The Office of Alumni Relations:
- organizes alumni reunions;
- facilitates group U.S. Supreme Court Bar swearing in ceremonies;
- provides contact information and assistance searching for “lost” classmates;
- helps alumni and others find lawyers on short notice in specific locales across the country or with particular areas of expertise;
- announces awards, special events and deaths;
- provides information on job and career development opportunities;
- enlists alumni to visit the School of Law in support of student groups, for symposia, panel discussions and more;
- solicits donations from alumni; and
- works in support of small and solo alumni law firms.
Most of this work has been made possible by the collection and maintenance of our alumni e-mail list, which now includes over 2300 alumni e-mail addresses. Through the power of our e-mail list, we assist hundreds of alumni each year in one way or another!
Through the e-mail list, we invite alumni to a wide range of law-related events – most of which are free of charge. See the School of Law Events Calendar for upcoming event information and use the Alumni Contact Form to sign up our e-mail list! Or contact Joe Libertelli at JLibertelli@udc.edu or at 202-274-7338.
If you would like our career help, please first familiarize yourself with the Office of Career and Professional Development. While their first priority is students, followed by recent graduates, they and Alumni Relations Director Joe Libertelli (JLibertelli@udc.edu or 202-274-7338) are very happy to work with any alum!
The Antioch School of Law Connection
The District of Columbia School of Law (DCSL) was created from the Antioch School of Law (ASL) in 1988 after a vigorous largely student and alumni-led grassroots campaign. In 1996, the new law school was merged with the University of the District of Columbia, and was later renamed for former DC Council Chairman and DCSL Professor David A. Clarke.
The law creating the District’s public law school specifically mandated that graduates of the Antioch School of Law are alumni for the purposes of all services and for electing University Trustees. Annually, increasing numbers of Antioch School of Law graduates support the new School by donating and attending reunions and other events.
The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Office of Alumni Relations’ aim is to build as broad and mutually supportive an alumni community as possible. As a result, all ASL, DCSL, and UDC Law graduates AND those who – either as matriculated students or visitors – were enrolled for at least one full semester in any of these law schools, are invited to participate. Students who began at one of our schools and who left the study of law or who transferred out for whatever reason are welcome to participate as alumni.
We also include as alumni all those who participated in Antioch University’s paralegal and the law-related master’s programs which were affiliated with the Antioch School of Law in Washington, DC – especially our M.A.T. “Clinical Fellows” who taught at ASL. Former faculty and staff are also welcome to participate in all alumni activities. The only limitation is that degree holders alone may participate in the election of alumni representatives on the UDC Board Trustees.
How Can You Get Involved?
The very best way to be included in alumni activities and be invited to reunions, career fairs, lectures, panel discussions, and to request and receive referrals of all types is to give us your e-mail address. Please join our thousands-strong alumni network! We would also love to have your home and work mailing addresses, contact phone numbers, and your practice areas, if any. You can join this list by filling out the Alumni Contact Form.
How Can Alumni Help?
There are many ways alumni have helped keep the flame of our diverse, clinically-oriented, public-spirited law school burning brightly! Solicitations for the following kinds of alumni involvement are sent out periodically to our e-mail list:
- Scores of alumni have hired students and other alumni to work for their firms, businesses or government agencies.
- Many more have forwarded job and internship opportunities of particular interest to our students and graduates that have resulted in their being hired.
- Dozens of alumni have appeared on panels and workshops to describe a particular area of practice or type of career.
- A number of alumni have made presentations and served as panelists on one or more of our ongoing series of symposia and public events on topics like civil rights, the death penalty, juveniles justice, voting rights, etc.
- Over the years, alumni have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in support for our Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program for first-year students, tuition scholarships and special projects.
Alumni financial support is crucial not only because of the direct purposes it serves – supporting students’ education in public interest law, supporting the organization that serves clients, and the direct service to clients – but because both the number of donations from alumni and the total amounts are carefully noted by the American Bar Association in their analysis of the level of support for the School.
So we like to say that such donations result in “four bangs to the buck!” Whether you’ve donated lately or not, please consider a tax deductible contribution!
How to Donate
Checks should be made payable to the “DC School of Law Foundation” with a notation to the particular purpose you wish to support (e.g. Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program, General Support, Scholarships) and sent to c/o Dean Renée M. Hutchins, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008.
Or you can donate on-line.
In recent years, roughly 400 alumni have contributed more than $100,000 per year to one or more of the School of Law’s programs. Contributions typically range from $5 to $15,000!