with top-tier institutions.

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China,

Embassy of Israel, Embassy of Austria, Embassy of Britain, Embassy of Egypt & Embassy of Italy.

2020 International Leadership and Business Summit Exclusive Tours Include:

Supreme Court, United States Congress,

Metropolitan Police Department, The Public Defender Service, United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Washington D.C. Department of Corrections.

2020 Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Exclusive Tours Include:

National Institute of Health,

Howard University Simulation Training & Education Lab, Georgetown University School Of Medicine, Red Cross and The National Museum of Health and Medicine.

2020 Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit Exclusive Tours Include:

Student Housing

Our Georgetown University dormitories are Copley and LXR Halls. You will be a part of a dynamic community of students and staff who live together in the residence halls.

Whether you’re working on a group project or Sumo Wrestling on the quad, it’s great to live with your friends. And if you have any questions, your Resident Counselor (RC) lives down the hall and is there for you 24/7.

Our students will live in a two-person room and may select their own roommate upon enrolling in the program.

Leadership Initiatives will provide luxury bedding, towels and pillows.

Highlights

Every air-conditioned room includes a bed, study desk, closet & Wi-Fi.

Lounges, game rooms, laundry facilities, and the Leadership Initiatives office are all in the residence hall.

We are only a short walk from our academic buildings, Georgetown Cupcake and Georgetown's Olympic Gym.

Student Meal Plans

Leadership Initiatives is proud to have an all-inclusive meal plan. Students will never spend additional money on meals while at the conference. All participants have three meals per day, access to snacks and drinks at all times in the dorm rooms and several dessert surprises throughout the week.

We are the only summer program in the world where students are able to order food directly through our app which is delivered to students after classes to ensure they can focus solely on transforming lives at the conference.

We guarantee that you will have something to eat of your choosing, regardless of food allergies, veganism, vegetarianism, or any other health concern or dietary restriction.

Every morning, we create a continental breakfast buffet. Every student can use our waffle makers, select from ten types of cereal, sausages, tea, coffee, several juices, fruit, and three types of breakfast sandwiches every morning of the summit.

Students will have the opportunity to choose from 4 different restaurants for each meal every day that they are at the summit. Below are all the locations you will have an opportunity to eat at including the Famous Supreme Court Dining Hall.

Continental Breakfast

Lunches and Dinners From Local Restaurants

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Student Safety

Student Health

Students Are Always With A Staff Member

If A Student Becomes Sick Or Injured

Students With Medical Conditions

Students will live in Copley and LXR Halls. Students and staff will live together in the residence halls to ensure students have all educational, health and safety needs attended to day and night.

All Georgetown University dormitories have special keycard access requirements and security at the front entrance ensuring non-students cannot entire the dormitory and students cannot leave without permission.

Leadership Initiatives Staff and Offices are on call/open twenty-four hours a day during the conference. We are always ready to answer student or parent questions and provide assistance any time it is needed.

Resident Counselors make medical appointments in coordination with parents, accompany students to medical facilities, obtain prescription medications, and notify parents after medical visits.

Appointments are made with University Health Services or the Georgetown University Medical Center.

Leadership Initiatives has trained staff to allow students with almost any medical condition attend our conferences. Please email our main offices and we will create a plan together to ensure the student has the time of his or her life.

Student Arrivals And Departures

Students Arriving And Departing By Plane

Students Arriving By Car

Arrival Dates Outside Of The Program

Leadership Initiatives can provide transportation to and from the program for an additional $70. This includes pickup and drop-off at any of the major Washington D.C. airports (National, Dulles, BWI) and Penn Station if a student is arriving by train.

Leadership Initiatives staff members will pick up and drop students at the security gate. Leadership Initiatives will send a picture of the staff member picking up the student 24hrs before their flight's departure.

Upon arrival, the Leadership Initiatives staff member picking up the student will send a picture of the student to the parent or guardian.

When departing, the Leadership Initiatives staff member taking the student to the airport will walk the student to the security gate and will stay at the airport until the student's flight has taken off.

If you are arriving by car please use this address: 3700 P Street NW, Washington DC 20007. Your luggage will be off-loaded at a small drop off area and carted to your residence hall upon arrival.

Students who are traveling extensive distances may arrive one to three days early but will be subject to early arrival fees by Georgetown University of $200 per additional night of stay. All other students must adhere to check-in times.

