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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
THE ADVOCATE
newsletter update JUNE 2013
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2013 AND THE FOUNDING CLASS OF THE PART-TIME PROGRAM!

Honors Convocation 2013
Interim President James Lyons, Dean Shelley Broderick, Solicitor General Donald B Verrilli, Jr, Prof. Wade Henderson
Dean's Cup
Patrick Bateman, Christopher Hekimian, Tyrone Hanley, Dean Shelley Broderick, Robert Green, Megan Challender,
Aisha Ching, and Rachel Huhn

On May 10th, the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law held its annual Honors Convocation, a ceremony celebrating the graduating Class of 2013 which includes the founding class of the Part-Time Program. More than 1,000 parents, children, friends, significant others, faculty and staff who supported the graduates along the way participated in the joyous occasion. The Class of 2013, the largest UDC-DCSL graduating class ever, included 95 members. This year’s Convocation Speaker, U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., reported that he always devotes a significant portion of his commencement addresses to imploring graduates to represent poor people and to undertake unpopular causes. He celebrated UDC graduates by saying, "I don’t have to tell UDC that because you get it!” He also praised the graduates’ selection of UDC-DCSL as a school that requires 700 hours of pro bono legal services in order to graduate. Kim Keenan, General Counsel for the NAACP, received the Equal Justice Award and Sandra Mattavous-Frye '83 received the Advocate for Justice Award for her work as People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia. Upon accepting the award Mattavous-Frye praised the experiences she had at the university and the preparation this provided for a career in public interest law. Read More.
 
LAW REVIEW SYMPOSIUM
 
"EXPANDING THE CIVIL RIGHT TO COUNSEL: 50 YEARS AFTER GIDEON"

Law Review 2013
2013-2014 UDC Law Review Editorial Board: Jamila Shand, Carolyn Singh, Sean Brown, Peter Offen, Harrison Magy, Julia Gagne, John Kinney, Megan Stokesberry, and Johan Fatemi

On Friday, March 29th, the UDC Law Review celebrated the anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), with its annual symposium titled, "Expanding the Civil Right to Counsel: 50 Years After Gideon.” The symposium brought together a national group of experts including John Pollock, Latisha Gotell Faulks, Barbara Creel, Judge Peter J. Panuthos, Prof. Charles Jeane '08, Mark Noferi, and Erin Corcoran, to discuss the state of access to counsel. Read More.
 
SERVICE LEARNING SEMINAR-PRACTICUM DE-BRIEF

Service Learning
This year, students and faculty worked on legal cases in the Mississippi Delta, Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Arizona-Mexico border for the Service-Learning alternative Spring Break. In the Mississippi Delta students worked on education and juvenile justice cases. They also traveled to Biloxi, MS, to work with 2 other universities and Hope Community Development Agency on environmental cases stemming from Hurricane Katrina. On the Arizona-Mexico border students worked with the American Civil Liberties Union on civil rights issues along the border. Read More.
 
2013 ALUMNI REUNION

Alumni Reunion 2013
Kerry Loring '88, Ralph Smith '88, Bernice Turner, and Martha Voorhees-Diabate '88

The School of Law held its annual Alumni Reunion on April 13th, with more than 75 alumni coming out to reconnect with classmates, other alumni, faculty and staff. Before the reunion party began, more than 20 alumni participated in a conversation on what the School of Law might be able to do to help with the formation of law firms that could hire students and recent grads, make existing alumni practices more sustainable, and extend more legal services to those in need. Also, the School of Law held the first of what it expects to be annual reunion mini-symposia featuring Prof. Edgar Cahn, Hon. Steve Milliken, '78, Kateri Gasper, '83, Prof. Charles Jeane, '08, Prof. Andrew Ferguson, Prof. LaShanda Taylor, and Prof. Kristina Campbell. Read More.
 
LAW DAY OPEN HOUSE SPRING 2013

Lakuita Bittle
Nearly 100 people attended this year’s Law Day Open House program on Saturday, March 23rd. Prospective students were able to sit in on a law class taught by Professor Tom Mack, attend an alumni panel starring Regina Hart, EJ Madden, and Adrian Gottshall, tour the new law school, and meet current law students, faculty, and financial aid and admission specialists. The next Law Day Open House will be held in November. Read More.
 
