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Get to Know UDC Law: Student Edition | D’Annette Roy

Friday, March 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Among the more than 200 U.S. law schools, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) consistently ranks in the top 10 for diversity. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report gave the School the #7 spot, and the Princeton Review identified the faculty as 4th most diverse in the U.S. PreLaw gave the school an A+ rating in 2017 and ranked UDC Law at #8 for African American students for 2018.

Behind the outstanding rankings are even more impressive people, and UDC Law is excited to share their goals, achievements, and inspiring stories!

March is National Women’s History Month, an opportunity to honor inspirational women in all walks of life. A new survey by Enjuris ranks UDC Law fourth in female enrollment among ABA-accredited law schools. Nearly 64% of UDC Law students identify as women; the 1L class alone boasts 60 women out of the 87 students who began their J.D. program at UDC Law in August 2017. We are proud to have many amazing women among our ranks, and we hope you enjoy getting to know them this month.

Meet D’Annette Roy

D’Annette Roy

Put simply, D’Annette Roy stays busy.

Not only is she graduating in May, she is an award-winning documentary producer. She received three Telly Awards in 2017—for Writing, News Documentary and News Special—for Spotlight: Domestic Violence, a documentary she created for CTV News that raises awareness of domestic violence issues in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Last year, she also launched her own documentary film company, ROYality Productions, bearing the motto “Storytelling Through a Different Lens.”

When asked about an influential woman in her life, Roy chose Nina Simone and explained Simone’s inspiration on her own work. “She used her talent as a vocalist and musician to raise awareness of social injustices faced by Blacks during the Civil Rights Era,” which sounds an awful lot like ROYality’s mission to “tell the stories of people of color and other disenfranchised groups who are often ignored or forgotten” and to do so “in their own words.” Set for her first release is a look at the 1968 D.C. Riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Roy received a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College in Boston and has built a successful career in media production. She was a producer for Discovery Communications and Prince George's Community Television before attending UDC Law. As a student in the evening program, she has continued to develop her media career and currently works in the D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment’s Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department.

In addition to her many professional projects, Roy has focused her legal education in the area of Entertainment Law. She participated in the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and the General Practice Clinic and completed her community service with the Employment Justice Center. She is also a member of UDC Law Black Law Students Association.

A first-generation Haitian-American from Lynn, Massachusetts, Roy is a proud wife and mother of three.

Spotlight: Domestic Violence, produced by D'Annette Roy. Watch on Youtube.



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