Rebecca Goldfrank, ESQ.

Program Director

Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Rebecca was the director of a program at Children’s Law Center (CLC) in Washington, DC devoted to providing high-quality, free legal representation to children and caregivers in high-conflict and complex child welfare matters. Rebecca led the organization’s domestic relations practice while also defining organizational culture and priorities.  

Rebecca joined CLC in 2004 serving for several years as a guardian ad litem in abuse and neglect cases and representing caregivers including Spanish speaking clients. In 2008, she became a supervising attorney. Rebecca has litigated and supervised over one hundred trials and evidentiary hearings in D.C. Superior Court and administrative agencies.

Rebecca has trained and mentored hundreds of pro bono, solo, and legal services attorneys on the law and practice of representing adults and children in neglect, adoption, guardianship and custody matters. She has served as training faculty for the DC Bar and other groups. She also regularly trained service providers, social workers and foster parents throughout the District of Columbia on the law of custody and the child welfare system. In 2017, Rebecca was a contributor to a guide for immigrant parents on contingency planning for the care of their children.

Rebecca is an active member of the DC legal community serving in various roles with the court and community. As of January 2019, Rebecca staffs the DC Bar Pro Bono Center’s monthly Saturday Advice and Referral Clinic that provides free legal advice on any civil legal matter.  In 2017, she initiated and led a working group that developed a child testimony bench card distributed to all Family Court judges. Rebecca serves as a Complaint Examiner with the Office of Police Complaints where she makes decisions on allegations of police misconduct. She is also a volunteer with the Board on Professional Responsibility and is on the Board of the Washington Council of Lawyers. Rebecca was elected as a member of the DC Bar Family Law Section (now Community) Steering Committee in 2013, and served as the co-chair from 2015-2016.  

Rebecca graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish from New York University.