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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
newsletter update APRIL 2012

Rauh Lecture 2012

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor served as the 20th Annual Joseph
L. Rauh, Jr. Lecturer by participating in a conversation with Rauh Professor
Wade Henderson before 1400 guests at UDC. Read More.

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Ann RichardsonAssociate Dean Ann Richardson died last week of cancer, a disease she managed with extraordinary energy and aplomb since 1994. She was a superb attorney, administrator, and teacher in a career spent working at the Peace Corps, the African Development Foundation, Karr and McLain, Time Dollars, and UDC-DCSL. She leaves a huge hole in the hearts of family, friends, colleagues and the entire School of Law community. Read More.

US NewsUS News & World Report awarded UDC-DCSL a top ten ranking for outstanding clinical programs in 2012 of 188 ABA accredited law schools analyzed. In its annual Best Law Schools analysis, US News & World Report ranked UDC-DCSL's clinical program well above numerous well-heeled and prestigious law schools, including Harvard and Columbia. Read More.

Law ReviewUDC-DCSL held a Law Review Symposium titled, "Smartphones and the 4th Amendment: The Future of Privacy in Our Hands.” The event focused on Fourth Amendment expectations of privacy and how they have been affected by innovations in technology such as the smartphone, the Internet and GPS tracking, and the recent Supreme Court decision in United States v. Jones (2011). Read More.

Trayvon Martin VigilOn March 26, 2012, UDC-DCSL held a candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old unarmed African-American male who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a community watch volunteer in Florida. Over 60 UDC-DCSL students attended the vigil. Read More.

Brandon WhiteUDC-DCSL hosted the 6th Annual Disaster Law Report Back titled, "Reporting Back: Our Time in Mississippi.” The video and panel discussion offered students an opportunity to tell the DCSL community about their "Katrina and Beyond: Disaster Law” course and alternative spring break experience working with the Mississippi Center for Justice to help the residents of Biloxi, MS find racial and economic justice following Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Read More.

Anthony RobinsonThe Innocence Project Student Association's 2nd Annual Reception was titled, "Exoneree turned Esquire: The compelling story of Anthony Robinson’s wrongful conviction and his journey to becoming a successful attorney.” Anthony Robinson talked about his experience being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and his career practicing international trade law. Read More.

Pat WaldRetired Judge Patricia Wald spoke about her legal career at the "UDC-DCSL Legends in the Law/Women's History Month Celebration.” Judge Wald discussed her work in securities law on Wall Street, at the U.S. Department of Justice and at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program during the 1960s, as assistant U.S. Attorney General for legislative affairs during the Carter administration, and finally her work as Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She also offered some advice for UDC-DCSL students. Read More.


Brenden WatkinsBrenden Jermaine Watkins, 1L, is this year’s The Morrison & Foerster - Stephen S. Dunham Scholar. Mr. Watkins says, "I have always felt that my purpose in life was to fight for, defend, and further the causes of others. I chose UDC-DCSL because of its sterling reputation for public interest law and its dedication to maintaining diverse classrooms, allowing students to graduate as well-rounded individuals." Mr. Watkins would like to use his law degree in the JAG Corps, start his own law firm handling civil rights cases, or get involved in politics. Read More.


The 20th Annual Summer Public Interest Fellowship Auction starring Professor/auctioneer John Brittain was sponsored by the Equal Justice Works Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chapter. The Auction raised nearly $11,200 to fund fellowships for summer 2012. Read More.

More than 100 prospective students attended the Spring 2012 Law Day Open House. Read More.


UDC-DCSL hosted "Prostitution Free Zones in DC,” a panel focusing on the constitutionality of the current Prostitution-Free Zone law in D.C. The panel presentation was co-sponsored by the UDC-DCSL Chapter of Outlaw, American Constitution Society, Women's Law Society, The National Lawyers Guild, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and the ACLU. Read More.



Director for Career and Professional Development Dena Bauman, who also serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Law's Internship Seminar, presented at the Externship 6 Conference in Boston. Read More.

Professor Crisarla Houston and Lawyering Process Adjunct Professor Shakira Pleasant presented at the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference. Read More.

Professor Edgar Cahn was quoted in The Charleston Gazette, Concord Monitor, and The Homer News on time banks.

Professor Wade Henderson published an opinion article in The New York Times on the need for hate crime law, and published an editorial in The Advocate on civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. He was also quoted in The Chicago Tribune and The Root on a Dept. of Education report that says African American students are more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. He was also quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on education disparities for poor and minority students, and called for repeal of Alabama's anti-immigrant legislation in an opinion article in Business Ethics and in several publications.

Professor Wade Henderson and former Antioch Law Dean Ron Pollack published an opinion article in The Washington Post arguing the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor.

UDC-DCSL Foundation Board Member Robert T. Hall of the Law Offices of Robert T. Hall & Associates, PLC successfully represented the family members of students who were killed in the Virginia Tech 2007 shootings. The jury found Virginia Tech negligent for waiting to warn students about a gunman on campus, and awarded $4 million each to the families of Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde. Read More.


Dean Shelley Broderick served as keynote speaker at two Women's History Month Celebrations, at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in March and at the Office of the Attorney General, where she was introduced by Attorney General Irv Nathan, in April.



In The Progressive, Brian Gilmore '92 discussed a little-known African slave revolt that occurred in New York in 1712.


In The Huffington Post Andrea Lyon '76 discussed inaccurate reporting on the death of Trayvon Martin.

Margo Cowan '85 was quoted in the Latin American Herald Tribune on The Sanctuary Movement.

Joyce Aceves-Amaya '10 is the founder of Aceves & Associates, PLLC. Read More.

Scott Livingston '75 was quoted in The Washington Post criticizing Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's proposal to seek out private partners to build, operate and maintain roads, bridges, schools, government buildings and other public assets.

The Washington Post endorsed Prince George's County Board of Education Chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs, '96, for another term as chairwoman. She was also quoted in the Maryland Gazette on running for office.

Danielle Ruttman, '80, was elected Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Read More.

Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project Legal Director and '80 alum, was quoted in The Washington Post on the Obama Administration prosecuting whistleblowers, published The Corporate Whistleblower's Survival Guide: A Handbook to Committing the Truth which won the getAbstract International Business Book of the Year Award, and was quoted in Government Executive on a TSA whistleblower case.

Maryland People's Counsel Paula Carmody '80 was quoted in The Baltimore Sun on a $245 million settlement between Baltimore's Constellation Energy Group and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, '81, announced that news cameras will be allowed in criminal trial courts in Illinois. Read more here, here, and here.

Maryland Delegate Keiffer Mitchell (D-Baltimore), '94, said the Baltimore public school system has made progress over the years. Read More.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Russell Canan '76 was quoted in The Washingtonian about a Georgetown murder trial. He also plays guitar for Deaf Dog and the Indictments, a group composed almost entirely of D.C. Superior Court judges.

Maryland Delegate Tiffany T. Alston (D-Prince George's), '02, introduced a new bill in the Maryland House of Delegates that would eliminate judges deciding photo ticketing cases. Alston was also quoted in The Baltimore Sun on legalizing medical marijuana in Maryland and in The Washington Post on requiring children to stay in school through age 16.

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