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

National Jurist
The National Jurist recognized the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law as the most diverse law school in the U.S., with 48.6% of students and 60% of faculty members from minority groups. UDC-DCSL also has the 6th highest percentage of African-American students at 29.2%. Read More.

UDC-DCSL earned four Top 10 rankings in the Princeton Review's 2013 guide to law schools titled, "The Best 168 Law Schools." UDC-DCSL is ranked 1st for Most Chosen by Older Students, 2nd for Most Diverse Faculty, 4th for Best Environment for Minority Students, and 6th for Most Liberal Students. Read More.

The School of Law thanked UDC President Allen Sessoms and Vice President Barbara Jumper for providing a building and a beautiful build out for the law program at a reception held November 30, 2012. Ward 3 D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh joined Dean Shelley Broderick, President Sessoms and VP Jumper in a festive ribbon cutting. Faculty, staff, board members and friends celebrated the completion of the state-of-the-art moot court room and the newly installed Joseph Rauh Memorabilia and Robert Wald Photographic collections. School of Law Board Chair Michael Rauh said, "Now we have a real law school!"

Ribbon Cutting 1Ribbon Cutting 2
The moot court room accommodates 150 in tiered seating. Transom windows allow access to natural lighting. In January we will host a formal ribbon cutting ceremony when the D.C. Court of Appeals hears an appellate argument at the official opening of the moot court room. Read More.


Dean Shelley Broderick
UDC-DCSL was featured prominently in The Washington Post Magazine. Dean Broderick says, "It’s affordable, it’s accessible, its curriculum is laser-focused on the kinds of jobs we are trying to prepare you for. We don’t invite people to come here suggesting [they will] get jobs in the big firms. That is not who we are. If you want to be a public interest lawyer, public service lawyer, public policy lawyer, in private practice in a small firm, this is perfect for you. Because you can do this in an affordable way and find work that you are trained to do, educated to do.” Read More.

Robert Ehrlich
Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich spoke to UDC-DCSL about improving the pardon and clemency process. The ultimate goal of Ehrlich's campaign is to get Governors and Presidents to make pardons routine. Read More.
Library ABA CollectionThe ABA Center for Children and the Law partnered with UDC-DCSL to house the ABA Children and the Law Collection in the Charles N. and Hilda H. M. Mason Law Library. Howard Davidson, Director of the ABA Center on Children and the Law, and Scott Trowbridge ‘07, Staff Attorney at the Center worked with Interim Library Director Helen Frazer to house the collection. Read more here and here.
UDC Law ReviewThe UDC-DCSL Law Review held its annual Student Journal Symposium. The event showcases the work of David A. Clarke law students in an annual online publication edited by the Law Review. Read More.
Stephen Bright
Stephen Bright, President and Senior Counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights, spoke to UDC-DCSL about the need for reform in the criminal justice system. Read More.
Irv Nathan
D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan spoke at UDC-DCSL about careers in public service. Read More.

Diversity MattersBLSA Diversity Panel
UDC's Black Law Students Association held a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court during the Fisher vs. University of Texas arguments on affirmative action. Also, DCSL held a panel in support of diversity in higher education featuring Prof. John Brittain, Prof. William Robinson, Prof. Edgar Cahn, and Dean Broderick. Read More.
Libertelli Yunus
UDC-DCSL joined forces with the UDC Business School, CAUSES, and others at UDC to host a talk with 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammed Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and world renown father of "micro-credit.” Read More.
The Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) sponsored an alumni panel on careers in education law featuring Sabrina Bazemore '95, Kim Jones '97, and Brian Gruber '97. They also hosted Robin Robinson, senior attorney with the US Environmental Protection Agency. OCPD also featured a panel with the Honorable Gregory Jackson, Associate Judge on the District of Columbia Superior Court. Read More.

The UDC Black Law Students Association and SELDA sponsored a sports and entertainment law panel. Read More.

Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP Director of Environmental and Climate Justice, gave a presentation on climate change and its effect on African American communities. Read More.

Javier Maymir, Assistant District Counsel and Recruiter for the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency discussed some tips, tricks, and common pitfalls in drafting resumes and participating in job interviews. Read More.

UDC-DCSL held an Immigration Law Panel on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Read More.


The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic successfully represented a client from Mexico in removal proceedings at the Arlington Immigration Court. Read More.

The UDC-DCSL Community Development Clinic, working with the Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and the Center for Community Change, helped the tenants of Highland Dwellings reach a settlement with the DC Housing Authority (DCHA). The Community Development Clinic provided tenant support throughout the process. Read More.


Dean Steward
Associate Dean of Students Annamaria Steward, a member of the D.C. Bar's Leadership Development Committee (LDC), is helping to launch the D.C. Bar Leadership Academy in March 2013, the official goal of which is "to identify, inspire, and educate D.C. Bar members to be leaders of the Bar and to encourage them to use their leadership skills in professional settings, local bar associations, and community organizations.” Read More.
Professor Joseph Tulman of the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic conducted a training on the use of special education advocacy to extricate children from the delinquency system. The Took Crowell Institute also received grants from the Meyer Foundation and the Prince Charitable Trusts to reverse the school-to-prison pipeline in D.C. Clinical Instructor Lisa Geis wrote and filed a motion to dismiss a truancy case that resulted in the prosecutor's withdrawing the petition. Read More.

