Christine Thomas Joseph

Staff Attorney
Phone:
(202) 851-3379
Fax:
(202) 727-2132
Christine Thomas Joseph
Education

J.D., Howard University School of Law

B.A., Howard University

Christine Thomas Joseph is a Staff Attorney in the Domestic Violence/Family Law Unit. Christine represents both custodial and non-custodial parents in child support and parentage matters through Legal Aid’s Child Support Community Legal Services Project. She also provides family law representation to clients, including survivors of domestic violence, in custody and divorce cases.

Prior to joining Legal Aid in August 2019, Christine served as a Howard C. Westwood Fellow in the Family Law Unit at Neighborhood Legal Services Program where she handled child custody, third-party custody, child support, and divorce matters.

Christine graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, from Howard University. She received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law, where she was awarded the Family Law Certificate for her rigorous academic study of family law issues and commitment to family-law related pro bono legal and community services. During law school, Christine served as a Student Attorney in the Child Welfare/Family Justice Clinic where she represented biological parents in abuse and neglect matters at the D.C. Superior Court. She also served as President of the Howard University Family Law Society, where she focused organizational efforts towards fundraising for a local D.C. domestic violence shelter and educating the law school community on domestic violence. Christine completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Crystal D. Mittelstaedt of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland and interned in the Housing Unit at Legal Aid during law school.

Christine has also dedicated her time to the development of public interest lawyers. As a third-year law student, Christine organized an auction for the Howard Public Interest Law Society to raise money to provide fellowship funding to students taking unpaid public interest internships.

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