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.
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.
Anna Cabot is a Practitioner-in-Residence in our Gender Justice 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.
Maria Dooner is a Practitioner-in-Residence with the Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic, where she teaches and supervises students representing low-income taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Tax Court. Her research interests include effective tax administration, tax policy, and federal income taxation of individuals and small businesses. She is currently the Chair of Community Tax Aid (CTA), which provides free tax preparation and assistance to several thousand low-income taxpayers in the District of Columbia metropolitan area.
Prior to joining WCL, Professor Dooner worked for eleven years at a small company and as a solo practitioner, representing individuals and businesses before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other state and local tax authorities. Her prior teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct professor within the Federal Tax Clinic at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and teaching within the Graduate Tax Program at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Professor Dooner holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a M.P.P. from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Mariam Hinds is a Practitioner-in-Residence with the Criminal Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to joining WCL, Professor Hinds was a Principal at The Wren Collective where she provided strategic advising for elected officials, grassroots organizations, and professional athletes on criminal justice reform and police reform issues. Before Wren, Professor Hinds was a supervising attorney and team leader in the Criminal Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders. Immediately following law school, Professor Hinds clerked for the Honorable Cheryl L. Pollak of the Eastern District of New York.
Professor Hinds received her J.D. from Stanford Law School where she was the recipient of the Gerald Gunther Prize for outstanding performance in Constitutional Law: Fourteenth Amendment and the John H. Ely Prize for outstanding performance in Juvenile Justice and Social Policy. Professor Hinds holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University where she graduated cum laude and with distinction in her major.
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.
Olinda Moyd is a Distinguished Professor in Residence and Director of the Re-Entry Clinic. She was previously an Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney for the Re-Entry Clinic at the Howard University, School of Law. Prior to joining the Howard Law faculty, Professor Moyd was Chief Attorney of the Parole Division at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she was employed for three decades. During her tenure, Professor Moyd provided direct representation to numerous individuals, both at administrative hearings and at proceedings in D.C. Superior Court and the United States District Court.
Professor Moyd serves on the Law Clinic Kuje Prison Advisory Committee with several other law school clinicians. This professional clinical advisory team provides mentorship and guidance to the Law Clinic Partnership. Through service on this committee, she has trained law students and clinicians at three law schools in Abuja, Nigeria as they provide legal aid services to detainees awaiting trial at Kuje Prison. She also serves on several boards, including the D.C. Council for Court Excellence, The Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform and Panacea Media Humanized, a media format to build spaces for constructive dialogue to showcase humane solutions.
Citlalli Ochoa is Practitioner-in-Residence with the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC). Professor Ochoa is particularly interested in the implementation of international human rights protections to prevent, stop, and remedy fundamental rights' violations at the domestic level.
Prior to joining the IHRLC, Professor Ochoa was an employment law staff attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, where she provided holistic, community-based legal services to low-income workers. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she designed and taught a Workers’ Rights Clinic. Professor Ochoa began her legal career as a fellow and then staff attorney with the International Justice Resource Center, conducting advocacy to advance the expansive interpretation of human rights law and ensure the transparent and independent functioning of human rights oversight bodies. She has also clerked at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights with the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.
Professor Ochoa holds a J.D. from University of California, Irvine School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Charles Ross is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Community Economic and Equity Development Clinic, a clinic representing businesses, workers' cooperatives, housing cooperatives, and nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Professor Ross’ areas of expertise and scholarly interests include housing law, child welfare law, and small business law.
Prior to joining WCL, Professor Ross practiced in Los Angeles, California at Public Counsel and in the District of Columbia at Children’s Law Center. Professor Ross received his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and received a B.A. in Government and Politics from University of Maryland, College Park.
Anne Schaufele is a Practitioner-in-Residence and Acting Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC). She was previously a Practitioner-in-Residence in the International Human Rights Law Clinic for three years. Prior to joining the Clinical Program, 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.
Tracie Siddiqui is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Most recently, Tracie was an Attorney Advisor in the Intellectual Property Enforcement Branch at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where her practice focused on anti-counterfeiting. Prior to CBP, Tracie was Vice President & Senior Counsel, Global Intellectual Property at Marriott International, where she managed trademark transactional and enforcement matters for the company’s well-known hotel brands around the world. Before her work as an in-house counsel, Tracie was a senior associate in Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP’s trademark and copyright group, focusing on domestic and international trademark counseling, transactions, and portfolio management. Tracie received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from the University of Oklahoma.
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.