WALC Alumni Reflection – Hannah Sydnor-Greenberg '19

WALC Alumni Reflection – Hannah Sydnor-Greenberg '19

12 Nov, 2019

Women in the Law Clinic alumna Hannah Sydnor-Greenberg '19 reflects: "I remember being a Women in the Law Clinic (WALC) student attorney, sitting in a Clinic interview room talking to a new client who was seeking an annulment following an abusive relationship. While recounting the abuse, she expressed shame and guilt, and she blamed herself for the aftermath of the relationship. I felt a deep emotional pang; despite our differences in age, race, and lived experiences, her feelings as a domestic violence survivor connected us."

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Tax Clinic Students Volunteer for Settlement Day

Tax Clinic Students Volunteer for Settlement Day

12 Nov, 2019

In November 2019, four student attorneys from The Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic volunteered at Washington, DC’s second annual “Settlement Day.”  Settlement Day DC provides an opportunity for unrepresented taxpayers with upcoming U.S. Tax Court trials to meet with IRS Counsel in an effort to resolve their cases.

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Intellectual Property Clinic Students Provide IP Counseling on New Film

Intellectual Property Clinic Students Provide IP Counseling on New Film

12 Nov, 2019

As part of its long-standing effort to help documentary filmmakers follow best practices for fair use of others’ intellectual property, WCL’s Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic (IP Clinic) student attorneys provided legal counsel for production company Kikim Media’s latest new film, Look Who’s Driving. The documentary, which originally aired on October 23, 2019 on the PBS science series NOVA, focuses on the potential advances and pitfalls of autonomous vehicles, a.k.a. self-driving cars.

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DRLC Students Advocate for Special Education Services

DRLC Students Advocate for Special Education Services

12 Nov, 2019

Clinic clients usually appreciate their student attorneys’ services, but two Disability Rights Law Clinic (DRLC) students, Angela Gerrits ‘21 and Bradley Breland ‘20, recently received a client e-mail that gushed with gratitude.

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Perseverance Brings Progress in CJC

Perseverance Brings Progress in CJC "Juvenile Lifer" Cases

12 Nov, 2019

In addition to handling trial court cases, since 2016, the Criminal Justice Clinic (CJC) has been representing clients in Maryland who are serving de facto juvenile life without parole sentences (“JLWOP”), sentences that the Maryland Court of Appeals (in 2018) found are illegal under the 8th Amendment. These cases are fact-intensive and can take a very long time to move forward, but recently, the perseverance of past student attorneys has begun to pay off.

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New Re-Entry Clinic Provides Experiential Opportunity for Evening Students

New Re-Entry Clinic Provides Experiential Opportunity for Evening Students

12 Nov, 2019

Students in WCL's highly-ranked part-time program asked for a clinical offering that included aspects of both criminal and civil law. Thus, the brand-new Re-Entry Clinic (REC) was born with the goal of serving clients who are seeking to restart their lives by getting out of confinement, clearing their criminal records, and overcoming other barriers to re-integration in society.

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Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can. 2019-2020 Clinic Swearing-In

Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can. 2019-2020 Clinic Swearing-In

12 Nov, 2019

In September 2019, the AUWCL Clinical Program announced its theme for the 2019-2020 academic year at its annual swearing-in ceremony for new Student Attorneys. The theme, "Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can," is a quote from late African-American tennis great and activist Arthur Ashe.

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Immigrant Justice Clinic: Defending the AU Dream Initiative

Immigrant Justice Clinic: Defending the AU Dream Initiative

12 Nov, 2019

A new Defending the AU Dream Initiative (AU Dream) – supported by a generous gift from William L. Jacobs ’66 – is supporting expanded immigration legal services provided by the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) starting this academic year. Services under the new initiative include representation of undergraduate and graduate students on DACA and other immigration-related matters at AU and at other institutions in the DC metro area.

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International Human Rights Law Clinic works for LGBTI and Racial Equality in Latin America

International Human Rights Law Clinic works for LGBTI and Racial Equality in Latin America

12 Nov, 2019

In spring 2019, the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) sent a team of student attorneys to Bogatá and Cali, Colombia to conduct field research as part of its partnership with the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights. Their hard work and their findings created an opportunity for one of the team to testify before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in fall 2019.

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CEDLC Students Champion Small Businesses

CEDLC Students Champion Small Businesses

11 Nov, 2019

During spring 2019, Community and Economic Development Law Clinic (CEDLC) student attorneys Jessica Greer ’20 and Marie Claire O’Leary ‘19 worked with Plum Good LLC, a minority, female-owned business located east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC.

