Joy's Resume

Attorney at Law
Phone: (703) 684-5477


Attorney at Law specializing in wills, trusts, probate and problems of aging. My particular interest is in the way the mind and brain age. I have been trained in psychiatry at Harvard’s and George Washington University’s Medical Schools. My niche specialty is helping clients plan for a potential disability using the legal tools of trusts and powers of attorney. I also counsel artistic and wealthy clients in developing and/or understanding charitable trusts, acting as trustee, advisor to trustee and advisor to beneficiaries.


TV Producer, Host and Guest – For the past eight years, I have produced and hosted ―Maturity,‖ a weekly half hour Comcast cable show geared to senior audiences. I often appear on CNN Headline News, Local Edition (Alexandria) discussing current legal and artistic events.

Jazz Photographer, Curator and Journalist – I am a black and white jazz performance photographer. I have covered jazz festivals all over the world as a member of the working press. My photographs and articles have appeared in numerous jazz periodicals. I curate jazz photography and modern painting exhibits.


Adjunct Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School, teaching ―Law and Psychiatry.‖ (1997-1999)
Appointed by Governor to Joint Legislative subcommittee Studying Legal Guardianship. (1990)

Deputy Chief Counsel, Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. Managed 300 attorneys nationwide, giving legal guidance to EDA’s aid programs for businesses. (1979-1980)

Counsel, Committee on Government Operations for U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Conceptualized legislation, advised Committee and floor managed bills presented to Congress. (1976-1979)

Drinker, Biddle & Reath (formerly Tufo & Johnson, Washington, D.C., and New York, New York) real estate transactions specialty. Negotiated and drafted limited partnership agreements and contracts for financing and renovation of multi-family apartment units. (1975)

U.S. Delegation to United Nation’s Working Party Session on Housing, Building and Planning—
Geneva (for approximately 2 weeks). Discussed various financial mechanisms utilized by participant countries to spur residential development. This experience was during an academic year spent at the University College London. (1974)

Housing Development Corporation, General Counsel, Washington, D.C. Negotiated with landowners, architects, engineers, contractors and government agencies (especially H.U.D.) to arrange for redevelopment of non-profit housing. (1972-1973)

Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, Law reform unit of Neighborhood Legal Services. Worked in landlord-tenant relations. (1971)


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs (SAIS)
Master of International Public Policy Candidate (expected May 2008)
Selected Coursework: International Law, Islamic law, Middle East Studies

Amity University Institute of Advanced Legal Study
Delhi, India (October 2005-February 2006)
Studied Islamic law with Dr. Tahir Mahmood, India’s leading Muslim lawyer

Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School, Visiting Researcher. (1992)

The Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C. (photography). (1997-1999)

The University College London, MPhil.coursework (1973-1974)

The George Washington University Law School. (1968-1971)

The George Washington University - B.A. in Economics. (1965-1968)


Fulbright Senior Specialist Program – Admitted to Roster (2005)

Martindale-Hubbell ―AV‖ highest rating for lawyers. (1995-present)

Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship. (1971)

Merit Scholar, George Washington University (1970-71)

Joy S. Chambers, Esq. | 703-684-5477 |
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