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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
newsletter update OCTOBER 2011
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UDC School of LawIn August 2011 the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law moved into a newly-renovated building located in Building 52 at 4200 Connecticut Avenue N.W. The new building has over 100,000 square feet of classroom space, which means a greatly expanded clinical program, larger classrooms, state-of-the-art technology, and more meeting space for student organizations and prospective employers.

UDC LogoThe Back to School 2011 edition of PreLaw Magazine ranked UDC-DCSL #3 in the nation for clinical opportunities, behind Yale University (No. 1) and the University of Georgia (No. 2). Read More.

UDC LogoThe University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Legal Clinic obtained a default judgment for $38,300 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages for a case involving a local unlicensed management company’s embezzlement of $35,000 from a low-income cooperative, and $3,300 in management fees for services that were not performed. Read More.

Angela WatsonUDC-DCSL is proud to have had more than 60 students complete public interest fellowships this past summer including Kristen Walker, 2L; Julie Case, 2L; Sam Harkinson, 3L; Sakinda Skinner, 3L; Angela Watson, 2L; Yahya Thabit, 3L; Jabari Jones, 3L; and Joyce Roldan, 3L.

Super Lawyers39 alum of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, the District of Columbia School of Law, and the Antioch School of Law have been selected Super Lawyers in Super Lawyers magazine. Read More.


Due to the recent settlement of a class action lawsuit involving black farmers who missed out on a government loan discrimination settlement more than a decade ago, UDC-DCSL students may assist black farmers with their tax questions. Read More.

James King, 3L, interned this past summer at The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), representing inmates in parole revocation hearings. Read More.

The Innocence Project Student Association (IPSA) attended the Annual Celebration of Constitution Day at Georgetown Law Center. Read More.

Yahya Thabit, 3L, won the Joseph L. Rauh Jr. Top Clinic Performer Scholarship for his work in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Read More.

Three UDC-DCSL students including Jose Campos, 3L, Erin Herrero, 3L, and Samantha Holley, 2L, were honored at UDC's Initiative on Equity, Civic Engagement & Community Leadership Banquet for their summer internships. Read More.


The Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society presented Professor Robert L. Burgdorf with their da Vinci Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime advocacy for disability rights. Read More.

Professor William G. McLain III, and adjunct professor and Chief of the Forensics Division for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender Stephen Mercer, '94, won a major victory in the Maryland Court of Appeals. Read More.

Ms. Dena Bauman, Career Services Director and Adjunct Professor of Law, was elected to the Nominating Committee of The Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) to serve as the Mid-Atlantic law school representative. Read More.

In his first blog for the Huffington Post Professor Matthew Fraidin argues for more transparency in child welfare court hearings. In this blog on the Huffington Post Professor Fraidin argues for increasing legal aid for victims of domestic violence, and discusses the link between homelessness and D.C.'s foster care system.

Professor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Duke University. Read More.

Two of Professor Edgar Cahn's projects were featured in The New York Times: D.C. Youth Court and Time Banking.

Special Education Advocacy, co-written by Professor Joseph Tulman, Professor Laura Rinaldi, and 8 others received a positive review in the Adjunct Law Prof Blog. Read More.


Dean Katherine S. Broderick and UDC President Dr. Allen L. Sessoms welcomed the entering classes of 2013 and 2014 at a reception hosted by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton at the U.S. Congress Rayburn House Office Building. Earlier that day Chief Judge Eric T. Washington, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, and Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield spoke at our Judge's Panel. Both events were part of the 2011 Student Orientation for the Class of 2014.

UDC-DCSL hosted the Human Trafficking Awareness Panel to discuss human trafficking legal cases, bills pending in Congress to stop human trafficking, and tips for combating human trafficking. Read More.

Constitutional law expert Bruce Fein spoke to UDC-DCSL students about how the government's interpretation of the Constitution has encroached on civil liberties. Read More.

C-SPAN filmed and broadcast a presentation by Kevin Martin, Executive Director of Peace Action, at the 10th annual Human Rights on the Hill course. Read More.

UDC-DCSL held the 2011 Community Service Opportunities Fair to connect first-year law students with non-profits and government agencies looking to provide legal services to low-income residents of D.C. Read More.


Megan Vahey, '10, is D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown's new acting Chief of Staff. Read More.

Imam Daayiee Abdullah, '95, opened a new woman-and-queer-friendly mosque in Washington, D.C. called the Light of Reform Mosque. Read More.

Leslie Shedd, '07, Communications Director for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), and Suzanne Beall, '08, Legislative Assistant for Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), hosted a group of 10 UDC-DCSL students to discuss working on Capitol Hill. Read More.

Longtime death penalty foe, George Kendall, '79, was quoted in The Washington Post on the Troy Davis execution. Read More.

Bernie Grimm, '83, a criminal defense attorney at Cozen O'Connor, was interviewed on Fox 5 discussing the Lululemon murder case, and was interviewed by Fox 5 about a D.C. homicide case.

Nicole Schroeder, '09, spoke to nearly 30 students about internship and post-graduate opportunities with the U.S. Department of Justice. Read More.

Katherine J. Jones, '85, was recognized by Maryland Legal Aid as one of their 100 Champions of Human Rights and Justice. Read More.

Paul Ellison, '87, is running for re-election as Vice President of Berkley School Board. Read More.

Margo Cowan, '85, attorney and founding member of No More Deaths, was quoted in KOLD calling for more oversight of the United States Border Patrol. Read More.

Linda Moore, '77, is the new President and CEO of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation (YVCF). Read More.

Aviva Kempner, '76, has a new documentary focused on the life and work of Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, whose challenge grants helped create more than 5,500 schools for poor, rural, African-American children in southern states. Read More.

Evan Mascagni, '11, argues for abolishing the death penalty in PolicyMic. Read More.

Pedro Antonio Garcia, '85, wrote a new play called Firehouse that played at the Whitefire Theatre. Read More.

Amy Loveridge, '06, has just published a new chapbook of poetry titled, Poems for Business Travelers. Read More.

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