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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
newsletter update DECEMBER 2011
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UDC School of LawUDC-DCSL’s move to a 100,000 square-foot building at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Yuma Street NW was profiled in the November 2011 issue of Washington Lawyer. Read More.

Harold KohThe 19th annual Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Lecture featured Harold Koh, Legal Advisor to the U.S. State Department. Harold Koh's presentation focused on national security law, human rights, and the U.S. Constitution. Read More.

Thomas MackProfessor Thomas Mack worked this past summer in Arizona assisting an alum in putting together the proof and pleadings for a $36 million lawsuit against almost 80 Navajo officials. The lawsuit asserts Navajo officials used poverty funds intended for poor Navajo families to benefit themselves and their own ineligible families and friends. Read More.

Sakinda SkinnerUDC-DCSL held a Law Review Student Symposium to discuss their articles for the UDC Law Review. Dean Shelley Broderick gave a brief introduction, and Leandra Carrasco 3L, Student Publications & Bibliography Editor of the UDC Law Review, moderated the panel including 3Ls Sakinda Skinner, Laura McMahon, Amanda Penrod, Virginia Hebert, and Parisa Dada. Read More.

Jai ShankarThe UDC-DCSL chapters of the ACS and ACLU c0-sponsored the "(In)Secure Communities Forum" on the negative ramifications of the federal immigration and deportation program, "Secure Communities." D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh also spoke at the event. Read more.

PreLawDuring the week of May 23 to May 27, the School of Law hosted 8 undergraduate students and recent graduates of Huston-Tillotson University of Austin, Texas, for a pilot of what is hoped will become an annual HBCU Public Interest PreLaw Institute designed to inform, inspire and encourage pursuit of public interest legal careers. Read More.


Kathryn Louise Blevins ’14 is a recipient of UDC-DCSL’s Cafritz Advocate for Justice Scholarship, a three-year full tuition scholarship awarded to entering students with excellent academic records and a demonstrated commitment to working for justice. Read More.


In a Room for Debate column published in The New York Times, Professor John Brittain argues that legacy admissions at Ivy League universities hurts minority diversity on campus. Read More.

In a Room for Debate column published in The New York Times, Professor Wade Henderson argues that overdraft fees on debit card transactions go far beyond the cost of providing checking accounts and are used to increase banks' short-term earnings. Read More.

Professor Andrew Ferguson posted a blog at the American Constitution Society on The Citizen Amicus Project, a new project Professor Ferguson created with the ABA to focus on law students and the Supreme Court. The Citizen Amicus Project was also highlighted in The ABA Criminal Justice Project in the American Criminal Law Review. You can also watch video of his presentation here.

Professor Andrew Ferguson also has a new article in the American Criminal Law Review on predictive policing and the Fourth Amendment, and an article on crime mapping published in the Hastings Law Review.

DC Superior Court and UDC-DCSL mourns the loss of Arlene L. Robinson, wife of founding Dean William L. Robinson, and former D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge and Chair of the Court’s Commission on Mental Health. Read More.

Professor Edgar Cahn explained time banking at an Occupy Wall Street Teach-In, was interviewed by Ashoka discussing empathy, and had an article published in Yes! Magazine on the importance of time banks.

Professor Matthew Fraidin was quoted in two articles in The Washington Examiner, discusses the shortage of lawyers for people who need legal representation and the difficulty of finding a legal job.

Dean Katherine S. Broderick was quoted in The National Law Journal on the diversity of legal experience in President Obama's judicial picks. Read More.


UDC-DCSL co-sponsored "Reed v. Reed at 40: Equal Protection and Women’s Rights," a panel discussion at the National Press Club about the past and future state of women’s legal rights under the Equal Protection Clause, featuring special guest speaker Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Read More.

More than 108 prospective students attended this year’s Law Day Open House program. Read More.

UDC-DCSL helped organize a documentary film screening of "The Other City" and panel discussion about HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library. Read More.

The Jewish Law Student Association and the Innocence Project Student Association screened the film, "The People vs. Leo Frank" and held a panel discussion about Leo Frank’s story and the recent execution of Troy Davis. Read More.

The ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law hosted a lunch and panel of speakers to discuss jobs and internships in labor and employment law. Read More.

Nearly a month after the execution of Troy Davis, the Black Law Students Association presented the film: "The Trials of Darryl Hunt” as part of their community service week. Read More.

A diverse group of more than thirty students from both the Christian and Muslim Law Students Associations came together for a OneVoice presentation focusing on a two-state solution for Israel. Read More.

The D.C. Office of Human Rights gave a presentation on protecting human rights in DC, sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and OutLaw. Read More.

Members and friends of the Women's Law Society participated in the Light the Night Walk in DC, raising money to help battle blood cancers. Read More.


UDC-DCSL's 2 new alumni magazines focus on prosecutors and immigration and are available on our website. Read More.

Rene Sandler '94 of Sandler Law LLC was named one of Washington's 30 Best Lawyers in Washingtonian Magazine. Read More.

Aviva Kempner '76 will receive the 2011 Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) Visionary Award for her courage, creativity and insight in presenting the diversity of the Jewish experience through the moving image. Read More.

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced the support of former Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger III '78. He will advise Governor Romney on all matters related to the rule of law and will co-chair the campaign’s Law Enforcement Advisory Group. Read More.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines '82 was quoted in The Washington Post on a case she prosecuted involving felony murder, conspiracy, and armed robbery. Read More.

Matthew Perdoni '11 is now a Tax Law Specialist with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS). Read More.

Tom Devine '80, Government Accountability Project Legal Director, and Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center and former Antioch School of Law Clinic Supervisor, were quoted in The Washington Post on protecting federal whistleblowers. Read More.

Tom Devine '80, Government Accountability Project Legal Director, was interviewed by OpEdNews, quoted in NPR and quoted in the HuffingtonPost on government whistleblowers.

Robert Mandel '77 has just been appointed to the 7th Judicial Circuit by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard. Read More.

Athan Tsimpedes '95 was quoted in The National Law Journal for a case he is working on involving a canceled concert by Julio Iglesias in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Read More.

Bernie Grimm, '83 alum and criminal defense attorney at Cozen O'Connor, was quoted in Reuters, the Legal Times, and Bloomberg. He was also interviewed on Fox News about the constitutionality of health care reform.

Mintz Levin Attorney Thomas Crane '83 has been recognized as a 2011 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Read More.

Jeannine Winch ’07 published a new blog post on the Making Justice Real blog discussing the challenges of integrating fathers with a history of domestic violence in their children’s lives while seeking to maintain safe, violence-free households. Read More.

Antioch alum Richard Little Hawk (Oglala Sioux) was named part of the third cohort of the Bush Foundation's Native Nation Rebuilders Program, committed to advancing the self-determination of their nations. Read More.

Jim Klimaski '76 has a new Letter to the Editor in The Washington Post on the SEC. Read More.

Ken Sibanda ’09 published a new science fiction book earlier this year titled, The Return to Gibraltar. Read More.

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