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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
THE ADVOCATE
newsletter update OCTOBER 2012
Prof. Tom Mack (The Mack Attack!) Inaugurates One of the
Fabulous New Classrooms!
Tom Mack
On September 14, 2012, the School of Law moved into brand new offices and classrooms on the 4th and 5th floor of Building 52. The new classrooms are larger and they offer tiered seating and state-of-the-art technology. The School of Law now has quintupled in size adding more meeting space for clinics, student organizations, and recruiters. When renovations of the Lower Level, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors are complete in 2013, the School of Law will occupy over 100,000 square feet of clinic, classroom, and office space in Building 52, plus 18,500 square feet in our gorgeous law library in Building 38. We thank everyone for their hard work in making this move a success!
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TOP STORIES

 

SUMMER PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHamed Steinhart
2Ls Shereen Hamed and Jon Steingart
 
This year, a record 69 students participated in our Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program, providing a total of 28,000 hours of legal services to nonprofits and government agencies in the District of Columbia including Ayuda, the Office of the Attorney General, the U.S. Attorney's Office, NAACP, CASA de Maryland, and AFGE 12. The program is funded through the generosity of our alumni, law firms, foundations and friends through the DC School of Law Foundation, which provides $4,000 stipends for all 1Ls and as many 2Ls as possible. Read More.

COMMUNITY SERVICE 2011-2012!

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All of our students are required to perform 40 hours of pro bono local legal community service during the first year of law school as part of our Community Service Program. Students worked with nonprofits to draft legislation and implement programs designed to
help the elderly, the disabled, the homeless, special education students, and other, under-served populations in the District of Columbia. Read More.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
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Dean Shelley Broderick and UDC President Dr. Allen L. Sessoms welcomed the entering Classes of 2015 and 2016 at a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building, hosted by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on August 15, 2012. The event concluded the 8-day Student Orientation/Law and Justice course. Read more here and here.
 
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Orientation 2012 also included a Judge's Panel featuring D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Phyllis Thompson (left), and D.C. Superior Court Judge Melvin Wright (center), and U.S. District Court Chief Judge Royce Lamberth (right).

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The Back to School 2012 edition of PreLaw Magazine ranks UDC-DCSL Top 20 in the nation for most innovative law schools, celebrating "20 law schools at the cutting edge – those that are trying new things in an effort to improve legal education.” Read More.

Shelley Broderick
Dean Shelley Broderick addresses recent press coverage in The National Law Journal and The Wall Street Journal. Read More.

 
STUDENT LEADERS SWORN IN IN STYLE AT DC COURT OF APPEALS
SBA Initiation Ceremony
On September 6, 2012, SBA students attended a swearing in ceremony at the D.C. Court of Appeals, performed by Judge William C. Pryor. View photos from the ceremony.

James King
Public Defender for the District of Columbia James King '12 discusses his passion for justice and the reason why he attended UDC-DCSL in the July 4th issue of Northwest Passages and in Hill Rag. As an undergraduate, James King played Division I football for Central Michigan University. But on the cusp of what was expected to be a promising career in the NFL, he was accused of second-degree murder. He was not convicted, and he maintains his complete innocence, but he spent some time in jail on a lesser charge. Fueled by the tragic events that changed the course of his life, King’s passion for football gave way to a passion for justice - and he looked to the law, and UDC-DCSL, for redemption.

STUDENTS

Student attorneys Julie Case, 3L, Omeed Tabiei, 3L, and Andrea Zahrastnik, 3L, in the Community Development Clinic are helping their client, a limited equity housing cooperative, to finalize the process of converting all rental units in the building into cooperative units. Read More.

Qalim Cromer, 3L, helped pass the Foster Youth Employment Amendment Act of 2012, which provides a hiring preference within the District of Columbia for young people who have passed through the foster care system. Read More.

Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Washington Bar Association Legal Fund Annamaria Steward presented Sakinda Skinner '12 with the Mabel Haden Scholarship. In May 2012, The Honorable Hassan A. El-Amin, Circuit Court Judge in Prince George's County, Maryland, selected Sakinda Skinner to serve as his law clerk for this term. Read More.

Jaime Canizares, 2L, was a Legal Intern this summer with Saheli HIV/AIDS Karyakarta Sang, a sex workers collective in Pune, India. As a Legal Intern he worked to stop police brutality against prostitutes. He is also working with other law students on a possible litigation case involving the forced removal of four prostitutes from a brothel. Read More.

Josh Basile, 3L and President and Founder of Determined2heal, was featured in an article in New Mobility magazine.

