Midwest Clinical Conference 2012


Todd A. BergerTodd A. Berger
Director, Criminal Defense Clinic
Assistant Professor of Law, College of Law
Syracuse University Office of Clinical Legal Education

Todd A. Berger is currently an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Syracuse University College of Law. Prior to joining the College of Law, he was the founding Managing Attorney of the Federal Prisoner Reentry Project at Rutgers School of Law-Camden. Previously, he worked as an assistant public defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, representing indigent defendants throughout all stages of the criminal justice system, from preliminary arraignment through trial and post-verdict motions.  He worked as a supervisor in both the Municipal Court and Felony Waiver Units, assisting new attorneys in trial preparation and courtroom practice.  He also served in the Major Trials Unit representing clients in jury trials involving the most serious non-homicide felony charges.  He was also a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he taught the Criminal Defense Clinic.  Professor Berger earned a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law.  He also earned an L.L.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University.

Tricia J. BushnellTricia J. Bushnell
Assistant Clinical Professor
University of Wisconsin Law School
Wisconsin Innocence Project

Tricia Bushnell is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she works in the Innocence Project and Criminal Appeals Project. Prior to joining the clinical faculty, Bushnell was a fellow with the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, where she represented indigent clients sentenced to death, juveniles sentenced to life without parole, and sexual offenders challenging the collateral consequences of their convictions. Bushnell was previously an associate with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles, where she worked in the white-collar criminal defense and litigation departments. She earned her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Fellow. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in German and Political Science from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

Professor Christine CiminiProfessor Christine Cimini
Visiting Professor
Vermont Law School

Professor Christine Cimini joined Vermont Law School (VLS) in 2011 as a visiting professor. Before joining VLS, she was an associate professor and Ronald V. Yegge Director of Clinical Programs at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (DU), where she taught a community lawyering clinic in which students engaged in individual and community representation in a variety of substantive areas depending on community needs, including day laborer issues, predatory lending, housing, and domestic violence.  Professor Cimini and her clinic students at DU received the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Award for Excellence in Public Interest Project in May of 2002 for their work addressing the problem of predatory lending in Denver. Her current research focuses on legal issues that arise when representing undocumented immigrant workers. Her most recent article, titled "Undocumented Workers and Concepts of Fault: Are Courts Engaged in Legitimate Decision making?," was published in the Vanderbilt Law Review.  Her article titled "Ask, Don't Tell: Ethical Issues Surrounding Undocumented Workers' Status in Employment Litigation" was published in the Stanford Law Review. Her earlier scholarly work includes a three-part series on welfare reform and due process published in the Maryland Law Review, Rutgers Law Review and Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.

Bradford ColbertBradford Colbert
Director of Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP)
William Mitchell College of Law

Bradford Colbert is the Director of Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) at William Mitchell College of Law.  In addition to directing the LAMP Clinic, Professor Colbert teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.  He is also an appellate public defender; he argued Minnesota v. Carter before the United States Supreme Court.

Liz Ryan ColeLiz Ryan Cole
Vermont Law School

Liz  entered Boston University Law School when 2% of the profession was female. She was a legal services lawyer in California, a lawyer in private practice and a training director for state and national legal services organizations before joining Vermont Law School in 1984 where she was founding director of the external clinic, The Semester in Practice.   She is active with CLEA and SALT and is working on the 4th edition of Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law with college classmate, Richard Zitrin. Her four sons are grown but travel with her husband of 43 years, her 3 grandchildren, and her developing cohousing community ( keep her smiling.

Nancy CookNancy Cook
Vaughan G. Papke Professor of Clinical Law
Director of the Lawyering Program
University of Minnesota Law School.

Nancy Cook is the Vaughan G. Papke Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Lawyering Program at University of Minnesota Law School.  She has thirty years of clinical teaching experience in diverse areas of practice, including community lawyering, criminal defense and prosecution, appellate practice, family law, and general civil litigation. Her clinical teaching has been complemented by other law school courses and seminars, and by creative writing and literature courses. At Minnesota, Professor is involved in developing new experiential offerings such as externships, a community-based clinic, and capstone courses. Recently, she served as one of five campus-wide “Innovators” working on strategies to support community-engaged scholars, and this fall, she has a fellowship at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Studies to develop a Witnessing Project. Her scholarship reflects an investment in pedagogy, community, the primacy of client voice, creative problem solving, and the lawyer’s role in advancing social justice.  She is the co-author of Conversations on “Community Lawyering”: The Newest (Oldest) Wave in Clinical Legal Education, 28 Wash. U.J.L. & Pol’y. 359 (2008) (with Karen Tokarz, Susan Brooks, Brenda Bratton Blom).

