In the past year, in addition to engaging with students and clients in new mediums, the UDC Law Clinical Faculty have also continued to produce engaged and important scholarship on critical social justice issues. Through publications in the traditional law review format to practitioner-oriented pieces, along with engaging with students and colleagues across the country, UDC Law clinicians are truly engaged in training students in the practice of law as we work to promote justice and change lives.
Professor Tianna Gibbs, Co-Director of the General Practice Clinic, has two articles forthcoming. A pedagogy piece, Using Experiential Learning to Create an Inclusive Classroom, Promote Equity, and Develop Professional Identity, is forthcoming in a special issue of Family Court Review in October 2022. She also has a forthcoming book chapter, Pandemic Co-Parenting, Silenced Mothers in the Routledge Companion to Gender and COVID-19, which is expected to be published in 2023. General Practice Clinic Co-Director, Professor Andy Budzinski, continues to co-author the domestic violence chapter of the DC Bar’s Domestic Relations Manual. His article, Overhauling Rules of Evidence in Pro Se Courts, is forthcoming in the Richmond Law Review’s Spring 2022 volume. The General Practice Clinic has also welcomed back Professor LaShanda Taylor Adams, who has served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the past five years. This year she is teaching a section of the General Practice Clinic focused on child welfare issues. Recently, Dean Adams published an essay, Child Welfare: Laws May Change, but Attitudes Remain the Same, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Child Welfare League of America.
Professor Marcy Karin, Director of the Legislation and Civil Rights Clinic, published Disability Rights: Past, Present, and Future, co-authored with UDC alumna, Lara Bollinger, in the UDC Law Review. She has a piece forthcoming in the UC Davis Law Review with Elizabeth Cooper and Margaret Johnson on Menstrual Dignity and the Bar Exam. Shorter pieces on this topic include pieces published by Law 360, Best Practices for Legal Education, and National Jurist. Professor Karin has also collaborated with Valeria Gomez to co-author Menstrual Justice in Immigration Detention, which was an invited Symposium contribution, forthcoming in the Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law.
Professor Mae Quinn, Director of the Youth Justice Clinic, published Invisible Article III Delinquency: History, Mystery and Concerns about “Federal Juvenile Courts,”with former student Levi Bradford, in the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Justice. In late 2020, Professor Quinn published Black Women and Girls and the 26th Amendment: Activist Intersections & the First Wave Youth Suffrage Movement, as an invited contribution to the Seattle Law Review Symposium. In May, Professor Quinn and UDC Law Student Asha Burwell published a piece in the Baltimore Sun highlighting how the justice system can be more “accessible, visible, and accountable” due to video technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, Professor Quinn co-authored an op-ed in Jurist with Greg Leding titled, Amending Our Anti-Democratic Ways: The Criminal Justice System Must Stop Disenfranchising Children.
Professor Jacqueline Lainez Flanagan, Director of the Tax Clinic, has published Reframing Taxigration, at the intersection of Tax and Immigration Law with the Tennessee Law Review. She has published shorter pieces, Seeking Tax Justice for Undocumented Immigrant Workers, and Reframing Taxigration in the Search for Tax Justice in Tax Notes.
Professor Etienne Toussaint, Co-Director of the Community Development Law Clinic for the past four years – and new faculty member at the University of South Carolina – also made significant scholarly contributions in the past year. This included pieces published the with Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Of American Fragility: Public Rituals, Human Rights, and the End of Invisible Man, an essay, Blackness as Fighting Words, with the Virginia Law Review Online, and Black Urban Ecologies and Structural Extermination with the Harvard Environmental Law Review.
Professor Lindsay M. Harris, Director of the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic and current Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs, collaborated with Laila Hlass to publish Critical Interviewing with the Utah Law Review this Fall, sharing their Legal Interviewing and Language Access Film Project as one pedagogical tool to engage in clinical interviewing. Dean Harris’s solo piece, Asylum Under Attack: Restoring Asylum Protection was published in the Loyola Law Review earlier this year. She and Hillary Mellinger are publishing Asylum Attorney Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress, with the Wake Forest Law Review’s forthcoming volume, sharing the results of Professor Harris’s 2020 National Survey of Asylum Attorneys. Dean Harris has continued to comment on contemporary asylum issues, co-authoring a piece in Ms. Magazine with former client, Nene Bah, Trump’s War of Attrition on Women Asylum Seekers, in Fall 2020, and pieces with Sarah Sherman-Stokes in USA Today critiquing the Biden Administration’s continuation of refugee expulsions under Title 42 of the Public Health Act on the same topic with Bloomberg News.