Academic, College Application

& Career Benefits

All students attending Leadership Initiatives Summer Programs are entitled to ten benefits that no other organization around the world offers to their participants. Each benefit is specifically designed to assist the participating student with entrance into college or gain experience/knowledge in a career they wish to one day pursue.

In 2019 our graduating seniors:

Received over $1.58 million dollars in scholarships for college.

Had over 450 essays edited for college applications.

85% of our graduating seniors requested and received letters of recommendation.

On average increased their ACT scores by 4 points and SAT scores by 240 points.

Click on the links to your left and to the right below to learn more.

Our Top 10 Academic, College Selection And College Application Benefits

1. College Admissions Counseling

2. College Probability Modeling

3. SAT/ACT Training Courses

4. College Essay Review Service

5. Letters Of Recommendation

College Application Benefits

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Summer program students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a college admissions expert. They will help walk students through the ins-and-outs of college applications, essay writing, and scholarships.

Students can speak directly with former admissions officers from schools such as Yale, Brown & UCLA. These individuals have a minimum of 15 years of experience in the field of college admissions.

Students are recommended to have their most pressing questions about the college application process ready so they can have them answered by someone who knows the application system inside and out.

Past students have used this time to hone in on their essay topics, decide on how many colleges to apply to, and create application time lines.

One-On-One College Admissions Counseling

Leadership Initiatives and our partners at Parchment, TestRocker and University Initiatives have designed a system that will calculate the probability of acceptance into the student’s top university choices based on the students GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities, career goals, financial need and more.

The Leadership Initiatives college admissions team will then help all participants narrow their college interest list and create a college application plan.

Because our college admissions team work with a broad range of higher education institutions, their advice, and beneficial knowledge will allow students to further understand the college admissions process.

College Probability Calculator

College Probability Calculator

Community Service

Extra-Curricular Activities

Financial Assistance Needs

SAT/ACT Test Scores

Grade Point Average

The college admissions team will then identify the most important areas students can focus on to increase their probability of gaining acceptance into their top college choices.

College Probability Modeling

Featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post, TestRocker is the premier online SAT/ACT training resource for high school students across the United States. All summer program participants will receive one year of free online SAT/ACT training from TestRocker valued at over $1200.

Students have increased their SAT & ACT scores by an average of 280 points and 4 points, respectively.

TestRocker utilizes personalized learning that incorporates technology & quality content to enable students to drastically increase their ability to take college standardized tests. TestRocker combines highly-effective private tutors with the best technology on the market to increase student scores.

TestRocker comes with customized lessons, full-length tests, and 24/7 customer service.

Handpicked by parents and industry experts for BEST-IN-CLASS AWARDS

We will email the students’ parents a bi-weekly report so that parents can keep track of their progress.

We take accountability to support our students throughout their test-prep journey.

Exclusive SAT/ACT Training From TestRocker

All summer participants are able to submit up to five college application essays for review by our partners at University Initiatives. University Initiatives employs college writing professors and admissions experts to help students craft the best essay possible for their college applications.

This offer is exclusive, and not available with any other institution or program!

Each student essay will be edited to ensure it makes an excellent impression at every stage of the competitive application process. The editors will improve the style, clarity, sentence structure and coherence of your application so that your achievements are noticed.

To ensure language errors do not keep students from achieving their ambitions, every section of your university application will be carefully proofread to eliminate any mistakes in grammar, punctuation, spelling and more.

Editors bring their experience in many different backgrounds, including Science and Technology, Commerce, Management, and the Humanities.

College Essay Review Service

Students who participate in any of Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs will have the opportunity to have two letters of recommendation written for them from any Leadership Initiatives staff member, including the Executive Director Marshall Bailly.

Students that participated in the International Leadership and Business Summit can ask for letters of recommendation from their business partner or translator. Students of the Advanced Law and Trial Summit can request letters from the programs directors or lawyers they are interning with for letters of recommendation.

Students of the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit can ask the patients they diagnose or the doctors they work with for letters of recommendation. Students receive glowing and personal letters of recommendation from individuals whose lives they impacted and professionals they have partnered with.