Liz Ryan ColeSarah Davis

Associate Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Co-Director, JD/MPH Dual Degree Program
MPH and Pharmacy Affiliate Faculty
The Center for Patient Partnerships, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sarah Davis, JD, MPA, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin where she teaches about patient advocacy, health policy and law, creative-problem solving and professional ethics.  Ms. Davis also serves as co-director of the JD-MPH dual degree program.  Current scholarship includes building an e-archive of literature on health advocacy and a qualitative study of state-level Consumer Assistance Programs under the PPACA.  She also serves as a consultant to health care organizations engaging patients in quality improvement efforts.

The Center for Patient Partnerships, an interdisciplinary center of the Schools of Law, Medicine and Public Health, Nursing and Pharmacy, offers a 12-credit certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy, including at its core an experiential patient advocacy clinical experience.    The Center also infuses patients’ voices into health systems reform, offering a critical link to health consumers’ experiences. 

Doreen D. DodsonDoreen D. Dodson

The Stolar Partnership LLP

Doreen D. Dodson has been a partner with The Stolar Partnership LLP since 1986, practicing in the areas of employment and immigration law and business litigation, where she represents for profit, non-profit and government clients. Doreen previously was an assistant professor of law at St. Louis University where she was director of the Civil Clinic, taught Civil Practice and a seminar. The Clinic served indigent clients, who had a variety of legal issues, including mental health patients from a public hospital. Prior to that, Doreen served for seven years as head of the Elderly Law Unit with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and began her legal career as an Associate with Louis Gilden, plaintiff’s counsel in Green v. McDonnell Douglas. Doreen has been active in Bar activities with the local bar, The Missouri Bar where she served as the first female President, and with the ABA, serving as Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, the ABA Standing Committee on Independence of the Judiciary and the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. Doreen has represented The Missouri Bar in the ABA House of Delegates for many years. Doreen earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s degree in special education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law.


Jason EysterJason Eyster
Associate Professor
Director, Immigrant Rights & Civil Advocacy
Cooley Law School- (a non-profit educational organization)

Jason Eyster is an associate professor and director of the Immigrant Rights and Civil Advocacy Clinic at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor, MI, a clinic that represents indigent immigrants in both immigration and civil matters. A graduate of Princeton and Fordham Law School, Jason previously served as a visiting professor at Peking University of transnational Law.

Sarah Jane FormanSarah Jane Forman

Assistant Professor
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Sarah Jane Forman is an assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  She teaches a juvenile justice seminar and directs the youth justice clinic that provides high quality legal representation to children in delinquency, school discipline and special education cases.  She was a fellow at Washington University School of Law where she taught in the criminal justice clinic, and has represented indigent youth as a public defender with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Amany Ragab HackingAmany Ragab Hacking
Assistant Clinical Professor
Supervisor, Externship Program
Saint Louis University School of Law

Amany Ragab Hacking graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law and also received her Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Saint Louis University.  She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary K. Hoff and the Honorable Booker T. Shaw of the Missouri Court of Appeals, E.D.  Prof. Hacking joined the Saint Louis University law clinic faculty in 2007 and supervises the judicial process clinic and the externship clinic.  She also teaches the companion courses to those clinics, Judicial Ethics and Court Procedure, and Lawyering Practice.

Carrie HaganCarrie Hagan
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
Director, Civil Practice Clinic
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Carrie Hagan joined the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law faculty as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law in the Fall of 2009. Currently she directs the Civil Practice Clinic, which specializes in indigent client representation for civil cases involving housing, consumer, divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, and civil protection order issues.  In addition to teaching full time at the clinic, she has presented and been published on her work involving interdisciplinary partnerships and coordinating skill sets between law and social work locally, nationally and internationally.  

Prior to teaching at Indiana University, for 2008 – 2009 she was a Visiting Professor of Law at the Roger Williams University School of Law where she was Director and Supervising Attorney for the Community Justice and Legal Assistance Clinic.  From 2005 – 2007 she worked as a family law attorney and guardian ad litem with The Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, where she also was Supervising Attorney for the University of Cincinnati/Legal Aid of Southwest Ohio’s Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic.

