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Professor Saleema Snow
Saleema Snow
(202) 274-7439
vanita.snow@udc.edu

Saleema Snow
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Legal Writing Program

Saleema Snow is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She teaches Perspectives on Social Justice, various legal writing courses, and directs the Legal Writing Program. Her students have recognized her teaching in numerous ways including in 2018, awarding her the Student Bar Association’s Outstanding Law Professor Award.

Her scholarship focuses on religious profiling, poverty law, and the intersection of poverty, gender, and access to justice. Professor Snow is also deeply engaged in the local and national bar communities, including serving as an elected member of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors and Vice-President of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers, where she will succeed as the organization’s President. In her leadership positions, she is a frequent contributor to professional conferences addressing identity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Professor Snow teaching Professor Snow is also President of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, supporting the rights of Muslim women and children. In the face of the Trump administration’s “travel ban” denying entry to persons from six Muslim-majority countries, Professor Snow supported the filing of an amicus brief on behalf of Karamah in the United States Supreme Court case Trump v. Hawaii, arguing the ban exceeded any executive authority granted to the President under the Immigration and Nationality Act and, by denying entry to thousands of women and children fleeing conflict and gender-based violence, constituted a disparate impact on women in contravention of the law’s explicit gender protections.

Before entering academia, Professor Snow practiced for over sixteen years, beginning her legal career as a Covington and Burling Westwood Fellowship at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, representing low-income District of Columbia residents. She also served as Director of Legal Services at Advocates for Justice and Education, where she represented students in school disciplinary hearings and trained District of Columbia stakeholders on special education law and the school-to-prison pipeline. Her longstanding commitment to ending education disparity continued in her role as a Supervising Attorney at the Georgia Legal Services Program. In addition to representing low-income clients in civil proceedings, she regularly engaged in policy advocacy, leading a statewide advocacy committee to combat discriminatory school suspension and disciplinary practices against students of color in Georgia. She also served on a Domestic Violence Task Force to develop a community-based response to domestic violence. Professor Snow has also worked in state and local government agencies as both in-house council and administrative law judge.

Publications

  • The Missing Bootstrap: Closing the Transportation Equity Gap (work-in-progress).
  • Reframing Radical Religion, ___ Geo. J. of L. & Mod. Crit. Race Persp. ___ (forthcoming 2018).
  • From the Dark Tower: Unbridled Civil Asset Forfeiture, 10 Drexel L. Rev. 1 (2018).
  • The Untold Story of the Justice Gap: Integrating Poverty Law into the Law School Curriculum, 37 Pace L. Rev. 642 (2017).

Selected Presentations

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Community, National Association of Muslim Law Students Annual Conference, Yale School of Law, November 2018
  • Law and Pluralism, Aspen Institute, October 2018
  • Religious Lawyering at Twenty, Fordham University School of Law, September 2018
  • Race, Education, and Economic Justice, Race and the Trump Administration Symposium, Georgetown University Law Center, April 2018
  • The Missing Bootstrap: Closing the Transportation Equity Gap, Poverty States: Federalism, Rights, and State Anti-Poverty Efforts, American University Washington College of Law, March 2018
  • From Hoodies To Hijabs: A Necessary Conversation About Race, Religion And Politics, Georgetown University Law Center, October 2017
  • Islamophobia and Hate Crimes Against Muslim Women, Gender Justice Conference, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, October 2017
  • From the Dark Tower: Unbridled Civil Asset Forfeiture, Legal Writing Institute Scholars Forum, Washington, D.C., July 2017
  • Islamophobia: A Social Justice Issue, Bryn Mawr College, November 2016
  • Anti-Muslim Bullying: Emerging Trends and Pro Bono Opportunities, C-SPAN, October 2016 (moderator)
  • Reclaiming Radical Religion, Getting Radical in the South Conference, University of Texas Law School, October 2016
  • Changing the Soil: Embedding Racial Equity in the Academic Garden, SALT, John Marshall Law School, September 2016
  • The Untold Story of the Justice Gap: Integrating Poverty Law into the Law School Curriculum, AALS Legal Writing Scholars’ Forum, University of Baltimore, March 2016
  • From the Dark Tower: The “Roulette Wheel” of Government Forfeiture Actions, 21st, Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, American University College of Law, January 2016
  • To Judge or Not to Judge: Women in the Judiciary in the Muslim World, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, October 2014 (moderator)
  • Access to Justice Fifty Years after the War on Poverty, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law: Law Review Symposium, April 2014 (moderator)
  • Effective Client Interviews in Special Education Practice, University of Georgia School of Law, September 2010, January 2011
  • Using Special Education Law to Advocate for Parental Involvement, Dekalb County Juvenile Court - Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council, March 2009
  • Public School Zero-Tolerance Policies and their Relationship to the School to Prison Pipeline: Alice in Wonderland Redux, The Intersection of Childhood and the Criminal Justice System Conference, University of Georgia, October 2008

 

more Calendar

12/6/2018 » 12/19/2018
Final Examination Period (12/6-12/19)

12/24/2018 » 1/1/2019
University Closed (Winter Break)

1/10/2019
UDC Law Town Hall Meeting

1/18/2019
Gender Justice Project Teach-In

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