February 2022
The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law mourns the passing of Edgar S. Cahn. Cahn was a co-founder with his late wife Jean Camper Cahn of the Antioch School of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law’s predecessor. Antioch was the first law school in the United States to educate law students primarily through clinical training in legal services to the poor, a vital part of UDC Law's mission to this day.

Last call for submitting your video tributes to Dr. Cahn. Be part of commemorating Dr. Cahn by recording a video sharing your memories and stories of how he impacted you.

Deadline for submission is March 7.
Alumni-led Whistleblower Protection Clinic double feature
Government Accountability Project Wins Civic Champions of 2021 Award
The Government Accountability Project (GAP) received the Civic Champions of 2021 Award. The award recognizes the work of Tom Devine '80, GAP Legal Director and Director of the Whistleblower Protection Clinic.

3L Gloria Cannon carries on Deepwater Horizon work with Whistleblower Protection Clinic
Under the leadership of Tom Devine '80, 3L Gloria Cannon is working with Congress to challenge ongoing public health and environmental disaster resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

David Carliner Public Interest Awards nominations are open
Nominations for the American Constitution Society's David Carliner Public Interest Award are open through Monday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The award recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers, and nominations are open to individuals who graduated between May 2010 and May 2015.
The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and full transportation and lodging at the ACS National Convention in Washington, D.C., to accept the award in person. The recipient's organization also received an award of $2,500.
Applicants may nominate themselves or have someone apply on their behalf. For more information, please visit the award’s website.
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.
Congratulations to 3Ls Nija Bastfield and Darby Hickey for winning the D.C. Bar D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition!
Library Technician William Thomas and 3L Francesca Bryce take home 2022 Founders’ Day awards
UDC Law staff member William Thomas and student Francesca Bryce took home awards at the 2022 University of the District of Columbia Founders’ Day convocation. 

Prof. Budzinski fights for better, safer rules for service of process in domestic violence cases
“Asking people to personally serve opposing parties is a huge public health risk,” he said, but Budzinski has also illustrated through his scholarship that service of process is a significant access to justice barrier, even absent a pandemic.

Law & Leadership Series welcomes Darryl Gibbs, Chief Diversity Officer for Equitable
Darryl Gibbs, Chief Diversity Officer at Equitable, spoke with Dean Renee Hutchins in a recent episode of Law & Leadership. The discussion focused on Gibbs’s unconventional path to his position as a leader with Equitable.

Gibbs talked about his path to working in diversity, equity and inclusion, sharing that he was not initially sold on taking up the work in the corporate environment. He explained that he wanted the work to mean something and was only prepared to take on a leadership role focused on diversity if the company could commit to “real transformation” in regard to representation and inclusivity.

Gibbs also shared his unusual journey to law school and how that path has helped him in his work today.

Interested in volunteering with UDC Law?
 Check out these upcoming opportunities to help UDC Law.
  • Spring 2022 Law Day Alumni Speaker Panel, Saturday, March 5, 2022, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. This event will be in-person. Alumni will speak about their UDC Law experience and answer questions from prospective law students.
  • Admitted Student Day Dinner Reception, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. (up to 10 alumni). This event will be in-person. Alumni will introduce themselves and strike up conversations with admitted students.

The University of the District of Columbia requires wearing masks indoors at all facilities and strongly encourages social distancing. All attendees are required to provide proof of vaccination and negative COVID-19 test results before entering the event.

If you'd like to help, please email lawalumni@udc.edu.
If you, your organization or your company are hiring, we are happy to share with our alumni network. Please email lawalumni@udc.edu.
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