Emily HughesEmily Hughes

Bouma Fellow in Law
University of Iowa College of Law

Emily Hughes, Professor and Bouma Fellow in Law, joined the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law in 2011. Prior to joining Iowa, she was a professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she co-directed the Criminal Justice Clinic.  She also teaches criminal law, criminal procedure (investigations and adjudication), professional responsibility, and a death penalty seminar. Professor Hughes worked as Associate Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases at DePaul University College of Law, where she represented indigent clients on capital cases in the death penalty clinic.  She was a public defender for the Office of the Iowa State Public Defender in Iowa City, a Sacks Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute, and she clerked for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy in Iowa.

Kimberly P. JordanKimberly P. Jordan

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

Kimberly P. Jordan teaches the Justice for Children Practicum, where third year law students represent children in Franklin County Juvenile Court. Prior to joining Moritz, Professor Jordan was a Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC, where she specialized in family law and the representation of children. She started her career as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, and represented indigent criminal defendants at the Illinois Office of the Appellate Defender. She served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and was a licensed substance abuse counselor. Professor Jordan is a graduate of the Loyola University Chicago of Law, where she was a ChildLaw Fellow, and Xavier University.

Peter JoyPeter Joy

Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law; Director, Criminal Justice Clinic
Washington University Law

Peter Joy is on the faculty of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he directs and teaches in the Criminal Justice Clinic and teaches Legal Profession, Comparative Legal Ethics Seminar, and Trial Practice & Procedure.  He coauthors an ethics column as a Contributing Editor for the ABA quarterly publication Criminal Justice, and currently serves on the Association of American Law Schools Standing Committee on Clinical Legal Education. He also serves on the American Bar Association (ABA) Accreditation Committee.  He is a past-president of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), and  he formerly chaired AALS Sections on Clinical Legal Education and the Professional Responsibility Section.   He writes in the areas of legal ethics, access to justice, criminal justice, and clinical legal education. 

David Koelsch David Koelsch
Associate Professor
Immigration Law Clinic, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

David C. Koelsch is an associate professor and director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  The Immigration Law Clinic represents immigrants on a variety of legal issues, including abandoned immigrant children and abused immigrant women.  Professor Koelsch also teaches U.S. and Canadian immigration law.

Praveen KosuriPraveen Kosuri

Director, Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic and Practice Professor of Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Praveen Kosuri came to clinical teaching with a unique background in law, business, and public interest. As the Director of Penn Law School’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, he teaches students through live-client representation of businesses and organizations in transactional matters.   Praveen began his clinical teaching career at the University of Chicago Law School. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law.  He graduated from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, Washington University School of Law, and Duke University.

Robert R. KuehnRobert R. Kuehn

Professor of Law
Associate Dean, Clinical Education
Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic
Washington University Law

Associate Dean and Professor Robert R. Kuehn oversees the school’s highly-ranked Clinical Education Program. Also a co-director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, he supervises student-lawyers who work on multidisciplinary teams to serve clients facing environmental harms. He focuses his teaching on environmental law, clinical legal education, and professional responsibility and has published extensively in law reviews on such topics as academic freedom, access to legal representation, environmental justice, environmental enforcement, environmental science, natural resources conservation, and professional responsibility. Immediate past president of the Clinical Legal Education Association, Professor Kuehn is an outspoken advocate for the importance of law school clinics operating in environments free of judicial and legislative interference. Before becoming a law professor, he clerked for the Hon. James C. Hill, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Hon. Sidney M. Aronovitz, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He then practiced law in Washington, D.C. in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As a trial attorney for the DOJ, he brought enforcement actions on behalf of the U.S. EPA. Professor Kuehn also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Office of the U.S. Attorney and has taught at several other law schools.

Denise Platfoot LaceyDenise Platfoot Lacey
Lecturer of Law/Externship Faculty
University of Dayton School of Law

Denise Platfoot Lacey joined the faculty at the University of Dayton School Law in 2007. She teaches Externships, which is one course offering in the school’s clinical requirement for its students. She has also developed and taught courses aimed at deepening students understandings of the rules of professional conduct, moral discourse in legal representation, and a law career as a vocation. Her background includes practice in the legal disciplinary arena and serving as Secretary to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Professionalism. She is currently the President of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sets of twins who bring immense happiness to her life.

Dea C. LottDea C. Lott
Clinical Adjunct Professor of Law
Director of Outreach
Health and Human Rights Clinic, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Dea Lott is a Clinical Adjunct Professor of Law and the Director of Outreach for the Health and Human Rights Clinic at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  Prior to joining the law school, she worked as an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Social Security Administration and a Staff Attorney for Indiana Legal Services, Inc.  She has also worked for the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana General Assembly, and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.  She is a graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Sarah J. OrrSusan McGraugh
Supervisor, Criminal Defense Clinic
Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Professor McGraugh joined Saint Louis University School of Law in 2002 as an adjunct clinical professor while working with the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry on a program to help incarcerated mothers with custodial issues.

