Jenny Brody has practiced family law in Washington, DC for more than ten years. As the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, from 2008 to 2016, Ms. Brody provided legal assistance to hundreds of domestic violence survivors in Civil Protection Order cases, as well as in divorce, custody and child support matters. As a member of the DC Superior Court Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect Panel, Ms. Brody represented children as a court-appointed Guardian ad litem and also represented adoptive parents in adoption petitions.
Ms. Brody has devoted substantial time to improving the court system, as a participant in the DC Superior Court Domestic Relations and Domestic Violence Implementation Committees. She also played a role in promulgating Guardian ad litem Practice Standards, through the Council for Court Excellence and in DC Superior Court.
Ms. Brody is a recognized expert in domestic violence and family law issues, presenting numerous training programs in these areas for lawyers, judges, social workers, medical professionals and domestic violence advocates.
Prior to practicing family law, Ms. Brody worked in private practice, at Rogovin, Huge & Schiller and at Powers, Pyles & Sutter. She also served as an attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Appellate Staff. She clerked for the Hon. Irving L. Goldberg, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Bar membership: District of Columbia.
Academics: B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania; J.D. magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Honors and Awards: Ms. Brody was recognized by the Women’s Bar Association of DC as a Star of the Bar in 2009 and 2014, and was honored as a Washingtonian of the Year in 2015.
Virginia Kling has extensive experience in litigating family law cases on behalf of parents, caregivers and children. Most recently, Ms. Kling served as Legal Director of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project where, in addition to being responsible for the oversight of legal issues and attorney training programs, she represented clients in custody, divorce, civil protection order and child support proceedings. Ms. Kling previously had a private family law practice in which she represented adults and children in the District of Columbia and Maryland, including custody, divorce, child support, neglect, adoption and guardianship matters. Prior to practicing family law, Ms. Kling was a partner at Baach Robinson and Lewis, an associate at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, and a judicial clerk for the Honorable James A. Belson of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Academics: Ms. Kling received her law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree cum laude from Williams College, and also did coursework towards a Masters in Social Work at University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Bar Memberships: District of Columbia, Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.
Ariel Xue is an associate at Brody Kling, pllc. Prior to joining the firm, Ariel was a litigation associate in the government enforcement group at Ropes & Gray LLP, where she represented individuals and multinational corporations in connection with internal and government investigations. Ariel maintained an active pro bono practice at Ropes & Gray, focusing on divorce, custody, Civil Protection Order/domestic violence, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status matters.
After graduating from Georgetown Law, Ariel completed a fellowship year in the Hague, Netherlands, splitting her time between Chambers at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the family law team at the Hague Conference on Private international Law. In law school, Ariel was awarded “Best Student Attorney” by the Georgetown Law Domestic Violence Clinic for her representation of survivors of domestic violence in Civil Protection Order proceedings. Ariel also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Kiyo A. Matsumoto of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to beginning her legal career, Ariel worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions at the Dartmouth College Admissions Office.
Bar membership: District of Columbia, New York
Academics: B.A. cum laude from Dartmouth College; J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.