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Tonée Earle

Founder & President

 A University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke Law School graduate. Earle graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2021. Throughout her legal academic career, Earle served as an intern for the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association and served as a Teaching Assistant for multiple professors in various legal courses at UDC Law. Earle also served as the Student Bar Association, Vice President for her law school while simultaneously working as a resident in the D.C. Bar’s Inaugural Writers In Residence Program in the spring of 2021. There, Earle was  published on the DC Bar’s website where she has written numerous articles for the Washington Lawyer, including Earle’s feature article on Black women in government. Further, during that time Earle also  joined the Inaugural D.C. Council’s Director of Racial Equality Office as a Racial Equity Fellow. 

 In 2014, Earle received her Bachelor of Science in Law & American Civilization at Towson University in Towson, MD. Three years later she received her Masters of Professional Studies in Paralegal Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Earle has also worked for the Federal Government in various departments. She began her time in government in 2016 at the Department of Labor as a Pathways student in the Solicitors Office, working for the Division of Federal Employees and Energy Workers Compensation as a Paralegal Specialist. In 2017 she continued her time in the Solicitors Office working with the Fair Labor Standards Division as a Legal Assistant. In 2019, she served as a Paralegal Specialist for the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency, General Counsel’s Office. In 2020, she joined the Department of Justice continuing her work as a Paralegal in their Tax Division. Currently, Earle serves as a legal fellow for the DC Affordable Law Firm, in this program she will receive an LL.M in advocacy from Georgetown law, while practicing in family law, probate law, and immigration law.

Earle looks forward to the ground breaking change that SJM will create. Her passions for creative media and advocacy will mix together to bring learning and justice together as one big ball of fun. 

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Nancy Thach recently graduated Cum Laude from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke Law School (UDC). During her time at UDC, she participated as a student attorney in the UDC Law Whistleblower Protection Clinic where she worked with the Government Accountability Project to advocate for employees threatened with retaliation. Additionally, she participated as a student attorney in the UDC Law General Practice Clinic where she represented clients, under the supervision of an attorney, in Conservatorship and Guardianship cases. Nancy also served as Class Senator for the Student Bar Association and Secretary for the UDC Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. In 2012, Nancy completed her paralegal studies and received her Bachelor of Business Administration at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

 

In 2013, she began working as a paralegal at Koonz McKenney Johnson and DePaolis LLP where she had interned while completing her undergraduate studies. She continues working with the firm assisting on Workers' Compensation Cases, Personal Injury, and Social Security Cases while studying for the Virginia Bar. 

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Pejumae Guscott

Founder & Treasurer

Pejumae Guscott is a recent graduate from University of District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law. Guscott worked full-time and attended college at night, leading to earning a BS Degree in Legal Studies (2012) and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice (2014) from University of Central Florida.

 

Guscott has a passion for housing and mentoring for youth, especially those who are at-risk. She brings initiatives focused on these marginalized youth to SJM

Founder & Vice President 

Nancy Thach