The Clinical Program currently employs eight Practitioners-in-Residence, who represent a wide variety of subject matter expertise and types of practice experience. Our students benefit from being mentored by Practitioners who have recently been engaged in practice outside the academic setting. Our Practitioners pass along their skills and values to our students by modeling good habits, encouraging students to find their passion and potential, emphasizing the importance of creativity and collaboration, and cultivating a public service ethic in the next generation of attorneys.
Cori Alonso-Yoder is the Practitioner-in-Residence with the Immigrant Justice Clinic. She was previously the supervising attorney at Whitman-Walker Health, the country’s oldest medical-legal partnership, and an immigration staff attorney at Ayuda in Washington, D.C. In her public interest legal practice, Alonso-Yoder has worked on a variety of equal justice issues, with a special emphasis on advocacy for LGBTQI immigrants and on promoting access to legal counsel for noncitizens. Alonso-Yoder received her B.A. in Languages & Linguistics from Georgetown University and her J.D. at American University Washington College of Law.
Adrian Alvarez is a Practitioner in Residence with the Disability Rights Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to coming to WCL, he was a Senior Attorney with the Healthy Together medical-legal partnership at Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC, where he litigated education and healthcare access cases on behalf of parents of children with special needs. He was previously an attorney at Public Justice, a national public interest law firm, where he helped litigate and investigate cases on behalf of students bullied in school and prisoners with serious mental illness in solitary confinement. After law school, Adrian clerked for a U.S. District Court judge sitting in the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division. He has also worked as a humanitarian aid worker in Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone for Catholic Relief Services, and as a researcher for Justiça Global, a human rights organization in Brazil. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Hillary Brill is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Brill is a nationally-recognized leader who has worked at the intersection of technology, policy, and the law for more than two decades. She has extensive knowledge of how a practitioner uses legal skills to successfully pursue policy, legislative, and legal goals. Brill runs a successful consulting practice, HTB Strategies, and has participated in numerous media interviews, conferences, and industry events. Previously she was head of government relations and intellectual property policy at eBay and PayPal, legislative counsel for Congressman Rick Boucher, responsible for Internet, telecommunications, technology, and intellectual property issues before the Energy and Commerce and Judiciary Committees, and an associate at Covington & Burling. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Government from Harvard University.
Sherley Cruz is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Civil Advocacy Clinic (CAC). Prior to joining the CAC, professor Cruz was the Director of Litigation and Education and a Clinical Fellow at Suffolk University Law School with the Housing Discrimination Testing Program (HDTP) and Accelerator Practice. In that role, she supervised law students handling housing discrimination cases and conducted community legal education regarding fair housing duties and responsibilities. Professor Cruz also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Law where she supervised law students in the Employment Rights Clinic and taught pre-trial and trial advocacy. Before becoming a Professor, Ms. Cruz worked as a staff attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) in the Employment Law Unit (EU). Professor Cruz has also served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts’s Fair Labor Division. Professor Cruz has a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from Boston University.
Jean C. Han
Jean C. Hanis a Practitioner-in-Residence with the Women and the Law Clinic. Prior to joining AUWCL, Professor Han was a clinical teaching fellow at the Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown, where she taught in an asylum clinic in which students represented torture and trauma survivors and asylum seekers in hearings before immigration courts. Professor Han advises student attorneys on individual cases spanning family law, immigration, public benefits, domestic violence, employment, housing, education, and student debt, all with a focus on how clients’ gender, race, nationality, disability, and economic status affect their experiences in the legal system and within the lawyer-client relationship. Professor Han received her J.D. from Yale and her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard.
Katie Ladewski is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Women and the Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. In that role, Professor Ladewski co-teaches a clinical seminar and supervises student attorney casework in diverse areas of law including domestic violence, immigration, and family law. In seminar and supervision, Professor Ladewski helps students explore issues of power, subordination, and privilege. Professor Ladewski’s areas of expertise and scholarly interests include civil rights law, employment law, housing discrimination, and clinical legal education.
An experienced litigator, Professor Ladewski previously served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where she worked to enforce antidiscrimination laws in employment and housing. Professor Ladewski previously served as a Bates Overseas Fellow in the clinical program at the Universidad de Palermo Law School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She clerked for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and is a former Fulbright Scholar (Chile, 2005). Professor Ladewski received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. with honors from Stanford University.
Joseph Pileri is a Practitioner in Residence in the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic, through which students provide transactional representation to nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and entrepreneurs in D.C. and the metro area. Prior to coming to WCL, Joseph taught in the Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. Joseph’s areas of expertise and scholarly interests include corporate law, professional responsibility, community economic development law, and the intersection between business law, human and civil rights, and legal ethics.
Anne Schaufele is a Practitioner-in-Residence with the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC). Prior to joining the IHRLC, Professor Schaufele practiced immigration and consumer law for five years at Ayuda, a direct services non-profit in the D.C. metro area. She was most recently Managing Attorney of Ayuda’s Project END (Eradicating Notario Deceit), an initiative to combat consumer fraud by non-attorney “consultants.” Professor Schaufele is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection & Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Action Committee, and served as Chair of the National Committee and AILA DC UPL Committee in 2015-16. Prior to law school, Professor Schaufele was a Fulbright Fellow in El Salvador, where she researched post-deportation programming and human rights abuses in El Salvador. She also served as a Staff Assistant to the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, where she worked on projects serving immigrants in detention. Professor Schaufele has contributed to media reports on consumer and immigrants’ rights in The Washington Post, ABA Journal, National Public Radio, Univision, Telemundo, and others. Professor Schaufele has a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, and a B.A. from DePauw University. She is a member of the DC Bar and speaks English, German, and Spanish.