21ST ANNUAL SUMMER PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP AUCTION

Auction 2013
Alums and friends of the School of Law joined us for a celebration of international culture at our 21st Annual Rauh Summer Public Interest Fellowship Auction on Friday, March 22nd, in the School of Law’s magnificent fifth floor. Nearly $16,000 was raised from live and silent auctions, and individual donations. Items up for bid included Nationals, Capitals and Wizards tickets, vacation homes in Delaware, West Virginia and Shenandoah, and lunches with DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Councilmember Mary Cheh, and DC Attorney General Irv Nathan. The latter two dropped by to place bids and chat with guests. Other items included a Crab Feast for thirty on the Chesapeake Bay, and the bowtie of famed civil rights attorney and UDC Law Professor John Brittain, who gave an impromptu bowtie tying lesson to the crowd! Professors John Brittain and John Terzano both sporting bowties for the occasion served as co-auctioneers. Thanks to all our auction donors and all those who came out to support our summer Public Interest Fellowship program! Read More.
 
CLINIC HIGHLIGHTS

Jonathan Webb '14 wrote an article about his experience in the HIV/AIDS Clinic representing a father who wanted his five year old daughter’s name changed. Webb says, "Just after the judge made her ruling, I felt my client’s husky arms around me and saw tears flow down his cheek. Trying my best to remain composed, at least until we received the judge’s signed order, I comforted him. As we all walked out the courtroom, order in hand, I was the first to extend my hand to our client and say, "Congratulations Dad!” Read More.

Alice Gomez
Four Spanish-speaking Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic student attorneys (Charlie Carrillo, Tizoc Perez-Casillas, Alice Gomez, and Leslie Valentin) participated in an English as a Second Language (ESL) outreach program at CARECEN. The student attorneys spoke to and answered questions from a group of about fifteen individuals about the duty to file a tax return and collection alternatives available to taxpayers who have a tax liability but cannot pay that liability all at one time. They also spoke individually to several taxpayers about the taxpayers’ outstanding liabilities or tax questions. Read more here and here.
 
Community Development Law Clinic student attorneys prepared two charitable organizations’ applications for federal tax-exempt status; advised clients on their trademark rights and filed for federal protection; and helped an entrepreneur to form a sustainable agriculture business; and counseled a housing cooperative through the final steps before a sale and renovation of the property. CDLC Instructor and LL.M. Fellow Bradford Voegeli, in collaboration with attorneys from the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, also convened the "Preserving Deanwood” Vacant Properties Taskforce. Read More.

The Government Accountability Project, one of UDC-DCSL's 8 clinics was mentioned in The Washington Post on the health risks associated with a rise in the use of toxic, bacteria-killing chemicals in poultry plants. Agriculture Department health inspectors say processing plants are turning to the chemicals to remove contaminants that escape notice as processing line speeds have accelerated, in part to meet growing consumer demand for chicken and turkey.

EVENTS

KIM KEENAN SPEAKS: GENERAL COUNSEL NAACP

Kim Keenan
Kim Keenan, General Counsel for the NAACP, talked to UDC-DCSL students about her role as in-house corporate lawyer for the NAACP. As General Counsel, she negotiates the collective bargaining contracts for the union and handles advocacy for the NAACP on marriage equality, the death penalty and other issues. Read More.
 
PROF. PAUL BUTLER SPEAKS: POLICE TACTICS AMOUNT TO TORTURE

BLSA
Dean Shelley Broderick co-sponsored with the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) a presentation by Georgetown University Prof. Paul Butler who compared stop and frisk policies used by the police to torture. Prof. Butler says stop and frisk uses the same psychological and physical techniques employed in the "War on Terror." Read More.
 
WHISTLEBLOWER TOUR COMES TO UDC

UDC-DCSL hosted two nationally-renowned whistleblowers – Rick Piltz and Thomas Drake – as part of the Government Accountability Project's American Whistleblower Tour. Piltz and Drake, both recipients of the prestigious Ridenhour Prize, told their stories of talking truth to power at the highest and most powerful levels of the federal government. Read More.

OFFICE OF CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

OCPD Government Attorney
The Office of Career and Professional Development sponsored a panel on child welfare law, a panel discussion featuring 2012 alumni, starting a solo practice, a government attorney panel, presentation on becoming a Virginia Magistrate, and a panel on alternative legal careers.
 
