50th Anniversary Celebration Logo

Detailed Schedule

Thursday, October 27, 2022

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Clinic Alumni Reception, Capital Atrium

Friday, October 28, 2022, Ceremonial Classroom (NT01)

8:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.: Welcome from AUWCL - Heather Hughes, Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs

9:05 a.m.: Welcome from AU Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law - Nora Greene, Editor-in-Chief

9:10 a.m.: Welcome from AUWCL Clinical Program - Llezlie Green, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Director, Civil Advocacy Clinic, AUWCL

9:15-10:45 a.m.: Panel 1—The AUWCL Clinical Program: Where It Has Been, Where It Is, and Where It’s Going

Moderator: Priya Baskaran, Assistant Professor and Director, Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, AUWCL

  • Fifty years of Clinical Legal Education at American University Washington College of Law:  The Evolution of a Movement in Theory, Practice, and People
    • Robert D. Dinerstein, Professor of Law and Director, Disability Rights Law Clinic, AUWCL
    • Elliott S. Milstein, Professor of Law Emeritus, AUWCL
    • Ann C. Shalleck, Professor of Law and Carrington Shields Scholar, AUWCL
  • “Where We’re Going”: Perspectives from AUWCL Practitioners-in-Residence (PIRs)
    • Susan Bennett, Professor of Law Emerita, AUWCL
    • Binny Miller, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Criminal Justice Clinic, AUWCL
    • WCL Practitioners-in-Residence:
      • Michelle Assad, Immigrant Justice Clinic
      • Maria Dooner, Janet R. Spragens Federal Income Tax Clinic
      • Mariam Hinds, Criminal Justice Clinic
      • Jessica Millward, Civil Advocacy Clinic
      • Citlalli Ochoa, International Human Rights Law Clinic
      • Charles Ross, Community Economic and Equity Development Clinic
      • Anne Schaufele, Acting Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic
      • Caroline Wick, Disability Rights Law Clinic

10:45-11:00 a.m.: Break

11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.: Panel 2 - Empathy, Connection, and Dealing with Trauma

Moderator: Victoria Phillips, Professor of Practice of Law and Director, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, AUWCL

  • Zealous Teaching: Identifying Empathy Strain and Finding Ways to Reconnect with our Clinic Students 
    • Deborah Epstein, Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Law, Co-Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Co-Director, Clinical Pedagogy Programs, Georgetown University Law Center
    • A. Rachel Camp, Professor from Practice, Co-Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Director, DC Affordable Law Firm, Georgetown University Law Center
  • How We Teach is How They’ll Practice: The Connection Between Trauma-Informed Pedagogy, Supervision, and Lawyering
    • Natalie Netzel, Assistant Professor of Law, Co-Director, Clinical Education Program, Education and Advocacy Director, Institute to Transform Child Protection, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • The Death of a Client 
    • Robert Rigg, Professor of Law, Drake University Law School

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch

  • Remarks: Roger Fairfax, Jr., Professor of Law and Dean, AUWCL
  • Keynote Address: Muneer Ahmad (Professor, AUWCL, 2001-2009), Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law,  Yale Law School

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Panel 3 - Clinical Education and the Practice of Law: New Developments

Moderator: Brenda V. Smith, Professor of Law and Director, Community Economic and Equity Development Law Clinic, AUWCL

  • Inclusionary Zoning for Equitable Small Business Development
    • Patience A. Crowder, Associate Professor, Ronald V. Yegge Clinical Co-Director, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Why Lawyers Should Write for the Digital Reader
    • Joseph A. Rosenberg, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Disability and Aging Justice Clinic, City University of New York School of Law
  • Developing Inclusive Language Competency in Clinical Teaching
    • Jennifer Safstrom, Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Stanton Foundation First Amendment Clinic, Vanderbilt Law School
    • Joseph Mead, Senior Counsel, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Georgetown University Law Center

2:30-2:45 p.m.: Break

2:45 - 4:15: Panel 4 - Expanding Our Concept of Clinical Programs: New Clinics, New Approaches

Moderator: Anita Sinha, Professor of Law and Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic, AUWCL 

  • The Clinical Pedagogy of Legislative Advocacy Clinics
    • Elizabeth B. Cooper, Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Feerick Center for Social Justice, Director, Legislative Advocacy Clinic, Fordham University School of Law
    • Anita Weinberg, Curt and Linda Rodin Clinical Professor of Law and Social Justice, Director, Legislative and Policy Clinic, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • “I Promise You, Exxon-Mobil Does Not Need Free Legal Advice from 2Ls”: Constructing the First Compliance Clinic
    • Danielle Pelfrey Duryea, Lecturer/Clinical Instructor, Director, Compliance Policy Clinic, Boston University School of Law
  • Unsettling Human Rights Clinical Pedagogy and Practice in Settler Colonial Contexts
    • Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum, Associate Professor of Clinical Law, Director, Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of  Law
  • The Clinic as a Site of Grounded Pedagogy
    • Madalyn K. Wasilczuk, Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law

4:15-4:30: Closing

Note: the Peter M. Cicchino Public Service Awards Reception will take place at 5:00 p.m. in WCL’s Capital Atrium. Although it is not part of the 50th Anniversary, we encourage you to attend this celebration in honor of our beloved colleague Peter Cicchino and the award recipients. Anyone interested in attending this event following the symposium may register here.