Street Law Faculty and Staff
Richard L. Roe
D.C. Street Law Program
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-2095
Tel: (202) 662-9615
Richard L. Roe is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Director of the D.C. Street Law Clinic. He received his J.D. degree in 1977 from the University of Maine School of Law and A.B. from Yale College in 1969.
Professor Roe since 1983 has directed the two-semester clinical program, Street Law High Schools, in which law students teach year-long elective courses in District of Columbia high schools. The courses treat legal and civic dimensions of criminal, tort, consumer, housing, family, human rights and other law and culminates in a city-wide mock trial competition. Professor Roe also directs the Street Law: Corrections and Community program in summers, in which law students teach a 6-week course in practical law in community settings, such as adult education programs, homeless settings, and prisons.
Professor Roe also teaches Literacy and the Law, a seminar exploring the connections between emergent literacy and the development of legal culture. This innovative course, co-taught with Professor John Hirsh of the Georgetown University English Department, is both interdisciplinary and interdepartmental (both law students and English graduate students are enrolled) and includes a service-learning practicum, in which participating students read with young children.
Additional projects include the creation in 2001 of the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, highly successful in preparing low proficiency students for success in college (all graduates have been accepted to college); the creation of the former D.C. Family Literacy Project, which helped homeless and incarcerated parents of young children to build their capacities to develop their children's literacy; development of various curriculum units, including a Human Rights collaboration with the DC Commission on Human Rights and an Innocence Project curriculum; and the International LL.M. Street Law Human Rights Workshop.
Professor Roe has conducted trainings and workshops on Street Law and participatory educational methods globally, including Russia, Chile, Turkey, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Cambodia, and the UK, and at many international conferences.
Professor Roe also since 2009 is a facilitator of the Georgetown Law Center's Lawyers in Balance program, an eight week voluntary course each semester on mindfulness practices. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Thurgood Marshall Academy and the Hoya Federal Credit Union. Professor Roe has published "Valuing Student Speech: The Work for the Schools as Conceptual Development," 79 Cal. L. Rev. 1269 (1991), which examines recent cognitive research and applies it to the learning environment of schools and the role of students expression in schools.
Jessica attended Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.She was a student leader and project coordinator for the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, an independent, non-profit organization working to protect the environment and natural resources of the Pacific Northwest. Jessica also clerked for the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, now known as the Earthrise Law Center. In her third year Jessica participated in Lewis & Clark's Street Law program. She taught in traditional and non-traditional high schools. She graduated cum laude with a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. She is a Cornelius Honor Society inductee and received the Natural Resources Law Institute Leadership Award.Since law school, Jessica has continued to be active in high school classrooms and has served as a volunteer Street Law teacher at her local Boys and Girls Club.
Jessica graduated from Hendrix College with a B.A. in Chemistry. She spent her undergrad summers at Camp Illahee for Girls in Western North Carolina. She worked as a chemical analyst before returning to the mountains as an Assistant Director at Keystone Camp for Girls. Jessica helped to teach and develop leadership curricula at both camps. She has been involved in summer camping for over 10 years.
Hilary hails from the Twin Cities, having grown up just outside of Minneapolis and most recently graduating summa cum laude with a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she was elected Operations Editor for the Hamline Law Review.
As a law student, Hilary supervised her fellow certified Student Attorneys as Student Director of the Hamline Misdemeanor Clinic, where she represented clients in court for in-custody arraignments and probation violations. Hilary also represented clients from the St. Paul community and surrounding area at the Neighborhood Justice Center, a non-profit public defense organization. Hilary served there as a Minnesota Justice Foundation clerk her 2L summer, returning as a 3L to complete a semester in practice.
Prior to law school Hilary taught high school students as a social studies teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She developed curriculum for a panoply of subjects including Social Issues and American Government and Politics. Unbeknownst at the time, Hilary foreshadowed her present work with the DC Street Law Clinic by serving as a cooperating teacher for Marquette University's Street Law program.
Hilary graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education in 2010 with a dual B.S. in both Secondary Education Political Science and Secondary Education Broad Field Studies, as well as a certificate (minor) in Religious Studies.