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Earlier this month, third year student attorneys Devon Berman and Will Mogtader (Immigrant Justice Clinic), supervised b...
11/30/2020

Earlier this month, third year student attorneys Devon Berman and Will Mogtader (Immigrant Justice Clinic), supervised by Michelle Assad, celebrated a proud asylum victory in Immigration Court after a semester of diligent work for their client! Congratulations! #championwhatmatters

On this day of Thanksgiving, the WCL Clinical Program would like to thank our wonderful students, professors, faculty, s...
11/26/2020

On this day of Thanksgiving, the WCL Clinical Program would like to thank our wonderful students, professors, faculty, staff, essential workers, and community. #championwhatmatters

Our new Entrepreneurship Law Clinic and Community and Economic Development Clinic are featured in The Fall 2020 Advocate...
11/18/2020
AUWCL Clinics Help Region Access Aid Amid COVID

Our new Entrepreneurship Law Clinic and Community and Economic Development Clinic are featured in The Fall 2020 Advocate! Outstanding work for small businesses!

https://www.wcl.american.edu/news-events/news/auwcl-clinics-help-region-access-aid-amid-covid/

CEDLC and ELC student-attorneys assist small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia in the areas of corporate, commercial, and general transactional law. Strong existing relationships with local businesses and community organizations helped the cli...

Congratulations to Women and the Law Clinic Alumna, Chai Shenoy, on being sworn-in as Commissioner for the Montgomery Co...
11/16/2020

Congratulations to Women and the Law Clinic Alumna, Chai Shenoy, on being sworn-in as Commissioner for the Montgomery County Commission for Women!

Anita Sinha, director of the AUWCL International Human Rights Law Clinic, writes about the legacy of nativism in US immi...
11/11/2020
An American History of Separating Families | ACS

Anita Sinha, director of the AUWCL International Human Rights Law Clinic, writes about the legacy of nativism in US immigration policy in the American Constitution Society blog. Contextualized in history, the Trump Administration's family separation policy is fed by a legacy of systemic injustice including the enslavement of people of African descent, government-sanctioned forced boarding school institutionalization and adoption by white families of children in Native communities. Check out the article here: https://www.acslaw.org/expertforum/an-american-history-of-separating-families/

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary released a report with a title that pulls no punches: "The Trump Administration's Family Separation Policy: Trauma,

For everyone following the vote counting in PA, you've been seeing a lot of Kathy Boockvar, the Commonwealth's Secretary...
11/05/2020

For everyone following the vote counting in PA, you've been seeing a lot of Kathy Boockvar, the Commonwealth's Secretary of State. She is a WCL alum ('93) who participated in the Public Interest Law Clinic, a predecessor to today's Community & Economic Development Law Clinic. #ChampionWhatMatters

It's good to see Lillian Schwales (American University Washington College of Law '16), a former student attorney in our ...
11/04/2020

It's good to see Lillian Schwales (American University Washington College of Law '16), a former student attorney in our Community & Economic Development Clinic and now an Economic and Community Development Attorney for the Navajo Nation, speaking up about the under-counting of Native communities in the 2020 census. https://bit.ly/38zepOM #ChampionWhatMatters

American University Washington College of Law
10/24/2020

American University Washington College of Law

The work of WCL Clinical Program's Community and Economic Development Law Clinic and its director, Professor Susan Bennett, is featured in a recent Washington Post story on efforts to remove racist housing covenants.

“Nobody wants to be a party to this anymore — particularly now,” Bennett said. “The motivation behind it is to explore, to educate…to make it clear that this was unacceptable and the fallout over decades from Whites-only property regimes was unacceptable.”

Learn more and read the article: https://bit.ly/3kpWEnQ

Coming up in a few minutes!
10/20/2020

Coming up in a few minutes!

Acompañanos en una hora para nuestra sesión educativa con Joanna Alejandro y nuestra invitada Angelicca Telles, donde estarán compartiendo actualizaciones sobre el proceso de asilo. Les esperamos!

