Assistant Professor of Law
Co-Director, General Practice Clinic
Andrew Budzinski is an Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the General Practice Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Through the clinic, he empowers students to grow as lawyers and advocates and to promote access to justice for litigants who would otherwise lack counsel.
Prior to joining the faculty at UDC, Professor Budzinski focused on representing survivors of domestic violence in family law cases. He spent two years teaching in George Washington University School of Law’s Family Justice Litigation Clinic, where his students represented survivors in divorce, custody, child support and civil protection order cases. Professor Budzinski also taught in Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic, where he represented survivors in civil protection order cases and supervised students litigating the same. Previously, he worked as a staff attorney at Washington & Lee University Law School’s Community Legal Practice Center representing low-income clients in cases involving domestic violence, custody, divorce and end-of-life planning. He served as a law clerk to Judge Roy W. McLeese III on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Professor Budzinski’s scholarship focuses on access to justice for self-represented litigants in state courts. Specifically, he writes on how court rules disadvantage litigants without counsel and how those rules can be modified to maximize procedural fairness. He has served as a Faculty Presenter for the District of Columbia Bar’s Continuing Legal Education class on civil protection order litigation and edits the Bar’s Practice Manual chapter on domestic violence. He serves as an organizer of the Mid-Atlantic Clinicians’ Writing Workshop series.
Professor Budzinski graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington & Lee University, where he earned a B.A. in Politics and a B.A. in Music Composition. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor for Michigan Law Review. While in law school, he worked as a student attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic representing minors accused of criminal offenses. He also served as a legal writing teaching assistant and volunteered as a coach for a local high school mock trial team. He received his L.L.M. in Advocacy, with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Professor Budzinski is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar.