Clinical Program

Legislation and Civil Rights Clinic and DV LEAP urge United Nations to recognize gender-based violence in climate change policy

For the last three years, the UDC Law Legislation and Civil Rights Clinic has supported the DV LEAF initiative of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP). DV LEAF amplifies the connection between climate change and gender-based violence, including domestic violence. Students in the clinic have worked under […]

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Youth Justice Clinic participants continue commitments to youth rights through publication and public education

In February, 3L Tierra Copeland participated in the D.C. Justice Lab’s Safety Summit 2022: Prevention over Punishment. This Black-led policy forum and safety summit called for a range of evidence-based, community-responsive policy changes that also reduce violence in the D.C. area.  Copeland’s remarks at the event sought to educate the […]

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3L Gloria Cannon carries on Deepwater Horizon work with Whistleblower Protection Clinic

While continuing her work from Spring 2021 to present in the Whistleblower Protection Clinic (WPC), UDC Law 3L Gloria Cannon is working with Congress to challenge the ongoing public health and environmental disaster resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  

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Prof. Budzinski fights for better, safer rules for service of process in domestic violence cases

Last year, Prof. Andrew Budzinski proposed relaxing the rules on service of process in the domestic violence division of the D.C. Superior Court, resulting in the implementation of a temporary amendment through the end of 2021. Budzinski worked to reinstate the amendment as omicron surged, succeeding earlier this month.  

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SCOTUS amicus brief addresses missing youth-focused mitigation evidence at capital sentencing

In mid-2020, students in the Youth Justice Clinic began working on the case of Terence Andrus, who was sentenced to death in Texas based on a crime he committed at 20 years old while under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs. The Clinic took on the project after the United States […]

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Students in Youth Justice Clinic work to protect rights of system-involved young people

Over the last year, students in the UDC Law Youth Justice Clinic, directed by Prof. Mae C. Quinn, have worked on cases and projects that affect young people, from providing education and support to individuals in secure detention facilities to filing briefs with the Supreme Court to advancing the right to […]

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Clinical Scholarship roundup

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 […]

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Legislation and Civil Rights Clinic receives Community Champion Award for work at the intersection of domestic violence and climate change

The Legislation and Civil Rights Clinic received the Community Champion Award from DV LEAP (Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project) for its work on the DV LEAF project, which advocates for the inclusion of voices and needs of domestic violence survivors in climate policy. Clinic Director Mary Karin, clinic […]

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