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DC Council Resolution Honoring School of Law

Tuesday, July 15, 2008  
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Dean Broderick and Councilmember Schwartz

On Monday, June 30th, 2008 the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed a resolution honoring the School of Law’s clinical program and its national recognition by US News & World Report.  Councilmember Carol Schwartz, (R-At Large) moved the Resolution.  Ms. Schwartz, who, over the years, has probably employed more UDC-DCSL interns and graduates than any other D.C. Councilmember, and so is well acquainted with the high quality of the clinical program, was assisted in preparing the Resolution by her staff member, Blair Miles, ‘06, the School of Law’s former Student Bar President.

 
A CEREMONIAL RESOLUTION

IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

To recognize and honor the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, the only public law school in the District, on the occasion of its clinical law program being ranked among the best in the United States.

           WHEREAS, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law evolved from two predecessor schools, the Antioch School of law, which was created in 1972, and the District of Columbia School of Law, which was created in 1986;

           WHEREAS, in 1996, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law was established when the Council of the District of Columbia passed legislation merging the District of Columbia School of Law with the University of the District of Columbia;

           WHEREAS, on April 28, 1998, President William Jefferson Clinton signed legislation re-naming the school after former D.C. Council Chairman David A. Clarke, a strong civil rights and humanitarian leader and a longtime advocate for the School of Law’s educational, diversity, and public service missions; 

           WHEREAS, on August 8, 2005, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law received full accreditation from the American Bar Association with the unanimous vote of the ABA House of Delegates;

           WHEREAS, since its inception, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law has been committed to serving the residents of Washington, D.C. through its clinical program;

           WHEREAS, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law offers seven clinical courses including the Community Development Law Clinic and Small Business Project, the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic, the Housing and Consumer Clinic, the Juvenile Law Clinic, the Low-Income Tax Clinic, the Legislation Clinic, and the Government Accountability Clinic;

           WHEREAS, each student is required to take two seven-credit clinical courses prior to graduation, totaling 700 hours;

           WHEREAS, every year, more than 1,000 low-income residents, small businesses, and nonprofit institutions in the District of Columbia receive free representation through the legal clinic programs at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law;

           WHEREAS, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law has recently been named by U.S. News & World Report as having the 13th best law school clinical program in the nation, ahead of schools such as Harvard, Columbia, and the University of California, Berkeley, which are all better resourced;

           RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, that this resolution may be cited as the "University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Recognition Resolution of 2008”.

           Sec. 2.  The Council of the District of Columbia recognizes and honors Dean Katherine Broderick and the faculty, staff, and students of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law for their services to the community and congratulates them on the clinical program’s national ranking. 

           Sec. 3.  This resolution shall take effect immediately upon the first date of its publication in the District of Columbia Register.


 


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