Donald M. Temple

Introduction to the Study of Law

Donald M. Temple received his B.A. from Howard University in 1975, his J.D. from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in California in 1978 and his LL.M. in constitutional and international law from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981. Temple’s law practice consists of civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on police misconduct, race discrimination and business disputes. He has litigated successfully against numerous police departments, governments and corporations, including, but not limited to, the District of Columbia, Philadelphia and Prince George’s County governments; ICMA-RC Pension Fund; Breen Capital Investment Corporation; Amtrak; American Eagle; Hyatt Regency; Southern Management; Potomac Electric Power Company; Bank of America and Chevy Chase Bank; Congressmen Mervyn Dymally and Romano Mazzoli. Temple received the Ollie May Cooper Award in 2007 for his outstanding service and leadership to the Washington Bar Association, the Black Law Students Association’s Cora T. Walker Award and the prestigious National Bar Association’s Gertrude E. Rush Award.

Everrett Bellamy

Former Dean of GULC
​Law School Management Lecture

Dean Bellamy is the assistant executive director of The Charles Hamilton Houston Preparatory Law Institute, commonly called “CHH.” CHH was founded in 1979 by Donald M. Temple, Esq. The Institute is named in honor of the late Charles Hamilton Houston as a tribute to his selfless advocacy on behalf of equal justice and civil rights. The Institute prepares students for the rigorous study of law according to Houstonian Jurisprudence. The Institute has provided the academic foundation for hundreds of African American law students to enter the legal profession. Dean Bellamy joined CHH in 1981 and has taught legal analysis and writing in the Institute for many years. 
For 30 years, he served as an Assistant Dean at Georgetown Law and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law. During his tenure as a dean and professor, Dean Bellamy has advised thousands of students and taught hundreds more. For twelve years, he was co-chair of the National Bar Association Law Professors Division. Since 1990, he has been teaching a small business law and entrepreneurship course at Georgetown.

Susan E. Sutler

Executive Director

Susan E. Sutler (Suji) joined The Charles Hamilton Houston Law School Preparatory Program (CHH) as Executive Director in April 2012. Attorney Sutler was previously ‘of counsel’ to Mercer Law Associates on selective civil litigation cases involving issues including age and race discrimination against public school employees, employment wrongful termination, breach of contract and wrongful death.

For 16 years, she was an Associate and Supervising Clinical Law Professor at the University of the District of Columbia, David A Clarke School of Law in the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic. Teaching and representation strategies focused on integrating special education, juvenile and neglect legal advocacy with intent to prevent and end systemic practices that promote zero tolerance, generate illiteracy and high dropout rates, ignore mental illnesses in youth and fuel the school-to-prison pipeline. Prior to teaching, Attorney Sutler served as the Supervising Attorney for DC Public Schools, Division of Special Education and as an Administrative Due Process Hearing Officer on special education, disciplinary and labor management cases.

She received her JD from Howard University School of Law and a BA from Williams College.

Kim M. Keenan

Civil Procedure

Kim Keenan, is a native of Buffalo, New York. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Virginia School of Law and a former member of the University of Virginia Law Alumni Council. After law school, she served as the law clerk to the Honorable John Garrett Penn in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She is currently the General Counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (“NAACP”). Prior to joining the NAACP, she was the principal of the Keenan Firm in Washington, D.C. where her practice has focused on complex medical malpractice litigation, mediation and arbitration, litigation consulting, and public speaking. Prior to that she served in the litigation practices of two nationally recognized law firms for more than eighteen years. She was recently honored as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer and is recognized as a Top Lawyer by Washingtonian Magazine. In May 2007 the Women’s Bar Association named her “Woman Lawyer of the Year” for her contributions to the profession. In 2010, the American Bar Association named her a “Rebel In The Law” for her service to the profession. She is currently the Immediate Past President of the District of Columbia Bar, the second largest jurisdictional bar in the country. Although she was the 38th President of the organization, her service marked the 8th time that a woman has served as president.

