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JANE AIKEN; Associate Dean (Clinical Education and Public Service); Professor of Law; Director, The Community Justice Project; B.A., Hollins College; J.D., New York University; LL.M., Georgetown.

Dean Aiken joined the Georgetown faculty in Fall 2007, is co-director of The Community Justice Project and serves as Associate Dean of the Clinical Education and Public Interest and Community Service Programs. She spent ten years at Washington University School of Law where she was the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law. She was a Root-Tilden Scholar and graduated from New York University School of Law. She received her LLM from Georgetown Law Center as a fellow in the Center for Applied Legal Studies. She is well-known for her work in clinical legal education and evidence. While at Washington University, she was the Director of the Civil Justice Clinic, where the Clinic's cases involved a wide array of legal issues focusing on abuse of power. These cases included domestic violence against women and children, clemency and parole, police brutality, municipal violations involving resisting arrest and habeas and Section 1983 complex litigation. Dean Aiken has taught evidence for 20 years. She is an American Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the American Law Institute. She is a member of the ABA Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Tribhuvan Law Campus in Kathmandu, Nepal during the Fall of 2001 and continues her work there, particularly in the area of women's rights. In 2000 and 2001, Dean Aiken was a Carnegie Scholar in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her research and writing include many articles about character evidence, domestic violence, and clinical pedagogy.

JUDY APPELBAUM; Visiting Professor of Law and Director, Federal Legislative and Administrative Clinic; B.A., University of Pennsylvania; J.D. Stanford Law School.

Judy Appelbaum has worked in Washington at the intersection of law and policy for over 30 years, serving in the Executive Branch, on Senate staff, in private practice, and in leading non-profit organizations.  Most recently, she served at the U.S. Department of Justice in the positions of Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, where she was responsible for overseeing the Department's dealings with Congress.  She is the recipient of the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement, the Department's highest award for attorneys, for her work in connection with advancing federal hate crimes legislation to enactment.  Before joining DOJ, she served as Director of Programs for the American Constitution Society, and before that, she was Vice President and Legal Director at the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), where she participated in litigation, advocacy and public education activities in many areas of NWLC's work, with a particular focus on sex discrimination in education and employment as well as judicial nominations.  Earlier, she served as Counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy on his Senate Judiciary Committee staff and his chief advisor on women's rights issues. Appelbaum also practiced law in Washington, D.C. for several years, representing clients before Congress and the executive branch and in trial and appellate courts around the country.  She received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Stanford Law School.

HOPE M. BABCOCK; Professor of Law; Co-Director, Institute for Public Representation; B.A., Smith College; LL.B., Yale.

Professor Babcock joined the faculty in 1991. Before that she served as general counsel to the National Audubon Society from 1987–91 and as deputy general counsel and Director of Audubon's Public Lands and Water Program from 1981–87. Previously, she was a partner with Blum, Nash & Railsback, where she focused on energy and environmental issues, and an associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, where she represented utilities in the nuclear licensing process. From 1977–79, she served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy and Minerals in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Professor Babcock teaches environmental and natural resources law at Georgetown and has taught environmental law as a visiting professor at Pace University Law School, and as an adjunct at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Catholic University, and Antioch law schools. While at Pace, she co-directed Pace's environmental clinic. Professor Babcock was a member of the Standing Committee on Environmental Law of the American Bar Association, served on the Clinton-Gore Transition Team, and is former Chair of the Natural Resources Law section of the American Association of Law Schools. Professor Babcock's scholarly writings include articles on natural resources and environmental law, environmental justice, environmental norms, takings, Indian law, and clinics.

ANGELA J. CAMPBELL; Professor of Law; Co-Director, Institute for Public Representation; B.A., Hampshire College; J.D., UCLA; LL.M., Georgetown.

Professor Campbell joined the faculty in 1988 and is Co-Director of the Institute for Public Representation where she is in charge of the First Amendment and Media Law project. Prior to joining the Institute, she was an attorney with the Communications and Finance Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and in private practice as an associate with the law firm Fisher, Wayland, Cooper & Leader. From 1981-83 she was a Graduate Fellow at the Institute. Professor Campbell's recent law review articles include A Historical Perspective on the Public's Right of Access to the Media (2007), A Public Interest Perspective on the Impact of the Broadcasting Provisions of the 1996 Act (2006), and Restricting the Marketing of Junk Food to Children by Product Placement and Character Selling (2006).

