June 2022

UDC Law Hall of Fame – Top 50

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of UDC Law, we invite you to elect 50 alumni to the UDC Law Hall of Fame to be recognized at the UDC Law Gala on Nov. 17, 2022.


More details coming and nominations open in late July. Meanwhile, sign up to receive updates about the gala.


Alumni POV: Perspectives on Today's Hottest Issues

UDC Law's diversity sets Firebird Nation apart from other law schools, and that diversity goes beyond who we are to what we stand for. To celebrate and explore that diversity, The Advocate is introducing "Alumni POV," an opportunity for you to share your expertise and perspective on today's biggest issues.


Each month, we'll feature a key legal, social or political issue in the words of our alumni and share two or more different viewpoints in The Advocate. We invite all alumni to submit comments or responses to the stories on the issue of the month, and we will feature those comments in the next issue of The Advocate.


*Please engage in respectful and thoughtful discourse. We may edit responses for clarity or length. We will not publish inflammatory, false or otherwise unproductive comments.

June 2022 Alumni POV: A Post-Roe America

Doug Stringer '02 on Pro-Life for the Whole Life

Heather Molina '07 on Dobbs ripple effect

Submit your own comments and responses
ALUMNI NEWS
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Cheers to You! Our second annual Juneteenth Kickoff and Donor Appreciation Celebration was a success

On June 17, UDC Law donors (many of whom are alumni), students, board members, faculty and staff came together to celebrate all Juneteenth stands for  progress, perseverance, community and excellence  and to salute financial supporters of the District’s only public law school at the second annual Cheers to You! Juneteenth Kickoff and Donor Appreciation Celebration.


Since 1993 the DC School of Law Foundation has provided millions to support UDC Law’s 50-year commitment to training exceptional students, the majority of whom are from groups traditionally underrepresented at the bar. We couldn’t have done any of that without your support, and this celebration highlighted our appreciation.


Of course, we also couldn’t have done it without the talents of KanKouran West African Dance Company, DioMara, DJ Javar, Dr. Omekongo wa Dibinga, District Graze, SmokeDatt Barbecue and BartenderChicks.


Thanks to 3L Songo Wawa, Terry Jennings from LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation and Dean Renée Hutchins for sharing their words and to Robert Newman ’14 for lending his emcee skills.

Kadian Townsend '22 and her brother are giving back through the Townsend Foundation

Through the Townsend Scholarship, Kadian Townsend '22 and her brother Clayon are helping college freshmen overcome challenges to their educational dreams.


Read more about the Townsend Scholarship.

Advancing the Conversation on Accessibility

The gifts and challenges of being a quadriplegic father

Medical malpractice attorney Josh Basile '13 was profiled by Caitlin Gibson in The Washington Post about parenting his infant child, sharing experiences with other fathers and making physical connections with his son.


Read the full story.

Behind a lawsuit, an excruciating wait for housing for disabled residents

Legal Counsel for the Elderly senior attorney Melanie Acuña '09 spoke to The Washington Post's Theresa Vargas about DCHA accountability, challenges for residents living with disabilities.


Read the full article.

CLASS NOTES

Robert Baldwin III ’15 contributed to this NPR interview with retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig on the Jan. 6 hearings.

Class Notes June 2022

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FIREBIRD PULSE

The Apollo Theater in NYC has extended an invitation for UDC Law alumni to attend “Amateur Night at the Apollo” and host an exclusive pre-reception. Known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, Amateur Night at the Apollo attracts performers and audiences from around the world in a classic talent competition that has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald to Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, D’Angelo, Jazmine Sullivan and Machine Gun Kelly. The family friendly show, great for all ages, also includes the Child Stars of Tomorrow who compete for a chance to win $5,000. 

New York based alumni: Would you attend an alumni event at the Apollo?
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SCHOOL NEWS

Twinette Johnson, J.D., Ph.D., named Acting Dean of UDC Law

Hear from Interim Dean Johnson in our next issue.

The University of the District of Columbia’s Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Professor Twinette Johnson, J.D., Ph.D., to serve as the Acting Dean of UDC Law, effective August 1, 2022. Dr. Johnson is currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and will step into the leadership role upon the resignation of current Dean Renée Hutchins, who was recently appointed the next Dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Prof. Marcy Karin receives Fulbright to study menstrual justice in Scotland

The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have selected UDC Law Prof. Marcy L. Karin as the Fulbright Scotland Distinguished Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at University of Edinburgh. During the 2022-2023 academic year, Karin will work on a project titled Menstrual Justice at Work and School: Public Policy Lessons from Scotland’s Period Products Law.



Read more about her project.

Also check out Prof. Karin's piece in Ms. Magazine, co-written with Prof. Margaret E. Johnson of The University of Baltimore School of Law.

UDC Law teams up with Humanities DC for 50th Anniversary photo exhibition

In honor of our 50th Anniversary, UDC Law will partner with alumna and renowned DC photographer Nancy Shia '75 to curate rare photos and stories from the first years of the school’s history. With the support and partnership of the Humanities DC Project, head of Institutional Advancement Shola Akintobi will produce an exhibit open to all District residents preserving an important moment in black history, women's history and DC history.


The exhibit will be out this fall. Alumni who have a great story to share of Jean Camper Cahn or Edgar Cahn should share via lawalumni@udc.edu 

After nearly two years, Immigration and Human Rights Clinic client from East Africa granted asylum


Pictured above: First photo, from left: LoiShirl Hall, Assoc. Dean Lindsay M. Harris, Pearl Mansu. Second photo, from left: Delali Dagadu, Assoc. Dean Harris

On June 21, 2022, Imani*, an Immigration and Human Rights Clinic client from East Africa, was granted asylum after nearly two years of work with the clinic. Associate Dean of Clinical and Experiential Programs Lindsay M. Harris and three 2022 graduates – Delali DagaduLoiShirl Hall and Pearl Mansu – began working on the case in the Fall of 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  


*not the client's real name


Read the story.

Prof. Brittain presents on diversity, equity in education at Education Justice Lecture

Prof. John C. Brittain spoke at the Education Law Center’s Education Justice Lecture on bridging the divide between diversity in schools and equity in education. He offered a path for moving beyond the “great debate” over how to remedy the education disparities experienced by students in the nation’s segregated public schools.


Watch his presentation, Beyond Either/Or: The Constitutional Right to an Equitable and Diverse Public Education.

Dean Hutchins talks to Law.com about HBCU law school underfunding


"The racial injustice and income inequality that generally plague the nation as a whole are often felt acutely by our student bodies, making holistic student support a mandatory component of each institution’s mission to deliver a high-quality legal education," she said. 


Read more of Dean Hutchins's thoughts (sub. req.)

The late Edgar S. Cahn honored as "legend" by D.C. Bar at 2022 Conference

From the D.C. Bar: "As the largest unified bar in the country, the D.C. Bar is home to many legal trailblazers whose careers and accomplishments have helped move the profession forward, opened a path for others to follow, and advanced the Bar’s mission to promote access to justice. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the D.C. Bar honors six outstanding members who have exemplified excellence in their practice and public service."


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.

Memorials

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

Reginald M. Felton, former UDC Trustee

ALUMNI BENEFITS

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

IG: clean_by_queen_

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