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Professor Faith Mullen

Faith Mullen
Associate Professor of Law (Ret.) 

Faith Mullen directed and co-directed UDC Law's General Practice Clinic until retiring in 2020. Prior to joining UDC in 2016, Professor Mullen spent twelve years as the Co-Director of the General Practice Clinic at Columbus Community Legal Services, the clinical program at The Catholic University of America. Under her guidance students represented low-income individuals in housing, public benefits, child support, consumer, employment, and probate cases. During her career as a public interest lawyer, Professor Mullen has represented hundreds of low-income DC residents in a variety of civil matters.

She has a strong interest in access to justice. At Columbus Community Legal Services, students working under her supervision had the opportunity to staff the Small Claims Resource Center, one of the first court-annexed resource centers at the District of Columbia Superior Court. In 2011, she was recognized by the DC Office of Administrative Hearings for her work on a two-year Bellow Scholars project on improving access to justice at OAH, including her assistance in establishing the OAH resource center.

She served on the Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee, District of Columbia Bar for six years, and in 2010, the committee received the Frederick B. Abramson Award for study of the DC Rules governing interest on lawyers’ trust accounts. This award is given in recognition of “the most significant contribution made in the past year to the Bar and its individual members.”

Following graduation from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, Professor Mullen was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia where she represented low-income DC residents in family law and public benefit cases. She then joined AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly. During her seven years there as a staff attorney, she represented clients in housing, consumer, public benefit, conservatorship, probate, and nursing home cases. Professor Mullen left that position to take a job as a senior policy advisor within AARP’s Public Policy Institute, where she researched and wrote about federal poverty programs, including the effect of welfare reform on grandparent-headed households and how Medicaid policy affects nursing home residents.

Her work on behalf of older people includes her long-standing membership on the Board of Directors for the Center on Global Aging, which focuses on preventing abuse and exploitation of the elderly. Between 2007 and 2015, she also played a key role in organizing an annual elder-abuse prevention conference for DC advocates.

Professor Mullen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.


  • The Community Listening Project, DC Consortium of Legal Service Providers (2016)
  • Narrowing the Gap between Rights and Resources: Finding a Role for Law Students in Court-Annexed Resource Centers, Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2014)
  • The Plural of Anecdote Is Not Data: Teaching Law Students Basic Survey Methodology to Improve Access to Justice in Unemployment Insurance Appeals, 16 UDC/DCSL L. Rev. 17 (2012) (with Enrique Pumar, Ph.D.)
  • Telling Tales in School: The Use of Storytelling to Improve Performance in Clinical Legal Settings, 18 Clinical L. Rev. 1 (December 2011) (with Jo A. Tyler, Ph.D.)
  • The State Role in Paying for Nursing Home Care: Paying the Piper, Calling the Tune, AARP State Affairs (2002)
  • The Effect of State TANF Choices on Grandparent-Headed Households, AARP Public Policy Institute (2000) (with Monique Einhorn)
  • Grandparents and Welfare Reform, in To Grandmother’s House We Go and Stay: Perspectives on Custodial Grandparents (Carol B. Cox, ed., 2000)
  • Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren and Public Benefits, Family Futures (Winter 1998)
  • Questions and Answers on Estate Recovery, AARP Public Policy Institute (1997)
  • Welcome to Procrustes’ House: A Look at Grandparents, Grandchildren, and Welfare Reform, Clearinghouse Review (September 1996)
  • Grandparents, Grandchildren, and Welfare Reform, Generations (April 1996)
  • A Tangled Web: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Public Benefits, AARP Public Policy Institute (1995)

Recent Presentations

  • US Department of Justice Pro Bono Will Training, Washington, DC (July 2016)
  • Ward 7 Social Services Providers Presentation on the Community Listening Project, Washington, DC (June 2016)
  • Building the Foundation for Community Engagement: Lessons Learned from the DC Community Listening Project, Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Baltimore, MD (May 2016)
  • Understanding Risk and Capacity from a Legal Perspective, 8th Annual Protective Services Conference, Washington, DC (June 2015)
  • Helping Strangers in a Strange Land: Teaching Students Professional Behavior, Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Rancho Mirage, CA (May 2015)
  • Learning about Community Needs from and with Community Members, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, Annual Conference, Arlington, VA (November 2014)
  • Crowd Sourcing for Justice, Bringing Outside in Conference, Philadelphia, PA (June 2014)
  • The Plural of Anecdote is not Data: Teaching Law Students to Conduct Empirical Research on Behalf of Community Partners, 2013 Midwest Clinical Education Conference, Minneapolis, MN (November 2013)
  • The Alchemy of Story: Using Story to Assess Community Needs and Transform Strategic Planning, Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, London, UK (July 2013)


more Calendar

Mandatory Graduation Meeting (Class of 2021 FT & PT)

No Classes/University Closed (Veterans' Day Holiday)

11/26/2020 » 11/28/2020
No Classes/University Closed (Thanksgiving Holiday)

12/2/2020 » 12/14/2020
Final Examination Period (12/2-12/14)

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