Karen Forman, Associate Dean of Public Interest, Clinical and Graduate Programs, and Vanita Saleema Snow, Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development, served on The DC Pro Bono Week Committee, compromised of area non-profit providers, law school representatives, and law firm pro bono coordinators. Read More.

Professor Crisarla Houston, Director of the Legal Writing Program, presented at 2 different conferences during the month of October. Read More. Also, several UDC-DCSL faculty including Prof. Crisarla Houston will present at the George Washington University Law School’s One Day Legal Writing Scholars Conference on Friday, November 30th. Read More.

Professor Andrew Ferguson was quoted in CitiesToday on predictive policing.

Professor John Brittain was quoted in Politico about the Supreme Court case on the University of Texas' affirmative action program.

Professor Matt Fraidin published a new column in The Huffington Post arguing that homeless families should be allowed to reside in housing units available at the D.C. General Hospital emergency family shelter. He also served as a panelist in a brown-bag luncheon for the Superior Court office of Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect. Read More.

Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference and the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law, was quoted in Mother Jones magazine about voters encountering problems at the polls. He also moderated a panel on school vouchers.



Nathan and Gray
Jessica Gray ’10 is a Charles F.C. Ruff Fellow in the Mental Health Section in the office of District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan. Gray litigates civil commitment cases and guardianship matters. The Ruff Fellowships were created to provide the District of Columbia with more legal help and to promote public interest legal work. Read More.
Veteran DC Assistant Attorney General Darrin Sobin, '92, has been appointed by DC Attorney General Irv Nathan to direct the DC Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. Read More.

Congratulations to Dennis Vachon '86 who will become the new Strafford County Registrar of Deeds in New Hampshire. Read More.

Congratulations to Nichole Opkins '03 who will become the new Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the single member district of 6B06 on Capitol Hill. Read More.

Toni Maschler '04 served as a panelist on a recent immigration panel hosted by the Office of Career and Professional Development, in partnership with the Latino/a Law Students Association and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. Her firm was also named one of the top D.C. law firms for immigration by U.S. News and World Report. Read More.

Former Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger III '78 left as senior partner at D.C.-based White & Case LLP to head Philadelphia-based Morgan Lewis' white-collar litigation practice in Washington. Read More. He also spoke on a panel about the Justice Department's new guidance for complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Courtney Dixon '12 is working for Brooklyn Defender Services. Read More.

Mine safety advocate Tony Oppegard '80 was quoted in the Associated Press on Tom Smith, a former coal industry executive, running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

Caroline Smith DeWaal, '85 alum and Food Safety Director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), was quoted in USA Today on Kroger discontinuing sales of sprouts due to food safety concerns.

Anthony Cade, '97, was mentioned in The Washington Post in his capacity as co-defense counsel for a man twice-mistried for first degree murder in the District of Columbia.

Bowie City Council has endorsed Verjeana Jacobs '96 for another term as Prince George's County Board of Education Chairwoman. Jacobs was also quoted in The Washington Post on a school board member resigning from office, and was quoted in the UpperMarlboroPatch on Prince George’s County Public School teachers seeing a pay increase for the first time in three years.

DePaul University Law Professor Andrea Lyon '76 published a blog in The Huffington Post on prosecutors lying to "win" a death sentence. She also published a blog on election protection. Read More.

Political communications consultant Chris Sautter '78 was quoted on NPR on Joe Donnelly's campaign for U.S. Senate in Indiana. He also published an article on lessons, winners, and losers from the 2012 election. Read More.

Maryland Delegate Keiffer Mitchell (D-Baltimore), '94, was quoted in The Baltimore Sun criticizing the Baltimore school system after an audit called attention to a lack of oversight on school spending.

Daniel Manville '82, an Assistant Clinical Professor at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the MSU Civil Rights Clinic, was quoted in Michigan News on his client making phone calls from prison to family and friends in Jordan and Romania.

Documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner '76 published a new blog post in The Wrap on the 50th New York Film Festival. She also published a blog post on the new documentary, The Flat.

Maryland People's Counsel Paula Carmody '80 was quoted in The Washington Post on Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to allow electric companies to charge ratepayers in advance of serious maintenance upgrades.

Jon Pratt, '77 alum and Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, sat down with NYU’s Dr. Paul Light to talk about social attitudes about compensation in public service jobs. Read More.

Tom Devine, '80, Legal Director of the Government Accountability Project, was quoted extensively in an Associated Press story concerning the House of Representatives passing the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. He was also quoted in The Washington Post criticizing the Obama administration.

Brian Gilmore '92 published an editorial in The Californian celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine African-American children who fought to integrate all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957. He was also interviewed by The Progressive.

Seth Greenstein '84, a partner at Constantine Cannon, is working with Pandora Media Inc. on royalty ratesetting for Internet radio. Read More.


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