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GAURI BAYOUMI is an attorney at Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C., where she focuses her practice on family law. Ms. Bayoumi has completed 40 hours of mediation training as prescribed by the Maryland Rules of Procedure, as well as an additional 20 hours, which qualifies her to mediate child access cases. Ms. Bayoumi received her bachelor’s degree in finance from The George Washington University and graduated with her J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, with a concentration in family law. Ms. Bayoumi has focused her years of practice solely in family law and has handled an array of cases ranging from divorce, child custody and child support matters to protective orders.
DEBRA B. CRUZ is a principal with the law firm of Levin & Gann, P.A., where she practices in the areas of general civil litigation, domestic relations, divorces, custody disputes, child support, alimony, and mediation. She is an attorney mediator in the family division of Baltimore City Circuit Court. Ms. Cruz is a member of the Baltimore City Bar (Family Law Committee, Bench and Bar Committee, Ethics Committee, and chair, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee), Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland Peer Review Committee, Baltimore County Professional Committee, and Baltimore-Carroll Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association (Board of Directors). She has lectured on recent developments in Maryland family law. Ms. Cruz earned her B.A. degree, with honors, and her J.D. degree from the University of Florida.
LYNNDOLYN T. MITCHELL is the owner of Lynndolyn T. Mitchell Law Offices in Rockville, Maryland. Ms. Mitchell has been representing clients from all economic and social backgrounds in juvenile, family, misdemeanor criminal, and traffic matters in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for more than 30 years. She has served as a senior assistant public defender in Virginia Beach in juvenile division and felony trial division, and deputy public defender in the juvenile division of the Riverside County Public Defender's Office. Ms. Mitchell has represented juveniles in delinquency and dependency matters in California, Virginia, and Maryland. She served an assistant adjunct professor for the University of Maryland University College's Europe (UMUC) in the disciplines of paralegal studies and criminal justice. Ms. Mitchell has extensive experience representing military families in all aspects of family law matters. She is a member of Maryland State Bar Association's Solo Small Firm Section, served as co-chair of the Education Law Section and has served as a member of the school board at Montrose Christian School in Rockville. Ms. Mitchell is admitted to practice in Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Montgomery County. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Irvine and her J.D. degree from Antioch School of Law, Washington D.C. Ms. Mitchell has handled pro bono education law matters for the Maryland Disability Law Center.
DR. GINA SANTORO is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Ellicott City at Santoro Psychological Services. Additionally, she is a state and nationally certified school psychologist. Dr. Santoro obtained her doctorate at the University of South Florida and, prior to opening her private practice, she worked in hospital settings, as well as in public, private, and charter schools. Dr. Santoro has taught and provided field supervision to graduate students from several universities. In her private practice, she is a cognitive-behavioral therapist and provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She uses a strengths-based perspective to guide clients to resiliency. Additionally, Dr. Santoro administers psychological and educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Santoro also completes court-ordered psychological and custody evaluations, and provides expert witness testimony. She has been qualified as an expert in eight jurisdictions in the state of Maryland and one jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Santoro has been interviewed regarding psychological and forensic matters on the television shows, “Killer Kids,” “Blood Relatives,” and “Reasonable Doubt."