Current Practitioners-in-Residence

The Clinical Program currently employs nine 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.

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Michelle Assad

Michelle Assad is a Practioner-in-Residence with the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC). She transitioned to her current position from the position of Supervising Attorney for IJC’s Defending the AU Dream Initiative (“AU Dream”), which assists undocumented and non-US citizen university students in the D.C. Metropolitan area with immigration law matters.

Assad has previously worked for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) in New York City, the Brooklyn Defender Services’ Immigration Unit, and  the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. Assad received her BA from New York University and her JD from American University Washington College of Law.

PIR Anna Cabot

Anna Cabot

Anna Cabot is a Practitioner-in-Residence in our Women and the Law Clinic. Before joining the WCL faculty, Anna was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, where she trained and mentored other attorneys, developed resource materials on various issues in asylum law, and represented asylum seekers at in front of the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal circuit courts. Before joining CGRS, she taught in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Prior to UConn, Anna was the Managing Attorney at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, TX where she represented numerous asylum-seekers before the immigration courts and handled a wide range of other immigration matters, while supervising and training attorneys, paralegals, student law clerks, and volunteers. Before moving to the border, Anna spent a year in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania as Legal Services Coordinator for Asylum Access, where she assessed the legal needs of the urban refugee population, designed a legal services program, and advocated for individual clients. She received a BA in Physics from Amherst College and her JD from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.

Kathy Kleiman

Kathryn Anne Kleiman

Kathryn A. Kleiman is a Practitioner-in-Residence with the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and part of the American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). She joins AUWCL from Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (Visiting Research Scholar 2018-2019). She is also a Faculty Fellow of the AU Internet Governance Law and a Fellow of the AU School of Communications Center for Media & Social Impact.

Parag Rajendra Khandhar

Parag Rajendra Khandhar

Parag Rajendra Khandhar, Esq. is a founding principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a law firm focused on using legal, policy and advocacy tools to advance economic justice, racial equity and social transformation grounded in a solidarity economies framework. He is a community builder and writer who focuses on connecting across creative and organizing methodologies in Black and Brown communities. He has been a law school clinical professor for 7 years, and is currently teaching in the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Previously, he taught in the Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic at George Washington University Law School and was a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Community Development Clinic of the University of Baltimore School of Law where he supervised teams of law students and represented grassroots groups, community-based enterprises, and solidarity economy initiatives such as cooperatives and food sovereignty projects.

Katie Kronick

Katie Kronick

Katie Kronick is a Practitioner-in-Residence with the Criminal Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to joining WCL, Professor Kronick was an Assistant Deputy Public Defender with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, where she represented indigent defendants in felony matters ranging from drug-related offenses to homicide. Prior to that, Professor Kronick was a Prettyman Fellow with the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law, where she represented indigent defendants in misdemeanor and felony matters and supervised clinic students in their representation of clients charged with misdemeanors in D.C. Superior Court. Immediately following law school, Professor Kronick clerked for D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz.

Professor Kronick has a J.D., magna cum laude, and an L.L.M. in Trial Advocacy, both from Georgetown Law, and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in classical studies and psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

Jessica Millward

Jessica Millward

Jessica Millward is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Civil Advocacy Clinic, a live-client clinic in which student attorneys provide legal representation to help low-income individuals achieve access to justice, particularly economic justice.

Professor Millward's areas of expertise and scholarly interests include poverty law, access to justice, public benefits, and health law. Prior to joining WCL, she was an inaugural clinical teaching fellow and Richmond Oral Health Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Health Justice Alliance, a medical-legal partnership. 

Professor Millward received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of law and received a B.A. in English and Political Science from Trinity College, Hartford.

Joe Pileri

Joseph Pileri

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, Professor Pileri taught in the Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. His 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

Anne Schaufele

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.

PIR Caroline Wick

Caroline Wick

Caroline Wick is a Practitioner-in-Residence with the Disability Rights Law Clinic, through which law students represent clients in a variety of matters related to disability law. She previously worked as a senior attorney with Children’s Law Center (CLC) in Washington, D.C., where she worked in CLC’s medical-legal partnership and was the lead on-site attorney at a community-based medical center. She managed a caseload of 30-plus patient families primarily in the areas of special education, housing conditions, public benefits, and access to healthcare, and she trained and mentored pro bono attorneys. Prior to working at CLC, Professor Wick was a law clerk for Family Magistrate Theresa Furnari in the Baltimore City Circuit Court.