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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
newsletter update JANUARY 2012
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Princeton ReviewThe University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) is one of the nation's most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. UDC-DCSL received 3 top 10 rankings in the 2012 edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best 167 Law Schools.” Read More.

National JuristThe National Jurist recognized the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law as one of the top 15 schools in the nation for public interest law. Read More.

Joyce RoldanThe Olender Foundation hosted its 26th annual awards on Dec. 6, 2011, with 6 UDC-DCSL students including Therese Beaudreault 3L, Joyce Roldan 3L, Matthew Bass 3L, Courtney Mickman 3L, Gene Donney 3L, and Hector Moctezuma Perez-Casillas 3L, receiving scholarships from the foundation. Read More.

Wade Henderson14 UDC-DCSL alumni, 2 UDC-DCSL board members, one professor, and one former professor made Washingtonian Magazine's list of Washington's Best Lawyers 2011-2012. Read More.

Evan MascagniUnder the supervision of Clinical Teaching Fellow Maunica Sthanki, Immigration and Human Rights Clinic students Evan Mascagni ’11, Joseph Spilatro ’11, and 3Ls Staci Makris, Marisa Dada, Kelsey Genevich, and H. Moctezuma Perez-Casilla successfully represented a mentally disabled man from Tanzania. Read More.


The Democratic Party of Virginia announced that 1L Keren Charles Dongo will become director of the Democratic Coordinated Campaign, which is working to elect Democrats in Virginia for the 2012 election. Read More.

Josh Basile, 3L, President and founder of Determined2heal, recently launched a new social website for the spinal cord injury community called SPINALpedia. Read More.

Coy McKinney, 3L, published a new column in PolicyMic on the benefits of time banking. Read More.


Professor John Brittain was part of the National Coalition on School Diversity that persuaded the Departments of Education and Justice to reverse the Bush Administration’s interpretation of the Parents Involved (US 2007) and the Grutter/Gratz (US 1995) University of Michigan cases regarding the use of race in education. Read More.

Professor John Brittain was also quoted in The Afro about a lawsuit where he serves as co-counsel seeking $2.1 billion to remedy disparities between Maryland's historically Black colleges and universities and its traditionally White institutions. Read More.

Professor Wade Henderson was quoted in The Nation on discrimination in voting rights. Read More.

Professor Matthew Fraidin was quoted in The Washington Post on the new director of the Child and Family Services Agency. He also has a new blog post in The Huffington Post on changing the narrative in media coverage focusing on child welfare.

Professor Andrew Ferguson was quoted in The Independent on a new mathematical algorithm developed by UCLA that allows law enforcement to conduct "predictive policing." Read More.

Professor Edgar Cahn was quoted in The Sudbury Town Crier on the popularity of time banking, and was interviewed by Spindle Law and TimeBanks.


Brandon Atwater '10, an attorney at Atwater Law PLLC in Durham, NC, worked pro bono on a campus freedom of expression case and won an undisclosed settlement for his client. Read More.

Erin Hurd '11, is now a Law Associate in the Family Court Program at Hiscock Legal Aid Society. Read More.

Phillip Kete '83, was quoted in The Washington Post in his role as an attorney in a discrimination case involving a Social Security Administration employee. Read More.

Dipti Pidkiti-Smith '06, is Co-Counsel in a case involving the eviction of an Alexandria, VA woman from public housing. Read More.

Rosalind Lewis '01, is now the In-House Counsel for YellowBrix, Inc., a provider of content analytics. Read More.

Tom Devine '80, Government Accountability Project Legal Director, was quoted in The Washington Post on protecting federal whistleblowers, on whistleblowers at the Department of Energy here and here, and the Office of Special Counsel.

Paula Carmody '80 was quoted in The Washington Post on a $1 million penalty on energy utility PEPCO. Read More.

Margo Cowan '85 was on NPR on smart immigration enforcement, interviewed by Fox11 Arizona calling on the Department of Homeland Security to close more than 60 immigrant deportation cases, and was in the Arizona Daily Star calling on ICE to halt deportation of her client.

Bernie Grimm, '83 alum and criminal defense attorney at Cozen O'Connor, was interviewed on Fox News about the testimony of Jon Corzine. Read More.

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