JOHN M. COPACINO; Professor of Law; Director, Criminal Justice Clinic and Co-Director of the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program; B.A., M.A.T., Duke; J.D., University of Virginia; LL.M., Georgetown.

Professor Copacino is the Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and the Co-Director of the E. Barrett Pretty¬man graduate program in criminal trial advocacy. Professor Copacino has been a member of the faculty since 1987. He was previously the director of the Criminal Law and the Juvenile Law clinics at Antioch School of Law and served as the director of the Suffolk Defenders criminal defense clinic at Suffolk Law School while a Visiting Professor at that school. Prof. Copacino was the third recipient of the Law Center's Frank Flegal Teaching Award, given annually for outstanding contributions by full-time faculty to teaching at the Law Center. He has tried criminal cases in the Superior Court since 1979, serving as lead trial counsel in hundreds of felony cases. He continues to represent clients in serious felonies and post-conviction litigation. He is actively involved in efforts to improve the practice of criminal law in the District of Columbia. He is a former chair of the Steering Committee of the D.C. Bar's Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section and serves on numerous Superior Court Criminal Division committees. He regularly participates in local and national training programs for criminal defense lawyers.

MICHAEL DIAMOND; Professor of Law; Director, Harrison Institute for Housing and Community Development; B.A., Syracuse; J.D., Fordham; LL.M., N.Y.U.

Professor Diamond is the Director of Georgetown's Harrison Institute for Housing and Community Development and its Housing and Community Development Clinic. Prior to his arrival at the Law Center, Professor Diamond taught at American University's Washington College of Law and at Antioch University School of Law. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Puerto Rico and at Gonzaga Law School. He has taught Contracts, Business Associations, Property, Housing and Economic Development and has written extensively in these fields. He has served as a consultant to the American Bar Association, the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative on proposed housing laws in Russia and Bosnia, and as a legal education specialist on a team conducting a mid term evaluation of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Economic Law and Improved Procurement System project in Indonesia. He has also been of counsel to the law firm of O'Toole, Rothwell, Nassau, and Steinbach. He has authored books on corporations and real estate law and has written several articles on poverty, community, corporations and property.

DEBORAH EPSTEIN; Professor of Law; Director, Domestic Violence Clinic; B.A., Brown; J.D., New York University.

Professor Epstein joined the faculty in 1993, and serves as Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic and was Associate Dean of the Clinical Education and Public Interest and Community Service Programs from 2005 to 2012. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Epstein practiced at the civil rights firm of Bernabei & Katz, representing plaintiffs in sex discrimination suits, and clerked for Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Marvin Katz. From 1994-96, Professor Epstein co-chaired a multi-disciplinary effort to create a new Domestic Violence Unit within the D.C. Superior Court that fundamentally restructured the way that the local justice system handles civil and criminal family abuse matters. Until 2001, she co-directed the D.C. Superior Court's Domestic Violence Intake Center and directed the Emergency Domestic Relations Project, a public interest organization providing legal and educational services to indigent victims of intimate abuse. She is Chair of the D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, a member of the Mayor's Commission on Violence Against Women, the D.C. Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, and the Board of Directors of the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is the author of numerous publications in the area of domestic violence law; her most recent book is Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health and Justice (Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association 2008).

STEVEN H. GOLDBLATT; Professor of Law; Director, Appellate Litigation Program; Faculty Director, Supreme Court Institute; B.A., Franklin & Marshall; J.D., Georgetown.

After graduating from the Law Center in 1970, Professor Goldblatt was an Assistant District Attorney and then a Deputy District Attorney of Philadelphia. In 1981 he returned to the Law Center to run the Appellate Litigation Program with Professor Samuel Dash. He regularly files briefs and appears in federal courts of appeals and has argued five cases in the Supreme Court of the United States including four on behalf of Appellate Litigation Program clients. He is the faculty-director of Georgetown's Supreme Court Institute and also serves as the Chair of the Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He has previously served on the ABA Criminal Justice Standards Committee and been the chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Amicus Curiae Briefs Committee (1982-1999). In 1985, he was a member of the ABA committee that issued the report, Appellate Litigation Skills Training: The Role of the Law Schools. He served as reporter to the ABA Criminal Justice Section's Special Committee on Criminal Justice in a Free Society. That committee's report, Criminal Justice in Crisis, was published in 1988. In 1992, he was the reporter to the ABA Task Force on Minorities in the Justice System. Its July 1992 report was adopted by the ABA.

