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Get to Know UDC Law: Student Edition | Renee Mims

Friday, February 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Among the more than 200 U.S. law schools, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) consistently ranks in the top 10 for diversity. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report gave the School the #7 spot, and the Princeton Review identified the faculty as 4th most diverse in the U.S. PreLaw gave the school an A+ rating in 2017 and ranked UDC Law at #8 for African American students for 2018.

Behind the outstanding rankings are even more impressive people, and UDC Law is excited to share their goals, achievements, and inspiring stories!

February is Black History Month, an opportunity to honor inspirational Black people in all walks of life. With 41.3% of the UDC Law student body identifying as Black or African American, we are proud to have many amazing Black and African American students among our ranks. We think getting to know one of our stars is an excellent way to kick off our new student series!

Meet Renee Mims

Renee Mims

Renee Mims is a 4L in the UDC Law Part Time Evening program. Originally from Detroit, she earned a B.A. in Administration of Justice from Howard University before coming to UDC Law where her focus has been criminal and family law. Renee is active outside the classroom, holding memberships and offices in several student organizations, including UDC Law Black Law Students Association, Student Bar Association, Law Students for Innocence Student Association, Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association, Latinx Law Students Association, and the Moot Court Competition Team.

For her clinical training, Renee participated in the General Practice and Legislation Clinics. By applying her newly-won theoretical legal knowledge to real cases, Renee gained invaluable hands-on lawyering experience as well as training in effective community activism and policymaking. Additionally, her Community Service Program work has helped her become a stronger advocate for justice. Going well beyond the 40-hour program requirement, Renee has worked on a variety of projects, including as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and a volunteer with the Brown Bag Project, Angel Tree Project, Baskets of Love, the Holiday Project, Community for Creative Non-Violence, and the School Justice Project.

When asked about the people who have helped her shape her goals, Renee praised two women who have had an impact on her personally and professionally. First, she described her mother as her “biggest advocate,” a “constant source of inspiration, and a shining example of independence, strength, and selflessness.” For the second, Renee explained that former First Lady Michelle Obama “possesses impeccable leadership, vision, empathy, and grace, among many other excellent characteristics. (Mrs.) Obama, like me, has a genuine interest in building people, strengthening communities, and brightening futures. With her action-oriented focus, (she) exudes confidence while exercising humility.”

Renee will graduate in May but not before leaving a mark on the UDC Law community. We asked her what she hoped her legacy might be at UDC Law and throughout her career. “I want my legacy to be one that tells a story of contributing to and creating lasting impacts in all arenas I enter, whether professional, political, or philanthropic.”

Renee Mims
In December, UDC Law SBA honored Renee with a Student Choice Award.
Renee Mims with other students
Renee, far right, with UDC BLSA members at the Mid-Atlantic BLSA Award Gala February 10, 2018.
Renee Mims with other students
Renee, front row center, with members of BLSA at Taste of Black DC in November 2017.

If you would like to nominate a UDC Law student we should get to know, email a name and student’s contact information to You may nominate any current UDC Law student for consideration.


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