EVENTS

The Student Bar Association organized a Judicial Clerkship Panel offering advice for applying to law clerk positions. Read More.

11 students participated this summer in The Mason Enhancement Program for Academic Success (MEPAS), which introduced students to first year foundational courses of Torts, Civil Procedure and Criminal law, in addition to Legal Writing and Legal Reasoning. Read More.

UDC-DCSL hosted a Public Documentation Forum on school discipline. This event, sponsored by TimeBanks USA and the Racial Justice Initiative (RJI), provided a community exchange among students, families, experts and advocates, public officials, concerned community leaders, civil rights advocates and the public. Read More.

Students enrolled in the Summer 2012 HIV Clinic were enthusiastically embraced as they provided project management guidance to the young people who partake in programs at the Ophelia Egypt Program Center in Northeast Washington, D.C. Read More.

UDC-DCSL hosted a Dessert Reception for members of the Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC), who spent the day touring law schools in Washington, D.C. as part of their 6th Quadrennial Conference. View photos from the event.

UDC-DCSL provided support to the 2012 Mississippi on the Potomac Reception organized by The Mississippi Center for Justice. Read More.

FACULTY AND STAFF NOTES

Community Economic Development Law: A Text for Engaged Learning, co-authored by Professor Louise Howells, is out now from Carolina Academic Press. Read More.

Professor Kristina Campbell signed on to a letter to President Obama urging the Executive Branch to consider various administrative options in cases involving potential beneficiaries of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Her article titled, "Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime? The Politics of Immigration Enforcement and the Provision of Sanctuary," was selected as Immigration Article of the Day by the ImmigrationProf Blog.

Professor Andrew Ferguson was quoted in the New York Post about Twitter challenging a court order to turn over the tweets of a user being prosecuted as part of an Occupy Wall Street march last year. His research on predictive policing, "Predictive Policing: The Future of Reasonable Suspicion" (Emory Law Journal) made the Top-Ten Recent SSRN downloads in criminal law and procedure ejournals, formed the basis for an article in the Charleston City Paper, and was featured in the Associated Press and Reason Magazine. He also discussed predictive policing on Lawyer2Lawyer.

Professor John Brittain spoke at the University of Connecticut Law School SBA Diversity Week 2012 on "Interdistrict Public Education: Equalizing Opportunity Beyond Racial Integration." He also published a book published a short book chapter about Charles Hamilton Houston.

Professor Wade Henderson published a new editorial in The Grio arguing that House Republicans were considering an extreme measure in a bringing up a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. Prof. Henderson also published an editorial in DC StreetsBlog arguing for the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill in 2014, with some conditions. He was also quoted in several publications on a campaign aimed at discouraging tourism in Alabama due to Hyundai's support for the state’s immigration law, HB 658, was interviewed on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, and was quoted in Talk Radio News Service (TRNS) defending Attorney General Eric Holder from attacks by Republican lawmakers.

Professor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, an emerita member of Duke University's Board of Trustees and former provost at the University of the District of Columbia, was featured in The Herald Sun for being one of the first five African-American students to take classes at Duke University.

Professor Matthew Fraidin was quoted in The Associated Press arguing that foster children are helped by public court proceedings for child welfare cases. He was also quoted in The Washington Post arguing that psychology research supports opening dependency courts. He was also interviewed on the Kojo Nnamdi Show discussing the lack of transparency and public accountability within Washington, D.C.'s child welfare system. He also spoke at the National Association of Counsel for Children’s 35th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference in Chicago.

Joseph Tulman, Director of the School of Law's Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic and Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth, was quoted in The Corrections Connection Network News on the need for D.C. policymakers to look beyond policing and incarceration when it comes to the city's public safety strategy.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Milton C. Lee Jr., former clinician and ongoing UDC-DCSL adjunct faculty member, was quoted in a Courtland Milloy column in The Washington Post on the challenges of Fathering Court cases.

Associate Mason Law Library Director Helen Frazer and former Library Director Vicenç Feliú published an article in the Journal of Legal Education on embedded librarianship titled, "Embedded Librarians: Teaching Legal Research as a Lawyering Skill." Mason Law librarians Gail Mathapo and Brittany Kolonay published an article in the June 2012 issue of Spectrum on their experience as embedded librarians in clinics at UDC-DCSL titled, "Experimenting with Embedding."

Dena Bauman, who is the director of the Office of Career and Professional Development, and a board member of the Washington Council of Lawyers, helped institute the WCL's Pathways to Postgraduate Legal Fellowships program.

