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Professor Matthew I. Fraidin
Matthew Fraidin
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Matthew I. Fraidin
Professor of Law

B.A., Haverford College, 1987; J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1993.

Matthew Fraidin teaches Civil Procedure and the LL.M. Program seminar. He has also taught Professional Responsibility and Service-Learning, and served as co-director of the General Practice Clinic and director of the former HIV/AIDS Clinic. Prior to joining the School of Law, he served as Legal Director of The Children's Law Center in Washington, D.C., Supervising Attorney at The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and Associate Counsel to Vice President Al Gore.

Professor Fraidin frequently addresses local and national groups about family law, lawyering skills, and clinical legal education. Professor Fraidin's speeches, presentations and activities include keynote addresses at the District of Columbia Neglect and Delinquent Practice Institute, New Mexico’s Children’s Law Institute, and National Association of Counsel for Children annual conference.

Professor Fraidin has served as an invited guest lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Law, William and Mary School of Law, American University Washington College of Law, and The University of Wisconsin School of Law, as a Visiting Professor in the Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center.

An expert in the areas of kinship care, child custody, and child abuse and neglect, Professor Fraidin has testified before the U.S. Senate and the D.C. Council about a variety of proposed legislation. Professor Fraidin has been interviewed on Washington, D.C. area radio and television programs and quoted in numerous newspaper articles on the subjects of child abuse and neglect and family law. Professor Fraidin served as a Discussion group leader at the Fourth Annual Conference of American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law National Project to Improve Representation of Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System. Professor Fraidin is Director of the District of Columbia Child Abuse and Neglect Moot Court Project.

Professor Fraidin is currently serving on the David A. Clarke School of Law’s Strategic Planning Task Force, and as Chair of the Academic Standards Committee. He is also a member of the School of Law’s Faculty Affairs Committee and Faculty Evaluation and Retention Committee.

Professor Fraidin is active in several local advocacy organizations. He serves on the board of HIPS. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law National Project to Improve Representation of Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System.

Research and Teaching Interests

Child Abuse and Neglect

Clinical Legal Education

Civil Procedure

Scholarship | Media | Advocacy  Panels

Scholarship

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Changing the Prevailing Narrative in Child Welfare Cases, in Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases (M. Guggenheim and V. Sankaran, eds., American Bar Association, Forthcoming).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, First Steps in Representing A Child Accused of Abuse or Neglect, in Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases (M. Guggenheim and V. Sankaran, eds., American Bar Association, Forthcoming).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Heuristics, Cognitive Biases, and Accountability: Decision-Making In Dependency Court,  90 Clev. St. L. Rev. 913 (2013).  Read the abstract and article on SSRN.

  • Matthew I. Fraidin (with Larissa Chernock, Jeannine Winch, and Ibidun Roberts), Deep Learning and Immersive Education with a Dedication to Justice, Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education Issue 8 (Winter 2013). Read the article.
  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Changing the Narrative of Child Welfare, 19 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol'y 97-109 (2012). Download in pdf format.
  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Changing the Narrative of Child Welfare, ABA Child Law Practice Vol. 31, No. 1 (2012). Download in pdf format.
  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Changing the Narrative of Child Welfare, The Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal Vol. XIV, Issue IV (2011). Download in pdf format.
  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Stories Told and Untold: Confidentiality Laws and the Master Narrative of Child Welfare, 63 Me. L. Rev. 1 (2010); Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 11-17. Read the abstract and article on SSRN.

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Recent Developments in Family Law in D.C. June 2004-June 2005, 10 D.C. L. Rev. 183 (2007). Download in pdf format.

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Media

  • Professor Fraidin questions our ability to hold government accountable when we have no information about our child welfare systems in Darren Wilson and Vegan Mom (Huffington Post, 12/09/14)
  • Professor Fraidin discusses confidentiality in child welfare on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. Read the transcript (Kojo Nnamdi Show, 7/12/12)

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Advocacy

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Recent Panels, Presentations and Activities

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Presentation, Mandatory Reporting in the District of Columbia (HIPS, Washington, DC, March 25, 2014).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Presentation,  Appealing Permanency Decisions ( Neglect and Delinquency Practice Institute, Washington, DC, March 11, 2014).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Keynote address, Decision-Making in Child Welfare:  Heuristics, Cognitive Biases, and Accountability (Neglect and Delinquency Practice Institute Washington, DC, , March 10, 2014).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Reviewer, Middle Atlantic People of Color Scholarship Conference (University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD, January 25, 2014).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, conducted Advance Directives workshop (HIPS, Washington, DC, December 16, 2013).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Speaker, New Mexico Parent Representation Summit, (New Mexico Children’s Law  Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 29, 2013).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, attended Justice Gap Roundtable convened by Chief Judge Eric Washington , DC Court of Appeals, Washington DC,  September 26, 2013).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Presentation, Storytellers and their Lawyers: Bringing the Whole Parent Into the Courtroom, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Improving Representation in the Child Welfare System: The Third National Parent Attorneys Conference,  Washington DC, July 10, 2013).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin and Margaret Johnson, Seminar, delivered a two-day seminar  on theories and methods of clinical legal education to the entire University of Wisconsin clinical faculty.  (University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI, May 13-14, 2013).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Presentation,  Clinical Legal Education: The Next Wave (UDC Myrtilla Miner Teaching Showcase, University of the District of Columbia(?), Washington, DC, May 2, 2013).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Presentation, Representing Non-Custodial Parents (Neglect and Delinquency Practice Institute, Washington, DC. March 12, 2013).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, Seminar, The Child Abuse and Neglect Court System in the District of Columbia (Legal Aid Society of DC, Washington, DC, February 27, 2013).

  • Matthew I. Fraidin, conducted CLI Workshop, Changing the Narrative of Child Welfare (New Mexico Children’s Law Institute, Albuquerque, NM, Jan 11, 2013).

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