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Civil Advocacy Clinic Students Fight For Low-Wage Workers

Civil Advocacy Clinic Students Fight For Low-Wage Workers

11 Nov, 2019

WCL’s Civil Advocacy Clinic (CAC) continues to advance economic justice for low-income individuals in D.C. and Maryland. CAC student attorneys represent clients in wage claim matters, championing workers who were not paid wages for work performed, including minimum wage and overtime payments. Additionally, student attorneys represent low-income individuals in a variety of other civil matters including obtaining unemployment insurance benefits and maintaining crucial public housing vouchers and supportive services.

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Civil Advocacy Clinic Students Win Victories for Clients

Civil Advocacy Clinic Students Win Victories for Clients

04 Sep, 2019

In addition to teaching students the practicalities of how to "be the lawyer," our Civil Advocacy Clinic (CAC) prides itself on its focus on teaching students how the law can or should be a means to economic justice. During the 2018-2019 academic year, CAC student attorneys scored victories for their clients that helped them access housing and benefits and preserve their assets.

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The Racism Behind Trump's New 'Public Charge' Immigration Policy, Explained

01 Aug, 2019

In her recent interview with CityLab, Cori Alonso-Yoder, Practitioner-in-Residence with the Immigrant Justice Clinic, talks about the history of the public charge rule and its role in the U.S. political debate on welfare. Alonso-Yoder discusses her forthcoming article “Publicly Charged: A Critical Examination of Immigrant Public Benefit Restrictions” with journalist Brentin Mock and talks about the parallels of political messaging on “welfare queens” and “anchor babies.”

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Three Clinic Student Attorneys Win Gallogly Public Interest Fellowship

Three Clinic Student Attorneys Win Gallogly Public Interest Fellowship

18 Mar, 2019

All three of the third-year students at AUWCL who received 2019 Gallogly Family Foundation Public Interest Fellowships either are or have been student attorneys in AUWCL's Clinical Program. Arielle Chapnick worked in the Immigrant Justice Clinic in her 2L year, Dominique Perez-Sangimino is currently in the Immigrant Justice Clinic, and Marissa Ditkowsky worked in the Disability Rights Law Clinic as a 2L. Of course, all three students have other impressive achievements, but the Clinic is proud to have been part of their education and thrilled to see them receive funding to start public interest careers.

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Clinical Program at American University Washington College of Law Ranked One of the Nation's Best

Clinical Program at American University Washington College of Law Ranked One of the Nation's Best

12 Mar, 2019

The AUWCL Clinical Program is ranked #2 in the U.S. News and World Report national rankings of law school specialty programs. Associate Dean of Experiential Education Jayesh Rathod responded, “The AUWCL Clinical Program, which has been nationally ranked for more than 25 years, provides a unique and transformative learning experience.  Our program allows students to represent real clients on real cases, under the supervision of the clinic’s highly respected faculty. The clinics undertake representation of individual and organizational clients, both domestically and overseas, across a range of subject matter areas. Our program continues to grow and evolve, keeping up with the changing nature of law practice and responding to emergent legal needs.”

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Human Rights Clinic Students Win Asylum for their Persecuted LGBT Client

Human Rights Clinic Students Win Asylum for their Persecuted LGBT Client

21 Feb, 2019

After a six-hour merits hearing, International Human Rights Law Clinic students Zoe Stamatelos, Mohammed Rathur, and Raphaelle Maillet won asylum for their client, an LGBT man from North Africa. Their client suffered tremendously because of his sexual orientation since his childhood. Despite achieving great professional success, he had no choice but to flee for refuge in the United States amidst persistent and escalating persecution.

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Clinic Recruitment Kicks Off!

Clinic Recruitment Kicks Off!

29 Jan, 2019

The Clinical Program is kicking off its recruitment season for the 2019-2020 academic year, starting with a large informational meeting this Wednesday, January 30th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Claudio Grossman Hall.

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Professor Jayesh Rathod, Founding Director of Immigrant Justice Clinic, Discusses U.S. Asylum System

Professor Jayesh Rathod, Founding Director of Immigrant Justice Clinic, Discusses U.S. Asylum System

12 Dec, 2018

On a recent episode of NPR's 1A, Professor Jayesh Rathod discusses why so many from Central America are seeking entry into the U.S., and the various steps one must go through to apply for asylum. Be sure to listen!

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Clinic Litigates Conditions of Confinement at

Clinic Litigates Conditions of Confinement at "Supermax"

16 Nov, 2018

To further litigation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (“IACHR”), four International Human Rights Law Clinic students (Billy Vazquez, Jacqueline Studley, Jacob Hutchens, and Raphaelle Maillet) interviewed their clients at the highest security federal prison in the U.S.: United States Penitentiary - ADX in Florence, Colorado, a.k.a. "Supermax."

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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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