BLSA BALL: A CHARITABLE AFFAIR

BLSA Ball
The Honorable Judge William C. Pryor Chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at DCSL held its first annual BLSA BALL, deemed, "A Charitable Affair." Students, attorneys, politicians and community members gathered together to raise money for D.C. SAFE, D.C.'s only 24-hour crisis intervention center that dedicates its services to victims of domestic violence. Read More.
 
DCSL STUDENT ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND SPONSORS PRESENTATION AT CANNON OFFICE BUILDING

The UDC-DCSL Student Animal Legal Defense Fund sponsored a panel presentation at the Cannon Office Building on Trending Topics in Animal Law, with an introduction by Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA). Read More.

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION PUBLIC INTEREST CAREER PANEL

APALSA
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) sponsored a Public Interest Career Panel featuring Marita Etcubanez, Director of Programs at the Asian American Justice Center; Soohyun 'Julie' Koo, Executive Director of the DC Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs; & Zenobia Lai, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center. Read More.
 
The Christian Law Society sponsored a presentation featuring Angela Thanyachareon, Executive Director of Christian Legal Aid of the District of Columbia. Read More.

FACULTY AND STAFF

Prof. John Brittain is working with attorney Johnny Barnes, former Executive Director of the ACLU of the Nation's Capital, in Shannon Smith et. al. v. Kaya Henderson et. al., a case brought by community organization Empower DC to block the closure of 15 DC Public Schools. Prof. Brittain also published an article in The New York Times arguing that colleges and universities, including graduate and professional schools, should eliminate the over-reliance on standardized aptitude test scores.

Dean Shelley Broderick, Prof. John Brittain and Prof. Cris Houston hosted an ACLU student-leader table at the Annual ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner.

Prof. Andrew Ferguson published 3 articles in The Atlantic: In the first he urged the student audience to vote, serve on juries, and run for political office. In the second, he discussed the California Assembly’s new legislation that for the first time would make non-citizens eligible for jury service. In the third article, Professor Ferguson provided an excerpt from his book on the joys of jury duty. His new book, "Why Jury Duty Matters," was also featured on Fox News host Greta Van Susteren's website. He was also interviewed by Mark Levine on Washington-based radio/television talk show The Inside Scoop discussing the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright. Prof. Ferguson also spoke to the assembled jurors at the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland as part of Juror Appreciation Week and discussed predictive policing on KPCC Southern California Public Radio.

Congratulations to Professor William L. Robinson, who was awarded the Alumni Medal from his alma mater, Oberlin College. The alumni medal is the highest honor the alumni association bestows. Read More.

Prof. Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference and the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law at UDC-DCSL, wrote an editorial in Politic365 on the legacy of San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez and providing equity in school funding. He also published an editorial in the New Journal & Guide calling on the federal government to assume a greater role in providing equitable funding to schools, and was also quoted in The Washington Informer on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

In a segment on the Bruce DePuyt show with WJLA News Channel 8, Dean Katherine S. Broderick discussed whether teens who exchange racy photos should face child pornography charges. Watch video here.

Time banking, created by Professor Edgar Cahn, was featured in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Congratulations to Cataloging Librarian Yasmin Morais, M.L.I.S.! Yasmin is now the Member-at-Large elect to the Mid-Atlantic Innovative Users Group (MAIUG) Steering Committee. Read More.

Prof. Nathan Bennett Fleming was quoted in The Washington Post on his new crowdfunding website, Black Startup, which allows entrepreneurs with business ideas or projects geared toward the African American community to raise capital.

STUDENTS BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

VETERANS LEGAL SERVICES PROJECT AT THE CAVC JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

Veterans
Caleb James, 2L, founded the Veterans Legal Services Project (UDC-VLSP) this semester; organizing the veteran community at UDC-DCSL while advocating for the rights of veterans in the National Capital Region. Read More.
AMBER STERLING, 1L, RECEIVES WTR INDUSTRY AWARD

Amber Sterling
Amber Sterling, 1L, is a paralegal and Senior Intellectual Property Specialist at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Her organization, AAMC, received the World Trademark Review industry award for not-for-profit team of the year. Read More.
 
ALUMNI NEWS

Imam Daayiee Abdullah
Imam Daayiee Abdullah ’95, who runs a more inclusive mosque in Washington, D.C. called Light of Reform Mosque, was featured in The Washington Post's Style section. "He’s like the Harvey Milk of gay Muslim leaders in America,” says Abdelilah Bouasria, an American University adjunct professor of Arab sociology. "It’s important Americans know that there are many progressive Muslims.” Read More.
 

