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Shanlon Wu

Shan’s professional and personal background gives him a unique understanding of academic institutions and the criminal justice system. A former federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., he is at home in D.C. Courts and very familiar with all of the Washington, D.C. law enforcement agencies, especially the Metropolitan Police Department. His parents were university professors so he grew up in a university environment. He understands the mindset of academic institutions.
As a prosecutor, he supervised in the misdemeanour crime section. This is the section of the Washington, D.C. prosecutor’s office that handles most college student cases. His understanding of charging decisions and how judges view these cases is invaluable to his student clients and their families.

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Julie Grohovsky

College Student Defense Attorney

Julie Grohovsky is a former federal prosecutor whose practice focuses on cases brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. An accomplished trial lawyer, Julie has investigated hundreds of cases, tried over forty cases to verdict, and argued appellate cases in both the local and federal courts. She is the former Director of Training for the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, where she was responsible for training all of the lawyers and support staff in the largest U.S. Attorney’s Office in the country.

From 2001 to 2004, Julie served as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, where she investigated allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse within the Department and its components, including the FBI.

Julie began her career in private practice working for the law firm of Crowell & Moring, where she defended large corporations who were sued under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. She also defended product liability cases brought against Chrysler/AMC Jeep and was a member of the firm’s public service, associate’s, and summer associate committees.

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Julie served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia from 1991 to 2001. During her time as an AUSA, Julie specialized in prosecuting sexual assault cases and received numerous awards from law enforcement and the Department of Justice. In 1998, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy and spent ten months studying how sex crimes are investigated and prosecuted in the UK. At the conclusion of her fellowship, Julie published an article in The Journal of Criminal Law, a British Law Review, entitled, “Giving Voice to Victims – Why the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales Should Allow Victims to Speak Up for Themselves.”

Julie holds a B.A. in English from John Carroll University and is a 1986 graduate of The Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on The Tax Lawyer law review. She clerked for The Honorable Virginia L. Riley of the D.C. Superior Court. A former member of the Adjunct Faculty at the American University Washington College of Law, Julie has lectured in the US and UK on issues of criminal law, criminal investigations, sexual abuse, domestic violence, victims’ rights, and children as witnesses. From 2004 to 2006, she served on the Advisory Board of The Tree House, Montgomery County Maryland’s Child Assessment Center, which supports children who are victims of sexual and/or physical abuse and has consulted for the National Institute of Corrections Project on Addressing Prison Rape. In 2017, Julie became a member of the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll awarded by the D.C. Access to Justice Commission and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center for contributing more than fifty hours of pro bono service in a year.

Julie is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Ohio.

Isabel Restall

Isabel Restall grew up in State College, Pennsylvania before moving to Washington, DC to pursue International Affairs and Spanish Language and Literature degrees at The George Washington University. At The George Washington University, she is a Head Peer Educator for GW Students Against Sexual Assault and also helps to coordinate GW’s César Chavez Day Celebration. She has completed internships at Penn State University’s Sponsor Relations and International Risk offices, as well as at PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment), a nonprofit which works to support survivors of sexual violence. In her free time, she is a volunteer tutor for the Latino Student Fund.

Isabel began interning at WGW in August 2017, where she assists in legal research for college student defense cases and assists with victim representation.

Anna Young

Anna Young grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Washington D.C. to go to George Washington University. There Anna studies Theatre and Political Science. At George Washington Anna was the Artistic Director of a student theatre company, while being in multiple shows in the University. Anna interned with Jamie Long of Minnesota House, NARAL Pro-Choice and Congressmen Keith Ellison where she assisted with immigration, constituent case work, and Section 8 Housing. Anna is interested in travelling and pursuing immigration law in the future.

Anna began working for WGW in May 2018, where she assists on client cases.

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Eden Hankin

Eden grew up in Los Angeles before moving to Washington, DC for undergraduate school at George Washington University, where she is completing a major in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Law & Society. She has worked in two other law firms where she has received a variety of hands-on experience in the field as well as being a member of Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity. Eden also served a semester as a University Justice in GW’s Student Rights and Responsibilities office, determining responsibility and sanctions for conduct violations.

Eden Hankin began interning for WGW in June 2016. She assists in legal research for college student defense cases and also writes for a blog about college disciplinary process.

Eden will be working as a Paralegal at Wiley Rein.

Jack Culhane

Jack grew up in Oakdale, New York before moving to Washington, DC to attend The George Washington University where he recently graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He has competed in mock trial competitions throughout his time at GW, and served as the president of GW’s team.

Jack began interning at Wu/Grohovsky PLLC in June of 2016. He now serves the firm as a paralegal and writer for their blog on student defense and college disciplinary processes.

Jack will attend law school in the Fall.

Zoe Dorau

Zoe Dorau grew up in the coastal town of Ipswich, Massachusetts before moving to Washington, DC for her undergraduate career at the George Washington University. She is completing a degree in Anthropology with a minor in Political Science. She is active on campus as a Peer Educator for the peer-led advocacy group, Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA), which strives to eliminate the culture of sexual violence on campus through education, policy advocacy, and peer-led community engagement. Zoe is also certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and volunteers as a member of the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force, promoting peaceful and safe access to women’s health clinics in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Zoe Dorau began interning at WGW in June 2017, where she assists in legal research for college student defense cases and writes for a blog regarding the college disciplinary process. She also works closely with attorney Julie Grohovsky to further the establishment of the District of Columbia Crime Victims’ Resource Center, providing pro bono legal representation and support to crime victims and victims of sexual violence in Washington, DC.

Zoe is going to be the new Executive Director at CORE.

