Professor Roe directs the Law Center’s D.C. Street Law Project and specializes in educating the public about the law. In the Street Law High Schools Clinic, law students teach practical law in high schools in the District of Columbia. In the Street Law Community Clinic, law students teach in community and correctional settings, such as the D.C. Jail, homeless shelters, addiction treatment centers and juvenile correctional settings. He also teaches the Literacy and Law seminar in fall semesters, examining how emergent readers develop their legal culture. Prior to joining the Law Center faculty full time 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., and as an adjunct professor in the former Street Law Corrections clinic. He also conducts numerous workshops throughout the country and the world on teaching about the law to the public. Since 2000, he has consulted with Street Law programs in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, England and Cambodia and has participated in several international conferences in the field. 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 founded and directed 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.
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"Street Law programme delivered to 3,000 school students across Ireland," coverage in Irish Legal News, October 7, 2019, featuring Adjunct Professor Richard Roe.
"Solicitors take on teaching role on law in classroom and prison," coverage in the Irish Examiner, October 4, 2016, featuring Professor Richard Roe.
"Street Law Program Connects GULC, DC," The Hoya, March 3, 2015, featuring the Georgetown University Law Center's D.C. Street Law Program and Professor Richard Roe.
"Bowser Education Plan Deemed Vague," coverage in The Hoya, November 11, 2014, features Professor Richard Roe.