Conference Presenter Profile

D’Lorah L. Hughes

Name: D’Lorah L. Hughes

Professional Title: Director of Externships

Affiliation: University of California, Irvine

Country: United States

Title of Presentation(s):

  • From Idealist to Activist: Paving the Way for Future Social Justice Lawyers Through Experiential Learning

Short Bio: D’lorah L. Hughes has a wealth of experience in clinical education. Prior to coming to UCI Law in July 2016, she was Director of Clinical Education at Wayne State Law School, where she was responsible for oversight and development of the clinical education program, including seven live-client clinics and four externship programs. Prior to this role, D’lorah was Associate Director of Clinical Education and Director of Externships at Wayne State Law. Professor Hughes has also held academic positions at the University of Arkansas School of Law-Fayetteville, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Whittier Law School. She has directed and taught clinics in the areas of juvenile law, criminal law, and health law, and she developed a clinic in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama/Jackson v. Hobbs, which held that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger convicted of homicide are unconstitutional. Hughes also co-created the Law and Social Work Services Program, an interdisciplinary program that places Social Work Graduate Students in the Legal Clinic at University of Arkansas School of Law for one-year terms. Previously, she practiced law as a deputy public defender for the Orange County Public Defender’s Office in California and as a staff attorney at the AIDS Legal Assistance Project at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. Hughes holds leadership positions on the Board of Directors for the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) and the Executive Committee for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Balance in Legal Education.

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