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meet our co-founders

Dr. Elizabeth Degi DuBois, MA, PhD, is a gender based violence and public policy expert with more than a decade of experience guiding organizations dedicated to addressing gender-based violence, civil rights, and education. Dr. DuBois graduated from American University in 2005 with a BA in Print Journalism, and received her MA in Sociology from George Mason University in 2012. Her doctoral degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University was conferred in 2019.

Over the course of her career, Elizabeth has served in executive leadership of numerous non-profits, and has been a consultant to organizations including USAID and U.S. government contractors on a range of issues related to gender-based violence and women’s empowerment. She teaches gender-based violence conflict resolution at George Washington University, where she leads the Master's Capstone on gender and conflict.

Along with Dr. Sandra Cheldelin and Dr. Leslie Dwyer, Dr. DuBois spearheaded the creation of the George Mason University Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict, where she served as the founding Executive Director between 2013-2015. Now in its 6th year, the Center is an internationally respected research and practice center at an R1 university, and has augmented scholarship on gender-based violence in countries across the globe.

 

Dr. DuBois was a Fellow at the Faculty of Sociology at National Research University—- Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia in 2012, where she studied Russian civil society's extralegal responses to domestic violence. Her Master's Thesis was a cross-cultural analysis of the World Bank's efforts to influence domestic violence laws in developing countries. 

Dr. DuBois' work on intimate partner violence and family law has been published in numerous trade outlets and peer-reviewed publications including Advances in Gender Research, Empowerment in Practice: Strategies and Outcomes, and Women’s Political Leadership Monograph. Dr. DuBois is an internationally syndicated blogger for Worthy.com, where her writing focuses on divorce and domestic violence. 

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Dr. Elizabeth Degi DuBois, PhD

Christy A. Zlatkus, Esquire

Co-Founder

Christy A. Zlatkus, Esquire, is a widely respected family law attorney whose practice includes a strong focus on cases involving abuse and manipulation. Ms. Zlatkus earned her Juris Doctor from George Washington University in May 2009, after graduating from the University of Maryland with two Bachelors of Arts degrees in May 2006. After law school, Ms. Zlatkus spent two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Sherrie L. Krauser in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland.

In late 2018, Ms. Zlatkus opened Z Family Law, a boutique law firm with a particular focus supporting divorce litigants whose cases involve abuse. Along with Dr. DuBois, Ms. Zlatkus co-founded Eos Initiative to extend her professional focus on domestic violence to include efforts to influence reform of family law proceedings. 

 

Ms. Zlatkus invests a great deal of time and effort contributing back to the family law field, through volunteer work inclusing co-chairing the Montgomery County Bar Foundation’s Continuing Legal Education Committee, the Advanced Litigation Symposium which she chairs annually, and efforts to support sitting judges in Montgomery County, where the bulk of my cases are. She does this work both because it affords opportunities to serve the field she loves, and because of her firm belief that each of her clients is best served not only through the strong counsel she provides, but also through efforts to improve the system overall.

Ms. Zlatkus is licensed to practice in Maryland, and is a member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, the Bar Association of Frederick County, and the Maryland State Bar Association. She is a co-chair of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. In June 2016 , she was honored to be selected to join the prestigious Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation Bar Leaders. She does service in the Montgomery County, Maryland American Inn of Court, and was a member of the 2016-2017 Bar Association for Montgomery County, Maryland Leadership Development Academy.

In 2018, Ms. Zlatkus became licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and in 2017 was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court. Whether is means settling before they ever step foot in a courtroom, or bringing a case all the way to the Supreme Court, Ms. Zlatkus' commitment to the families she serves is unshakable. Her professional credentials match her emotional investment in each of her clients.