Renée McDonald Hutchins has been chosen as the new dean of the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, the city’s only public law school and home to a nationally ranked clinical program, UDC President Ronald Mason Jr. announced Wednesday.
Once approved by the university’s board of trustees, Hutchins is expected to begin her term on April 17.
Hutchins, who was chosen through a national search, has been on the faculty at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law since 2004, serving as the Jacob A. France Professor of Public Interest Law, co-director of the school’s nationally recognized Clinical Law Program, and founding director of its Appellate and Post-Conviction Advocacy Clinic.
She has also served as a visiting professor of Law and acting director of the Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction Services Clinic at George Washington University’s Law School.
“Renée is a perfect match with UDC Law’s distinctive mission to diversify the legal profession and provide critical legal services to low-income Washingtonians,” said Mason, also an attorney.
Hutchins, an active litigator, is widely recognized as an expert on the Fourth Amendment and criminal appellate practice.
“Renée’s talent and passion for social justice shine through in everything she does,” said Shelley Broderick, who stepped down as dean last year after 20 years in the position.
Hutchins graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics from Spelman College, America’s oldest historically Black liberal arts college for women. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School.