These unique and complimentary letters are one of the most highly regarded benefits that Leadership Initiatives has. Below are letters of recommendation from past students showcasing how the program transformed their lives:

Matthew Matusiewicz - Full Ride to UC Berkeley School of Engineering

Matthew Chang - Over $30,000 in Financial Assistance to Attend Harvard University

Ricky Toh - Outside Merit Based Full Ride to Stanford University

Meredith Karle - Full Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Letters Of Recommendation

Students will receive customized web pages based on which program they attend.

web pages include a portfolio that outlines the real court case each student

worked on, showcasing their actual internship with Goodwin Weber PLLC and their work advocating for clients on Capitol Hill.

Law Program

web pages showcase the student's internship with a business in the

developing world and their solution development presentation to members of the United Nations, Harvard's University Admissions Panel, and the US Pentagon.

Business Program

web pages include a full video of each student diagnosing a real patient

in the developing world using VR technology, the CPR, AED, and First Aid certification awarded by the Red Cross of America, and each student's work at the Howard University Medical Simulation Center.

Medical Program

A link to the website will be included in each student's personal letter of recommendation, allowing colleges to discover firsthand the once-in-a-lifetime experience each student has had alongside Leadership Initiatives.

Below are student websites from our 2019 summer programs.

Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit Fraud Case

International Leadership & Business Internship Summit

Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit

Student Career Websites

6. Student Career Websites

7. Elite College Admissions Panels

8. Career Mentorship Program

9. Scholarship Application Assistance

10. College Student Mentorship Program

College Selection Benefits

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Leadership Initiatives has partnered with top universities around the country to form a panel of college admissions officers to provide students with a firsthand account on how universities select their incoming students.

Students attend an exclusive Question and Answer Session with College Admissions Officers from Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Georgetown, George Washington, and American University. These experts will discuss the basics of filling out your application, content for inclusion and exclusion, what activities stand out the most in student applications, and techniques to write a memorable application essay.

Participants in each program attend a specific graduate-level admissions panel to plan ahead to Law School, Medical School, and Business School.

No other program in the country offers pre-professional school advice directly from admissions officers, allowing students to plan ahead to their future careers and shape their path to success.

Elite College Admissions Panels

Leadership Initiatives partners summer program students with a US-based mentor of their choice from the Leadership Initiatives community of supporters.

Potential mentorship partners include executives at some of the Country’s most successful businesses, top legal experts in Washington, D.C., Harvard Staff and Faculty, former State Department officials, Georgetown University Professors, NASA scientists, Federal Law Enforcement Officers, and more.

Over the course of 18 months, these mentors work with students to help navigate the way to their future colleges and careers.

Students receive the perceptive, wisdom, and life advice from these highly successful mentors to aid in their transition to college and their career beyond.

Career Mentorship Program

Leadership Initiatives has worked with high school seniors and current undergraduates to apply for scholarships for over two decades. Seniors who utilize our scholarship assistance program to apply for 12 scholarships, that we approve and professionally edit have a 32.17% chance of receiving a scholarship of at least $500 up to $62,000.

In 2019, Leadership Initiatives scholarship assistance program helped students to receive over $4.8 million dollars in financial aid for all four years of college.

Program participants received Merit Based Full Scholarships For:

Notre Dame

UNC Chapel Hill

UC Berkley

Loyola

Kansas State

The University of Chicago (through a Questbridge Scholarship)

Program participants received additional scholarships for: 

Stanford, Columbia, University of Virginia, William & Mary, University of Michigan, George Washington University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, American University, and many more!

Scholarship Application Assistance

Current college students know first hand the best and worst qualities of their respective university, as well as the time-consuming and often stressful application process. Leadership Initiatives pairs summer program students with current college students from the school of their choice to get the most personal and authentic image of their dream school.

Students will have one-on-one calls with their college mentor to answer any questions, discuss the qualities of the college, and receive advice on the application process. LI has past students and current interns at the nations top colleges, as well as access to students at nearly every US college. These calls act as an exceptional resource during the college-decision period of every student’s life.

Summer program students also have the opportunity to network with past participants, who attend the nation's foremost universities, received internships at the UN, with US congressional officials, and many leading businesses nationwide.

These leaders will share the steps they took to achieve these goals and offer advice for your own personal journey into the university and career of your choosing.

College Student Mentorship Program

Partners and Sponsors

Guidestar
Global Giving
Great Nonprofits
International Youth Foundation
Future First Foundation
TestRocker
Microsoft Youthspark Grant Recipient
Starbucks Foundation