Since joining the School of Law full time in 2003, Professor McGraugh has directed the Criminal Clinic’s intern and externships. She is also networking with mental health care providers to offer representation to their clients.


Sarah J. OrrSarah J. Orr

Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Consumer Law Clinic
University of Wisconsin Law School’s Economic Justice Institute

Sarah J. Orr is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and has been the Director of the Consumer Law Clinic since 2008.  She is in the unique position of leading a clinic in which she was a student many years ago.  For ten years prior to joining the law school faculty, she directed legal services for the elderly in Wisconsin at the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups.  She began her legal career in New York City, providing legal services to families affected by HIV/AIDS.  

Mary ProsserMary Prosser

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin Law School

Clinical Assistant Professor Mary Prosser joined the Remington Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2003 from Harvard Law School's Criminal Justice Institute, where she spent several years as Deputy Director and Associate Director of Criminal Clinical Programs. Professor Prosser, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, returned to Wisconsin with more than twenty years of experience in criminal law and post-conviction litigation. Before joining Harvard's CJI in 1992, she worked for eight years as a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (Massachusetts state public defender's office), and prior to that, she served as Director of Deer Island Legal Services, an on-site legal services office for incarcerated persons at the Suffolk County House of Correction in Massachusetts.

Dakota S. RudesillDakota S. Rudesill
Visiting Associate Professor
Interim Director, Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic
Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Rudesill is a scholar and practitioner of legislation and national security law and policy, and serves as Interim Director of the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic (FLAC).

Professor Rudesill has advised senior leaders in all three branches of the federal government. He worked for the U.S. Congress for nine years, principally as legislative assistant for national security to Senator Kent Conrad and the senior professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee responsible for national defense and international affairs spending. In the executive branch, as a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, Professor Rudesill advised Dennis C. Blair, the President’s nominee to be Director of National Intelligence, and Leon Panetta, the President’s nominee to be CIA Director. Thereafter, he served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), during which he also served on the President's Detention Policy Task Force at the U.S. Department of Justice.  In the judicial branch, Professor Rudesill was a law clerk to James B. Loken, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College and J.D. from Yale Law School.

David A. SantacroceDavid A. Santacroce

Clinical Professor of Law
University of Michigan Law School

David A. Santacroce is a clinical professor at the University of Michigan Law School where he teaches in the General Clinic.  He is the founder and president of the Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education (CSALE), a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the empirical study of applied legal education and the promotion of related scholarship. With the aid of CSALE data, Professor Santacroce has provided advice and assistance to deans and faculty members at more than half of U.S. law schools on issues of clinic and externship design, pedagogy, and staffing.

Karen TokarzKaren Tokarz
Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service
Director of the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program
Director, Civil Rights, Community Justice and Mediation Clinic
Washington University School of Law

Karen Tokarz is the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service and Director of the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. She teaches and directs the Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic, in which students engage in individual and community representation in collaboration with community legal services providers, primarily focusing at the moment on housing and immigration/refugee areas.  She also currently teaches first-year Negotiation, Mediation Theory & Practice, and International Justice & Conflict Resolution Field Placement (semester-in-practice).  In addition to in-house clinic, community-based clinic, and externship courses, she also has taught doctrinal courses.  An internationally recognized expert in dispute resolution and clinical legal education, and a highly respected civil rights mediator, she has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation and a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal in South Africa. She is the founder of the Africa Public Interest Law & Conflict Resolution Initiative, which has placed over 125 interns with NGOs and courts in southern Africa over the past decade.  Her scholarship focuses on clinical pedagogy, community lawyering, dispute resolution, discrimination, and social justice.  She is the co-author of Conversations on “Community Lawyering”: The Newest (Oldest) Wave in Clinical Legal Education, 28 Wash. U.J.L. & Pol’y. 359 (2008) (with Nancy Cook, Susan Brooks, Brenda Bratton Blom).

Gretchen VineyGretchen Viney

Clinical Professor
Director, Lawyering Skills Program
University of Wisconsin Law School

Gretchen Viney (B.A. with highest honors, University of Wyoming, 1974; J.D. with honors, University of Wisconsin, 1978) is a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she is Director of the Lawyering Skills Program.

Outside of the Lawyering Skills Course, which she will describe in her presentation, Professor Viney teaches Client Interviewing & Counseling, Guardian ad Litem Practice in Wisconsin, and Real Estate Transactions 1.

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