KRISTIN N. HENNING; Professor of Law; Co-Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic; B.A., Duke University; J.D., Yale Law School; LL.M., Georgetown.

Professor Henning came to Georgetown in 1995 as a Stewart-Stiller Fellow in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinics. As a Fellow she represented adults and children in the D.C. Superior Court, while supervising law students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. In 1997, Professor Henning joined the staff of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she served as the Lead Attorney for the Juvenile Unit designed to meet the multi-disciplinary needs of children in juvenile court. Professor Henning returned to the Georgetown faculty in 2001. Professor Henning has been active in local, regional and national juvenile justice reform, serving on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center, the Board of Directors for the Center for Children's Law and Policy, and the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services Advisory Board and Oversight Committee. She has served as a consultant to organizations such as the New York Department of Corrections and the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, and was appointed as a reporter for the ABA Task Force on Juvenile Justice Standards. Professor Henning has published a number of law review articles on the role of child's counsel, the role of parents in delinquency cases, confidentiality and victims' rights in juvenile courts, and therapeutic jurisprudence in the juvenile justice system. Professor Henning also traveled to Liberia in 2006 and 2007 to aid the country in juvenile justice reform and was awarded the 2008 Shanara Gilbert Award by the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools in May for her commitment to social justice on behalf of children.

WALLACE J. MLYNIEC; Lupo-Ricci Professor of Clinical Legal Studies; Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic; B.S., Northwestern; J.D., Georgetown.

Professor Wallace J. Mlyniec is the Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and assists with the training of fellows in the Clinical Fellowship Program. He is the author of numerous books and articles concerning criminal law, the law relating to children and families, and teaching. He was the director of the Judicial Conference Study on ABA Criminal Justice Standards, the administrator of the Emergency Bail Fund, and served as a consultant to the San Jose State University and University of Maryland Schools of Social Work, the ABA's National Resource Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, several law schools, and the California Bar Examiners. Professor Mlyniec has been a member of the A.B.A. Juvenile Justice Committee since 1995 and was its chair from 1998 to 2005. He is currently a chair of the Board of Directors for the National Juvenile Defender Center. He was on the AALS Standing Committee on Clinical Education for several years and served as chair in 1992. Professor Mlyniec was a recipient of a Bicentennial Fellowship from the Swedish government to study their child welfare system and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Pediatric Law at Loyola University Law School's ChildLaw Program. He is also the recipient of the William Pincus award for his contributions to clinical legal education and the Stuart Stiller Award, the AALS Robert Drinan Award, and the Law Students in Court Lever Award for legal service in the public interest.

ALICIA PLERHOPLES; Associate Professor of Law; A.B., Harvard; M.A., Princeton; J.D., Yale.

Professor Plerhoples joins the Law Center faculty in 2012. She is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Policy and Yale Law School where she served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and articles editor of the Yale Journal of Law; Feminism. Professor Plerhoples practiced real estate finance and corporate finance law in both New York City and Silicon Valley prior to entering academia. She has completed two post-graduate fellowships, the first at Stanford Law School as the Orrick, Herrington; Sutcliffe Clinical Teaching Fellow with the Organizations; Transactions Clinic, and the second at the University of California Hastings College of the Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor in business law and clinical education.

Professor Plerhoples' scholarship explores hybrid business entities and their governance. Her recent article Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?, 13 Transactions: Tenn. J. Bus. L. 221 (2012), examines traditional corporate law principles and how they might be adapted and applied to the flexible purpose corporation, a new corporate form that allows businesses to pursue social and environmental objectives along with profits. Professor Plerhoples' teaching interests include transactional law and clinical education. Currently, she is developing a transactional law clinic for the Law Center that will serve the legal needs of social entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations.

RICHARD L. ROE; Professor of Law; Director, D.C. Street Law Clinic; B.A., Yale; J.D., University of Maine.

