Geoffrey Leonard—Staff Attorney, Legal Services Practice
Prior to joining DJC, Geoff worked in the legal department of the Service Employees International Union, where he served as counsel to the Fight for Fifteen campaign to organize fast food works to fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage; and the home care campaign, a campaign to organize home care workers into a union.
Additionally, Geoff served as one of the co-chairs of the policy committee of Law for Black Lives-DC, a legal collective started to provided legal support to the Movement for Black Lives in DC. Law for Black Lives DC grew out of the regional breakouts at the 2015 Law for Black Lives convening in New York, and supports black led organizing for liberation and justice in DC. L4BL-DC has supported organizers with legal research and advocacy on resisting policies to increase policing, and supporting non-police alternatives to public safety; by coordinating legal support for the black mama's bailout in DC; by conducting a summer learning series based on the Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform to sharpen the political analysis of DC lawyers and L4BL-DC members; and much more.
Geoff graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown University Law Center, and earned a Masters in Public Policy from the Georgetown University McCourt School for Public Policy. He holds a B.A. from Goucher College. While in law school, Geoff gained experience while a student in Georgetown's Civil Rights Clinic, as a law clerk with Make the Road NY's Landlord-Tenant/Housing legal team, as a Peggy Browning Fellow at the Employment Justice Center, and as Managing Editor of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. Prior to law school, Geoff worked as a Legal Advocate at the Urban Justice Center, representing public benefits recipients in administrative hearings, and was a member of the UJC Staff Union's bargaining committee.
Geoff moved to Detroit in 2018 to be with his partner. He is originally from New York City. He is a big fan of cats and the New York Mets.