Street Law Faculty and Staff
Richard L. Roe, Professor and Street Law Director
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.
Charisma X. Howell, Visiting Associate Professor
Mrs. Charisma X. Howell is a Visiting Associate Professor and former Street Law Clinic Co-Director at Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, she conducted research in the areas of education policy, accountability, assessment and best practices. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Professor Howell worked in the Executive Office of the Mayor as the Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council where she focused on creating policies that addressed juvenile justice and education. Professor Howell also served as legislative counsel and general counsel for an education advocacy organization that promoted access to high quality education for all students.
Professor Howell started her advocacy career by amassing numerous academic and trial skills related awards. She participated in the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy's Trial Skills Academy. Although the only student among 75 trial attorneys, Mrs. Howell was named "Best Advocate." She won a not guilty verdict in her first criminal jury trial with the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Howell has worked for the Honorable Judge John A. Houston of the United States District Court, Southern District of California and also interned at the California Innocence project which seeks the release of wrongfully convicted prisoners in California.
Professor Howell has taught about student centered teaching methodologies domestically and internationally at the graduate and undergraduate levels and for diverse stakeholders including legal professionals, lay people, and policy makers.
Professor Howell attended Arizona State University achieving a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She obtained her law degree from California Western School of Law in 2.5 years and her Master of Laws in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.
Gharrett Favinger, Teaching Fellow
Gharrett Favinger graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law where he received the Amanda C. Howe Scholarship for teamwork in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.
As a fellow in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, Gharrett taught at high school classes in Washington D.C. and Prince George’s County, Maryland. He later became the Program Coordinator for the Project under former Street Law Fellow Melinda Cooperman.
A longtime advocate for improving public education, Gharrett spent time in college helping high school students in classes ranging from math and physics to social studies and shop. He previously served as an instructor in the Georgetown Summer Law Institute, and has presented on learner-centered legal education at the National Council for the Social Studies and the Middle States Council for the Social Studies annual conferences.
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