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.
Claire Donohue is a Practitioner-in-Residence and the Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, where she supervises students’ representation of survivors of intimate partner violence in civil protection order cases and immigration matters. Prior to joining the AUWCL community, Prof. Donohue was a Friedman Fellow with the Family Justice Litigation Clinic at the George Washington University School of Law. Professor Donohue attended Boston College Law School as Public Interest Scholar, graduating with a dual degree, a Masters in Social Work from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and a Juris Doctorate.
Jonathan D. Grossberg
Jonathan D. Grossberg is a Practitioner-in-Residence in theJanet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Grossberg was a tax associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York City. He represented clients in a variety of areas, including tax-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, partnership formation and dissolution, corporate restructuring, corporate financing and lending, renewable energy and related tax credit issues, like-kind exchanges, and tax compliance issues, especially those related to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. While in private practice he maintained a significant pro bono practice for which he won an award from the Legal Aid Society and was designated an Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association. Professor Grossberg received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Cornell University and his LLM in Taxation from New York 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.
Sherizaan Minwalla is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the American University Washington College of Law. Professor Minwalla is an experienced human rights lawyer who advocates for survivors of gender-based violence in the US and overseas in the Middle East. She has spent much of the last decade living in Iraq where she has run human rights, development, and humanitarian programs with Heartland Alliance International (HAI), the International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps. As a co-teacher in the International Human Rights Law Clinic, Professor Minwalla works with student attorneys on individual cases including asylum and representing clients before international bodies, as well as on projects focused on protecting and advancing international human rights. Professor Minwalla holds a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, an M.A. in Applied Sociology from Loyola University Chicago, and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.