Date Submitted: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:54:13 GMT

LAW 1246 v01 : Representing Delinquent Youth from Incarceration through Reentry

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wtl9 Louchheim, Whitney
pjs235 Spain, Penelope
LAW 1246 v01: Representing Delinquent Youth from Incarceration through Reentry (PROJECT-BASED PRACTICUM)
Representing Delinquent Youth from Incarceration through Reentry
T 1:20-3:20p
Paper and Special Requirement


J.D. students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective).


Courses: Family Law II, Professional Responsibility.

Students may not take another practicum course or a clinic at the same time as a project-based practicum course. Students may enroll in an externship at the same time as a project-based practicum course.

This practicum course is open to LL.M. students, space permitting.

Evening students who work during the day are encouraged to reach out to the professors to discuss whether this practicum course would be compatible with their schedules.

THIS COURSE REQUIRES PROFESSOR PERMISSION TO ENROLL. Students must submit a resume and statement of interest (one page double-spaced), explaining his or her interest in the course to Professor Whitney Louchheim ( by June 6, 2017.

This is a four credit course. Students will receive two credits for the seminar and two credits for the supervised project work. Both the seminar portion and the fieldwork will be graded.

Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and project components and may not take either component separately. After Add/Drop, a student who wishes to withdraw from a practicum course must obtain permission from the faculty member and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will grant such withdrawal requests only when remaining enrolled in the practicum would cause significant hardship for the student. A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and project components.

Default attendance rule for all practicum courses (unless the professor indicates otherwise): Regular and punctual attendance is required at all practicum seminars and fieldwork placements. Students in project-based practicum courses are similarly required to devote the requisite number of hours to their project. If a student must miss seminar, fieldwork, or project work, he or she must speak to the professor as soon as possible to discuss the absence. Unless the professor indicates otherwise, a student with more than one unexcused absence from the practicum seminar (out of 13 total seminar sessions), or one week of unexcused absences from the fieldwork or project work (out of a total of 11 weeks of fieldwork or project work), may receive a lower grade or, at the professor’s discretion, may be withdrawn from the practicum course.

Would you like to offer the Pass/Fail grading option?

Does this course qualify as a "simulation course"?

Is this course available to distance students?

Is this a mandatory Pass-Fail course?


Personal Information


B.A., Wesleyan; J.D., American. Professor Whitney Louchheim is an attorney licensed to practice in the District of Columbia. As Co-Founder of Open City Advocates, she works daily with youth in DC’s juvenile justice system, both before and after they are released from incarceration, to support their successful reintegration into their families and community. She also represents youth in DC’s juvenile justice system as a public defender. Professor Louchheim earned her Juris Doctor from the American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL) in 2005.

Prior to founding Open City Advocates, she joined Professor Penelope Spain in founding Students United, a student group at WCL that matches law students with incarcerated youth at DC’s secure juvenile facility. Professor Louchheim was a student attorney as part of WCL’s criminal defense clinic and also served as a Marshall-Brennan fellow, teaching constitutional law in a DC public high school. Professor Louchheim served as a student law clerk in the Parole Division of the Public Defender Service for DC and for a magistrate judge in the Child Abuse and Neglect Division of DC Superior Court.

Professor Louchheim’s commitment to community service prompted American University to award her the University Award for Outstanding Service to the University Community, as well as the Pro Bono Community Service Award. In 2011, WCL awarded her with the Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest, and in 2016, honored her with the Equal Justice Foundation Alumni Award. Ms. Louchheim is married with two children and lives in Washington, DC.

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