Darrin Sobin '92, the District of Columbia's Director of Government Ethics, is asking lawmakers to broaden the District ethics board's authority, criminalizing certain conduct for the first time and strengthening laws intended to prevent conflicts of interest. Read More.

Ariana Quinones
Ariana Quiñones-Miranda, '94, Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services BB Otero, received the first Patricia "Pat" Handy Public Service Award from DC Mayor Vincent Gray. Quiñones-Miranda was honored for her dedication to helping District residents, and particularly for her commitment to bringing various District agencies and service providers together to help residents who have gotten into potentially dangerous situations through hoarding. Read More.
 
Rob Johnson, ’08, is running to represent Baltimore County’s 10th District in the Maryland House of Delegates. Read More.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride '81 has asked lawmakers to appropriate about $347 million in general revenue funds for the court’s fiscal year 2014 budget. He also says years of budget cuts mean there aren’t enough probation officers monitoring criminals. He is also urging lower-court judges to comply with laws mandating they promptly notify state police after deeming someone mentally unsound. He also discussed the Access to Justice Commission, a project designed to ease entry to the court system by those people who cannot afford an attorney and cannot qualify for legal aid.

Rebecca Helmes '11 is a State Tax Law Editor with Bloomberg BNA, where she writes articles for the Weekly State Tax Report, works on developing new products, and maintains various Bloomberg BNA portfolios, navigators, nexus evaluators, and surveys. Read More.

Erin O'Neill '09 is now an Analyst with the City of San Jose Office of the Independent Police Auditor (IPA). Read More.

DePaul University Law Professor Andrea Lyon '76 published a blog in The Huffington Post on police and prosecutors hiding exculpatory evidence.

Susan Herman '81, an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Pace University in New York City, received the National Crime Victim Service Award by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read More.

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, directed by Aviva Kempner '76, has just been re-released on dvd. She was also interviewed by The Jewish Journal and The Philadelphia Sunday.

Caroline Smith DeWaal, '85 alum and Food Safety Director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), was quoted in UPI on an analysis CSPI did of 33,000 cases of food-borne illness finding ground beef and chicken were the riskiest meats for germs such as E. coli. She also published an article in Food Safety News on the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

Jack J. Casciato '11 has joined the Chicago office of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd. as an associate attorney. Read More.

Sam Cacas '81 book, "In Defense of Civil Rights: The 40 Year History of the Asian Law Caucus" was reviewed in The International Examiner.

Congratulations to Blair Miles '06, who just negotiated a $22,000 settlement for his client in a landlord-tenant case. Read More.

Josh Bowers, ’86, announced a big victory for victims of discrimination in the state of Maryland: pain and suffering awards will no longer be taxed as earned income. Read More.

Mine safety advocate Tony Oppegard '80 helped his client Charles Scott Howard, a coal miner at Cumberland River Coal Company (CRCC) Band Mill No. 2 Mine, get his job back after Howard was fired for insisting on following proper safety procedures. He was also quoted in West Virginia Public Broadcasting on an an Administration Law Judge of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review using a CLR to handle a Massey Energy mine case.

DC People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye '83 was featured in The Washington Post regarding Pepco’s rate increase request.

Andrew Galbreath '98 has joined Whiteford Taylor & Preston's International and Corporate practices in the Washington office. Read More.

Michael Ewall, ’11 alum and founder and director of Energy Justice Network, just published his first law journal article in American University's Sustainable Development Law & Policy Journal.

Prince George's County Board of Education Chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs, '96, was quoted in The Washington Post. She was also appointed to the 16-person steering committee of the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education, or CUBE.

Michigan State Law Professor Brian Gilmore '92 published an article in the Bradenton Herald on the absolute right to counsel in criminal cases. He also published an article in The Island Packet on the need to preserve civil liberties despite renewed calls to enact anti-terrorism legislation that may infringe on those liberties.

Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project Legal Director and '80 alum, was quoted in Businessweek on a proposed rule by President Obama that would allow federal agencies to fire employees without appeal if their work has some tie to national security. He also published an editorial in The Guardian on President Obama's contradictory stance on whistleblowing. He was also quoted in The Washington Post on the new film, "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State.”

 

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