All of the programs and workshops at PIW are taught by lawyers, which makes ours a unique paralegal school. Current instructors include:
Charles F. Gormly
Charles F. Gormly is the managing attorney at Rosenthal Gormly, Chtd.
A member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars, Charles F. Gormly has tried over a hundred cases to jury verdicts, as well as arguing cases before the Courts of Appeals in D.C. and Maryland. He has also served as personal representative, guardian or counsel to the estate in numerous probate matters, particularly guardianship of minors in lead poisoning, medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases.
Mr. Gormly has served on the Board of Governors of the Trial Lawyers Association of the District of Columbia and as an officer of the Maryland-D.C. Creditors Bar Association. His community activities include serving as an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Lupus Foundation of Greater Washington and the Connecticut Belair Swim and Tennis Class.
Mr. Gormly received his law degree from the American University’s Washington College of Law in 1996 and his B.A. in history from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1989. He resides in Kensington, MD with his wife and children.
Daniel S. Kozma
Daniel Kozma obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Pittsburgh in 1971. He graduated from Cornell Law School in 1977. Mr. Kozma first honed his skills in complex litigation and jury trials involving airline labor law, ERISA and administrative law cases. During this time, Mr. Kozma represented and won a multi-million dollar settlement for 7,000 people against the National Western Life Insurance Company. Thereafter, Mr. Kozma geared his specialties to toxic torts, labor, ERISA and Federal False Claims Act for close to a decade. To date, Mr. Kozma was awarded the largest verdict and recovery for a lead-poisoned child in the District of Columbia. Since then, Mr. Kozma has represented lead-poisoned children in a number of cases and has recovered over $8 million combined. In 2004, Mr. Kozma opened the Law Office of Daniel S. Kozma. He now focuses his time on toxic torts, personal injury, discrimination and employment law. Mr. Kozma is a member of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Second, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, Arizona and Nebraska. Mr. Kozma is also a member of the Board of Governors, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Mr. Kozma teaches Torts, Civil Rights/Employment and Civil Procedure.
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Billy Cannon is an associate in the landlord representation group in the Bethesda office of Offit Kurman, P.A. He graduated from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 2008 and clerked for Judge William P. Greene, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, following graduation. Following his clerkship, Billy worked as a trial lawyer in the plaintiffs’ group at Shulman Rogers in Montgomery County. Billy was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2012 in Maryland.
Billy was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1994. He obtained his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Loyola College in Maryland in 1998. He obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Maryland in 2002. He taught English at Gonzaga from 2001-2008. While teaching, he obtained his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in May of 2008 While in law school, he was a moot court associate and teaching assistant to Professor Marshall Breger.
Billy serves as a member of the Jesuit Gridiron Classic Committee, the John Carroll Society and on the board of the Gonzaga Business Network. In 2012, he will be the President of the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County and of the Loyola University Maryland Regional Alumni Board, Washington D.C. He is also a regular contributor to the Generation J.D. blog. He lives in Chevy Chase with his wife and three children.
Runako Kumbula Allsopp
Runako Kumbula Allsopp is an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. She works in the General Counsel’s Office for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Immediately prior to joining DCRA, Mrs. Allsopp served as Deputy General Counsel to former District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty. Mrs. Allsopp has also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and as an Assistant District Attorney for Orleans Parish in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mrs. Allsopp began her legal career as a judicial law clerk in Louisiana, where she completed a two year appellate court clerkship and a one year trial court clerkship. After completing her clerkships, Mrs. Allsopp also spent two years as an Equal Justice Works Fellow for Public Citizen in Washington, D.C., where she advocated for consumer safety and protection in international trade. Mrs. Allsopp received her juris doctor from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Mrs. Allsopp lives in North Potomac, Maryland with her husband and daughter.
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Irene M. Recio
Irene M. Recio is Special Counsel at Poblete Tamargo LLP. She brings over 14 years of experience in the area of immigration law. She has successfully represented individual and corporate clients in affirmative filings with the U.S. Government, including applications for temporary and permanent residency and naturalization, as well as defensive procedures before the U.S. Department of State and Immigration Court.
Recio has unique and proven expertise counseling employers on conformance with recently enacted Homeland Security regulations and compliance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, as well as defense against work-site enforcement proceedings by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for alleged violations of immigration law. She also provides affirmative training to employers to avoid “raids” of their employees and operations and avoid federal debarment repercussions.
