Professors Marjorie White and Edward De Barbieri '08
Brooklyn Law School is proud to introduce its four newest members of the clinical faculty: Jodi Balsam, Director of Civil Externships; Natalie Chin, Director of the new Adults with Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Clinic; Marjorie White, Associate Professor of Clinical Law, who will work with the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic and the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE); and Edward De Barbieri ’08, who will also work with CUBE and co-teach the Community Development Clinic and the Corporate/Real Estate Clinic.
“Our program is so expansive that students are faced with the enviable dilemma of deciding which clinics to take,” said Professor Stacy Caplow, Associate Dean for Professional Legal Education, who has served as Director of the Clinical Education Program since 1984. “It’s long been part of our vision that our students spend time accruing significant and high- quality experience as they make the transition from school to practice.”
Each of the new appointments represents a significant expansion of an already dynamic clinical program:
Jodi Balsam, Director of Civil Externships, will enhance and improve the Law School’s vast externship program. Balsam brings an extraordinary range of practical experience to the job, with more than 25 years of law practice as a federal court law clerk (both trial and appellate) and many years in private law firm and corporate practice. She is also an accomplished legal educator, having taught at both New York Law School and in the NYU Lawyering Program.
Natalie Chin will serve as Director of the new Adults with Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Clinic, funded by a $1 million grant from The Taft Foundation to provide services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most recently, Chin was a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Guardianship clinic at Cardozo. Previously, she worked at Lambda legal Defense & Education Fund, MFY Legal Services, and the NYC Law Department. Before law school, Natalie was a journalist in South Africa.
Marjorie White, Associate Professor of Clinical Law, brings significant experience in private practice. She worked in the corporate department at Davis Polk & Wardwell and has held various high-level positions in corporate legal departments. Her expertise will benefit clinic students working with tech start-ups and small business clients.
Edward De Barbieri ’08, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, worked at the Urban Justice Center Community Development Project and recently taught as Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law. At BLS, he will work with students to represent not-for-profit and community-based organizations in real estate and economic development projects.
Brooklyn Law School’s Clinical Education Program, comprised of a broad array of in-house clinics and externships, is one of the most diverse, extensive, and comprehensive in the country. A recent National Jurist survey included BLS among the top 20 “law schools for clinics.” The magazine ranked 200 law schools nationwide based on “most clinical opportunities,” dividing the total number of filled slots in full-time clinical course offerings by the number of full-time students. Brooklyn Law School offered 378 clinical positions in 2013, according to the report, reflecting enrollment in 25 clinics — one of the strongest showings in the country.