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DC Ct. of Appeals Affirms Housing Clinic $23K Win!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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     Congrats to Bob Newman, '14 and the DC Law Housing Clinic!

     On August 7, 2014, the DC Court of Appeals ruled that Juan Avila, a client of the UDC Housing and Consumer Advocacy Clinic had been wrongfully charged rent increases since 2004 and
 that he and his daughter was the victim a heedless disregard of numerous substantial housing code violations since 2006 by his landlord. This ruling affirms an award of more than $23,000 made by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and affirmed by the Rental Housing Commission.

     The law student who argued this case on March 27, 2014 was Robert P. Newman, (third from left in photo) an evening student enrolled in UDC Law’s part-time program. Robert, a former Director of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, had been elected President of the Student Bar Association by his fellow students and served as Senior Editor of the Law Review. He graduated in May 2014 Magna Cum Laude and was the inaugural recipient of the Edgar and Jean Cahn Award for Clinical, Academic, and Leadership Excellence.

     While Robert worked on the matter during his summer clinical experience in 2013 and, argued the case, he is quick to acknowledge he is only the tip of the iceberg. There are some many students that came before him as well as his classmates that laid a solid foundation and helped prepare a convincing brief. Students in the Housing Clinic first argued the case on Mr. Avila’s behalf in 2007 at OAH. One of those students was Charles G. Jeane, Esq., who would later return to UDC Law as a Professor of the Tax Clinic – coincidentally supervising Robert one semester before Robert enrolled in the Housing Clinic, supervised by Professor Ed Allen.

     In above photo from left, Prof. Ed Allen, Prof Sarah Bardos, Robert Newman, Julia Rupert, Johan Fatemi, Sean Brown and Robert Green.

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