Building A Culture of Scholarship with New Clinical Teachers by Writing About Social Justice Lawyering


This Article is a collection of essays about teaching social justice lawyering, as seen through the eyes of eight practitioners-in-residence in the clinical program at American University’s Washington College of Law (“WCL”). They include: Michelle Assad, Maria Dooner, Mariam Hinds, Jessica Millward, Citlalli Ochoa, Charles Ross, Anne Schaufele, and Caroline Wick. They teach in seven clinics, including the Civil Advocacy Clinic, the Criminal Justice Clinic, the Community Economic and Equity Development Clinic, the Disability Rights Law Clinic, the Immigrant Justice Clinic, the International Human Rights Law Clinic, and the Janet R. Spragens Federal Income Tax Clinic. We use the terms practitioner-in residence and practitioner interchangeably throughout this Article. These practitioners have full-time faculty status and represent a range of experience in our clinical program—from those who are in their first year of teaching in the program to those who have been teaching for several years and are near the end of their fellowships. Professors Assad, Millward, Schaufele, and Wick have now moved on to permanent teaching positions at other law schools, and Professor Dooner has returned to practice. They are all experienced lawyers who have brought their lawyering experiences in a variety of practice areas—criminal defense, criminal legal system reform, civil legal services, community and economic development, immigration, international human rights, employment, public benefits, health, tax law and policy, and special education—to their clinical teaching. They are diverse across a range of identities including race and ethnicity.