Professor Roe directs the Law Center's D.C. Street Law Clinic and specializes in educating the public about the law. Prior to joining the Law Center faculty in 1983, he served as Program Director of the National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law and Executive Director of the Coalition for Law Related Education in Washington, D.C. He has conducted numerous workshops throughout the country on teaching about the law to the public. He is the co-author of the high school textbook, Great Trials in American History. He has reviewed upcoming arguments in Preview of Supreme Court Cases, written several articles for Update on Law Related Education, edited the ABA publication Putting on Mock Trials and is the author of Valuing Student Speech in the California Law Review. Professor Roe was the founder and Director of the D.C. Family Literacy Project, which taught prisoners and homeless families how to read with their children and other developmentally appropriate practices. His present research focuses on learning theory and its implications for law and law teaching.

SUSAN DELLER ROSS; Professor of Law; Director, International Women's Human Rights Clinic; B.A., Knox; J.D., New York University.

Professor Ross has taught courses at Georgetown on International and Comparative Law on Women's Human Rights, Family Law, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Gender and the Law. In January 1999 she founded and directed a new clinical program at Georgetown – the International Women's Human Rights Clinic. From 1983 until then, she served as Director of Georgetown's Sex Discrimination Clinic and taught clinical courses focused on women's rights issues such as employment discrimination and domestic violence. Her publications include law school casebooks, Women's Human Rights: The International and Comparative Law Casebook (2008), Sex Discrimination and the Law (co-author) (1996, 2d ed., and 1975), a book for lay audiences on The Rights of Women (4 eds.), and numerous articles on subjects such as polygamy, fact-finding, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and parental leave. She has also lectured and served as a consultant on international and comparative perspectives on women's human rights in India, Mongolia, Lithuania, Guatemala, and Madagascar. In the Clinic, Georgetown faculty and students work collaboratively with women's human rights advocates in African, Eastern European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern countries, on issues ranging from "honor" killings of women and female genital mutilation to sex discrimination in employment, marital property, and intestate succession. Before joining the Georgetown faculty in 1983, Professor Ross served as Special Litigation Counsel for Sex Discrimination in the Civil Rights Division at the US Justice Department and Clinical Director of the ACLU Women's Rights Project. She also worked in the General Counsel's Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and taught as an adjunct or visiting law professor at George Washington, Columbia, NYU, and Rutgers (Newark). She served in the Peace Corps from 1965-1967 in Ivory Coast, West Africa.

ANDREW SCHOENHOLTZ; Professor from Practice; Co-Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies; B.A., Hamilton; J.D., Harvard; Ph.D., Brown.

Professor Schoenholtz directs the Center for Applied Legal Studies at the Law Center, where students represent non-citizens claiming asylum from persecution in immigration removal proceedings. He also directs the Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies and is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration. He teaches courses on Refugee Law and Policy, Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies, Immigration Law and Policy, and the Rights of Detained Immigrants.". Prior to teaching at the Law Center, Professor Schoenholtz served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and practiced immigration, asylum and international law with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling. Dr. Schoenholtz has conducted fact-finding missions in Haiti, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Croatia, Bosnia, Malawi, and Zambia to study root causes of forced migration, refugee protection, long-term solutions to mass migration emergencies, and humanitarian relief operations. He researches and writes regularly on refugee law and policy. His publications include: Rejecting Refugees: Homeland Security's Administration of the One-Year Bar to Asylum (co-author); Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication (co-author); Refugee Protection in the United States Post-September 11th; The Uprooted: Improving Humanitarian Responses to Forced Migration (chapter on "Improving Legal Frameworks"); and Aiding and Abetting Persecutors: The Seizure and Return of Haitian Refugees in Violation of the U.N. Refugee Convention and Protocol.

PHILIP G. SCHRAG; Delaney Family Professor of Public Interest Law; Co-Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies; A.B., Harvard; LL.B., Yale.

