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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
newsletter update MARCH 2013
US News & World Report awarded UDC-DCSL a top ten ranking for outstanding clinical programs in 2014. Read More.
Court of Appeals
D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric Washington, Associate Judge Kathryn Oberly and our own Senior Judge William Pryor inaugurated UDC-DCSL's new Moot Court Room with three arguments in the cases of Ramon Estopina v. Susan O'Brian, Travis Littlejohn v. United States, and Louis Monteilh v. AFSCME, AFL-CIO. On January 15th faculty, staff, and students celebrated the completion of the state-of-the-art Moot Court Room and the newly installed Joseph Rauh Memorabilia and Robert Wald Photographic collections. Dean Shelley Broderick officially unveiled the Moot Court Room with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Read More.
Olender Awards
The Olender Foundation honored 6 UDC-DCSL students including Eva Seidelman (left), Santosh Reddy Somi Reddy (3rd from left), Janee Phillips (5th from right), Chris Hekimian (4th from right), Tyrone Hanley (2nd from right), John Millar and Janee Phillips (not pictures), at their 27th Annual Awards at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 5, 2012. Associate Dean of Students Annamaria Steward, a former attorney at the malpractice law firm, Jack H. Olender & Associates, presented the students with Earl H. Davis Awards for their commitment and dedication to public service. Read more.
Client Counseling
NYU On February 9th, our school competed in the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition at Temple University School of Law. Both teams made it to the semi-finals, and they were so good, they had to compete against each other! Overall, Team B placed second to Villanova! Most importantly, they were "first in the District, second in the Region." Congratulations to the UDC-DCSL Client Counseling Team! Read More.
From left to right: Team E: Punitha Cloud, 2L Evening; John Millar, 3L; Coach: Dean Steward; Alternates: Issa Al-Aweel, 1L; Jason Facci, 2L; Team B: Robert Newman, 3L Evening; and Samantha Holley, 3L

Andrew Ferguson
NYU Press has published Prof. Andrew Ferguson's 2013 book titled, Why Jury Duty Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Constitutional Action. Combining American history, constitutional law, and personal experience, the book engages citizens in the deeper meaning of jury service. Interweaving constitutional principles with the actual jury experience, this is a handbook for Americans who want a rich jury experience. It seeks to reconnect ordinary citizens to the largely ignored, democratic lessons of the jury. Read more here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

John Clegg
Dean Shelley Broderick's husband John Clegg died on January 23, 2013, six years after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer. During December 2012, he spent two weeks in Johns Hopkins Hospital and then elected to come home to hospice care where for six weeks Shelley and their daughter Isabella, along with other loving family and friends, provided around the clock care for him. His obituary and death notice can be found here.
In lieu of flowers, more than $12,006 in contributions were made to the David Niblack Fund of the DC School of Law Foundation. John adored Dave, "a fellow rebel,” and kept a copy of the Constitution that Dave gave him on his desk. Dean Broderick, still exhausted, but heartened by the support of family, colleagues and friends, is now back at work. She can be reached at

Abena McAllister, 3L, of the Legislation Clinic, drafted a bill at the office of Councilmember Yvette Alexander, that would initiate a CPR and AED program at DC schools. It would require the District to establish procedures for responding to medical emergencies involving cardiac arrest, ensuring that at least one AED is provided on-site at each District school and is readily available at each school athletic activity, conducting periodic inspections and maintenance of each AED, and ensuring that individuals trained in CPR and AED use are present during each school's hours of operation and during athletic activities. Read More.

Prof. Ed Allen

Four years ago, the Housing and Consumer Law Clinic filed rent control petitions on behalf of about fifty majority Spanish and Amharic speaking tenants who live in three upper northwest buildings. The Clinic challenged an electricity rate increase, but also utilized its vaunted expertise in hyper-technical "Sawyer” defenses and challenged three years of so-called annual "automatic” increases. The settlements lowered rents almost a $100 a month per tenant ($5000 a month collectively) and awarded tenants between $1000 and $4000 in refunds or rent credits (collectively well over $100,000.) Read More.

Taryn Gude, 3L

The HIV/AIDS Clinic worked with a client who wanted to have his four-year old daughter’s surname changed to his. In the HIV/AIDS Clinic, student attorneys typically have to develop expertise in D.C. Superior Court rules; perfect their petition-writing and oral advocacy skills; and become familiar with statutes and case law pertaining to custody arrangements, testamentary and living wills, and other family-law related topics. Read More.




Comm Dev Clinic
In fall 2012, the Community Development Law Clinic helped a client, a limited equity housing cooperative, to avoid tax foreclosure and negotiated a payment from the client’s property manager to the client. The payment reimbursed the client for fees and interest arising from the late payment of property taxes to the Office of Tax and Revenue. The CDLC asserted the responsibility of the property manager to pay property taxes in a timely manner and requested the reimbursement after reviewing the management agreement between the client and the property manager. As a result of the CDLC’s advocacy, the client saved over $3,500. Read More.
Ramesh Kasarabada
Prof. Ramesh Kasarabada
An independent hearing officer found in favor of an eighteen-year-old client of the Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic. The client, a student with a learning disability, attended high school within the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). For years, DCPS incorrectly labeled him as having an intellectual disability and developed individualized education programs (IEPs) based on this incorrect diagnosis. As a result, the student attended classes that did not help him learn the material. A hearing officer found against DCPS and ordered DCPS to place the student in a private school. Read More.



