Meet our team!

Over the past three years, FreeState Justice has grown dramatically. We have recently undergone some role transitions and have had new members join our team. We are excited to...
Over the past three years, FreeState Justice has grown dramatically. We have recently undergone some role transitions and have had new members join our team. We are excited to once again have the full staff capacity to better meet the needs of Maryland’s LGBTQ community. We are excited to reintroduce you to our new team:

Welcome, Mackenzie Dadswell!
Staff Attorney
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Mackenzie Dadswell is an attorney dedicated to fighting for and expanding social justice for LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented groups. Prior to her time with FreeState Justice, she worked as a Public Defender in Virginia, representing clients in a multitude of areas in criminal law. She also served as counsel of record in two Virginia Court of Appeals decisions during her time with that office. While attending law school at the University of Richmond, she participated in the Children’s Defense Clinic, working with juveniles caught in the juvenile justice system.
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Congrats, Ezra Halstead!
Director of Education and Outreach
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Ezra Halstead, former Case Manager, is the Director of Education and Outreach at FreeState Justice. In their position, they work to build connections and resources through client advocacy, community organizing, education, and outreach to achieve equity for vulnerable LGBTQ+ Marylanders.
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Congrats, C.P. Hoffman!
Legal Director
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C.P. Hoffman, former Interim Legal Director, is our Legal Director. They are a non-binary lawyer dedicated to expanding the rights of queer individuals and shifting cultural discourses towards inclusion. Prior to joining FreeState Justice in 2019, C.P. practiced antitrust law in New York City, worked in-house advising the nation’s leading digital accessibility services firm, and published broadly on a number of subjects, including law and social justice, gender, and popular culture, as well as intersections of the three.
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Welcome, Lauren Pruitt!
Staff Attorney
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Lauren Pruitt is a Staff Attorney who provides advice and legal representation for the clients of FreeState Justice on a broad range of legal matters including rendering written and verbal advice on legal subjects; recommending legal strategic and tactical initiatives; evaluating the merits of legal cases, and working with the legal team to define strategies to increase organizational knowledge in our many practice areas.

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Welcome, Eli Washington!
Development Director
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Eli Washington joined FreeState Justice as our Development Director in January. Eli is working to expand our funding base and build relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations, both in Maryland and nationally. Prior to joining FreeState, he was a Development Manager at Prosperity Now, a national intermediary poverty alleviation nonprofit in Washington, DC.
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You can learn more about our team here. We look forward to continuing to serve Maryland’s LGBTQ community. Thank you for supporting our work!
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