Wallace J. Mlyniec


Senior Counsel, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Lupo-Ricci Professor of Clinical Legal Studies

B.S., Northwestern; J.D., Georgetown

Areas of Expertise:

Clinical Education, Criminal Law and Procedure, Family Law

Professor Mlyniec is the former Director of Georgetown's Juvenile Justice Clinic. He served in that position from 1973 until 2015. He was the Associate Dean...

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Professor Mlyniec is the former Director of Georgetown's Juvenile Justice Clinic. He served in that position from 1973 until 2015. He was the Associate Dean for Georgetown's clinical programs from 1986 until 2005. Professor Mlyniec also teaches courses in wrongful convictions and children's rights and assists with training fellows in the Prettyman Fellowship Program. He is author of numerous books and articles concerning criminal law and the law relating to children and families and has written and spoken extensively about clinical education and clinical pedagogy. Professor Mlyniec was the Director of the Judicial Conference Study on ABA Criminal Justice Standards and the administrator of the Emergency Bail Fund. He has also 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. He is the former Chair of the ABA Committee on Juvenile Justice and former Chair of the Board of the National Juvenile Defender Center. Professor Mlyniec is a recipient of a Bicentennial Fellowship from the Swedish government to study their child welfare system, the Stuart Stiller Award for public service, the William Pincus award for contributions to clinical education, the Robert F. Drinan Award for contributions to public interest law, and the Gault Award for his work in juvenile advocacy. He received his B.S. at Northwestern University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Books

  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, Jane H. Aiken & Deborah Epstein, Teaching the Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).   
  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, Jane H. Aiken & Deborah Epstein, The Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, Lawyering Practice: Uncovering Unconscious Influences Before Rather Than After Errors Occur, 51 New Eng. L. Rev. 81-95 (2017).    [W]
  • Wallace J. Mlyniec & Haley D. Etchison, Conceptualizing Student Practice for the 21st Century: Educational and Ethical Considerations in Modernizing the District of Columbia Student Practice Rules, 28 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 207-270 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
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Books

  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, Jane H. Aiken & Deborah Epstein, Teaching the Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).   
  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, Jane H. Aiken & Deborah Epstein, The Clinic Seminar (St. Paul, Minn.: West Academic 2014).   
  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, Construction Notes: Transforming a Campus in Washington, D.C. (Garrett Park, Md.: On This Spot Productions 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Office of Research and Program Development, American Bar Assocation Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, Analysis of the Draft Code of Children for the Kyrgyz Republic (American Bar Association 2005) (Wallace J. Mlyniec, Contributor).    [BOOK]
  • Youth in the Criminal Justice System: Guidelines for Policy Makers (Wash., D.C.: Task Force on Youth in the Criminal Justice System of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 2001) (Wallace J. Mlyniec, Contributor).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, Lawyering Practice: Uncovering Unconscious Influences Before Rather Than After Errors Occur, 51 New Eng. L. Rev. 81-95 (2017).    [W]
  • Wallace J. Mlyniec & Haley D. Etchison, Conceptualizing Student Practice for the 21st Century: Educational and Ethical Considerations in Modernizing the District of Columbia Student Practice Rules, 28 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 207-270 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, Developing a Teacher Training Program for New Clinical Teachers, 19 Clinical L. Rev. 327-345 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, Where to Begin? Training New Teachers in the Art of Clinical Pedagogy, 18 Clinical L. Rev. 505-591 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, The Implications of Articles 37 and 40 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child for U.S. Juvenile Justice and U.S. Ratification of the Convention, Child Welfare, Sept./Oct. 2010, at 103-120.   
  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, In re Gault at 40: The Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court -- A Promise Unfulfilled, 44 Crim. L. Bull. 371-412 (2008).    [W]
  • Wallace J. Mlyniec & Anne H. Geraghty, Unified Family Courts: Tempering Enthusiasm with Caution, 40 Fam. Ct. Rev. 435-452 (2002).    [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, The Evolving Design of a First Generation Clinic, in Transforming the Education of Lawyers: The Theory and Practice of Clinical Pedagogy 320-326 (Susan Bryant, Elliott S. Milstein & Ann C. Shalleck eds., Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Juvenile Law and Practice, in 1 The District of Columbia Practice Manual (Wash., D.C.: District of Columbia Bar Association 8th-17th ed. 1999-2008) (Wallace J. Mlyniec, Contributor).    [BOOK]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Northwestern University School of Law's Children and Family Justice Center and Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, et al. as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Montgomery v. Louisiana, No. 14-280 (U.S. July 29, 2015).   

