Simone Minor

Glenwood Springs High School

Class of 2021

Interned With Goodwin Weber PLLC On A Case Of National Importance

Collaborated With Top Law Professors & Experts To Prepare My Client For Trial

Advocated For My Client On Capitol Hill To Congressmen, Senators & Congressional Officials


Retaliation and Policy Violation

Whistleblower Case

The National Park Service

Retaliation and Policy Violation Within

Advocacy on Capitol Hill

Outcome

Retaliation against whistleblowers and major hiring policy violations have been found to be widespread throughout the National Park Service (NPS). Senior Employees are able to cause irreparable​ damage to many officers careers at will.

People who have spoken out about gender discrimination, harassment, policy violations, and more have been targeted by senior officials within the NPS. The NPS is failing to provide a fair and inclusive environment​ for all employees across the country.

We met with Senators, Representatives, and congressional staff members to advocate for our client. We explained to congressional members how our client has been treated unfairly and has been subject to retaliation and reprisal in his attempts to be treated fairly in his workplace​ after speaking out about gender discrimination.

Our client is still fighting against retialiation. This case is currently seeking further legal action and is likely to proceed to litigation sometime within the next year.

In total, four Senators, four Representatives, and twelve congressional staff members spoke directly with students about the case our client was bringing against the National Parks Service as we demanded fair treatment for our client and all people working in NPS.


Case Preparation

And Advocacy

For a client suing the National Park Service for Gender Disparity.

Review Case Work

Case Review

We worked with lead attorney David P. Weber to examine complex case documents, explore legal precedent, conduct thorough legal research, and advocate for our client on Capitol Hill.

We worked tirelessly to prepare documents and advocacy strategies for our client, a police officer for the NPS.

As a team, we gained valuable real-life experience as we worked on what could be a historic case for those fighting against retaliation​.

As interns of Goodwin Weber PLLC, we focused our efforts on a gender discrimination case that was brought forth by a high ranking official from the National Park Service.

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Case Research & Preparation

After meeting with our client, David P. Weber and his team taught us how to create a direct and cross-examination.

Throughout the week, we wrote, edited, and practiced our direct and cross-examinations to help our client.

Through discussing the case with the client, learning how to create direct and cross-examinations, and developing presentations, we learned how to effectively prepare for retaliation​ cases.

We met with our client in order to hear his side of the story. When meeting with him and his wife, we learned about our client’s personal background and employment history within the NPS, as well as the perceived retialation within the NPS itself.

The client then went on to describe how the retaliation occurred and the specific factors of retaliation he faced after speaking out about discrimination. He went into detail on how workplace retaliation​ is currently impacting his life, and how he hopes his case will make a difference and change government policies.

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Case Advocacy On Capitol Hill

Throughout the internship, we were trained in effective ways to advocate on Capitol Hill and prepared for our congressional audience by developing solid briefing materials. The focus of the materials and the overall messaging of the meeting was on improving working conditions for women in the National Parks Service and advocating on behalf of the client.

Legal research and evidence of the retaliation that our client has endured were presented to Congressional Representatives and Senators. We highlighted the facts of our client’s case and advocated for possible solutions to the broader problem of retaliation​ that the NPS is experiencing around the country.

Meeting with multiple members of Congress allowed us to demonstrate the importance of our client’s case. For many, it helped show them that the issue of discrimination and retaliation in the NPS are issues that their constituents care about. By advocating for our client, we fulfilled a civic duty and showed our representatives that this is an issue that​ needs to be addressed within the NPS and the country.

Being able to advocate and experience Capitol Hill on the inside with such access offered a new perspective for everyone on the team. Most people do not get to meet with representatives in this way.

The most valuable lesson we learned through advocating for our client and meeting representatives was how much we can accomplish together.

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Oral Argument Preparation at the American University Law Center

At the end of the week, we presented our research findings to the client at the American University Washington College of Law Moot Courtroom. The team had prepared direct and cross-examinations to help prepare the client for trial. The team had been working throughout the week, as well as meeting with experts in order to learn how to present our findings in the best way possible.

The presentations were set up to resemble an appellate court system. Our team sat at the counsel table and each of us presented our arguments at the podium. Our team was given thirty minutes to present arguments and ten minutes to receive feedback from David P. Weber.

We played a crucial part in the legal strategy of our client's case. In future legal action, the arguments made during this presentation will be considered as they strongly pertain to the client's case.

After the presentation of arguments, the client stated that he felt relieved to have such thorough research and advocacy completed on her behalf.

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Is

The Case

Transforming

The Nation.

Our Lives.

This case has the potential to establish legal precedent in favor of those who face retaliation​ in the workplace, whether it is within the NPS or in another field.

If our case is successful, this case will be used to ensure equal treatment of those who have spoken out about issues in the workplace and has the potential to make monumental changes with in the US Government in a positive way.



