Joel A. Braithwaite
Joel is a trial attorney for the criminal section, public safety division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Previously, he served as the juvenile justice compliance monitor for the District of Columbia at the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) from 2007 to 2012. Joel also serves as the co-chair of the District of Columbia Superior Court Family Court’s Disproportionate Representation of Minorities Collaborative. Prior to joining CJCC in 2007, Joel worked as the law clerk to the Honorable Charles B. Day, United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Joel served in the United States Army Reserve 154th Legal Support Organization’s Trial Defense Service, which provided legal defense for soldiers accused of violations of the uniform code of military justice. Before that, he served in the New Jersey Army National Guard and was mobilized during Operation Noble Eagle in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. As a high school senior, Joel became involved with juvenile justice as the chair of the Juvenile Conference Committee, a panel of trained volunteers who hear the cases of minor juvenile offenders in Asbury Park, NJ. His junior year at Rutgers University, Joel pioneered a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) preparation program at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center in Somerset, NJ.
Joel graduated from the Howard University School of Law with his J.D. in 2005. He is a 2010 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center with an LL.M. in taxation. Joel is the immediate past president of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, a National Bar Association affiliate serving Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. He is married to his beautiful wife Shamonda and the proud father of two kids, Sydney and Ethan.
Freeman, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University Law School, is actively involved in numerous organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, the National Bar Association, and other professional and civic associations. Freeman provides pro bono legal services to a number of organizations, and he has been recognized as a Pro Bono Champion by Holland & Knight. In addition to practicing law, Freeman serves as an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where he teaches a legal drafting course. He is also a member of the Board of Commissions of the Prince George’s County Housing Authority, which is responsible for oversight, leadership, and direction of the Housing Authority.