Ward 1 DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau has introduced the Sidewalk Vending Zones Amendment Act of 2020, drafted by our C...
10/19/2020
DC Councilmember Nadeau Introduces Sidewalk Vending Zone Bill

Ward 1 DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau has introduced the Sidewalk Vending Zones Amendment Act of 2020, drafted by our Community & Economic Development Law Clinic students on behalf of their client, Many Languages, One Voice. The legislation would create designated zones where sidewalk vendors can legally operate and create new types of licenses for individual vendors as well as organizations and cooperatives with which vendors can register to access space within a designated zone. Adopting vendor-friendly policies helps micro-enterprises and their operators stay afloat financially and keeps money in disadvantaged communities.

If passed, the first sidewalk vending zone would be established in Columbia Heights.

Congratulations to Prof. Jenny Roberts (Criminal Justice Clinic) for receiving AUWCL's 2019-2020 Excellence in Teaching ...
10/15/2020

Congratulations to Prof. Jenny Roberts (Criminal Justice Clinic) for receiving AUWCL's 2019-2020 Excellence in Teaching Award! This award recognizes outstanding teaching, as reflected by thoughtful pedagogy, commitment to student mentoring and advising, institutional leadership focused on improving the variety, quality, and rigor of teaching at the Washington College of Law (e.g., development or revitalization of courses, mentoring of colleagues in teaching, etc.), and/or the creation of an intellectually challenging classroom environment.

Check out the latest from Civil Advocacy Clinic Director Llezlie Green! Her article, Outsourcing Discrimination, explore...
10/12/2020

Check out the latest from Civil Advocacy Clinic Director Llezlie Green! Her article, Outsourcing Discrimination, explores racial discrimination against Black temporary workers, the problematic narratives that drive this bias, and the challenges to addressing it. https://harvardcrcl.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/10/55-Harv.-C.R.-C.L.-L.-Rev.-915.pdf

Lindsay Harris, a Visiting Professor from UDC and the Acting Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, has ...
10/08/2020
Trump’s War of Attrition on Women Asylum Seekers - Ms. Magazine

Lindsay Harris, a Visiting Professor from UDC and the Acting Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, has written in Ms. Magazine about the Trump Administration's war of attrition against women asylum seekers. #ChampionWhatMatters #asylumseekers #humanrights

The Trump administration has an obsession with attacking gender-based asylum claims—further harming immigrant women seeking refuge from domestic violence.

Last week, 3L Zach Perez with the WCL Immigrant Justice Clinic testified before the D.C. Council, in support of the Sanc...
10/05/2020

Last week, 3L Zach Perez with the WCL Immigrant Justice Clinic testified before the D.C. Council, in support of the Sanctuary Values Act, a bill which seeks to address critical gaps in D.C. policy that render noncitizens susceptible to enforcement actions by ICE. Zach and three other IJC student attorneys are working with a coalition of local advocates to push for the bill's passage and to strengthen sanctuary protections in the District of Columbia. Even during the pandemic, our students are acquiring valuable skills while addressing critical issues for our community. #ChampionWhatMatters #ImmigrantJustice #WCL

Transactional clinics stand for justice! Listen to Community & Economic Development Law Clinic Prof. Joe Pileri and Fall...
09/08/2020
Taking Action 8 - 18 - 2020

Transactional clinics stand for justice! Listen to Community & Economic Development Law Clinic Prof. Joe Pileri and Fall Entrepreneurship Law Clinic student Mariana Teran describe their summer work with Vendedores Unidos, an organization of street vendors seeking to decriminalize their businesses and remove barriers blocking their access to Covid-related economic relief efforts. https://soundcloud.com/empowerdc/taking-action-8-18-2020

Topic: DC's Street Vendors Fight for Justice Imagine being criminalized for the business you operate to support your family. Imagine being left out of economic relief programs because of your immigrat

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09/08/2020

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09/08/2020

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Latest working paper for American University Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, from our very own Jayesh Rathod...
09/08/2020
AU CLALS on Twitter

Latest working paper for American University Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, from our very own Jayesh Rathod!