Ramesh Kasarabada
UDC-DCSL student attorneys Laura Duncan, 3L, Byron White, 3L (pictured on the left), Rachel Huhn, 3L, Sean Carpenter, 3L, and Elizabeth Stinebaugh, 3L, all successfully settled cases for their clients in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Read More.



Over 20 public interest/public service employers attended our Equal Justice Works Summer Fellowship Job Fair to recruit UDC-DCSL students for summer and academic year internships. Read More.

The Innocence Project Student Association and the Women's Law Society hosted a panel discussion with two preeminent figures in the prisoners' rights and reentry community, Michelle R. Bonner, Director of Legal Services at Our Place DC, and April Frazier-Camara, Community Reentry Attorney & Coordinator at Public Defender Service. Read More.

The Black Law Students Association presented a panel discussion on blacks and minority images in the media. Read More.

The Office of Career and Professional Development sponsored an alumni panel on careers in legislation, a presentation on careers in veterans law and tax law.

Professor Terri LeClercq discussed her recently published innovative graphic novel teaching prison inmates about the Prison Litigation Reform Act, Prison Grievances.


Congratulations to Associate Dean of Students Annamaria Steward for being named one of the Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40. The award is presented by the National Bar Association (NBA), the world's largest and oldest organization of attorneys of color, and IMPACT, a D.C.-based civic engagement organization. Read More.

Professor John Brittain published an editorial in The New York Times Room for Debate section arguing that Asian-Americans face a disadvantage in being admitted to highly selective colleges due to preferences given to legacy admissions. He also spoke at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church sanctuary for their 29th annual celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr, spoke at the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) 2013 Policy Training Conference and the SALT Conference, and was interviewed on the iAM Solutions show, The Greatest Stories Never Told.

Prof. Edgar Cahn, founder of TimeBanks, published an article detailing how timebanks can help President Obama make good on his commitments. He was also mentioned in Forbes magazine, and made a guest appearance at the Plymouth (England) City Council's first Time Banking conference.

Prof. LaShanda Taylor was quoted in the Deseret News on a proposal before the Utah Legislature that would allow parents whose parental rights have been terminated to petition for reunification with their children under limited circumstances.

Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference and the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law at UDC-DCSL, published an editorial in CNN arguing that Republicans need to rebrand their party in the image of Lincoln. Prof. Henderson also co-wrote an op-ed with former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps arguing against further media consolidation, co-wrote another op-ed arguing for the financial independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee on the state of voting rights after the 2012 election, and spoke at the Newseum before a panel discussion on media ownership and the public interest.

Professor Andrew Ferguson was quoted in USC Annenberg's digital newsletter Neon Tommy and the website Arizona Central on predictive policing. He also has a new project, the Getting Scholarship into Courts Project.

Profs. Cris Houston, Kosiso Onyia, and Shakira Pleasant presented at the George Washington University One-Day Legal Writing Conference. Profs. Cris Houston, Nancy Brown, Thea Davis, Jarred Reiling, and Victoria Moshiashwili presented at the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference.

Professor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, an emerita member of Duke University's Board of Trustees and former provost at UDC, was one of the first five African-American students to take classes at Duke University. Now, Duke University has announced a nine-month university-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the racial integration of its campus. Read More.

Professor Joseph Tulman and Prof. Lisa M. Geis attended a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing convened by Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) to address the school-to-prison pipeline. Read More.



Keren Dongo
Keren Charles Dongo, 2015 evening student, is now the Deputy State Director of Sen. Tim Kaine's Virginia office. Keren was most recently director of the Democratic Coordinated Campaign, which worked to elect Tim Kaine to the Senate, re-elect President Barack Obama and elect Democratic congressional members to the House of Representatives. Read More.

Sally Tyler
Congratulations to Sally Tyler, 2015 evening student, for finishing 3rd place in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) 2012 Essay Competition. This year's topic was state voter ID laws, which coincided nicely with Tyler's community service experience at the Election Protection project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The essay will be published in an upcoming issue of The Champion.

Dana-Marie Harris
Dana-Marie Harris, 3L, has been named one of Prince George's County's "Forty UNDER 40." The award, sponsored by The Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund, was given to Dana-Marie for her efforts establishing the nonprofit organization Synergy NPO, Inc. which aims to create collaborative relationships within the community through service initiatives, and for serving as the executive director of the Prince George’s County Council’s Youth Commission. Read More.


