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Staff

Legal Assistant

Beth Nolan
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Charles K. Barber
Deputy General Counsel

Megan Glass

Attorney Fellow

 

Susan B. Kaplan

Senior Counsel

Gabrielle Lincoff

Attorney Fellow

 

Mary Lynn Reed

Senior Counsel, Medical Center

Thomas Smith

Senior Counsel

Angela Robinson

Administrative Manager

Richard Weitzner

Senior Counsel

Michael (Corey) Barenbrugge

Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Stephanie Baldwin

Associate General Counsel

Susan (Sue) Phillips

Executive Legal Assistant

Toi Carter

Associate General Counsel

Caroline (Carrie) O'Neill

Associate General Counsel

Arvia Palmer

Legal Secretary

Abbey V. Richards

Associate General Counsel

Silvia Seasholtz

Legal Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Stillerman

Associate General Counsel

Diana K. Cheang

Records Management and Technology Coordinator

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wanger

Associate General Counsel

Jennifer Windell

Receptionist

 

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Beth Nolan
bnolan@gwu.edu

B.A., Scripps College, 1973

J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1980

Ms. Nolan is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The George Washington University.  She joined GW in December 2007, after serving as a partner in the  White Collar Group of Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Nolan was appointed by President Clinton as the first woman to serve as Counsel to the President of the United States (1999-2001).  She also served in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, as Deputy Assistant Attorney General (1996-1999) and as Attorney-Advisor (1981-1985), and in the White House as Associate Counsel to the President (1993-1995).  She has served on the faculty of The George Washington Law School for over ten years, teaching courses in Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility and Ethics, Government Ethics, and Government Lawyering.  In addition, Ms. Nolan was a Fellow in the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (2001), and a presidentially appointed Member of the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal (1993).  She clerked for the Honorable Collins J. Seitz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ms. Nolan received her B.A. from Scripps College and her law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown in 1980, where she was Editor in Chief of the Law Journal.  Ms. Nolan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation of the National Capital Area, and the Board of Advisors of the Harvard Law & Policy Review.  She was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2008 and Washington Super Lawyers 2008.


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Deputy General Counsel
Charles K. Barber
cbarber@gwu.edu

B.A., summa cum laude, Howard University, 1976
J.D., magna cum laude, Howard University Law School, 1979

Areas of Concentration: Real Estate Development; Government Relations; Contracts; Taxes and Business Regulation

Mr. Barber joined the staff as Senior Counsel in 1996, after serving as Deputy General Counsel at Howard University.  Prior to Howard, Mr. Barber worked as an associate in the New York City firm of Debevoise & Plimpton.  His initial employment after law school was as a law clerk for the Hon. Gabrielle K. McDonald of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas.  Mr. Barber graduated magna cum laude from Howard University School of Law in 1979.  He has been admitted upon examination to the state bars of Texas, New York, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  He currently serves on the boards of D.C. Building Industry Association and Unity Healthcare, Inc. 

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Senior Counsel
Susan B. Kaplan
sbk@gwu.edu

B.A., cum laude, Boston University 1975
J.D., The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law 1980

Areas of Concentration:  Labor Relations; Regulatory Compliance

Ms. Kaplan joined the university in 1988 as Special Assistant to President Trachtenberg.  She has served in various capacities since then, most recently as Associate Vice President for Human Resources.  Prior to coming to the university, she practiced at the firm of Morgan Associates, Chartered, focusing on employment law.  She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Senior Counsel, Medical Center
Mary Lynn Reed
mlreed@gwu.edu

B.A., Randolph-Macon College, 1980
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1984

Areas of Concentration: Health Care; Litigation; Contracts; Compliance

Ms. Reed joined the staff as Associate General Counsel in July 2001. Prior to joining GW, Ms. Reed was a partner in the law firm of Jackson and Campbell, P.C., where she had practiced since 1986, and was former Co-Chair of the Health Law Practice group. In addition to litigating professional liability matters on behalf of hospitals and physicians, Ms. Reed devoted her practice primarily to counseling a broad spectrum of health care providers on a variety of matters, including credentialing, physician staff privileges, medical staff bylaws, fraud and abuse, compliance, and regulatory matters. She is admitted to the Bars in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Florida and New York. Ms. Reed has served on the Steering Committee and been a member of the Health Law Section of the D.C. Bar, American Health Lawyers Association, D.C. Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, and Women's Bar Association, and is active in a variety of civic and professional organizations.

