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About Matthew Fraidin

Professor Fraidin served from 2017-20 as Associate Dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs and teaches Civil Procedure, Torts and the Externship seminar. He previously served as co-director of the General Practice Clinic and director of the former HIV/AIDS Clinic, and has also taught Professional Responsibility and Katrina and Beyond: Disaster Prevention and Recovery, Social Justice & Government Accountability. Prior to joining the School of Law, Professor Fraidin served as Legal Director of The Children's Law Center in Washington, D.C., Supervising Attorney at The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and Associate Counsel to Vice President Al Gore. Professor Fraidin served as law clerk to Hon. Juan M. Perez-Gimenez in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Professor Fraidin frequently addresses local and national groups about family law, lawyering skills, and clinical legal education. Professor Fraidin's speeches, presentations and activities include keynote addresses at the District of Columbia Neglect and Delinquent Practice Institute, New Mexico’s Children’s Law Institute, and National Association of Counsel for Children annual conference.
Professor Fraidin has served as an invited guest lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Law, William and Mary School of Law, American University Washington College of Law, and The University of Wisconsin School of Law, as a Visiting Professor in the Domestic Violence Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center.
An expert in the areas of kinship care, child custody, and child abuse and neglect, Professor Fraidin has testified before the U.S. Senate and the D.C. Council about a variety of proposed legislation. Professor Fraidin has been interviewed on Washington, D.C. area radio and television programs and quoted in numerous newspaper articles on the subjects of child abuse and neglect and family law. Professor Fraidin served as a Discussion group leader at the Fourth Annual Conference of American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law National Project to Improve Representation of Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System. Professor Fraidin is Director of the District of Columbia Child Abuse and Neglect Moot Court Project.
Professor Fraidin currently serves as Chair of the School of Law Academic Standards Committee. He is also a member of the Faculty Evaluation and Retention Committee.
Professor Fraidin is active in several local advocacy organizations. He serves on the board of the D.C. Affordable Law Firm. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law National Project to Improve Representation of Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System.


Present Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law


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  • Externship Seminar
  • Torts
  • Civil Procedure


B.A., Haverford College
J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison ‐ School of Law

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(202) 274-7328

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