D.C. Street Law Clinic
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-2095
Tel: (202) 662-9615
Clinic Staff & Faculty
Richard L. Roe, Professor and Clinic Director
The Street Law Clinic is directed by Professor Richard L. Roe. In addition to directing the Street Law Clinic, Professor Roe established and directs the D.C. Family Literacy Project, which helps incarcerated parents of young children to build their capacities to develop their children's literacy, and the Georgetown Even Start Project which works with homeless families.
Professor Roe received his J.D. degree in 1977 from the University of Maine School of Law and is a 1969 graduate of Yale College. After law school, from August 1977 to August 1983, Professor Roe was a Program Director for the National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law, which promotes law-related education by publishing curriculum, training teachers and lawyers, and providing assistance in program implementation in law schools, public and private school districts, and community and other settings. His responsibilities included: instructing teachers, attorneys and other persons in substantive law and educational methodology; planning and writing curricula in practical law and law in American history; the development of a practical law curriculum for adult basic education and English as a second language; and training correctional administrators.
Professor Roe's professional activities include:
- Presentations at the American Association of Law Schools workshops on teaching theory and practice;
- Presentations on "Children's Literature and the Law," "Family Literacy for Incarcerated Parents," and "Family Literacy in Correctional and Homeless Settings: Using Children's Books to Teach Parenting Skills" at the National Conference on Family Literacy;
- Numerous training sessions and workshops at law schools, correctional programs, and national and local conferences on a wide variety of legal topics and educational methods regarding teaching about the law to laypersons.
- Numerous presentations to international visitors about Street Law, family literacy and Georgetown clinical programs and methodology.
Professor Roe has written an article "Valuing Student Speech: The Work for the Schools as Conceptual Development," 79 Cal. L. Rev. 1269 (1991). This publication examines recent cognitive research and applies it to the learning environment of schools and the role of students' expression in schools. He is editor and co-author of Great Trials in American History, Text and Teacher's Manual, West Publishing Company, 1985. His present research focuses on how children develop their legal culture.
Melinda Cooperman, Clinical Teaching Fellow
Melinda comes to the Street Law Clinic from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil and Human Rights. As a law student, Melinda became actively involved with the Suspension Representation Project where she advocated for students facing suspension from New York City public schools. She also participated in the Elder Law Clinic, served as a Teaching Assistant for CUNY's hands-on Trial Practice Seminar, was chosen to represent CUNY School of Law at the 2011 ABA Section on Labor and Employment National Trial Competition, and facilitated the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) 2011 High School Law Academy. During law school, Melinda also taught a weekly class in a public high school through the New York Civil Rights Coalition that was focused on stereotypes in our society and the laws which historically served to perpetuate those stereotypes.
After graduating from The George Washington University in 2005 with a B.A. in Political Communication, Melinda coordinated a family and youth services program at a residential homeless shelter in San Francisco as a corps member for the San Francisco Urban Service Project. Immediately prior to law school, Melinda was a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural El Salvador, where she worked to increase citizen participation in government and provide opportunities for youth development. Melinda successfully negotiated an accord between the leaders of the six major political parties in her town to replace local propaganda images with cultural art. This accord paved the way for a day of community action where community members from all political parties painted cultural murals on the more than seventy lamp posts in the town. Additionally, in the local middle school, Melinda started an "Ecological Club" and developed a course for ninth graders which focused on themes of sex education, self-expression, and personal development.
Efrain Marimon, Clinical Teaching Fellow
Efrain graduated from the Florida State University in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and B.S. in Political Science. After graduation, he moved to Philadelphia where he served as a Teach for America corps member. Efrain earned a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and spent five years teaching middle school in Philadelphia. During this time, Efrain was awarded the “Top 100 Teachers” recognition by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and presented a formal commendation by the school district of Philadelphia’s superintendent for “Exemplary Community Leadership.”
Efrain attended Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center and graduated with honors. During law school, he served as an executive officer for the Democratic Law Student Council, worked as a Teaching Assistant for a Legal Writing Seminar, and was selected to compete in the 2013 Earl Zehmer Trial Competition. Efrain participated in the Street Law Program where he taught in a public high school and helped coordinate an annual mock trial. While attending law school, he clerked for the Miami-Dade School Board Attorney and the General Counsel for Florida’s Department of Education.