Catch up on our October-November pro bono and community partnerships, trainings, advocacy, and clinical teaching. Don’t miss our feature in Washington Lawyer and enlightening podcasts with Teresa Hodge and other fascinating folks. Are you making the world a better place? Please send your news and accomplishments to LSIC blog editor Pamela Garlick so that we can post them in this column. We also welcome guest submissions and story ideas.
In the News
Law Students in Court was one of three legal services providers selected for the November Service Issue of the DC Bar’s Washington Lawyer magazine. In a feature story entitled “Giving Back,” author Jeffrey Leon highlights the work of the Expungement Clinic in helping to bridge the economic gap for our city’s low-income residents. Attorneys Adrian Madsen and Michael Barfield contributed to the story. Read it here.
LSIC Civil and Criminal Division clinics were featured in the Fall 2016 issue of George Washington University Law School’s Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics newsletter, Perspectives. Read it here; scroll to page 17.
LSIC hosted a reunion happy hour that celebrated alumni from the classes of 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006, and 2016 on October 26, 2016. Staff, alumni, and friends had a great time reconnecting and networking with one other.
To Barry J. Pollack, LSIC board member, on being sworn in as the 2016-17 President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers by U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta at the Association’s 59th Annual Meeting in August. Mr. Pollack is Chair of Miller & Chevalier’s White Collar & Internal Investigations Practice. Read his recent USA Today column “Don’t attack lawyers who defend criminals” (October 12, 2016).
To Trevor Addie (American, Civil, ’16, MD bar exam) and Salsa Ahmed (Georgetown, Civil, ’16, NY bar exam) on passing the bar. Trevor is a legal fellow in the Juvenile Division at the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. Salsa is working as a law clerk at Bracewell, LLP.
Expungement Clinic attorneys Mike Barfield and Adrian Madsen participated at the DC Career Fair at Arena Stage hosted by DC Council members Charles Allen (Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (at-large). They also held a training for first-year associates at Skadden Arps.
Attorneys from our Civil Division clinic conducted a housing training for the ’16-17 legal fellows of the DC Affordable Law Firm (DCALF), a nonprofit low bono law firm launched by Arent Fox LLP, DLA Piper LLP, and Georgetown University Law Center in 2015. Thanks to DLA Piper for hosting the event.
Civil Division Director Dan Clark participated in two Landlord-Tenant Trainings sponsored by the DC Bar Pro Bono Center, the second of which was held during DC Pro Bono Week.
Thank you to So Others Might Eat (SOME) for inviting our Expungement attorneys to meet with your clients and answer their questions. Special thanks to associates from Skadden Arps for their assistance.
Here Comes the Judge!
Many thanks to Associate Judge Todd E. Edelman for taking the time to visit with our Criminal Division clinic class. Judge Edelman discussed how to navigate and control the cross-examination process and also shared his experience as a trial attorney at the DC Public Defender Service.
Judge Avram Weisberger also paid us a visit. He spoke to our interns and staff about his distinguished career as an administrative law judge for the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission and the Social Security Administration, and as a trial attorney for the New York State Department of Law and U.S. Department of Justice. He also shared memorable teaching moments during his tenure at Howard University of Law School of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
“Our main job is to weave facts into a narrative. Everything we do stems from storytelling,” declared Staff Attorney Jay Kim on the first evening of class with our Civil Division students. Jay discussed Matthew Desmond’s highly acclaimed Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and his masterly use of storytelling in chronicling several tenant-landlord relationships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jay considers the book required reading for attorneys who want to learn how to use personal narratives to advocate on behalf of their clients. Don’t miss Jay’s podcast on this topic.
Alumni and Social Justice Warrior Podcasts
Teresa Y. Hodge wasn’t aware of mass incarceration until it visited her doorstep. Prison, she states, was something that happened to other people—not to a white-collar business woman with a non-violent, first-time offense. Hodge’s unexpected journey to federal prison laid the foundation for her work with Mission: Launch, a nonprofit she co-founded to bring technology and entrepreneurship to previously incarcerated individuals. “We’ve made coming home entirely too hard,” she says Listen to her podcast and TED Talk here and learn more about her work with Rebuilding Re-Entry Coalition, a citizen-led movement committed to creating a more just and inclusive society for returning citizens.
Andy Szekely (GWU) reflects how the LSIC Criminal Division Clinic helped prepare him for his career as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland.
Terry Iannaconi (Georgetown Law) discusses her career reinvention from KPMG partner to Maryland Legal Aid Bureau attorney.
Andrew Giambrone, a rookie Washington City Paper reporter, is passionate about housing, development, and urban change issues. He recently covered the lawsuit filed by Brookland Manor tenants which claims that the owner’s redevelopment plans discriminate against their interests.
Leah Aden (Howard), Senior Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, discusses her impact litigation work in voting rights, employment discrimination for people with criminal convictions, environment justice, and desegregation to protect the legal rights of African Americans. Listen to her podcast and read this post.
Supervising attorney Gabriella Lewis-White and student attorneys Grace Brier and Arantxa King gave testimony in support of the Expanding Access to Justice Act of 2016 to the DC Council Committee of the Judiciary. The bill will help expand access to counsel for low-income DC tenants who face dire threats of housing instability, evictions, and poor housing conditions. Declared King, “Often we have tenants who may have a trial in minutes, tenants living in extreme housing conditions, and/or tenants that could be evicted in a matter of hours. It is not enough for student attorneys to know the law. We must be quick on our feet to identify issues and act appropriately under pressure. We assist everyone who knocks on the door, no matter the issue.” Listen to the testimony and read the LinkedIn blog here.
Community advocate Sima Lee attended multiple trainings and rallies this month:
- Barry Farms tenants and allies at a zoning case rally and hearing at the DC Court of Appeals.
- The third annual memorial service for Miriam Carey, an unarmed, suburban mother who was chased, shot in the back, and killed by Secret Service and Capitol Police officers after she made a wrong turn into a White House guard post in 2013.
- An Opioid Overdose training to become better prepared to confront the heroin and prescription pill crises in neighborhoods across the DMV.
- The OSSE & Restorative DC’s “Community of Practice Circle” workshop for educators, caregivers, and organizers working with youth in and outside of DCPS.
- A rally and release of butterflies at the Capitol, where NYPD Police Officer Valarie Carey and her family honored the three-year anniversary of the killing of her sister Miriam. No charges have been brought forth and no names released of those responsible. Their attorney, however, has said a whistle blower has now stepped forward.
- The “Justice For Zo” rally at the U.S. Attorneys Office to offer support to Beverly Smith. For more than a year she has been waiting for an indictment against the Special Police Officers who killed her son, Alonzo Smith, despite the corner ruling his death was a homicide.
We welcome LSIC Marika Preziosi, a native of Avellino, Italy, and graduate of Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale (Naples, Italy). Marika’s graduate degree in International Studies focused on World Politics. She is working in our front office and with our communications team.
And say hello to Anagha Bharadwaj, (2L, GWU Law), who is assisting our Criminal Division. Anagha was born in Bangalore, India and grew up in the Detroit area.
Kiana Kimbrough is a senior at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana majoring in Political Science.
Marie-Celine Dohle, a native of Nuremberg, Germany. is studying Business Administration at Friedrich-Alexander-Univer