Student-Led Teach-In Surrounding Executive Orders on Immigration

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In addition to the clients in AUWCL’s Immigrant Justice and International Human Rights Law Clinics, many of the Clinical Program’s other clients have immigration-related issues. Even if clients did not initially came to us for immigration services, many are concerned about how the current administration’s Executive Orders (EOs) on immigration matters could affect them. In response to these concerns, a group of Clinical Program students, led by Professors Claire Donohue, Sherizaan Minwalla, Lauren Onkeles-Klein, and Andrea Parra, organized and led a Teach-In called “Advising Our Clients Regarding Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration.” Through the Teach-In, the students aimed to help their colleagues understand the implications of the EOs and how to engage with their clients about these sensitive and urgent issues.

At noon on Friday, February 17th, when most WCL students prepare to flee from school in anticipation of the weekend, 40 clinic students assembled in a lecture hall in the Warren Building for the Teach-In.  Beginning with a presentation led by the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC), the group learned about the “Travel Ban” executive order, the subsequent court response, and policies for refugee vetting that existed prior to the EO. Next, the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) taught the room about the “Interior Enforcement” EO, using skits portraying real-life situations in which clinic clients may find themselves to convey important knowledge about how these new policies could threaten the immigration status of our clients.

Following these presentations, the large group broke into smaller sections, rotating between roundtables focusing on various subjects.  In one corner of the lecture hall, the IHRLC and IJC led a “Known Your Rights” discussion addressing immigration raids and deportations.  On the other side of the classroom, the Women and the Law Clinic (WALC) spoke to groups about their experiences in airport emergency responses, inspiring conversations about how the Clinic and the greater WCL student population could continue to contribute to efforts to protect our client population.

Next door, the Domestic Violence Clinic (DVC) taught about the implications of the EOs on survivors of domestic violence and their families. On the other side of the same room, the Disability Rights Law Clinic (DRLC) taught participants about Powers of Attorney and other planning documents may be useful for clients who could face detention and/or deportation in this uncertain time.

After covering a lot of ground in two and a half hours, students ended the day with a better understanding of their roles as attorneys and how to immediately engage with clients affected by the current administration’s policies. Ultimately, students left the teach-in with the feeling that while there is much work to be done, they had gained knowledge to help them approach that work.

Report Rollout Re: Effect of Native American Mascots

Prof. Phillips

From Professor Victoria Phillips of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic:

“In my scholarship and clinic work, I have been involved for the past several years in representing Native clients in the controversy surrounding the Washington NFL team’s disparaging trademark and related issues. I have had the great privilege to work with Suzan Harjo, the national leader on this effort. Building on this work, I have co-authored a report with Erik Stegman at The Center for American Progress (CAP) titled “Missing the Point: The Real Impact of Mascots on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth.”

“The report will be released at an event at CAP on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, and it examines the research on the mental health impacts of racist team names and mascots on AIAN youth and the effects on their education, proposing new recommendations to local, state, and federal education agencies to tackle the problem. It also features personal testimonials from AIAN youth about how these racist stereotypes affect their self-esteem and create hostile learning environments. The program rolling out the report will feature keynote remarks from Rep. Betty McCollum, followed by remarks from a young American Indian high school football player, and a panel of experts and tribal leaders.  Please join us or tune in to the webcast!

Clinic publishes case studies of Native American mascot changes

WCL Glushko-Samuelson IP Clinic

Today the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University Washington College of Law is publishing a collection of case studies showing how four universities successfully retired and replaced mascots that play on Native American stereotypes. The studies, which examine mascot changes at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, University of Oklahoma, and Syracuse University, were prepared by student attorneys in the clinic during the 2012-2013 school year. These studies, which show how communities have ultimately embraced this change, may be of help to the Washington football team as it considers its options following the cancellation of its trademark.

Read the full report (PDF) by clicking the link below:

Changing the Mascot at Dartmouth, Stanford, Oklahoma and Syracuse

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IP Clinic to Hold Pop Up Legal Clinic for Creative Entrepreneurs

Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic Holds first “Pop Up Legal Clinic” for creative entrepreneurs Wednesday Sept. 25th

The Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, in collaboration with the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) and George Washington University College of Law’s Small Business Clinic will hold the first “Pop Up Legal Clinic” for creative entrepreneurs seeking legal assistance. The Clinic will provide legal consultations to individuals and businesses involved in the regions’ creative economy. Student attorneys from the WCL IP Clinic will provide assistance in copyright, patent, trademark and related fields. GW student attorneys from the Small Business Clinic will provide start-up corporate assistance in the area of small business development. Clients are asked to register at

All student attorneys will be supervised by WCL and GW clinical faculty.

The first Clinic will be held 5-7PM on Wednesday, September 25th at the GW clinic offices at 2000 G Street NW in DC. Another clinic is planned for October 16th, 2013.

For more information on WCL’s IP Clinic see

2013 Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic Reunion

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, alumni of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic returned to Washington College of Law for a day of reflecting, reconnecting and celebration for the first IP Clinic Reunion.  The program provided a wonderful opportunity for all members of the IP Clinic community to come together to celebrate the value of the experience, the clinic’s accomplishments and strengthen the clinic’s alumni network. The reunion program included a welcome luncheon with introductions and reflections by present and past faculty members, alumni and current students, followed by panels of faculty and alumni sharing thoughts on the clinic experience and the transition from clinic to practice. The reunion concluded with a dinner reception featuring a keynote address by Native American activist Suzan Harjo, lead plaintiff in the trademark disparagement suit against the Washington football franchise and current IP Clinic client.  The Clinic Class of 2013 had the opportunity to meet with the alums, learn about their career paths since graduation, and forged connections with alumni at the event.  The IP Clinic faculty hopes to host more reunion events in the coming years.

Heard at the reunion:

“The law school experience can be intimidating, competitive—emphasizing the regurgitation of legal rules rather than the nurturing of intellectual curiosity.  The clinic changed everything . . .  “

“ Before I start any engagement I have to ask myself — What is our story? Who is the audience? What are the facts? What are the most important points? This process is almost effortless because of the training I received from the WCL IP clinic.”

“ I came into clinic frightened at the prospect of being responsible for representing “real clients” in “real matters” with “real implications.” Up until this point, I have been the student, the intern, the clerk, but in clinic I was the lawyer.”

“ No other course was more valuable to my evolution from student to attorney because of the perspective and hands on experience [the Clinic] provided.”

“ As I come to the end of my journey in clinic, I am leaving with many new skills, new perspectives on intellectual property and public interest, and invaluable bonds with my supervisors and clinic mates.”