Beth Brinkmann and Princess McDuffie Join DCVLP Board of Directors!

Pair Bring Remarkable Experience to Help in Fight Against Violence in the Home

Washington DC | July 26, 2017 – The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project is pleased to announce two new board members, Beth Brinkmann and Princess McDuffie. “Their experience will bring a fresh perspective to the board and help to make a real difference in the lives of domestic violence victims and children living with abuse, neglect and violence in the home,” said DCVLP Executive Director, Karen Barker Marcou.

Beth Brinkmann

Ms. Brinkmann is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP and is excited about the prospect of increasing the involvement of the DC legal community in this important cause. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she defended the Affordable Care Act and former President Barack Obama’s immigration executive orders. Ms. Brinkmann previously served in the Office of the Solicitor General, chaired an appellate litigation practice at another global law firm, and served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. Earlier in her legal career, she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and Judge Phyllis Kravitch, and has since argued 24 cases before the Supreme Court.

Ms. McDuffie shown here with her husband, DC Councilman Kenyon McDuffie

Ms. McDuffie is a Supervisory Community Supervision Officer in the Domestic Violence Unit at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency in Washington, DC. She has spent years advocating for domestic violence survivors, both professionally and as a volunteer. She currently serves as a Commissioner with the District of Columbia’s Commission for Women through the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives which fosters economic and social equity for women. She is also a board member at Imagination Stage and volunteers with the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), which provides housing and services for survivors of domestic violence. Ms. McDuffie is looking forward to sharing her experiences working with batterers, victims and the court system to enhance DCVLP’s programs.