The National Park Service

Case Updates

Since cooperating with internal investigators, this client has been subjected to repeated retaliation and reprisal from the highest levels of his agency, harming his promotion potential and day-to-day life as a supervisory law enforcement officer.

Goodwin Weber PLLC has filed a complaint on their client’s behalf seeking corrective action by the agency. After the 180-day administrative time frame for retaliation complaints has passed, the law firm intends to file suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the agency, seeking a jury trial, for damages, attorneys fees and injunctive relief on behalf of the client, ordering his promotion and back pay.

National Park Service

My Client

The Program

Client Update

With this case proceeding to further legal action, the client is focusing on his current position within​ the National Park Service.

The client continues to advocate for other National Park Service employees and is working to ensure they are treated fairly and have a support network within the organization

The Program

Case Updates

Due to the success of the internship summit, program sponsors will be expanding the program to fund whistleblower cases that affect the national discourse.

Talented high school students from across the United States will be able to work directly on cases that impact the nation for years to come.



Goodwin Weber PLLC Internship

Our team interned for Goodwin Weber PLLC. We worked with top attorney David P. Weber and focused our efforts on a retaliation case brought against the National Park Service.

As a team, we read through many complex case documents and wrote a direct and cross-examination to help our client prepare for trial.

Our team met with several key congressional officials to gain support for our client and fight against retaliation​. We created briefings for congress members and staff so they could clearly grasp the unfair treatment our client is facing.

Since this case is ongoing, we have to opportunity to return next summer to continue our internship with Goodwin Weber PLLC and help our client find justice with his fight against retaliation​.

In the final presentation, we presented Goodwin Weber PLLC and the client with our direct and cross-examinations in order to prepare the client for trial.

Internship Program Highlights

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National Re-Entry Panel

Legal Experts

Police Officer Case Review

Congressional Advocacy

Law Firm Internship

CLIENT ADVOCACY

Twenty-four hours after we meet with members of Congress on our client's behalf the Deputy Director of the National Park Service sent out an anti-harassment statement and anti-gender discrimination statement to all National Parks Service employees.

Direct advocacy on Capitol Hill is one of the most powerful and advantageous ways to advance and impact legislative policy priorities.

As interns of Goodwin Weber PLLC, we became immersed in the facts of our client’s gender discrimination case against the National Parks Service.

By the end of our internship, we were uniquely qualified to communicate with Congress about effective policies to combat gender discrimination in the workplace.

We pushed lawmakers to publicly support our client and left them with all the tools and information necessary for them to create an informed opinion.

Legal Expert Panel

William R. (Billy) Martin is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Barnes & Thornburg. As one of the top trial attorneys in the U.S., Billy represents corporations and leading individuals in politics, sports and entertainment, and he has tried more than 150 jury trials across the country. He is a member of the firm's Litigation Department and the White Collar Practice Group.

William R. (Billy) Martin

William R. (Billy) Martin

William R. (Billy) Martin

Partner at Barnes & Thornburg

Daniel Seikaly

Former General Inspector For the CIA

Dan Pond

Public Defender Service

Staff Attorney

Assistant U.S. Attorney for Washington DC

Daniel Seikaly was the associate deputy attorney general in the executive office for national security and an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Before the DOJ he was an assistant inspector general for investigations for the CIA. Daniel was also a law professor at the University of Michigan School of Law and Antioch Law School.

Daniel Seikaly

Daniel Seikaly

Dan Pond is a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Dan works in the Prisoners & Re-Entry Legal Services Program, where he specializes in parole release hearings, termination hearings for DC parole, Bureau of Prisons classification, designation and sentence computation, and sentencing advocacy in DC

Dan Pond

Dan Pond

Washington D.C.

Law Enformcement Panel

Two District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Officers visited to discuss how local government and law enforcement officials work in the nation's capital. The discussion was delivered by experienced senior police officers who brought a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge to enhance our understanding of the law.

We learned about topics such as civil and criminal law, human rights, the distinctions between state, federal, and local laws, felonies and misdemeanors, and other facets of the legal system. We were even briefed on crime scene and homicide investigations. We now have a better understanding of the justice system and ethical and political issues associated with policing.

National Re-Entry Panel

Courtney Stewart who chairs the National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens in Washington, D.C. is a prison reform advocate who was released from prison in 1985.

Courtney exposed our team to the idea of the school-to-prison pipeline and the ‘War on Drugs’ that targets black men, women, and children, to a greater extent than others in our society.

He brought with him recently released inmates who spoke out about their criminal history and their life before, during, and after prison.

Listening to the returning citizens speak out about their experiences and gave our team a deeper understanding of how important it is that all people are properly represented in the court of law.

Courtney's Vision is to reinvest in safe and healthy communities, create more living-wage jobs, permanent housing and economic self-sufficiency for returning citizens.