Nancy W. Brown

Legal Analysis and Writing

Nancy W. Brown is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. She is also a proud alum of the Howard University School of Law (HUSL) where she earned her J.D. After finishing HUSL, Ms. Brown became a member of the New York Bar and worked for 2 law firms before becoming an Assistant General Counsel at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. She civilly prosecuted financial fraud cases and specialized in consumer protection and consumer fraud. Ms. Brown relocated to Washington, D.C. to work for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) where she continued her efforts to combat fraud. Ms. Brown left the FTC to work as Senior Counsel for the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services where she has been practicing in health care for nearly 9 years. Ms. Brown works on health care fraud matters including False Claims Act cases and Civil Monetary Penalty cases, and also monitors Corporate Integrity Agreements with health care providers around the country. Ms. Brown has also been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia for nearly 5 years. She teaches Lawyering Process I and II, Moot Court, Gender and the Law, and Professional Responsibility. She is a proud mother of 2 very active little boys and is a resident of Washington, D.C.Congressmen Mervyn Dymally and Romano Mazzoli. Temple received the Ollie May Cooper Award in 2007 for his outstanding service and leadership to the Washington Bar Association, the Black Law Students Association’s Cora T. Walker Award and the prestigious National Bar Association’s Gertrude E. Rush Award.

Shanelle Henry

Legal Research and References

Ms. Henry advises clients on a range of intellectual property-related transactions, specifically counseling on domestic and international portfolios covering various practice areas of trademarks, copyrights, domains, licensing, technology, advertising, and overall brand management.  Her matters require a breadth of experience as they frequently intersect with business transactions, technology transactions, marketing, brand maximization, due diligence for acquisitions and U.S. customs protections.  Ms. Henry has experience advising established and emerging companies in a wide range of industries including social media networks, computer hardware and software, mobile application programs, other information technology, consumer products, retail, finance, health care, and fashion.  In addition to her daily transactional work for intellectual property matters, given her background in litigation, Ms. Henry also handles enforcement and litigation disputes relative to civil and intellectual property issues.  She has litigated in federal and state courts, won domain disputes before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the National Arbitration Forum, amongst other domain dispute resolution forms, and successfully managed adjudicative actions in several major countries. In addition, she maintains a vibrant pro bono practice that includes projects relating to wills, financial powers of attorney, health powers of attorney, litigation on behalf of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, and trademark opposition proceedings for digital and print media dispute.Ms. Henry serves on Nixon Peabody’s Startup Team as well as the African-American Affinity Committee.  She also provides assistance to Nixon Peabody’s Recruiting Committee.  Ms. Henry is a member of the Dean’s Admissions Steering Committee for Georgetown University Law Center along with serving on the Events, Finance and Evaluation committees for the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights’ annual gala.


David C. Simmons


​B.A., Howard University; J.D., cum laude, Georgetown. Professor Simmons has been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown since 1991 teaching courses in Civil Discovery and Employment Discrimination. Professor Simmons is the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights. Before becoming a judge, Professor Simmons practiced law in both large and small law firms, and worked in various other meaningful positions. For ten years, he was the principal in a small law firm that focused on employment discrimination and civil trial work. He was a litigation associate with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and served a term as the Athletic Director of Howard University. Professor Simmons worked as an associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and was Chief of the Program Coordination Branch of the United Planning Organization. He was a Special Assistant to the Executive Director of Friendship House Association, Inc., Deputy Special Assistant to Congressman Walter E. Fauntroy and Legislative Assistant to Congressman John Conyers. Professor Simmons clerked for The Honorable Damon J. Keith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Daniel S. Harawa Appellate Advocacy

Appellate Advocacy

Daniel Harawa received his B.A. from the University of Richmond and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  In law school, Daniel served as the Executive Notes Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and was President of the Black Law Students Association. 

After law school, Daniel clerked for the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then joined Covington & Burling LLP as a litigation associate.  Daniel is currently a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, serving in the agency’s Appellate Division, where he represents indigent persons in appeals before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.