Staff

Advisors

Matthew DeGioia, Social Security Benefits Advisor​

Matthew DeGioia grew up in Queens, New York before moving to Washington, D.C. to attend The George Washington University. After graduating from college, Matthew began working at a national Social Security firm as a legal writer and case manager, managing the case development of hundreds of Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases. He then enrolled in The George Washington University Law School and is a recent J.D. graduate. Matthew has seven years of experience assisting on disability benefits claims. In addition to SSD and SSI cases, he also has experience working on FERS disability retirement claims for federal employees, ERISA short-term disability and long-term disability insurance claims, and disability retirement claims through the State of Maryland. Matthew currently works at a small firm in Silver Spring, MD that specializes in disability benefits law, family law, collections, and other areas of civil litigation. He also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate through CASA for Children of D.C., which provides support for children who have open abuse and neglect cases in DC Family Court. In addition to his legal pursuits, Matthew is enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary, pursuing an M.A. in Religion, and serves on staff at The Well Community Church in Silver Spring, Maryland as a Pastoral Resident and Family Ministry Coordinator.

Gabrielle Husband, Housing Law Advisor

Gabrielle A. Best Husband grew up in the twin-island state of Trinidad and Tobago. She began her career as a consultant with an international IT firm and after more than a decade, Gabrielle enrolled at The American University Washington College of Law to further her desire to contribute to and serve her community. After graduation, Gabrielle worked as a judicial law clerk and then began practicing family law. This combined her desire to litigate with her passion to counsel and serve her clients through times of personal trials. More recently, Gabrielle has practiced in other areas of civil litigation, specifically real estate law, with experience negotiating resolutions and litigating landlord/tenants matters in Washington, DC and Virginia.
 
As CLADC’s Housing Law Advisor, Gabrielle is eager to use this experience to serve Washington, DC’s low-income residents and support other attorneys and law students as they do likewise. Gabrielle is a member of The Bridge DC, a Christian church committed to loving God, loving others, and making a difference. In her spare time, Gabrielle enjoys reading, gardening, and running.

Robert Rose, Expungement Advisor​

Rob is originally from northern New Jersey, where he grew up and attended Ramapo College of New Jersey. From college, he went to Regent Law School in Virginia Beach. After graduating from Regent in 2010, Rob practiced primarily general civil litigation and personal injury law in the Hampton Roads area before joining CLADC in 2015. From 2013-17, he served on the board of directors for Jim White Community Fitness Foundation, a nonprofit that provides fitness and nutrition services to homeless and other underprivileged people in Hampton Roads. He is a member of Christ Our Shepherd Church in SE DC. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing basketball, and going for long runs.

Kathlyn Scott, Probate Advisor

Kathlyn is in private practice in Washington, D.C. and represents clients in probate matters, domestic and international transactions, contract development, drafting, and negotiations, insurance matters, and various civil litigation matters.  Before private practice Kathlyn worked as in house counsel for Fortune 100 corporations and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U.S. Government agency currently known as the United States International Development Finance Corporation.  As part of her commitment to the community and underserved populations, Kathlyn volunteers her time in the probate practice area, and provides reduced fee legal counsel to individuals, non-profit corporations and charitable organizations, and small businesses with advisory, commercial, transactional, regulatory or litigation needs. Kathlyn was born and raised in Michigan, and has lived in several states in the U.S. , has travelled extensively for professional matters and personal interest.  Kathlyn obtained her undergraduate degree from Howard University, her Juris Doctorate from the Howard University School of Law, and studied abroad in Paris, France.  Kathlyn feels that it is an honor to serve with the Christian Legal Aid of DC family and encourages members of the D.C. community who may have one or 2 hours to join us in fellowship and serving.

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