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Senior Counsel
Thomas Smith
tbsmith@gwu.edu

B.A., magna cum laude, Dickinson College, 1976
J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1986

Areas of Concentration:  Litigation; Student Issues

Mr. Smith joined the Office of the General Counsel in 2007. After graduating from law school Mr. Smith spent a year as a Court Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then joined the law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering as a litigation associate, and after leaving that firm, remained in private practice in Washington, D.C. until joining the Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Smith manages litigation matters for GW and also represents the university in court and before administrative agencies. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, all courts in the District of Columbia, and numerous federal and state courts around the country.

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Senior Counsel
Richard A. Weitzner
richardw@gwu.edu

B.A., with special honors, The George Washington University, 1983
J.D., The George Washington University, 1986

Areas of Concentration: Employment and Human Resources Issues; Student and Faculty Issues; General Higher Education Law; Litigation Management

Mr. Weitzner, joined the office of the General Counsel in November, 1998, received his undergraduate and law degrees from GW, and upon graduation from law school, directed GW's first student judicial affairs office. Prior to his return to the university in 1998, Mr. Weitzner served as Assistant General Counsel at The Johns Hopkins University, and prior to that, as counsel for the Maryland public institutions of higher education, first as Assistant Attorney General then as Senior Counsel for Advice in the Educational Affairs Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office.  Mr. Weitzner is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Associate General Counsel
Stephanie A. Baldwin
baldwins@gwu.edu

B.A., University of Michigan, 1994
J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2000
Areas of Concentration: Contracts; Regulatory Compliance; Student Issues; Governance

Ms. Baldwin joined the staff as Associate General Counsel in June 2009 following several months with General Counsel's Office as a contract attorney. Ms. Baldwin previously held a two year Attorney Fellowship with the General Counsel's Office after receiving her law degree from GW in 2000. Prior to re-joining GW in 2009, Ms. Baldwin was an associate in the law firm of Greenstein, DeLorme & Luchs, PC, where she practiced for seven years. She is admitted to the Bars in Washington, D.C. and California.

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Associate General Counsel
Toi Carter
tcarter@gwu.edu

A.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1983
Areas of Concentration: Employment and Human Resources Issues; Student and Facult
Issues: General Higher Education Law

Ms. Carter joined the Office of the General Counsel in September 2010, after serving as the Senior Associate General Counsel for Faculty and Student Affairs at Howard University. Her prior higher education experience includes serving as the Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Stevenson University, the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources at Loyola University Maryland, an Assistant University Attorney at East Carolina University, and an Assistant University Attorney in the Educational Affairs Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office. She has prior litigation experience as a Baltimore City prosecutor, a managing attorney in a general practice law firm, and as an associate in a firm that focused on insurance defense and collection cases. She is admitted to the Bars in North Carolina, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

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Associate General Counsel
Caroline (Carrie) J. O'Neill
cjoneill@gwu.edu

B.A., Georgetown University, 1984
M.A., International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 1991
J.D., cum laude, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, 2001

Areas of Concentration: International Affairs/Transactions; Immigration; Intellectual Property

Ms. O'Neill joined GW's Office of the VP and General Counsel in November 2002. Previously, she served as a contract attorney for GW and for the Office of General Counsel of The Catholic University of America. She is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. O'Neill spent eight years working on USAID contracts for the advancement of maternal and child health programs in developing countries. In this position, she traveled frequently to West Africa and Latin America to help develop strategies and operational plans. Ms. O�Neill also has experience in international education and has administered study abroad programs at Georgetown University. She is highly proficient in French and is proficient in Spanish. Ms. O�Neill is a cum laude graduate of the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy. She also holds an M.S. in International Affairs (ESIA) from the George Washington University, and a B.S. from Georgetown University. Ms. O�Neill is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient (France, 1987-88).

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Associate General Counsel
Abbey V. Richards
abbeyr@gwu.edu

B.A., magna cum laude, International and Area Studies, The University of Oklahoma, 2001
M.A., International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2005
J.D., The George Washington University, 2005

Areas of Concentration: Governance; Financial Transactions; Business Regulation and Compliance

After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and interning in the U.S. Senate, Abbey Richards began the joint MA/JD program at The George Washington University.  While completing that program, she was a law clerk with the U.S. Customs Service, Office of Regulations and Rulings and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs.  She joined the General Counsel's Office as a law clerk in May 2003 and transitioned into the two year Attorney Fellow position in February 2005. In January 2007, she became an Assistant General Counsel.  She has been admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Oklahoma.

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Associate General Counsel
Jennifer Stillerman
jstill@gwu.edu

B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Middlebury College 1997
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School 2003

Ms. Stillerman joined the university as Associate General Counsel in August 2010. She previously served as an associate in the Education Group at Hogan Lovells US LLP (formerly Hogan & Hartson LLP) and as a law clerk to the Hon. Leonard B. Sand of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Stillerman graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the State of New York.

