Crisarla Houston is joining the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law as an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Writing Program. Houston previously taught Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at Columbia College’s Orlando campus. She was also the Director of the Legal Methods Program at Florida A&M University College of Law, and was the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Professor Houston is looking to expand UDC-DCSL’s Legal Writing Program in several ways.
She has hired 3 new adjunct professors who will teach part-time in the Legal Writing Program: Dione Duckett, a Student Intern Coordinator/Legal Analyst with the Administrative Hearings Division of the DC Department of Employment Services; Saba Bireda, the Deputy Director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC); and Erica Suter, a criminal defense attorney at Bennett & Bair, LLC.
Professor Houston is planning to establish a Writing Center at UDC-DCSL that will operate alongside the University of the District of Columbia’s Academic Support Center (ASC), and will prepare law school students to write like lawyers. She is also looking to provide writing workshops to students focused on core writing and analytical skills. "This will provide opportunities for professors to reinforce the key writing and analytic skills covered in the required legal writing courses. Students will have concrete hands-on exercises dealing with the abstract concepts taught in the legal writing courses,” said Houston.The writing workshops will be run in collaboration with Professor Derek Alphran as part of his Academic Success Program.
For more information about Professor Houston read her bio.