Katherine S. Broderick
Dean and Professor of Law
B.A., cum laude, The American University, 1973; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978; M.A.T., Antioch School of Law.
Katherine S. Broderick was appointed Dean of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in August of 1999, having previously served as Interim Dean, Clinical Director, Associate Dean and faculty member since 1979. In 2011, she was named the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Social Justice.
Dean Broderick began her academic career as a clinical faculty member. She directed the Criminal Defense Clinic at the Antioch School of Law for ten years representing more than 2,000 individuals charged with crimes in the Superior and District Courts of the District of Columbia. She also co-directed the Legislation Clinic for four years, supervising students working primarily on health and safety, environmental justice and criminal justice legislation with the D.C. Council. She has taught Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and a seminar, "Perspectives on Social Justice." She taught in Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop, in the Fall Semester, for many years.
Under her leadership during the last eighteen years as dean, major accomplishments include securing the highest level of American Bar Association Accreditation, establishing part-time and LL.M. programs, serving the legal needs of thousands of low-income District residents through the School's nine legal clinics, moving into a beautifully renovated 100,000 square foot law school building, completing a handsome $1.6 million library expansion project and raising over $10 million for endowed chairs, endowed and annual scholarships, summer public interest fellowships, and clinical programs. In 2015, she forged the first Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Havana and a U.S. law school. Sixteen students and three faculty members participated in an intensive International Law seminar in Cuba in 2016. Additional academic exchanges will take place annually going forward.
Dean Broderick is a founder and ardent participant in the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers, an organization committed to increasing the quantity, improving the quality, and coordinating the delivery of legal services to low-income D.C. residents. She was appointed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to serve on the District of Columbia's Access to Justice Commission for 2008 and is now serving a third term. She also serves on the Board of D.C. Appleseed. Dean Broderick was named to the Norton Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission in 2009 and continues to serve. She also hosts Sound Advice, a UDC cable television show available in 200,000 D.C. households, providing information about legal issues affecting the District's most vulnerable residents, including predatory lending, domestic violence, AIDS and the District's abuse and neglect system. A committed civil libertarian, Dean Broderick is a past president and served on the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation's Capital for many years.
Dean Broderick received the 2015 “Effective Force in Service of the People Award” from the D.C. Chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild in recognition of outstanding leadership, the 2010 Champion of Justice Award from the Trial Lawyers Association of Washington for her successful efforts to establish and develop the School of Law and the 2009 Deborah L. Rhode Award from the Association of American Law Schools in recognition of her work to increase pro bono and public service opportunities in law schools. She was named "Hero in the Law" by the Olender Foundation for 2007 and one of the 100 most powerful women in Washington by the Washingtonian Magazine in 2006. She was honored with the Servant of Justice Award by the Legal Aid Society in 2005. Dean Broderick received the national Equal Justice Works Outstanding Law School Dean Award in 2002, and the William Pincus Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Legal Education" given by the Association of American Law Schools in 1999. Dean Broderick was named a Fellow of the American Bar Association in 2000.
Dean Broderick and her late husband John Clegg’s daughter, Isabella, is a 2010 graduate of Wilson Senior High, a D.C. public school, and a 2016 graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Dean Broderick and colleagues at the Great Wall of China in 2015
Dean Broderick and colleagues at the University of Havana in 2015