July 2022

Meet Acting Dean Twinette Johnson

Link to video introduction with Acting Dean Twinette Johnson

On August 1, Twinette Johnson officially takes over leadership of UDC Law. Get to know her and her plans for the school in this short introduction video.

Read more about Dean Johnson's appointment in this Washington Informer piece.

Nominations are Open for the UDC Law Top 50!

To celebrate 50 Years of UDC Law, we are establishing a Hall of Fame to honor alumni (living or deceased) whose exemplary careers, extraordinary service or outstanding contributions to UDC Law have significantly impacted our community and beyond.

The inaugural Hall of Fame class will consist of up to 50 individuals who will be recognized at the UDC Law Gala on November 17, 2022. More information on the event will be available in the coming weeks (sign up to be among the first to hear about the gala).

A virtual Hall of Fame will be established to include photos and bios of the Hall of Fame honorees and live permanently on the UDC Law website.

Nominations for the Hall of Fame are being accepted from now until September 1, 2022. Please use the form below to nominate an individual. You may nominate yourself.

Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Alumni POV: Perspectives on Today's Hottest Issues

July 2022: The Separation of Church and State

This month, we would like to hear from you about the recent Supreme Court rulings related to the separation of church and state (the establishment clause). We want to hear all perspectives on any angle. You can be as formal or informal in your comments as you'd like, and you may submit anonymously. We will include any responses in the next issue of The Advocate.

For background, this Reuters piece from June 29 provides a useful overview to jog your thoughts. Please feel free to share links in your responses if you would like. 

Read last month's Alumni POV.

Submit your comments and responses

DC Affordable Law Firm welcomes three UDC Law alumni to fellowship program

Dionne DillardLoishirl Hall and Forrest Yang Lindelof will begin fellowships at DC Affordable Law Firm (DCALF) next month, where they will provide affordable and accessible legal services to modest- and lower-income D.C. residents. As part of the fellowship, all three 2022 graduates will receive a no-cost LL.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center while working with DCALF.  

Get to know the DCALF Fellows

Christina Modi '15 nails it on Celebrity Family Feud

Christina Modi ’15 appeared on Celebrity Family Feud earlier in July as a member of Team Penn Station (actor Kal Penn) taking on Team Christensen (actor Erika Christensen). Penn Station pulled out a late win thanks to Modi’s dynamite Fast Money answers. It’s a good thing Modi racked up 181 points because Penn’s performance was hilariously subpar. He did, however, manage to gain the necessary 19 points to take the win, with the team receiving $25,000 for Baby2Baby.


Modi said, “Filming Celebrity Family Feud was such a blast. Steve Harvey was as funny as I expected, and the show was a great opportunity to earn money for a nonprofit while spending time with family. The show also made two gifs of me and that has greatly amused the rest of my family.”


Modi is Penn’s sister-in-law.


Check out what your fellow Firebirds have been doing lately in our monthly Class Notes.

Class Notes July 2022

Want to keep up with your fellow alumni? Join the official UDC Law Alumni Facebook Group

 Official UDC Law Alumni Facebook Group

Alumni, current students, faculty or staff: Have news to share with us? Use the form below.

News and Notes Form

Q & A with Prof. Andrew Budzinski on his recent Richmond Law Review article “Overhauling Rules of Evidence in Pro Se Courts”  

In a recent article in the University of Richmond Law Review, Prof. Andrew Budzinski argues for change in evidentiary rules in pro se courts. The Advocate caught up with Prof. Budzinski to talk more about the background and intended impact of “Overhauling Rules of Evidence in Pro Se Courts.”  

Read the Q&A.

Prof. Marcy Karin co-authors Law360 expert analysis on Bar Exam policies on menstruation

In Law360, Prof. Marcy Karin, University of Baltimore School of Law Prof. Margaret Johnson and Fordham Law Prof. Elizabeth Cooper provided updates on the progress of their multi-year efforts to ensure Bar Exam policies are inclusive of menstruators and accommodate their needs.


The article ranked as Law360's most read expert analysis for the week of July 22.


Read the full article.

3L Jennifer Tindie featured in Children’s Law Center National Intern Day newsletter

In a special newsletter for National Intern Day, Children’s Law Center (CLC) celebrated their interns and law clerks. UDC Law’s Jennifer Tindie, who is working as a Pro Bono Law Clerk, was one of the individuals profiled. CLC Staff Attorney Meghna Batra said, “Jennifer brings a unique level of enthusiasm and curiosity to our work. I am continually impressed by her questions and observations. She cares not only about the legal technicalities of a case, but also its impact on parties. Thank you, Jennifer, for inspiring all of us to be more thoughtful!”

National Association of Women Lawyers seeking host committee members

Help plan the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) 18th General Counsel Institute by joining the GCI18 Host Committee. GCI18 will take place Thursday, November 10 through Friday, November 11, 2022, in New York City. It's the first in-person GCI conference since 2019.
Host committee members plan the conference and use their networks to ensure the event is a hit. Host committees are a great way to meet other NAWL members and help shape NAWL events.
Interested in joining the GCI18 Host Committee?

Contact NAWL Publications Manager, Isabell Retamoza, at iretamoza@nawl.org

Participation is limited to in-house attorneys.

UDC Law turns 50; celebrate our golden anniversary all through 2022

2022 marks 50 years of UDC Law. We’re celebrating all year with special events, programming and other opportunities to celebrate the pioneering legacy of UDC Law. Through these efforts, we’re rededicating ourselves to our mission of diversifying the legal profession and serving the residents of the District of Columbia.

Join us throughout the year as we commemorate key moments from our 50-year history and invite our extended community to share in our efforts to achieve our mission. We will highlight our integral role in the early days of clinical legal education and how our clinical program remains an innovative and powerful tool for serving D.C. residents who could not otherwise afford legal services. We’ll hear from some of the transformative voices that have shaped our history and those that will shape our future. We’ll honor figures with whom our story could not have been told, and we’ll tell the stories that will shape our next 50 years.

We invite you to celebrate alongside us by sharing your UDC Law memories on social media using #UDCLaw50.


The University extends deepest condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of our alumni.

B. Michael Rauh Sr., Chair Emeritus, DC School of Law Foundation


We're introducing Alumni Benefits in this month's Advocate. Being a UDC Law alumnus has many benefits, now including discounts and deals on services and products to make your life easier.  Enjoy the perks of being a Firebird!

Clean By Queen, LLC: Housekeeping Cleaning Services for the New Age Professional

$250 for monthly cleaning services; please reference code UDC

Contact: (919) 819-04671 (call or text)

FB: @cleanbyqueen00

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