Joe Russo ’86 instrumental in historic NJ Supreme Court decision on selective background check

In State v. Andujar, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a murder defendant was denied a fair trial when the prosecution, without Court permission, singled out a Black prospective juror for a background check. Deputy Public Defender Joseph Russo ’86 of the statewide Appellate Section represented the defendant. According […]

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Fourth Annual UDC Law Gala raises over $130,000 toward scholarships, fellowships, bar prep

 On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the District of Columbia School of Law Foundation hosted the Fourth Annual UDC Law Gala at the University of the District of Columbia Student Center Ballroom, raising $135,425 toward supporting students through tuition scholarships, fellowships and bar study programs. The funds raised at the gala came […]

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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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Class Notes Nov. 2021

Class of 1980 Tony Oppegard ’80 continues the fight against corporate criminals in the mining industry. Oppegard told Yahoo! News that dusty conditions are “rampant” in mining, adding, “It’s not just illegal, it’s immoral to knowingly expose miners to a disease that basically strangles them to death.” The piece focuses on […]

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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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Christian Cooper ’19 named General Counsel for Performance Software Corporation

Christian Cooper ’19 was appointed General Counsel for Performance Software Corporation, a software firm that works in avionics, aerospace/defense, healthcare and energy.   “UDC is known across the country for preparing some of the best public practicing attorneys, and I happily say I know many in my class who are […]

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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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Students in Immigration and Human Rights Clinic conduct legal orientations for Afghans living on military base

Last week, UDC Law students in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic traveled to a military base to assist recently arrived individuals fleeing Afghanistan. First-year students Neena Qureshi ’24 and Kendra Li ’24 joined Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs Lindsay M. Harris in conducting legal orientations […]

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