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Civil Rights Email: civilrightsclinic@georgetown.edu

 

Co-Directors


Hope Babcock, Co-Director and Professor of Law, directs IPR's Environmental section. She joined IPR in the fall of 1991 after being General Counsel of the National Audubon Society for five years. Professor Babcock graduated from Yale Law School in 1966. She was in private practice with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, in their Washington, D.C. Office, and a partner at Blum & Nash, also in Washington. Before becoming Audubon's General Counsel in 1986, Professor Babcock was Deputy Counsel and Director of the Audubon Society's Public Lands and Waters Program. She served two years in the Carter Administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals at the Department of Interior, and on the Clinton-Gore Transition Team. In addition to her extensive litigation and government relations experience, Professor Babcock has taught environmental law at Pennsylvania, Yale, Pace, Catholic, and Antioch law schools, and has published articles on environmental and natural resources law, environmental justice, Indian sovereignty, and state sovereign immunity. She also teaches courses in environmental and natural resources law at the Law Center. She has served on the boards of several public interest environmental organizations and has been on various governmental advisory committees. Her outside interests include running, tennis, swimming, and the outdoors. She has two sons, one of whom practices labor law in Washington, D.C., and three grandchildren. Professor Babcock lives with a significant other who is a semi-retired environmental policy analyst and economist , two boundlessly energetic large dogs, and an elderly cat.

Angela J. Campbell, Co-Director and Professor of Law, directs the Communications and Technology Law section of IPR. This section represents non-profit organizations before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Courts to establish and enforce media policies in the public interest. Professor Campbell has taught at IPR since 1988. Along with her students and graduate fellows, she has advocated for protecting children's online privacy, diversifying media ownership, increasing access to media for persons with disabilities, and making broadcast stations more accountable to the public. She successfully argued a case in the US Court of Appeals that reversed an FCC decision that would have allowed tremendous concentration within the broadcast industry. Her recent law review articles include Pacifica Reconsidered: Implications for the Current Controversy Over Broadcast Indecency, 63 Fed. Comm. L. J. 195 (2010); The Legacy of Red Lion, 60 Admin. L. Rev. 783 (2008); and A Historical Perspective on the Public's Right of Access to the Media, 35 Hofstra L. Rev. 1027 (2007). Professor Campbell is a frequent speaker at conferences, serves on the Steering Committee of the Food Marketing Work Group and other non-profit advisory boards, and is a Faculty Advisor to Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology. Professor Campbell graduated from Hampshire College in 1976 and earned her JD at the UCLA School of Law in 1981, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Federal Communications Law Journal. After graduating from law school, she worked at IPR as a Graduate Fellow and received her LL.M; the law firm of Fisher, Wayland, Cooper & Leader; and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Aderson Francois, Co-Director and Professor of Law, directs the Civil Rights Section of the Institute for Public Representation (IPR) and the Voting Rights Institute. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Professor Francois directed the Civil Rights Clinic at Howard University School of Law, where he also taught Constitutional Law, Federal Civil Rights, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence. His scholarly interests include voting rights, education law, and the history of slavery and Reconstruction. His practice experience encompasses federal trial and appellate litigation concerning equal protection in education, employment discrimination, voting rights, marriage equality, and the right to a fair criminal trial. Professor Francois received his J.D. from New York University School and clerked for the late Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 2008, the Transition Team of President Barack Obama appointed Professor Francois Lead Agency Reviewer for the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has provided pro bono death penalty representation to inmates before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, served as a Special Assistant in with the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., and practiced commercial litigation in the New York Offices of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton &Garrison. He has testified before Congress on civil rights issues and drafted numerous briefs to the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of California, the Supreme Court of Iowa, and Maryland's highest court. Before joining Howard's faculty, Professor François was the Assistant Director of the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law.

