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2nd Annual Hynes/Goodman Lecture: Special Ed in D.C.

Sunday, June 15, 2008  
Posted by: Prof. Joe Tulman
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Mary Hynes Beth GoodmanAn enthusiastic crowd gathered in the early evening of March 20, 2008, in the big classroom at the law school for the Second Annual Hynes/Goodman Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony.  Through this event, UDC-DCSL and the wider community of friends, supporters, and advocates remember and honor Mary Hynes and Beth Goodman.  Mary, a professor, scholar, and activist, taught in the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, and she pioneered special education advocacy for children and families in the child welfare system.  Beth, an Antioch School of Law graduate and a leading special education attorney locally and nationally, was one of the founders of COPAA, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.  She also filed and litigated the Petties special education class action in D.C.  Mary and Beth died in, respectively, 2001 and 2002.    

UDC-DCSL gives the Hynes-Goodman Award each year to an outstanding person who has advanced the interests of children.  This year’s recipient was the Honorable David Tatel, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Among many accomplishments in his career, David Tatel advanced civil rights and educational fairness in the 1970s as the first Director of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Executive Director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and as Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.  In private practice for fifteen years in the District of Columbia at Hogan & Hartson, he founded and led the firm’s education law group.  During this time, he actually represented the Antioch School of Law at one of its critical junctures.  More recently, Judge Tatel served as a mediator for an extended period on a pro bono basis to assist the parties to the Blackman-Jones special education class action lawsuit.  Judge Tatel was instrumental in the parties reaching a wide-ranging agreement (signed as a consent decree by a D.C. District Court judge in August of 2006) that affects thousands of special education students in the District of Columbia.

The featured speaker for this year’s Hynes/Goodman event was Richard Nyankori, Ph.D., the Special Assistant to D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.  Dr. Nyankori runs the D.C.P.S. Critical Response Team and is a point person for D.C.P.S. in regard to special education class actions and reform of the special education system.  Dr. Nyankori provided historical perspective for the current struggles in D.C. to provide appropriate, high-quality educational services, and he assisted the audience members in understanding the current issues and progress.

Brad Johnson, Beth Goodman’s husband – and her classmate at the Antioch School of Law – started the evening’s event by remembering Mary and Beth’s great friendship and their remarkable contributions as lawyers and advocates.  Prof. Joe Tulman introduced Dr. Nyankori, the featured speaker.  Dean Shelley Broderick introduced Judge Tatel and presented the Hynes-Goodman award to him.  Judge Tatel graciously closed the evening with extensive comments.  

The Hynes/Goodman Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony serves as the annual kick-off for raising money to fund UDC-DCSL law students to work as Hynes/Goodman fellows in child advocacy positions during the summer.  Anyone interested in supporting this fund should send a contribution to the DCSL Foundation (c/o UDC-DCSL), noting that the contribution is for the Hynes/Goodman Fund, or donate on-line.

Keynote speaker Richard Nyankori, Ph.D., Special Assistant to D.C. Public Schools Chancellor, Michelle Rhee; Brad Johnson, ‘84; Prof. Joe Tulman, Clinic Director, UDC-DCSL.
Prof. Suji Sutler with Dr. Janet Unonu, a mother of a longtime Special Ed Clinic client; and The Hon. David S. Tatel, UDC-DCSL Dean Shelley Broderick, Nyankori, and UDC-DCSL Clinic Director, Prof. Joe Tulman.
Brad Johnson, Andrew "Mazi” Ucheomumu, ’09, Prof. Joyce Batipps, ‘96, and Richard Nyankori. 

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