Clinic Resolves Long-Standing Tax Dispute

Clinic Resolves Long-Standing Tax Dispute

14 Nov, 2018

Recently, students in the Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic  persuaded the IRS that it had erroneously assessed a taxpayer penalty taxes on a retirement plan withdrawal and, further, that the client’s refund claim for the amount erroneously assessed had been timely made. The matter had been repeatedly denied by various IRS employees who continually looked at the wrong statutory provisions. No less than six semesters’ students worked tirelessly on this matter and, this fall, the IRS finally relented, offering our client about $2,000 of tax relief

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Disability Rights Law Clinic Goes International

Disability Rights Law Clinic Goes International

14 Nov, 2018

The AUWCL Disability Rights Law Clinic (DRLC) is partnering with Women Enabled International (“WEI”), an NGO based in Washington, DC that works to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities around the world. DRLC student attorneys Tiara Bonet and Ryan Nelson are researching the impact of shadow reports submitted by disabled people’s organizations on the norms promulgated by the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

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Alum Reflects on Women and the Law Clinic Experience

Alum Reflects on Women and the Law Clinic Experience

14 Nov, 2018

Meg Alexander, currently a law clerk for the Hon. Adrienne Noti, D.C. Superior Court, has penned a reflection about her experience in the Women and the Law (WALC) in the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Students Develop Guide for Domestic Violence Survivors

Students Develop Guide for Domestic Violence Survivors

14 Nov, 2018

In addition to maintaining a consistent docket of Civil Protection Order (CPO) and accompanying family law cases in D.C. Superior Court, our Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC) students are working on projects that address survivors’ rights from a broader perspective. One DVC student “pod” is creating a practical legal guide for immigrant survivors.

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Clinic Advances Economic Opportunities, Food Justice For DC Metro Area

Clinic Advances Food Justice For DC Metro Area

08 Nov, 2018

The Community and Economic Development Law Clinic (CEDLC) has forged a new partnership with Dreaming Out Loud, an organization that works to create economic opportunities for the DC metro region’s marginalized community members by building a healthy, equitable food system.

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Criminal Justice Clinic Represents

Criminal Justice Clinic Represents "Juvenile Lifers"

08 Nov, 2018

In addition to representing juvenile and adult clients facing misdemeanor and minor felony charges, AUWLC's Criminal Justice Clinic (CJC) defense students have also represented inmates in Maryland who were sentenced to life for offenses committed when they were juveniles (“juvenile lifers”). The students' work is part of an overall effort to correct illegal sentences under the 8th Amendment and in parole proceedings.

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Civil Advocacy Clinic Pursues Justice for Low-Wage Workers

Civil Advocacy Clinic Pursues Justice for Low-Wage Workers

08 Nov, 2018

Students in AUWCL's Civil Advocacy Clinic(CAC) work on an array of civil litigation matters in the District of Columbia and Maryland. In recent years, the CAC has deliberately focused on issues of economic justice, which has added many workplace law and wage theft cases to the docket.

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Immigrant Justice Clinic Argues Before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

Immigrant Justice Clinic Argues Before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

07 Nov, 2018

In October, Victoria Latus ’18 argued a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on behalf of the Immigrant Justice Clinic. Latus participated in the Clinic as a 3L in 2017-2018, and had expertly briefed this case, along with her Clinic partner, James Kim ’18, under the supervision of Associate Dean Jayesh Rathod and Professor Amanda Frost.

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Bob Dinerstein, Jean Han Receive Teaching and Service Awards

Bob Dinerstein, Jean Han Receive Teaching and Service Awards

02 Nov, 2018

Two Clinicians, Robert Dinerstein and Jean Han, were among the four outstanding professors at American University Washington College of Law honored Tuesday, Oct. 30 as winners of the annual AUWCL Teaching and Service Awards. Recipients were recognized for their innovative teaching and service both in and outside of the classroom.

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Inaugural Clinic Student Attorney Swearing-In Ceremony

Inaugural Student Attorney Swearing-In Ceremony

01 Nov, 2018

On September 6, 2018, the 2018-2019 Clinical Program student attorneys gathered for the Clinic's first swearing-in ceremony. The Hon. Tanya Jones Bosier '00 (D.C. Superior Court) presided.

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Intellectual Property Law Clinic Files Amicus Brief With U.S. Supreme Court

Intellectual Property Law Clinic Files Amicus Brief With U.S. Supreme Court

01 Nov, 2018

A team of student attorneys from the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic (Andrew Levey, Ben Kessler, Hailie Ingman, Mariana Viera, and Ted Sotland) filed an amici curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in October. The students, arguing on behalf of individual authors and educators, urged the Court to affirm a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which held that plaintiffs may only sue for copyright infringement under Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act after the Copyright Office has issued a final action on an application for registration.

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Professor Binny Miller Shares the Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award and the Alan J. Davis Award

Professor Binny Miller Shares the Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award and the Alan J. Davis Award

30 Oct, 2018

As a member of the working group comprising the Maryland Juvenile Lifer Parole Representation Project (MJLPRP), Professor Binny Miller, Co-Director of AUWCL's Criminal Justice Clinic, has recently shared in two pro bono awards: the 2018 Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award from the Maryland State Bar Association and the Alan J. Davis Award from the law firm Ballard Spahr. The Garten award recognizes a project that enhances legal services available to low-income people while the Davis award recognizes exemplary legal representation in a matter involving the public good.