“Have you seen the newest CLALS working paper? @AUWCL Professor @profrathod authored “Legal Protections for Environmental Migrants: Expanding Possibilities and Redefining Success.” Read the full text: https://t.co/FqmH6Zy0QA”

Congrats to IP Clinic alumna Natalie Koss ('03)!
07/02/2020
Natalie Koss '03 Elected to D.C. Bar Board of Governors

Congrats to IP Clinic alumna Natalie Koss ('03)!

Congratulations to Natalie M. Koss ’03, elected to the D.C. Bar Board of Governors. Koss, a member of the D.C. Bar for over 15 years, is managing partner of Potomac Legal Group PLLC.

This is what badass immigration lawyering looks like during a pandemic. Congrats to Immigrant Justice Clinic Student Att...
06/10/2020

This is what badass immigration lawyering looks like during a pandemic. Congrats to Immigrant Justice Clinic Student Attorneys Audrey Georgia and Shazreh Khan on a successful final hearing!

Join the American University Washington College of Law Community and Economic Development Law Clinic for a Town Hall on ...
05/12/2020

Join the American University Washington College of Law Community and Economic Development Law Clinic for a Town Hall on the National Agenda for Street Vendor Justice! This is a joint effort among street vendor advocacy organizations from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C.

Together, the LA Street Vendor Campaign, Street Vendor Association of Chicago, Street Vendor Project, and Many Languages One Voice are uniting to advance a platform to support street vendors across the country during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tune in to hear from organizers, street vendors, and supporters on the needs of street vendors and how we can work together to uplift them and other vulnerable workers beyond this pandemic. There will also be live performances!

We will discuss the short term and long term needs of street vendors and how we must support them in the broader fight for housing and economic opportunities. Listen to their stories and join us for a call to action.

The evening will also feature live performances from artists such as Grammy award-winning Quetzal.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:00pm PT // 6:30pm - 8:00pm CT // 7:30p - 9:00pm ET

WHERE: Facebook Live (https://bit.ly/3ccWTih) and Youtube (bit.ly/cancelrentfest)

American University Washington College of Law
04/01/2020

American University Washington College of Law

WCL Office of Public Interest's Equal Justice Foundation Auction goes live today! Check out the bid book at this link: https://bit.ly/3axsNF2

Mark your calendars, bookmark the auction site (one.bidpal.net/ejf) and get ready to support American University Washington College of Law's public interest community!

IJC practitioner-in-residence Cori Alonso-Yoder examines the wider impact of SCOTUS' recent ruling in Hernandez v. Mesa.
03/20/2020
Justices' Border Patrol Ruling Could Extend To US Citizens - Law360

IJC practitioner-in-residence Cori Alonso-Yoder examines the wider impact of SCOTUS' recent ruling in Hernandez v. Mesa.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Hernandez v. Mesa, barring a Mexican family’s remedies for the fatal cross-border shooting of their son by a federal agent, sweeps broadly toward curtailing constitutional remedies for similarly aggrieved U.S. citizens, says Cori Alonso-Yoder at American Univ...

03/18/2020
WCL Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations

Sharing this important message from the WCL Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations.

#WCLRejectsRacism

As members of the WCL Community, we reject expressions of xenophobia, including those associated with COVID-19. We encourage everyone to refrain from using racist, Anti-Asian language and hashtags when discussing the coronavirus. These unwarranted responses to the situation in which we all find ourselves have no place at WCL, and are inconsistent with our core values.

We value and support all students, staff, faculty and alumni impacted by the spread of this virus and strive to build a community of caring based on empathy, reciprocal trust, and inclusive excellence. Help us to promote a productive response to this outbreak and the health and welfare of our community:

*Visit CDC.gov to educate yourself and those around us on the Coronavirus;

*Join us in rejecting racism, bigotry and xenophobia when you see it. Use the hashtags #IAmNotAVirus and #WCLRejectsRacism to support members of our community;

*Report incidents of bias to the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations at [email protected].

