Associate Dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs
B.A., cum laude, with distinction in American Studies, Yale University, 1975
J.D. , University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1980
Hannah Lieberman joined the David A. Clarke School of Law as Associate Dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs in September, 2016, bringing to the position broad experience as a leader and litigator in the public interest sector. In her new position, Ms. Lieberman will lead the clinical faculty team to further develop the Law School’s exemplary clinical and experiential programs.
For twelve years after graduating from law school, Ms. Lieberman was a litigation Associate and, later, a Partner, at the DC law firm of Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman). Following a move to Arizona in 1992, she followed her passion and became the Director of Advocacy for Community Legal Services (CLS), supervising the free civil legal assistance CLS provides to low-income persons in five Arizona counties and to migrant farmworkers statewide. After six years in Arizona, she became the Director of Advocacy and later Deputy Executive Director for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland (LAB), where she was responsible for the direction and quality of the program’s legal services, including major litigation and appeals in both federal and state court. Litigation that she led at LAB established important precedents in juvenile rights, housing, and constitutional protections for immigrants. Under her guidance, LAB developed new areas of practice and expanded its training program.
After 10 years at LAB, Ms. Lieberman opened her own consulting firm to assist legal aid programs across the country develop the quality and impact of their work. Her work focused on strategic planning, advocacy support, training and evaluation, and served a wide variety of clients, including statewide, regional, and city-wide legal services organizations, funders of legal services, and national organizations. While a consultant, Ms. Lieberman also served as the part-time Interim Director of Advocacy and Special Litigation for Legal Services of New York City – Bronx.
In 2012, Ms. Lieberman joined Neighborhood Legal Services Program for the District of Columbia (NLSP) as its Executive Director, where she led a significant program restructuring, substantially diversified and strengthened its financial base, improved the quality, impact and strategic focus of its services and rehabilitated its reputation in the DC and national legal services communities.
In all of her legal services work, Ms. Lieberman has sought to blend high quality legal services to individuals and families with efforts to achieve systemic and broad-based positive change for clients. She received the Benjamin A. Cardin Award for Distinguished Service in 2005 from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation and is the author of numerous publications.