Professor Schrag teaches Civil Procedure and directs the Center for Applied Legal Studies, in which students represent refugees who are seeking political asylum in the United States. He is also the Director of the Public Interest Law Scholars Program, through which selected law students who plan careers as public interest lawyers receive scholarship grants and special academic enrichment and guidance in that field. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1981, he was assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Educational Fund, Consumer Advocate of the City of New York, a professor at Columbia University Law School, and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, from which he received a Meritorious Honor Award in 1981. Professor Schrag has also had a distinguished and varied career in civic service, which has included positions as a delegate to the District of Columbia Statehood Constitutional Convention in 1982, an editor and consultant on consumer protection during the Carter-Mondale transition, a consultant to the New York State Consumer Protection Board, a consultant to the Governor's Advisory Council of Puerto Rico, and an Academic Specialist for the United States Information Agency in the Czech Republic and Hungary. In addition, he drafted New York City's Consumer Protection Act of 1969. He is also a prolific author, having written dozens of articles on consumer law, nuclear arms control, political asylum, and various other topics for both law journals and popular publications. He is the author of fourteen books, including A Well-founded Fear: The Congressional Battle to Save Political Asylum in America (Routledge, 2000); Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle for Safety in America (with Kenney, Univ. of Calif. Press 2008); and Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (with Ramji-Nogales and Schoenholtz, N.Y.U. Press, 2009). In 2008, he was honored with the Deborah C. Rhode award for public service; the Daniel Levy Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in immigration law; the Equal Justice Works Outstanding Law Faculty Award; and the Myers Outstanding Book Award for Asylum Denied.

ABBE SMITH; Director of the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, Co Director of the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program, and Professor of Law at Georgetown University.

She joined the Georgetown faculty in 1996. Prior to Georgetown, Professor Smith was Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, and a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at Harvard. Professor Smith has also taught at the City University New York School of Law, Temple University School of Law, American University Washington College of Law, and the University of Melbourne Law School (Australia), where she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2005-06. Professor Smith teaches and writes on criminal defense, legal ethics, juvenile justice, and clinical legal education. In addition to numerous law journal articles, she is the author of CASE OF A LIFETIME: A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER'S STORY (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), co author with Monroe Freedman of UNDERSTANDING LAWYERS' ETHICS (4th ed., Lexis-Nexis, 2010), co-editor with Monroe Freedman of HOW CAN YOU REPRESENT THOSE PEOPLE: CRIMINAL DEFENSE STORIES (forthcoming, 2013), co-author with Charles Ogletree, et al. of BEYOND THE RODNEY KING STORY: AN INVESTIGATION OF POLICE CONDUCT IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES (Northeastern University Press, 1994), and a contributing author of WE DISSENT (Michael Avery, ed., NYU Press, 2008) and LAW STORIES (Gary Bellow & Martha Minow, eds., University of Michigan Press, 1996). Professor Smith began her legal career at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she was an Assistant Defender, a member of the Special Defense Unit, and a Senior Trial Attorney from 1982 to 1990. She continues to be actively engaged in indigent defense—as both a clinical supervisor and member of the Criminal Justice Act panel for the DC Superior Court—and frequently presents at public defender and legal aid training programs in the United States and abroad. Professor Smith is on the Board of Directors of The Bronx Defenders and the National Juvenile Defender Center, and a longtime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Lawyers Guild. Court. In 2010, she was elected to the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, an exclusive national society for outstanding criminal trial lawyers. Professor Smith is also a published cartoonist. A collection of her cartoons, CARRIED AWAY: THE CHRONICLES OF A FEMINIST CARTOONIST, was published by Sanguinaria Publishing, Inc. in1984.

ROBERT K. STUMBERG; Professor of Law; Director, Harrison Institute for Public Law; B.A., Macalester; J.D., LL.M., Georgetown.

Professor Stumberg is director of the Harrison Institute for Public Law, which provides legal and policy services to public officials and nonprofit organizations. His published work on how trade policy affects governance includes NAFTA Services and Climate Change; The WTO, Environment & Service; GATS & Electricity; Trade Policy & Prescription Drugs; Federalism & Political Accountability under Global Trade Rules (with Matthew Porterfield), Preemption & Human Rights; and Sovereignty by Subtraction: The Multilateral Agreement on Investment. His previous work was on legislation, economic development, community lending and housing policy. After receiving his J.D. from Georgetown, he was a Georgetown teaching fellow, and he later served as Policy Director of the Center for Policy Alternatives in Washington, DC. He has served on the boards of directors of the Center for the Study of Services, publisher of Consumer Checkbook magazines; the AALS Section on Legislation, which he chaired; Susanna Wesley House, which he chaired; the Committee of 100 on the Federal City; the D.C. Housing Action Council; and the D.C. Mutual Housing Association.

 

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