Professor Lisa M. Geis, an LL.M. candidate in the Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth and Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic, scored a huge victory on behalf of incarcerated youths in New Jersey. Read More.

Dean Shelley Broderick, former federal prosecutor Jim Shalleck, and attorney Steve Van Grack appeared on NewsChannel 8's NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt to discuss the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Watch the video.

ALUMNI NEWS

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Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride '81 was named Illinoisan of the Year by the Illinois News Broadcasters Association for initiating a pilot program to allow cameras in Illinois courts and increasing access to courts for citizens. He was also quoted in The Madison Record on increasing attorney fees to practice law in Illinois. He was also quoted in several publications announcing the formation of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice. He is also quoted in The Times on a new rule sanctioned by the Illinois Supreme Court allowing jurors in civil cases to submit their own questions to witnesses. He also hopes to fire up high school civics lessons during the 225th birthday celebration of the U.S. Constitution through Project 225.

Stephen Kohn, former Adjunct Professor and Clinical Supervisor at the Antioch School of Law, was featured in The Washington Post regarding the IRS award of $104 million, the largest whistleblower award ever, to a UBS AG employee who disclosed major fraud by thousands of U.S. citizens who failed to pay taxes. Stephen Kohn's firm, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, which includes Michael Kohn '85 and David Colapinto '88, worked on a contingency basis.

Bethany Ann Anderson '10 has been promoted to Counsel with BrownGreer PLC. Read More.

Mike Liszewski, '11 alum and Policy Director at Americans for Safe Access, helped draft HR 6335, the "States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act," which would attempt to stop the seizure of property from landlords of state law-compliant medical marijuana businesses.

Shaun W. Allende, Esq., '11 alum and managing partner and owner of The Law Office of Shaun Allende, was featured in The Maryland Daily Record discussing how to set up a solo practice after law school.

Don Padou '11 is working with residents of Bloomingdale who have suffered flooding caused by sewage backing up out of pipes maintained by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s (WASA). Read More.

Caroline Smith DeWaal, '85 alum and Food Safety Director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), was quoted in The Associated Press noting that different fruits and vegetables can harbor more pesticide residue than others.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines '82 was quoted in The Washington Post on a first-degree murder case.

Jasmin Mize, '08 alum and an attorney in the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, VA was quoted in The Washington Post on a DUI case.

Tony Oppegard, '80 alum and mine safety advocate, urged Kentucky regulators to revoke coal-mining licenses where a recent federal safety blitz uncovered numerous dangerous conditions. He was also quoted in The Huffington Post on his client winning reinstatement in a whistleblower case, and in NPR criticizing a Republican amendment to block funding for a Labor Department effort to reduce the occurrence of black lung. He was also quoted in In These Times offering several explanations for why mine operators knowingly cause or maintain safety problems.

Wayne Turner, '08 alum and Staff Attorney at the National Health Law Program, was featured in The Washington Blade.

Michelle Seyler '12 published two articles this summer with the Women's Media Center project, Women Under Siege.

Sam Cacas '81 published a new book titled, "In Defense of Civil Rights: The 40 Year History of the Asian Law Caucus." Read More.

Daniel Wemhoff '83 is helping a D.C. family in a wrongful death lawsuit against Romarm, a Romanian state-owned weapons manufacturer that assembles AK-47s. He also proposed the D.C. Council pass the Wrongful Death Act of 2012, a bill that would extend the statute of limitations to file civil wrongful death lawsuits in Washington, D.C. from one to two years.

Nina J. Ginsberg '78 was sworn in as a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Board of Directors. Read More.

Maryland Delegate Keiffer Mitchell (D-Baltimore), '94, was quoted in The Baltimore Sun calling for stepped-up scrutiny of property tax credit programs in Baltimore.

Former Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger III '78 was quoted in The New York Times on attorney generals facing political pressure.

Immigration lawyer Wallie Mason '87 was quoted in New America Media about the Obama administration's designation of Temporary Protected Status for Syrians currently in the U.S.

Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project Legal Director and '80 alum, was quoted in Vermont Public Radio about a case involving an ATF whistleblower of Operation Fast & Furious. He was also quoted in Corporate Counsel applauding the creation of a new position in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General called "whistleblower ombudsperson." He was also quoted in the Associated Press on a federal appeals court ruling taking away civil service protection for government employee whistle-blowers employed in national security positions.

Professor Bruce French '75 has agreed to serve as Interim Director of Clinical Programs at Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. Read More.

Documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner '76 published a new blog post in The Wrap on the prevalence of female directors at the Silverdocs film festival.

Political communications consultant Chris Sautter '78 was quoted in a news article on Main Justice about a possible senior communications position in the Justice Department. He also broke down the key voting blocs for Obama and Romney’s presidential campaigns, and was interviewed by Chicago Magazine. He also published an article on Howey Politics Indiana arguing that the Republican Party has alienated non-white voters in America over the past 40 years.

Pima County (AZ) Public Defender Margo Cowan '85 received the Outstanding Performance Award at the 10th Annual Arizona Public Defender Association Conference in Tempe, AZ. She was also quoted in the Arizona Daily Star on President Obama's new immigration policy and on her client turning himself in to the U.S. Border Patrol out of desperation. She has also begun meeting with undocumented students in Arizona to explain to them the process for applying for temporary legal status.

'12 alum Alex Clark’s article, "Forensic Stylometric Authorship Analysis Under the Daubert Standard" made the Top-Ten Recent SSRN downloads for the Journal of Law & Literature eJournal. Read More.

Prince George's County Board of Education Chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs '96 was quoted in The Washington Post on the formation of a new education commission to improve the school system.

Mingo County (WV) Public Defender Teresa McCune '80 received $1 million in funding for Legal Aid of West Virginia. Read More.

Cindy Hallberlin '82 is President and CEO of Good360, a nonprofit that handles corporate product donations. Read More.

Tim Gresback '87 was named Idaho's Trial Lawyer of the Year. He also published an article in the June 2012 issue of the Washington State Bar News titled, "My Best Day as a Lawyer."

Jeffrey D. Berkman, ’80, is an Orange County, NY Councilmember and Democratic Minority Leader. Read More.

David Krakoff, '75 alum and Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of BuckleySandler LLP, received a top ranking in Chambers USA. Read More.

Maryland People's Counsel Paula Carmody '80 was quoted in The Baltimore Sun on Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. asking Maryland regulators for permission to raise rates for the distribution of electricity and natural gas.

Daniel Arshack, '82 alum and a criminal defense and civil rights attorney at Arshack, Hajek, & Lehrman, PLLC, hosts The Criminal Law Radio Show on WGXC radio station. Read More.

Bernie Grimm, '83 alum and criminal defense attorney at Cozen O'Connor, was interviewed on Fox News about the John Edwards trial and on Fox News about the Colorado shooting in a movie theater by gunman James Holmes. Grimm was also quoted by The Blog of LegalTimes on a case involving a criminal defense attorney and private investigators fabricating evidence. He was also quoted in NPR on a case involving a criminal defense attorney and private investigators fabricating evidence.

Julie McCarthy '84 is a foreign correspondent for NPR and Peabody winner. Read More.

Richard Weingarten '76 is now the Managing Director of Intellecap, a global impact advisory firm headquartered in Hyderabad. Read More.

Karen V. Clopton '83 is the first African American appointed Chief Administrative Law Judge for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). In this role she manages the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Division, comprised of more than 100 employees, including 40 judges. Read More.

Andrea Lyon '76, Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases and the Death Penalty Legal Clinic at DePaul College of Law, was quoted in Bloomberg on the stepping down of U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald. In The Huffington Post she argued against executing a man with an intellectual disability in Georgia.

Brian Gilmore '92 published an article in The Progressive arguing we should embrace the increasing diversity of our country, pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, and address the problem of economic equality along racial lines. He also published an article in McClatchy recalling the lessons of Watergate.

Marshall Dayan '86, Assistant Federal Public Defender for Pittsburgh and President of the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee, was quoted in The Jewish Chronicle advocating peace in Israel.

Rev. John Dortch, '94 alum and founder of Circle of Hope Ministries, was interviewed on WHHI-TV Presents Straight Talk with Billy K, hosted by Billy Keyserling.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Russell Canan '76 was in The Washington Post on the Albrecht Muth murder trial.

Keith Silver, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Washington, D.C. Chapter President and a graduate of Antioch School of Law, paralegal class of 1978, was quoted in an article on Allvoices on his vote for president at SCLC.

Aquarius Vann-Ghasri, a graduate of Antioch School of Law, paralegal class of 1980, was reelected to the District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioner as the Family Commissioner "3rd Term." Read More.

2012 graduate Joyce Roldan, a law clerk for the Hon. Judge Debelius, Chief Judge of Montgomery County Circuit Court in Maryland, started a zombie-themed haunted house in Rockville, MD called The Warehouse: Project 4.1.

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