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UDC celebrates Founders’ Day; UDC Law takes home 3 awards

Thursday, February 22, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Barbara Green and John Brittain
Barbara W. Green, right, pictured here with Professor Brittain, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at UDC Founders’ Day. Photo credit: UDC Communication & Marketing Office
John Brittain
Professor John C. Brittain poses with his Distinguished Leadership Award. Photo provided by Professor Brittain.
Betty Entzminger, Liana Montecinos, and Dianne Hawkins
Montecinos (center) with other 2018 Student Humanitarian and Civic Engagement Award winners. Left, Betty Entzminger, Associate. Right, Dianne Hawkins, Bachelor’s. Photo credit: UDC Communication & Marketing Office

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) honored UDC Law Registrar Barbara W. Green, Professor John C. Brittain, and Liana Elizabeth Montecinos with awards at the annual UDC Founders’ Day. Titled “Celebrating Our Past: Creating New Pathways to Excellence,” Founders’ Day pays tribute to the history of UDC, celebrates notable alumni, recognizes student leaders and standout employees, and features student performances. Courtney Sanders (UDC ’12) delivered the keynote address, highlighting the role UDC played in helping her establish Think & Grow Chick, a successful personal and professional development business.

Following the address, UDC President Ronald Mason and Chief of Student Development & Success Dr. William Lathan presented this year’s awards to winners from the Community College, Van Ness Campus, Graduate Programs, faculty, and staff.

Winners from UDC Law

Barbara W. Green – UDC Law Registrar – Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara W. Green, UDC Law’s Registrar, received the Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize her exceptional contribution to the University. The award is presented annually to an outstanding UDC faculty or staff member in honor of former D.C. Teachers College President Paul Phillips Cooke (’37). Green taught fashion and consumer studies at UDC as an Assistant Professor, earned her certification as a paralegal from Antioch School of Law and worked as Career Development Specialist before returning upon the School’s reorganization in 1989 to serve as Special Assistant to the Dean and Administrative Support Supervisor. Since 1996, Green has led the Registrar’s Office.

Professor John C. Brittain – UDC Law Professor – Honorable Ronald H. Brown Distinguished Leadership Award

UDC Law Professor John C. Brittain was awarded the Honorable Ronald H. Brown Distinguished Leadership Award, to recognize Brittain’s decades of service as a leading civil rights attorney in the area of education law. The Brown Award was named in honor of the first African American U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown. Professor Brittain joined the UDC Law faculty in 2009, where he teaches Torts, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure and Civil and Political Rights. He has been president of the National Lawyers’ Guild, a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of the ACLU and legal counsel to the NAACP at the local level and national office of the General Counsel. Brittain remains an active litigator in the federal courts area of affirmative action and school desegregation.

Liana E. Montecinos – UDC Law Student – Student Humanitarian and Civic Engagement Award

Liana Elizabeth Montecinos received the Student Humanitarian and Civic Engagement Award, given annually to three UDC students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to social responsibility and civic participation. The award is given to one student from the Associate, Bachelor’s and Graduate & Professional degree programs. Montecinos, a fourth-year evening student at UDC Law, received this year’s graduate and professional student award. Montecinos is co-founder and Executive Director of United for Social Justice, a non-profit that helps low-income, first-generation Americans in the DMV region gain access to higher education through free monthly workshops, mentorship and scholarships. While studying toward her degree and serving as a teaching assistant for the Immigration & Human Rights Clinic, Montecinos also serves as President of the UDC Latinx Law Students Association and Director of Community Service for the National Latino/a Law Student Association.

Learn more about UDC Founders’ Day, including the history of the awards and nomination process.


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