2021 UDC LAW
Dear Community,

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
Prof. Andy Budzinski discusses some of the ways changes to the evening clinic will better serve students
4LE Jennifer Araujo discusses what she learned working in the General Practice Clinic as an evening student
Tax Clinic adapts to pandemic
Legislation and Civil Rights Clinic
Legislation Clinic receives Community Partner award for work with domestic violence and climate change

4LE Samantha Carolina and Clinic Director Prof. Marcy Karin talk about menstrual policy and the bar exam

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic works with clients from Afghanistan, South Sudan and Venezuela
First year law students travel to military bases to conduct legal orientations for Afghans living on military base Read the article
Client Liliana Rodriguez discusses how the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic helped her and her daughter gain asylum
3Ls Forrest Lindelof and Margaret Cannon worked with individuals fleeing Afghanistan in August 2021
3L Pearl Mansu discusses how work with Immigration and Human Rights Clinic prepared her to join Reed Smith after graduation
Youth Justice Clinic works to protect rights of system-involved young people
Housing and Consumer Law Clinic continues its work throughout the pandemic
3L Darby Hickey discusses working in the Housing and Consumer Law Clinic during the pandemic, focusing on a family who suffered flood damage
Media and Scholarship Highlights
Prof. Marcy Karin: Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go (Law360, with Elizabeth Cooper and Margaret Johnson)

UDC Law Clinical Faculty and Staff
Community Development Law Clinic
Jerome Hughes, Director and Assistant Professor of Law

General Practice Clinic
Tianna Gibbs, Co-Director and Associate Professor
of Law
Andrew Budzinski, Co-Director and Assistant Professor of Law
LaShanda Taylor Adams, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic
Lindsay M. Harris, Director and Professor of Law

Youth Justice Clinic
Mae C. Quinn, Director and Professor of Law
Legislation and Civll Rights Clinic
Marcy Karin, Director and Jack and Lovell Olender Professor of Law

Tax Clinic
Jacqueline Lainez Flanagan, Director and Associate Professor of Law

Whistleblower Protection Clinic
Tom Devine, Director (Clinic) & Legal Director (Government Accountability Project)


Heather Molina, Managing Attorney
Miguel Aguero, Staff Assistant, Clinical Support
Tamara McGuire, Staff Assistant, Clinical Support
4340 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-274-7400