Rebecca Fallk

Rebecca grew up in the suburbs of Scranton, Pennsylvania before moving to Washington, DC to pursue an undergraduate degree from the George Washington University. She is majoring in both Criminal Justice and Political Science, with a minor in Law & Society and is expected to graduate this upcoming December. During her time at the George Washington University, she has been involved with youth mentoring through Justice for Juniors, is a member of the Politics & Values program, and has held roles within the Panhellenic Association and her Sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. She also has completed internships at the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, The United States Department of Justice, and the American Bar Association. She hopes to expand upon her experience by attending law school and eventually having a career in criminal law.

Rebecca began interning for WGW in June 2017. She assists in legal research for student defense cases and writes for a blog about the college disciplinary process.

Rebecca is going to work at Public Defender Services and then attend GWU Law School in the Fall.

Alexa Tzarnas

Alexa Tzarnas graduated from the George Washington University in May 2016. At GWU she majored in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sustainability. She was also a member of the Women’s Varsity Squash team at and a Presidential Scholarship recipient. Alexa began interning for WGW in January 2016 to earn college credit. She became a full-time paralegal in June 2016.

Ashley Wilson

Ashley grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving to Washington, DC for undergrad at George Washington University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She competed in mock trial competitions at both the high school and collegiate levels in hopes of preparing her for a career in criminal law. In her free time, Ashley has tutored inmates in GED-prep at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women through the Petey Greene Program. While at GW, Ashley served as the Vice President of the GW chapter of the Student Alliance for Prison Reform. Ashley also served as a University Justice on GWU’s Conduct Board in the Student Rights & Responsibilities office where she determined responsibility and sanctions for a wide variety of conduct and academic integrity violations.

Ashley Wilson began interning for WGW in January 2016 before becoming a paralegal in June 2016. She assists in legal research for college student defense cases and writes for a blog about the college disciplinary process. She also aids attorney Shan Wu with his college course at GWU: Campus Justice. Ashley will be attending William & Mary Law School this fall.

Maya Weinstein

Maya Weinstein is a consultant with WGW on Title IX, sexual violence, and dating violence cases. She began her career at WGW, PLLC as a student legal intern in September of 2015, and continued on as a paralegal in January of 2016 upon receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Human Services from the George Washington University. During college, she served on the Provost’s Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response where she co-chaired the Response Sub-committee. She works with a variety of victims’ services and advocacy entities, including the National Center for Victims of Crime and RAINN.

Her work has been published in the Tampa Bay Times,, and the GW Hatchet. She has interviewed with ESPN, Voice of America, NPR, USA Today and others. Maya was the 2017 recipient of the Department of Justice’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award for her work in the field of sexual violence. She is currently a law student.

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Amy Walkowiak

Amy Walkowiak has worked in law firm administration since 2010. As Office Manager of Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple PLLC, Amy is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the office, as well as salary administration, billing, training and development, and records management. She implements the office’s policies and procedures that relate to non-attorney hiring, integration of new employees, and ongoing staff management.

Prior to joining WGW, Amy was Firm Administrator at Askew & Mazel, LLC in Albuquerque, NM, where she developed and implemented all core administrative processes for the firm. Amy holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico and is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Law Firm Management at the George Washington University College of Professional Studies and is expected to graduate in 2019.

Amy also co-authored an article about her recently completed Master’s Degree Program which appeared in the March 2019 issue of the ALA Capital Chapter Newsletter.

Hetty (Huiyan) Yue

Hetty grew up in Beijing, China before moving to Washington DC to attend the George Washington University. She graduated in May 2017, with a major in Information Systems and Technology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She is now studying in GWU to pursue her master’s degree. Hetty is very passionate about social justice and law. She has previously interned in other law firms in China to gain hands-on experience in the field. As an international student in America, Hetty was also aware that this group needs more help and guidance when their rights and future are at risk.

Hetty began interning at WGW in September 2017, where she assists in legal research for college student defense cases and communications with international students.

Mallory Broberg

Mallory attends The George Washington University where she majors in Criminal Justice and minors in Law and Society. On campus, Mallory is involved in the national pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Growing up in San Diego, Mallory developed an interest in law from her two parents, both of whom worked in the legal field. After Mallory moved to Washington D.C., she gained a new perspective on criminal justice facing college campuses nationwide. Mallory has previously interned at the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Darrell Issa. Mallory is very passionate about defending students who attend university and face criminal and/or academic charges, as well as providing victim advocacy for students who may have suffered at the hands of another student.

Ansley Seay

Ansley Seay grew up in Columbia, SC before attending the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies. At Clemson, Ansley was a member of the Rally Cat dance team, Student Alumni Council, and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. In her free time, Ansley served as a mentor, classroom assistant, and meal volunteer with ClemsonLIFE, Clemson’s post-secondary education program for young adults with special needs.

Ansley began interning at Wu, Grohovsky, & Whipple in June of 2017. She now serves the firm as a paralegal and plans to attend law school in the fall of 2019.

Aliya Brown

Aliya Brown is a 2L at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Aliya holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in History and Russian language. During her undergraduate career, Aliya excelled in her language studies and won multiple awards for her essays and performance in the Russian language program. She also has a strong interest in military history and affairs, and took classes through Michigan’s NROTC program as a civilian student. Prior to attending law school, Aliya worked two internships in the Grand Rapids startup community, which provided her with a unique perspective into business operations and private investment processes. As a professionally-trained ballerina, Aliya enjoys taking classes at the Washington Ballet in her free time and also enjoys continuing studies of Spanish, French, and Russian languages. Aliya began working for WGW in May 2018, where she assists on client cases. After graduation, Aliya plans to pursue a career as a corporate attorney.

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