Hannah Lieberman, Neighborhood Legal Services Executive Director, Joins UDC-DCSL As Associate Dean
Friday, July 29, 2016
Posted by: Jessica Johnson
Washington, DC—The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) is pleased to announce the hiring of Hannah Lieberman as its new Associate Dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs.
“We are delighted that Hannah Lieberman, a long-time partner in the effort to end poverty and inequality, will join our extraordinary team,” said UDC-DCSL Dean Shelley Broderick.
She will oversee UDC-DCSL’s clinical program, which has established itself among the nation’s premier programs. U.S. News & World Report ranked UDC-DCSL tenth for clinical legal training in its 2016 rankings of 198 Best Law Schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Additionally, PreLaw Magazine ranked the school among the top 10 Best Law Schools for Public Service.
Lieberman brings to the Law School her diverse experience as a lawyer with a longstanding commitment to public service. Following twelve years at the DC law firm of Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman), where she was a Partner in the litigation group, she dedicated her career to low-income persons and communities by serving as the Director of Advocacy for Community Legal Services in Arizona and for Maryland’s Legal Aid Bureau. Since 2012, Lieberman has been the Executive Director of DC’s Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), which provides free civil legal services to low-income Washington, D.C. residents and communities in the areas of housing, family law, public benefits, consumer and barriers to employment. At NLSP, she restructured the program, diversified its financial base and led its staff to improve the quality, impact and strategic focus of its services.
She said she could not resist the opportunity to work with Dean Broderick and the impressive faculty, staff and administration of UDC-DCSL.
“It will be a privilege to contribute to preparing students with wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences to become extraordinary lawyers. Legal education at UDC is particularly exciting to me because of the law school’s explicit mission to engage law students in achieving social change through a thoughtful and rigorous program of clinical and experiential learning,” Lieberman said.
News of Lieberman’s appointment is generating great enthusiasm across the legal community. Jim Sandman, President of the federal Legal Services Corporation and former DC Bar President said, "UDC David A. Clarke School of Law has landed a superstar. Hannah Lieberman's combination of intellect, talent, experience, natural teaching ability, and passion make her the perfect person to lead one of the nation's leading clinical programs serving low income people."
Patricia Mullahy Fugere of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless said “Hannah’s commitment to justice is sure to inspire the next generation of lawyers that UDC is working so effectively to build.”
Building on this sentiment, Jonathan M. Smith, Executive Director of Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, said, “Hannah Lieberman is an extraordinary leader. Throughout her career she has demonstrated the best of community, client-centered lawyering and has trained hundreds of young lawyers to live up to the best ideals of the profession. She will be a tremendous asset to the law school.”
"UDC has truly struck gold. Hannah Lieberman is a star," Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University, and Chair of the DC Access to Justice Commission, said.