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Prof. Joseph Pileri: California Takes Important Step to Decriminalize Microenterprise

Prof. Joseph Pileri: California Takes Important Step to Decriminalize Microenterprise

30 Oct, 2018

Joseph Pileri, a Practitioner in Residence in the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law, discusses the significance of the recent law in California that legalizes street vending across the state. The law prohibits local authorities from outright banning of street vending or treating any violation of street vending regulations as a criminal offense. It also requires the dismissal of any pending criminal prosecution brought under any local ordinance regulating or prohibiting sidewalk vendors. Pileri views the law as a major step in reversing the trend of “criminalizing microenterprise, by which cities raise barriers to entry for vulnerable entrepreneurs, unduly burden those entrepreneurs most at risk, and detract from the vibrancy of communities.”

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The Supreme Court's Travel Ban Ruling - Replacing, Not Overruling Korematsu

The Supreme Court's Travel Ban Ruling - Replacing, Not Overruling Korematsu

03 Jul, 2018

In her recent op-ed “The Supreme Court’s Travel Ban Ruling — Replacing, Not Overruling Korematsu” published on The Hill, Professor Anita Sinha, director of AUWCL's International Human Rights Law Clinic, dissects the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that upheld the last iteration of the Trump administration’s travel ban. Sinha discusses the winding path the case, Trump v. Hawaii, took to the Supreme Court as well as the administration’s national security justification relied on by the court in its decision.

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Elizabeth Pinolini Wins an EJW Fellowship

Elizabeth Pinolini Wins an EJW Fellowship

03 Jul, 2018

Elizabeth Pinolini, a 2018-2019 Immigrant Justice Clinic student, recently received a prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Ms. Pinolini received the fellowship to design and implement a project that aims to reduce employment barriers for the transgender and gender non-conforming community in the greater Washington, DC area by focusing on community outreach, while providing direct services to individuals who are facing discrimination in the workplace, pursuing immigration relief, or updating identity documents. Whitman-Walker Health will serve as the host organization.

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Clinic Faculty Panelists Discuss Immigrant Family Separation and Detention

Clinic Faculty Panelists Discuss Immigrant Family Separation and Detention

02 Jul, 2018

On June 25, 2018, American University Washington College of Law’s Economic Justice Program hosted "Immigrant Family Separation and Family Detention," a panel discussion which focused on why immigrant families are coming to the U.S., why they have been separated, and what is being done to combat these separations. The panel featured AUWCL Professors Anita Sinha and Jayesh Rathod, and Cori Alonso-Yoder, practitioner-in-residence of the Immigrant Justice Clinic. The panel was organized by Professor Ezra Rosser.

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Sessions v. Dimaya: Refusing to Leave

Sessions v. Dimaya: Refusing to Leave "judges to their intuitions and the people to their fate," Gorsuch Positions Himself as Scalia's Jurisprudential Heir in Deportation Case

21 May, 2018

Cori Alonso-Yoder, a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law, recently published a response to Sessions v. Dimaya on the George Washington Law Review’s On the Docket scholarly forum. Dimaya, which the U.S. Supreme Court decided on April 17, 2018, invalidated a provision of the Immigration & Nationality Act, calling for deportation of immigrants convicted of certain crimes as being unconstitutionally vague.  The decision is notable because conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the Court’s liberal justices to prevent the deportation of a man convicted of burglary.  Prof. Alonso-Yoder observes that Gorsuch arrives at this result using a conservative, textual reading of the Constitution that differs markedly from the reasoning of the liberal plurality.

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Prof. Sherley Cruz Presents at Worker's Rights Town Hall

Prof. Sherley Cruz Presents at Worker's Rights Town Hall

16 Apr, 2018

On April 10, 2018, Sherley Cruz, a Practitioner-in-Residence in AUWCL's Civil Advocacy Clinic (CAC) presented at a town hall event. The event launched a recent report from the Just Pay Coalition that recommends strategic enforcement of labor laws to eliminate wage theft in Washington, DC.

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Clinic Students Interview Refugees Over Spring Break

Clinic Students Interview Refugees Over Spring Break

03 Apr, 2018

While many AUWCL students recently spent their spring breaks decompressing on beaches and ski slopes, an International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) student group took advantage of the free time to interview refugees in Thailand about human rights abuses in their home country. Students Jeslin Panicker, Damir Siahkoohi, and Grace Yanagawa – under the supervision of IHRLC Practitioner-in-Residence Sherizaan Minwalla – worked with several refugee assistance organizations in Bangkok, where they spent five days collecting data and personal stories about why the refugees fled their home country.

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Students Help Launch Discovery Channel Series

Students Help Launch Discovery Channel Series "Silicon Valley: The Untold Story"

02 Apr, 2018

Intellectual Property Law Clinic student attorneys Evelyn Kelley and Briana Whinnie at the Washington College of Law helped production company client Kekim Media clear the necessary legal hurdles to release “Silicon Valley: The Untold Story,” a documentary series now available on The Science Channel, a subsidiary of The Discovery Channel.

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