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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
newsletter update AUGUST 2011
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Annamaria StewardCongratulations to Associate Dean of Students Annamaria Steward for being awarded the National Bar Association’s 2011 Junius W. Williams Young Lawyer of the Year Award. The National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division selected Dean Steward for this award because she embodies the qualities and characteristics of an exceptional lawyer and represents the purpose of this year’s NBA theme, "Strengthening the Pipeline of Our Profession.” Read More.

Crisarla HoustonCrisarla Houston is joining the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law as an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Writing Program. Houston is expanding UDC-DCSL’s Legal Writing Program through hiring several adjunct faculty and through a new Writing Center that will prepare law school students to write like lawyers. Read More.

HBCU PreLaw Institute Students from Huston-Tillotson University of Austin, TX visited the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law from May 23-May 27, 2011 for a pilot of what we hope will become an annual Public Interest PreLaw Institute. The students met with faculty and students of the law school, members of Congress, key judges, civil rights and other lawyers working in our Nation’s Capital. Read all about it here or click here to view more photos of the event.


Congratulations to Adrian Gottshall, '11 who received the Westwood Fellowship at Neighborhood Legal Services Program. Read More.

Susanne Obrock, a rising 2L, is completing an internship this summer at the National Crime Victim Bar Association. Read More.

Alia Cambel, a rising 3L, and Mohammad Mahmoudi, a rising 2L, are completing internships with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). Read More.

Coy McKinney, a rising 3L, offers a critical assessment of NATO's intervention in Libya in "The media fog of war," a column published in the San Francisco Bay Examiner. Read More.

Tyrone Hanley, ’13, has been named a 2011 Capital Pride Hero for advancing the causes of the LGBT community. Read More.

John Marlow, 2L, submitted an entry in the ABA’s Law Student Good Works Competition on Engaging Start-ups. Read More.


Professor Edgar Cahn is featured in the July issue of the Swarthmore College Bulletin discussing alternatives to youth incarceration. Read More.

Professor Joseph Tulman argues in the New Haven Independent for increased funding of special education in order to reduce the number of youth who end up in the justice system. Read More.

Associate Dean of Students Annamaria Steward, the Immediate-Past President of BADC, hosted Rep. Lewis (D-GA) and Rep. Filner (D-CA), who recounted stories of the Freedom Rides of 1961, at the annual luncheon. Read More. Annamaria Steward has also been elected to a three-year term on the D.C. Bar's Board of Governors. Read More.

Professor Wade Henderson recently testified before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee calling for more government regulation of for-profit colleges. Read More.

An anonymous donor has given $1 million to help endow the William L. Robinson ’63 Scholars Program for students to attend Oberlin College. Read More.

UDC Mason Law Library Director Vicenç Feliú’s photo of former library circulation assistant and recent graduate, Shanice DePass, was voted Best Picture Overall and took first place in The Artistry of Librarianship category of the Day-in-the-Life photo contest of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). Read More.

Clinical Instructor Kaitlin Banner was quoted in Minority News about how DC Public Charter School discipline policies hurt minorities. Read More.

Professor Matthew Fraidin’s speech on changing the narrative in child welfare cases will be featured in The Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. Read More.

Marta W. Berkley, an Adjunct Professor of Law at UDC-DCSL, was confirmed to the DC Rental Housing Commission. Read More.

Professor Edgar Cahn was featured recently in The Progressive discussing the positive role Time Banks could play in Wisconsin. Read More.

Professor W. Sherman Rogers, an Adjunct Professor of Law at UDC-DCSL and full Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law, delivered the DC Public Library's annual Juneteenth lecture at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Read More.

UDC-DCSL Dean and DC Appleseed Board Member Shelley Broderick joined D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown at the DC Appleseed 2011 Annual Awards Dinner titled, "Changing D.C." Read More.

UDC-DCSL hosted the 10th Annual Human Rights on the Hill course from June 27 - July 2, 2011, organized by Joshua Cooper, Director of the Four Freedoms Forum and Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii. Read More.


With the help of attorneys Michael Kohn, '85, and former Antioch School of Law Clinic Supervisor Stephen Kohn, both at the National Whistleblowers Center, Bunnatine "Bunny" Greenhouse was awarded a $970,000 settlement for being unfairly demoted at the Army Corps of Engineers for speaking publicly about abuse in military contracting. Read More.

Jacquelynne Bowman, '79, has just accepted an offer to be the new Executive Director of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS). Read More.

Tom Devine, '80, Government Accountability Project Legal Director, was quoted in Joe Davidson's column for The Washington Post on a border patrol whistleblower case. Read More.

Alumna Martha Voorhees, '88, and former Antioch School of Law Master's Program student and Mayor of Mt. Rainer, Malinda Miles, are raising money for a 55-bed domestic violence shelter in Prince George's County. Read More.

Elijah McKinley, '10, is part of the hip-hop group The Trees, whose debut album titled, "A Man Can Change," will be shipping in the next few weeks. Read More.

Ariana Quinones-Miranda, '94, is now the Chief of Staff of the D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. Read More.

Andrea Lyon, a former defense attorney for Casey Anthony, was interviewed on Chicago's WBEZ about the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony trial. Read More.

Congratulations to Mark Bialek, '81, upon his appointment as Inspector General of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System! Read More.

Bernie Grimm, '83, a criminal defense attorney at Cozen O'Connor, interviewed on Fox News about the trial of Casey Anthony. Read more here and here.

The Washington Post covered Assistant United States Attorney, Deborah Sines, '82, for her successful prosecution of one of two wanton killers of Reginald Brighthart, a homeless District resident, who was murdered for no apparent reason. Read More.

Walter J. Gordon Sr., '76, founder of The Gordon Law Firm in Hartwell, GA, was elected to serve on the board of governors of the 42,000-member State Bar of Georgia. Read More.

Paul Wolf, ’05, discusses the importance of the mass torts case, In re Chiquita Brands, International, which provides a roadmap for holding American corporations responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed overseas. Read More.

Seth Greenstein, '84 and bassist in The Bob Schwartz Quartet, just debuted a new jazz cd titled, "Tain’t What’cha Do (It's the Way That’cha Do It)." Read More.

GAP Legal Director Tom Devine, '80, was quoted in The Washington Examiner about the Federal Aviation Administration discarding older whistleblower cases. Read More.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride, ’81, announced a new mentoring program for new attorneys in Peoria, IL. Read More.

Jon Pratt, ’77, held a free hearing on the effect to nonprofits of a Minnesota government shutdown. Read More.

Caroline Smith DeWaal, ’85 and Director of Food Safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, discussed food safety on CSPAN. Read More.

Wayne Turner, '08, a Program Associate at DC Appleseed, is featured in the new PBS Special Out in America. Read More.

Evan Mascagni, '11, is now a Research Assistant at the California Anti-SLAPP Project (CASP). Read More.

John Wernet, '75, former Professor at Antioch School of Law, is the new general counsel to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Read More.

Cary Clennon, '82, was quoted in The Washington Post in a criminal defense case. Read More.

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