Disability Rights Law Clinic: Pushing for Clients' Educational Needs

Disability Rights Law Clinic: Pushing for Clients' Educational Needs

04 Dec, 2020

Students in the Disability Rights Law Clinic (DRLC) are engaging in virtual representation to address many of the unique barrie?rs faced by our clients. DRLC student attorneys are representing parents and adult children with respect to the students’ educational needs advocating in this virtual environment to push for the rights of students with disabilities, securing additional supports and services meant to compensate for lost opportunities.

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Re-Entry Clinic: Student Reflections On Client Service

Re-Entry Clinic: Student Reflections On Client Service

04 Dec, 2020

For part of the last class of the semester, Re-Entry Clinic students were asked to prepare to offer a poem, a picture, music, or other artistic expressions of their clinic experience. This semester’s class was a rich sharing of art. Please click "Read More" below to see two featured pieces.

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International Human Rights Law Clinic: Pursuing Federal Tort Claims for Separated Families

International Human Rights Law Clinic: Pursuing Federal Tort Claims for Separated Families

04 Dec, 2020

The International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) took on representation of Central American families whose lives were changed forever by the Trump Administration’s family separation (“zero tolerance”) policy. IHRLC joined a network of lawyers and law clinics in seeking justice for these families, and is representing two Central American families in Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) filings, seeking compensation for the pain and damages the U.S. government caused by separating them.

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Entrepreneurship Law Clinic: Supporting Black Lives

Entrepreneurship Law Clinic: Supporting Black Lives

03 Dec, 2020

The ELC, WCL's eleventh and newest in-house clinic, headed by has been selected to participate in the 2020-2021 Clinical Cohort for Law for Black Lives. Our clinical cohort is a 1-2 semester long program where we work to partner movement organizations with law school clinics to co-create resources, conduct legal/policy research for campaigns, and generally support the efforts of transformative grassroots organizations. Given the present moment, our focus will be on Defund, Invest/Divest and Land campaigns in order to align with the priorities and campaigns of the movement.

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Criminal Justice Clinic: Seeking Compassionate Release During Covid

Criminal Justice Clinic: Seeking Compassionate Release During Covid

03 Dec, 2020

CJC student-attorneys are working on a variety of compassionate release, parole, and other criminal legal system matters. CJC has had several clients recently released after serving many years of their sentences, at a time when COVID-19 is surging in prisons and every day incarcerated can be a death sentence.

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Community & Economic Development Law Clinic: Removing Racist Covenants From Deeds

Community & Economic Development Law Clinic: Removing Racist Covenants From Deeds

03 Dec, 2020

This summer's laser focus on the Black Lives Matter movement has prompted some residents of our clients' communities to focus on their own homes. There has been renewed attention to racial and religious covenants, restrictions against Black homebuyers set down by developers and some individual homeowners in the 1920-s through the 1940's. Though these vestiges of private sector segregation are no longer enforceable, they persist in land records, and may be revealed at loan closings. Some homeowners have equated these covenants to Confederate monuments, as hurtful reminders of racial violence. 

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Civil Advocacy Clinic: COVID-Related Advocacy for Low-Wage Workers

Civil Advocacy Clinic: COVID-Related Advocacy for Low-Wage Workers

02 Dec, 2020

COVID-related delays, orders, and moves to online hearings have impacted each case on the Civil Advocacy Clinic docket – new or ongoing. Student Attorneys are exploring innovative ways to advocate for their clients amidst shut-downs of the high-volume courts that typically hear their clients’ claims, significant delays in the unemployment insurance application and appeals processes, and court orders impacting how and where we seek judgments for our clients.

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Transactional Clinics Help Small Businesses Access Aid Amid COVID

Transactional Clinics Help Small Businesses Access Aid Amid COVID

02 Dec, 2020

Two of AUWCL's clinics, the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic (CEDLC) and the new Entrepreneurship Law Clinic (ELC) have been working with small business and nonprofit clients since the summer to navigate the various systems for accessing Covid-related assistance programs and to re-open their operations safely and legally. CEDLC and ELC teamed up with another area law clinic to create the Transactional Law Clinic Collaborative, which pools institutional resources to reach out to a broad population of organizations seeking resources and assistance.

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Community & Economic Development Law Clinic: Removing Racist Covenants From Deeds

Community & Economic Development Law Clinic: Removing Racist Covenants From Deeds

02 Dec, 2020

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, students in the CEDLC are working with residents of Maryland's Woodmoor community to remove racially restrictive covenants from their homes "deed by deed." These efforts, among others across the country, were featured in The Washington Post in October.

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Re-Entry Clinic Director, Visiting Professor Margaret Martin Barry, Testifies for Felon Voting Rights in DC

Re-Entry Clinic Director, Visiting Professor Margaret Martin Barry, Testifies for Felon Voting Rights in DC

13 Jul, 2020

On July 7, 2020, the DC Council voted to make the District of Columbia the first jurisdiction to restore voting rights to incarcerated residents with felony convictions. This significant democratic milestone comes after a testimony in support of the Bill by Visiting Professor Margaret Martin Barry, director of the Re-Entry Clinic at American University Washington College of Law.

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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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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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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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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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