As part of her law practice, Recio has also represented clients seeking political asylum in the United States on the basis of prior persecution as a result of political opinion, gender, religion, and sexual orientation, and has considerable experience with international adoptions. She has been active in efforts to reform current immigration procedures. Recio has been involved in numerous pro bono efforts representing individuals in deportation proceedings and as counsel to non-profit organizations including the Whitman Walker Clinic, the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence in Virginia, The Latin America Youth Center in Washington D.C. and other educational institutions. Recio also volunteers for several community non-profit organizations providing free legal services to indigent immigrants. In addition, Recio has written numerous articles and lectures on current challenges and solutions for foreign nationals and refugees in the United States. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, a Master’s degree from the University of Miami School of International Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Economics from the University of Miami. She has been recognized as a “Top Immigration Lawyer” by the Washington Business Journal, and as one Virginia’s best “Immigration/Naturalization” attorneys by the Virginia Business Magazine. Recio has served as Chair of the Board of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and served on other professional association boards. She is licensed to practice in Washington D.C., Florida and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. She is fluent in Spanish and French.
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Janell Wolfe obtained her J.D. degree from the Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C. in 1987. A member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars, she is currently employed as a magistrate in Fairfax County, Virginia. Ms. Wolfe was formerly a sole practitioner with an office in Arlington, Virginia. A significant part of her practice was all facets of criminal defense litigation from misdemeanor offenses to murder trials. She has been certified as a capital murder defense attorney and as a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children.
Ms. Wolfe had taught CLE courses in Virginia and is a docent with the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Carolyn O. Bryant
Carolyn O. Bryant was most recently employed in New Orleans, Louisiana as Regional Counsel for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. As Regional Counsel, Ms. Bryant litigated appeals to enforcement actions issued pursuant to the Louisiana Environmental Quality Act and Regulatory Code. Also in New Orleans, Ms. Bryant maintained a private practice where she handled personal injury, criminal, and family law matters. In addition, she accepted appointments from the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court to represent minor children or their parents in cases pending before the court. From her employment with private law firms, Ms. Bryant has gained extensive experience in insurance defense and medical malpractice.
Ms. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Toledo, Ohio, where she received membership in the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honorary Society. She received her law degree, cum laude, in 1997 from Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she served as Managing Editor of the Southern University Law Review. While at the Law Center, Ms. Bryant received a Merit Scholarship Award from the Law League of Louisiana and was made Junior Honorary Member of the Louisiana State Law Institute. Subsequently, she received the Louis A. Martinet Award for outstanding dedication to the organization (the Louis A. Martinet Society).
Ms. Bryant is admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia and the State of Louisiana. She is a member of the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity.
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Camille L. Shepherd
Camille L. Shepherd is an attorney who has practiced law in both the private and the government sectors. She has professional experience and has provided service in the areas of Labor and Employment Law, including Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Wills, Business Organization, Contracts, Entertainment, some Real Estate and Family Law. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Originally from North Carolina, Ms. Shepherd attended and graduated from Howard University School of Law with her juris doctorate degree. She also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, magna cum laude, from North Carolina Central University. Additionally, Ms. Shepherd attended the George Washington University where she completed graduate work and received a Certificate of Public Management.
Highlights of Attorney Shepherd’s career include: (1) being selected to serve as an American Bar Association Labor and Employment Fellow for three years; (2)being selected to attend the prestigious ALRA Academy (Association of Labor Relations Agencies), which provides special training to attorneys who serve as the primary advisor or general counsel to labor boards or labor relations agencies; successfully representing management in employee appeals,(3) serving as the primary Attorney-Advisor to D.C.’s Labor Board (the Public Employment Relations Board), which, inter alia, resolves disputes between D.C. Government Employees and Management and (4)being successful in arbitrating and settling a major group grievance involving the “Acting Duty” pay clause of the CBA and saving her agency a large sum of money. She has also been privileged to serve as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Maryland on a Constitutional Law and Title VII Discrimination Law Issue. Finally, Ms. Shepherd has had the pleasure of providing services to clients in the areas of Wills, Business Organization, Contracts, Entertainment, Some Real Estate and Family Law.
In her down time, Ms. Shepherd enjoys music and is a versatile vocalist and classically trained musician who has performed for weddings and other events. Ms. Shepherd has performed at various venues and events, including, but not limited to the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, Jaspers’ in Greenbelt on Smooth Jazz Night, Twins Jazz, the Newton-White Mansion, and various churches.
During her career, Ms. Shepherd’s professional and civic affiliations has included at various times being a member of the American Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Section, the Maryland State Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Section, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Prince Georges’ County Bar Association, the J. Franklin Bourne Bar Association, a member of her church’s legal ministry and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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