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Legislation Clinic

Legislation and regulations are major tools for lawyers seeking to impact systemic reform or the development of thoughtful public policy to establish effective rights for vulnerable populations. The Legislation Clinic seeks to train students in the various skills necessary for effective legislative and regulatory advocacy. It does this by offering a graded seven-credit experiential learning experience that combines client representation, community work, and the study of legislative lawyering. The Clinic’s mission is two-fold:

1 – To provide UDC-DCSL students with the training, supervision, and field experience necessary to become effective and reflective lawyers.

2 – To undertake projects advancing the public interest and providing quality representation to organizations in need of legislative lawyering services.

This is accomplished by seminar instruction and field experience designed to teach UDC-DCSL law students how to excel when working with text, law, policy, and politics. The seminar contains an examination of the process of enacting legislation and regulations, the building and researching of legislative and regulatory history, the drafting of statutory and regulatory text, talking points, white papers and other policy materials, an introduction to statutory interpretation, and a variety of skills simulations and workshops related to these processes and representing clients in them such as interviewing, counseling, professional responsibility, research, and oral advocacy.

The field experience consists of supervised policy projects for non-profit and community organizations that are working to lift vulnerable populations out of poverty with improved economic security and workplace protections as well as access to other civil rights.

Contacting the Legislation Clinic

If you are a non-profit or community organization seeking legislative lawyering assistance, please contact Prof. Marcy Karin, Director of the Legislation Clinic at marcy.karin@udc.edu.

Physical Address:
Legislation Clinic
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Building 52, Room 476
4340 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mailing Address:
Legislation Clinic
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

 

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