Benton Senior Counselor

Andrew Jay Schwartzman, the Benton Senior Counselor, joined the Media Law and Policy Project in January, 2014.  From 1978 through 2012, Schwartzman headed Media Access Project (MAP). MAP was a non-profit public interest telecommunications law firm which represented the public in promoting the First Amendment rights to speak and to hear.  It sought to promote creation of a well informed electorate by insuring vigorous debate in a free marketplace of ideas.  It was the chief legal strategist in efforts to oppose major media mergers and preserve policies promoting media diversity.  MAP also led efforts to promote openness and innovation on broadband networks and to insure that broad and affordable public access is provided during the deployment of advanced telecommunications networks.  Since 2003, Schwartzman has also taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Sciences Department of Advanced Academic Programs.  He was the Law and Regulation Contributor to Les Brown's Encyclopedia of Television, and is the author of the telecommunications chapter in the Encyclopedia of the Consumer Movement. Schwartzman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Graduate Fellows

Yael Brombergreceived her J.D. from Rutgers Law, where she received the Eli Jarmel Memorial Prize for greatest interest and proficiency in public interest law. Prior to joining IPR, Yael worked in the national headquarters of Common Cause on litigation, legislative research, and policy related to democracy law, including voting rights, elections, campaign finance reform, redistricting, judicial ethics, and open government. Yael previously clerked for the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Her experiences include a Kinoy/Stavis Fellowship in the Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic and an Ella Baker Fellowship with the Center for Constitutional Rights. Last year, Yael received the Eric Neisser Public Service Award from Rutgers Law, an annual alumni award provided “in recognition of her outstanding achievements in carrying forward the law school’s mission of providing liberty and justice for all.” Yael’s background in community organizing, advocacy, and academic research inform her passion for impact litigation. Yael is barred in New York and New Jersey.

Jim Graves, received his J.D.summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the Minnesota Supreme Court. He then attended graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is finishing his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy. Most recently, Jim was the Law & Technology Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where he focused on consumer protection and emerging technology issues. Before attending law school, Jim worked as a data security and networking professional for over 15 years.  Jim holds a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science and an MS in Information Networking, both from Carnegie Mellon University.  He has written and co-authored numerous articles on data security, privacy economics, and law.  

Chris Laughlin, received his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, where he served as Lead Production Editor for the Colorado Technology Law Journal. His article, Cybersecurity in Critical Infrastructure Sectors, was published in the Spring 2016 edition of the journal. During law school, Chris worked in the Office of Chairman Tom Wheeler at the Federal Communications Commission, for the Public Policy shop in Comcast's DC office, as a student attorney in the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law and Policy Clinic, and for Maryland-based telecommunications consulting firm CTC Technology & Energy. He also worked for the International Trade Administration in the Department of Commerce, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado, and for The Honorable William Robbins in the Denver District Court. Chris worked for seven years prior to law school, most recently as a Senior Legislative Performance Auditor for the Colorado Office of the State Auditor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Andy Mendrala, graduated from Washington and Lee University with his B.A. in Religion in 2004, and from Howard University School of Law with his J.D. in 2011. Before joining the clinic, Andy was a senior associate at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr LLP, in Washington D.C., where he was a member of the firm's Litigation/Controversy practice group. At WilmerHale, worked on a variety of high-stakes civil and criminal matters. While there, he drafted and filed briefs in federal and state court, at both the appellate and trial level, and represented clients before a number of law enforcement and regulatory agencies. He also had an activepro bonopractice, representing clients in complex matters relating to racial discrimination, the constitutional right to counsel, and human trafficking. Andy clerked for then Chief Judge Deborah Chasanow of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and he was a judicial intern for Judge Ricardo Urbina of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is admitted to the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia.   

While in law school, Andy was a student attorney in Howard University's civil rights clinic and a senior staff editor of the Howard Law Journal. Prior to his legal career, Andy was the associate director for development at the NativityMiguel Network of Schools in Washington DC. He also taught religion and ethics at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia from 2004-2007. Andy lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Emily, and their children Doc and Mae.

Ariel Nelson, received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2015 and is a member of the California bar. During law school, she spent two years litigating Alien Tort Statute cases in the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic and served as Executive Submissions Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law &Gender. Ariel was also a Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellow at the Center for Justice & Accountability and interned at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights &Urban Affairs and the Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert &Associates. Before joining IPR, she clerked for the Honorable David O. Carter on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book chapter discussing the federal climate change lawsuit brought by the youth-centered activist initiative, Our Children's Trust. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Adam Riedel, received his J.D. and an M.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. Following law school, he joined the Environmental Practice Group at Davis Polk &Wardwell, LLP in New York. In 2011, he left Davis Polk to serve as the Associate Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. Before joining IPR, Adam was a senior associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group at Manatt, Phelps &Phillips, LLP in Washington. At Manatt, his practice focused on enforcement and litigation, compliance counseling, and contaminated property cleanup and remediation. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Hannah, and their identical twin daughters.







 

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