Cecelia Townes

Cecelia Townes

Cecelia Townes - Anti-Racism & Anti-Defamation Alliances, arada.org

Cecelia Townes – Anti-Racism & Anti-Defamation Alliances, arada.org











Admitted to the Maryland State Bar, December 2009

UCLA School of Law Los Angeles, CA J.D., May 2009
Honors: UCLA Law Grant & Florence Wilson Scholarship Recipient
UCLA Alumni Scholarship Recipient
Activities: National Black Law Journal
Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team Member

Howard University Washington, D.C.
B.A., Afro-American Studies, Summa Cum Laude, May 2006

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Merit-Based Full Scholarship; Dean’s List (4 years)
Activities: Sutherland, Asbill, & Brennan, LLP Summer Scholar Program (Summer 2006)
Women’s Tennis (2002-2006); Team Captain; 4-Time Academic All-American

US Department of the Interior-Office of the Solicitor Washington, DC
Attorney-Advisor October 2010-Present
• Research and advise agency bureaus on Federal law questions and issues related to, for instance, employment and discrimination law, tort claims, law enforcement, environmental law, Indian Law, oil and gas lease sales, the FOIA, the FACA, the Federal Records Act, and appropriations law
• Negotiate settlement agreements and draft briefings
• Assist in the drafting and revision of Departmental policies, contracts/agreements and regulations

Office of Campaign Finance: DC Board of Elections & Ethics Washington, DC
Office of the General Counsel-Hearings Examiner June 2009-October 2010
• Conducted hearings on violations of DC’s Campaign Finance laws, namely, Conflict of Interest violations; acted as agency liaison
• Drafted opinions based on hearings, investigations, and research of alleged Campaign Finance violations to be used to determine whether or not cases should be referred for prosecution

Federal Public Defender/UCLA Criminal Defense Clinic Los Angeles, CA
Law Clerk January 2009-May 2009
• Deposed witnesses and performed investigations for the criminal defense of indigent clients
• Analyzed Federal criminal and administrative doctrine to draft briefs, memorandums, and motions in criminal cases
• Represented clients in Immigration & Customs Enforcement hearings and Illegal Re-entry trials

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia Washington, DC
Law Clerk, Parole Division May 2008-August 2008
• Performed research on the District’s administrative and criminal statutes
• Interviewed clients, performed investigations, and prepared appellate briefs for indigent clients
• Represented clients before Hearings Examiners at Probable Cause and Parole Revocation Hearings

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Baltimore, MD
Law Fellow, Legal Department May 2007-August 2007
• Coordinated Continuing Legal Education Panels and a Sub-Prime Lending Workshop
• Drafted memorandum on civil rights issues, i.e. unfair lending, the “Jena-6” case, prison rights
• Researched and drafted memorandum on corporate issues, i.e. tort liability claims, wills, contracts

• Department of Justice Pro Bono Program November 2010-Present
o Volunteer counsel for the Plaintiff in Ballinger v. Askew, 2010 DRB 001296, a family law matter
• Draft motions and make court appearance in the District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Plaintiff who is seeking custody and child support for his child
• Contract Drafting Services: March 2013-Present La Miss Enterprise & Prime Capital LLC
o Drafted management and consultant agreements
• Maryland Courts August 2011-April 2013
o Criminal record expungements
o Defense counsel in State of Maryland v. Williams, case no. 0E00440363, which resulted in a nolle prosequi

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