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Dean Broderick Wins AALS Rhode Award

Thursday, January 15, 2009   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law's Dean Shelley Broderick has won the 2009 Deborah Rhode Award, given each year by the America Association of Law Schools to that dean or law faculty member who has done the most to expand pro bono opportunity for law students. Dean Broderick was nominated by UDC-DCSL Prof. Edgar Cahn (Co-founder of the Antioch School of Law and the federal Legal Services Corporation) and Wade Henderson (Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights) who described her role keeping the Antioch School of Law flame alive by creating and building UDC-DCSL. A letter of support was signed by representatives of the DC legal services community including Jonathan Smith, '84, who directs the DC Legal Aid Society, Walter Smith of DC Appleseed, Johnny Barnes of the ACLU NCA, and Georgetown Law Professor Peter Edelman who chairs the DC Access to Justice Commission. Another letter was submitted by UDC law student organization leaders, and a final letter was co-authored by the dean of Northeastern Law School Emily Spieler and two former CUNY Queens College of Law deans, Kris Glen and Mary Lu Bilek.

According to the AALS press release:

"The 2009 Deborah L. Rhode Award goes to Katherine "Shelley" Broderick of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL), in honor of her 10 years as Dean and 30 years of service to building the country’s quintessential public interest law school. Beginning as a junior clinical faculty member in 1979 at Antioch School of Law and working her way up through the full range of faculty and administrative positions at its daughter law schools, Dean Broderick has fought tirelessly for an institution that integrates theory and practice, mind and soul, nurturing the public spirit of all her students. UDC-DCSL is founded on the principle that all students benefit from providing substantial hands-on public service; each student provides a minimum of 740 clinical and public service hours – and quite often much more. Dean Broderick’s success in saving, protecting, improving and expanding the service opportunities of UDC-DCSL has resulted in literally hundreds of thousands of hours of student public service – 85,000 this year alone. All of her many nominators spoke of her "visionary leadership and unwavering commitment" in keeping her public interest law school alive during multiple times of crisis. Moreover, through her example, leadership, and scholarship, she has been a powerful proponent of a new model for American legal education in the 21st century.

In the greater community, Dean Broderick has been the initiator and the catalyst for a mesmerizing number of public interest law achievements in every imaginable arena, several of which have significantly increased financial support for public service lawyering in the District. She has done all this while taking a keen interest in mentoring her own students, devoting countless hours to counseling and working with them as individuals."

For information, contact Joe Libertelli, UDC-DCSL 202-274-7338


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