International Human Rights Law (IHRLC) students Cat Walker, Kate Schnell, Nick Ripley, and Limayli Huguet (pictured left...
03/03/2020

International Human Rights Law (IHRLC) students Cat Walker, Kate Schnell, Nick Ripley, and Limayli Huguet (pictured left to right) traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras with Professor Anita Sinha to meet with clients and conduct field research about the impacts of the Trump administration's family separation policy. Later this spring, they will be filling claims for damages against the agencies responsible for enforcing this policy and the human rights violations resulting from it. They will also be sharing the results of their fieldwork to help other practitioners and policymakers better achieve justice for these families.

APPLICATIONS DUE TODAY!! If you are interested in applying for clinic for the 2020-2021 AY, don't forget to submit your ...
03/02/2020

APPLICATIONS DUE TODAY!! If you are interested in applying for clinic for the 2020-2021 AY, don't forget to submit your applications today by 11:50 PM! #AUWCL #WCLClinicMatters

Professor Margaret Martin Barry is Director of the Re-Entry Clinic, which serves people who are struggling as a result o...
02/26/2020

Professor Margaret Martin Barry is Director of the Re-Entry Clinic, which serves people who are struggling as a result of their contact with the criminal system. The Re-Entry Clinic meets in the evening and is a great option for our part-time students. Prof. Barry has been a clinical teacher for many years, teaching in the US and also abroad. Among her interests are hiking, skiing, and travel. According to Prof. Barry, “What I like most about teaching in the clinic is the chance to work with incredibly talented and dedicated students on behalf of clients who desperately need our help.” Apply to clinic and work with Prof. Barry! http://bit.ly/2wJq6Bv

This week, we will be profiling members of our clinical faculty, starting with Prof. Susan Bennett, Director of the Comm...
02/24/2020

This week, we will be profiling members of our clinical faculty, starting with Prof. Susan Bennett, Director of the Community & Economic Development Law Clinic. Prof. Bennett enjoys cooking, gardening, playing piano, and exploring her adopted home of Baltimore. And here’s why she enjoys working with students on transactional matters: “I love it when our students see how they advance their clients’ mission-driven businesses. Drafting and negotiating leases, setting up non-profits, for-profits, and subsidiaries, engaging in legislative advocacy: these are just a few among our many activities in clinic that are transferable to all kinds of practice settings in the future.” Apply to Clinic and work with Prof. Bennett! http://bit.ly/2wJq6Bv

Attention current WCL students: join us for these upcoming events to learn more about the WCL Clinical Program!
02/12/2020

Attention current WCL students: join us for these upcoming events to learn more about the WCL Clinical Program!

SAVE THE DATE! Are you interested in participating in clinic during the 2020-2021 AY? Join us for our application inform...
01/27/2020

SAVE THE DATE! Are you interested in participating in clinic during the 2020-2021 AY? Join us for our application information session on Thursday, February 13th and check out the clinic workspace at our Open House on Thursday, February 20th!

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Immigrant Justice Clinic students are sharing a KYR presentation tonight on asylum at the Empoderate Youth Center of La Clínica del Pueblo!
I am a person with a mental disability and I need free legal representation against two major mental health institutions who were negligent with my safety which caused physical injuries as well as additional emotional distress. How can I find assistance? If you know anyone who can help me, please send them my way!
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We welcome members of the WCL Clinical Program to an event Tuesday at the Members Room in the Library of Congress, when Death Row Exhonoree #138, Anthony Graves, lays out his vision for federal criminal justice reforms at an 8:30 AM policy discussion hosted by Rep. Al Green. RSVP to [email protected]
Congratulations on their graduation to the wonderful students of the Immigrant Justice Clinic. I really appreciate the chance to work with you all for the past year. Best wishes for this next part of the journey.