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Associate General Counsel
Elizabeth (Betsy) K. Wanger
bwanger@gwu.edu

B.A., Harvard College, 1985
J.D., Yale Law School, 1988

Area of Concentration: Litigation; Trusts and Estates; Student Issues

Ms. Wanger has been working as a part-time attorney in the General Counsel's office since October 1996.  She served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Louis F. Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 1988 to 1989, and then worked in private practice with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly until 1996.  She holds bar memberships from D.C. and Massachusetts.

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Attorney Fellow
Megan Glass
meganglass@gwu.edu

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Comparative Literature, Folklore & Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, 2003
M.L.S., Archives Specialization, Indiana University, 2007
J.D., GW Scholar, The George Washington University Law School, 2012

Ms. Glass joined the Office of General Counsel on September 10, 2012 after graduating from the university�s law school. Prior to attending law school, she spent five years at Indiana University in various professional positions. During law school, Megan worked as a legal intern for two Federal agencies and two non-profit organizations. She has spent the past year working as a law clerk for the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of General Counsel.

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Attorney Fellow
Gabrielle Lincoff
glincoff@gwu.edu

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Attorney Fellow
Shireen Husain
shusain@gwu.edu

B.A., magna cum laude, French & European Studies, University of Arkansas, 2004
B.S., magna cum laude, Physics, University of Arkansas, 2004
J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2011

Ms. Husain joined the Office of Generael Counsel September 1, 2011 after graduating from the university's law school. Prior to joining the OGC, she served as a law clerk for the Department of Homeland Security, Human Rights Law Section and as an intake volunteer at the Employmment Justice Center addressing labor and employment issues at the Workers' Rights Clinic.


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Administrative Manager
Angela Robinson
arobinso@gwu.edu

B.A., cum laude, Whittier College 1994

Ms. Robinson came to the General Counsel's Office in June 1999 from the law firm Powell, Goldstein where she was the Manager of Professional Recruiting.  Prior to that, she was Paralegal Manager at the General Counsel's Office of Howard University where she received a Master's degree in Business Administration.  She earned her Bachelor's degree cum laude in Psychology from Whittier College.  Her current responsibilities include preparing and administering the departmental budget and payroll, managing the operating expenses for the office, and recruiting, hiring and managing the support staff.

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Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Michael (Corey) Barenbrugge
mbarenbr@gwu.edu

B.A., Political Communication, The George Washington University 2010
MPA, Public Administration, The George Washington University 2011

Corey Barenbrugge began his tenure as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel in June 2011 after serving as Presidential Administrative Fellow for two years in GW's Office of Government Relations, while earning his Master's degree in Public Administration.

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Executive Legal Assistant
Susan (Sue) Phillips
scphil@gwu.edu

Ms. Phillips serves as executive assistant to the Deputy General Counsel and Special Counsel. She served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel for two years and Executive Aide/Receptionist in the General Counsel's Office for four years. Prior to her employment with the university, she served as Office Manager for the private practice of a local M.D., as Contract Manager for Care First BlueCross BlueShield, and as Director of Provider Relations at Capital Community Health Plan.

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Legal Secretary
Arvia Palmer
apalmer@gwu.edu

Before coming to The George Washington University in January 2003, Ms. Palmer provided administrative legal support for the General Counsel's Office at Howard University for 16 years. Prior to that, she served as Management Assistant at the National Labor Relations Board for 15 years.

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Legal Administrative Assistant
Silvia Seasholtz
slseas@gwu.edu

B.A., International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2008
M.A. candidate, Education & Human Development, George Washington University, 2013

Ms. Seasholtz joined the OGC team in October 2012, after serving four years in the GW Division of Information Technology. . Previous to her GW employment, Silvia worked at a labor and employment law consultant company where one of her responsibilities was assisting applicants through the Family and Medical Leave Act application process.

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Records Management and Technology Coordinator
Diana K. Cheang
ogctech@gwu.edu

B.A., Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 2007
M.A., International Science and Technology Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 2012

Ms. Cheang is an undergraduate and graduate alumna and former Computer Applications Specialist for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. She is tasked with structuring departmental technology policy, managing the document and records system, as well as hardware and software technical support issues. She is webmaster of the OGC webpage.


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Receptionist
Jennifer Windell
gwlegal@gwu.edu

B.A., International Politics, Brigham Young University 2007
M.A. candidate, International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2013

Ms. Windell joined the university as Executive Aide/Receptionist for the General Counsel's Office in March 2010. Prior to joining the staff at GW, she served as a Program Coordinator at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University. While studying at Brigham Young University, Ms. Windell served as a research assistant, researching scholarly literature in English and in German pertaining to German reunification. Jenny also completed missionary work in Berlin, Schwerin, Chemnitz, and Rostock, Germany.


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