Evan Mascagni
Former UDC-DCSL Law Review Editor-in-Chief Evan Mascagni '11 (far left) is one of the principals behind a documentary film, Toxic Profits. The film will show how American chemical firms continue to sell dangerous chemicals that are actually banned in America to third world countries – and how the poisons end up back in America as part of our food supply. The filmmakers started out with a trailer on "Kickstarter" - a website that collects pledges to donate to causes if they reach critical mass. They reached their initial goal and have now received over $21,000 from 267 backers. The filmmakers visited Plains, GA, where they interviewed former United States President Jimmy Carter, the only president to have tried to end the practice of exporting banned chemicals from the United States to foreign countries. Read More.
Eileen Harrington '82 retired as Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission. Read More.

Darrin Sobin '92, the District of Columbia's Director of Government Ethics, is working with the D.C. Council on passing emergency legislation that would grant the District's ethics board the power to issue nonpublic admonishments. Read More.

Nina Shore '84, the chief attorney at the Frederick County bureau of Maryland Legal Aid, was featured recently in The Frederick News-Post.

Tammy Seltzer '96 was recently selected to be the Director of the Jail & Prison Advocacy Project for University Legal Services in Washington, DC. Read More.

Ruth McQuade '79, an attorney in Shepherdstown, WV, filed a notice to appeal the $93 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Monsanto. Read More.

Public interest attorney Maria Mier '08 co-wrote an editorial in The Courier-Journal and The Lexington Herald-Leader reflecting on civil rights and Martin Luther King's legacy in Kentucky. Read More.

Michael Ewall '11, founder and director of Energy Justice Network, presented at the DC Environmental Network's discussion on Mayor Gray's waste-to-energy initiative. Read More.

Marc Thompson '96 shares his thoughts on DCSL students' passion at the Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) Resume Workshop. Read More.

Jon Pratt ’77 and Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, discusses the impact of the "fiscal cliff" on charitable giving. Read More.

Kentucky officials filed a bizarre complaint against a whistleblower represented by Tony Oppegard '80. Read More. Oppegard was also featured in AP on his client blowing the whistle on unsafe working conditions at Parkway Mine Surface Facilities in Kentucky.

Marty Mellett '85, working as a consultant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, is a featured speaker on this video on the Near SE/SW Community Benefits Coordinating Council, one of a number of similar local DC efforts to help assure that new development benefits local residents.

The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) has announced that Deborah G. Roher '80, a resident of New Bedford, MA, will serve as an Advocate Leader for the 9th Congressional District and state of Massachusetts. Read More.

Evan Mascagni '11, a Research Assistant at the California Anti-SLAPP Project (CASP), published an article in the website PolicyMic on the California NAACP opposing the labeling of foods that have been genetically engineered. He also published an article on pesticide contamination of cannabis.

Richard J. Montelione '83, an attorney at Lopez Romero and Montelione, was sworn in as a Judge of the New York City Civil Court. Read More.

Kentucky Public Defender Jason Hart '08 was mentioned in The Lexington Herald-Leader for filing a 50-page defense brief with the Kentucky Supreme Court to have his client's murder conviction overturned.

Criminal defense attorney Bernie Grimm '83 was interviewed on Fox News about a Judge ordering a neglectful Florida woman not to have any more kids.

Verjeana Jacobs '96 was selected again to lead the Prince George's County Board of Education. Read More.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride '81 published an article in the November issue of the Illinois Bar Journal and was quoted in The Madison-St. Clair Record warning that the court system cannot function with continued budget cuts. He was also quoted in The Rockford Register Star on a decision by the IL Supreme Court to allow Gov. Pat Quinn to close several state prisons.

Brian Gilmore '92 published an article in The Bradenton Herald arguing that the GOP's 'Southern Strategy' has failed and on the right to counsel. He also published an article in the StarTribune against a union-busting bill signed into law by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. He also published an article in the McClatchy-Tribune saying that President Obama is right to side with organized labor in Michigan, and published an article in the McClatchy-Tribune arguing that President Obama compromised too much in the recent negotiations over the "fiscal cliff." He also published an article in Newsday celebrating the 100th birthday of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Adrian Gottshall ’11, a Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), successfully challenged a child custody decision issued by the D.C. Superior Court. NLSP Staff Attorney Marc Borbely '08 co-wrote the successful appellate brief. Through this appeal, NLSP has helped to preserve the rights of pro se litigants in child custody cases. Read More. Borbely also opened a new organization, the D.C. Tenant's Rights Center, which will offer affordable legal services to all D.C. tenants, workshops, legal coaching, and full-service legal representation.

Caroline Smith DeWaal, '85 alum and Food Safety Director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), was quoted in The Huffington Post on implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act, and was quoted in Reuters acknowledging the FDA's new food safety rules aimed to make food processors and farms more accountable for reducing foodborne illnesses.

DePaul University Law Professor Andrea Lyon '76 published a blog in The Huffington Post arguing that the state of Texas should not execute Andre Thomas since he is mentally ill.

Documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner '76 published a blog post on the entertainment website The Wrap on "Lincoln" and "Pullman Porter Blues" as important examples of historical fiction. She also wrote a review of the new movie, Quartet.



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