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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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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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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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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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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