As we share our annual UDC Law Clinical Program highlights with you the week of Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for at UDC Law. Top of the list is our fantastic Dean and forever clinician, Renée McDonald Hutchins, who continues to embrace and support experiential learning in all its forms at UDC Law. We are grateful to welcome new colleagues – Professor Jerome Hughes joining us to direct the Community Development Law Clinic – and to welcome back UDC Law’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs LaShanda Taylor Adams, who is teaching again in the General Practice Clinic. We are thankful for our students, who have taught us all about “pandemic lawyering” and embraced new modes of client advocacy and interaction in the remote era. And finally, we are thankful for our clients, who show us what true community looks like and teach us what it really means to practice law, promote justice, and change lives.
I share with you just a few of the highlights from the past year to give you a window into our Clinical Program and allow you to virtually “meet” some of our students and clients. You’ll learn below about our new 10-credit “clinical semester” for evening students and creative ways to expand access to justice, along with an award for our Legislation and Civil Rights Clinic’s groundbreaking work. You’ll read about our students engaging in advocacy before the Supreme Court and listen to students explain how we pivoted to meet the needs of our new Afghan neighbors, as well as acute housing needs during the pandemic and more. Suffice to say, the Clinics have been hard at work for the past academic year and our students are graduating practice-ready and deeply rooted in social justice work.
Thank you for being a part of UDC Law’s community as we work to practice law, promote justice, and change lives!
Prof. Lindsay M. Harris
Associate Dean of Clinical and Experiential Programs