Congressional Testimony

  • Parental Kidnaping Prevention Act of 1979: Hearing on S. 105 Before the S. Subcomm. on Criminal Justice of the S. Comm. on the Judiciary & the S. Subcomm. on Child & Human Dev. of the S. Comm. on Labor & Human Res., 96th Cong., Jan. 30, 1980 (Statement of Wallace J. Mlyniec) (CIS-No.: 80-S521-51).   
  • Serious Youth Crime: Hearing Before the S. Subcomm. on Juvenile Deliquency of the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 95th Cong., Apr. 10, 12, 1978 (Statement of Wallace J. Mlyniec) (CIS-No.: 79-S521-11).   
  • Child Abuse Prevention: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the District of Columbia, 93d Cong., Aug. 14, 1974 (Statement of Wallace J. Mlyniec) (CIS-No.: 75-H301-20).   

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Wallace J. Mlyniec, "The Special Issues of Juvenile Justice:" An Introduction, Crim. Just., Spring 2000, at 4-5, 21.    [HEIN] [WWW]
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In the News

"How a Georgetown Law Professor Became a Cult Construction Blogger," coverage by Washington City Paper, October 27, 2016, featuring Professor Wallace Mlyniec.

"Residential at Capitol Crossing 'up in the air'," coverage by Washington Business Journal, August 10, 2016, quoting Professor Wallace Mlyniec.

This 273-Ton Synagogue Is Being Moved for the Third Time,” coverage in the Washingtonian, March 31, 2016, mentioning Professor Wallace Mlyniec.

"DCLY's Fall Ball Honors Toni Bush," coverage by Bisnow, December 3, 2015, mentioning Professors Kristin Henning and Wallace Mlyniec.

"GULC Professors Honored," coverage in The Hoya, November 17, 2015, featuring Professor Kristin Henning and Professor Wallace Mlyniec and quoting R. Daniel Okonkwo, L'05.

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"How a Georgetown Law Professor Became a Cult Construction Blogger," coverage by Washington City Paper, October 27, 2016, featuring Professor Wallace Mlyniec.

"Residential at Capitol Crossing 'up in the air'," coverage by Washington Business Journal, August 10, 2016, quoting Professor Wallace Mlyniec.

This 273-Ton Synagogue Is Being Moved for the Third Time,” coverage in the Washingtonian, March 31, 2016, mentioning Professor Wallace Mlyniec.

"DCLY's Fall Ball Honors Toni Bush," coverage by Bisnow, December 3, 2015, mentioning Professors Kristin Henning and Wallace Mlyniec.

"GULC Professors Honored," coverage in The Hoya, November 17, 2015, featuring Professor Kristin Henning and Professor Wallace Mlyniec and quoting R. Daniel Okonkwo, L'05.

"Unleashed: New rules allow D.C. law students to participate in clinics and other legal work outside the classroom," coverage in Corporate Counsel, December 1, 2014, quoting Professor Wallace Mlyniec.

"New Rules For Law Students' Legal Work in D.C.," coverage in The National Law Journal, October 7, 2014, featuring Professor Wallace Mlyniec, director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic.

  "Hands-On Training for Law Students," coverage in The National Law Journal, November 11, 2013, featuring Professor Wallace Mlyniec, director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic.

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