Professor of Clinical Law and Faculty Supervisor,
Susan R. Jones
Susan R. Jones is a Professor of Clinical Law and a member of the full-time faculty at The George Washington University Law School. Since 1988 she has been Director and Supervising Attorney of the Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic (SBCED Clinic). She is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar having served as Vice-Chair to the DC Bar (CED) Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee. She was a 2006 Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and in 2003–2004 she was the Haywood Burns Visiting Chair in Civil Rights at the City University of New York School of Law at Queens College.
Professor Jones was the 2006 chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Clinical Legal Education and she served on the executive committee of that section and as chair of the Section on Africa. She was a member of the AALS Standing Committee on Clinical Legal Education and is a former chair of the AALS Section on Poverty Law.
In addition to her work with the AALS, Professor Jones has held numerous leadership positions in the American Bar Association (ABA) including service on the governing committee of ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, editor-in-chief and senior editor of the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and co-chair of the Forum’s Legal Educators’ Practice Division. She is a co-founder and past co-chair of the Community Economic Development Committee of the ABA Section on Business Law and she served on the ABA Business Law Education Committee as well as on the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.
Professor Jones is a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government (2002) and a member of Leadership Washington (1996).
Her scholarly pursuits include numerous published articles in the field of community economic development and small business. She is the author of A Legal Guide to Microenterprise Development (ABA Publishing) and co-editor of Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers and Policymakers. Prof. Jones was awarded Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for distinctive service to the greater Washington, DC creative community and for 20 years of service on the WALA Board of Directors. In addition to her scholarly and practical work in transactional law, small business, community economic development and microenterprise development, Professor Jones has research interests in community economic development, international/comparative community economic development, nonprofit organizations and charitable giving, minority entrepreneurship, arts and entertainment, the creative economy and social entreprenership.
Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Friedman Fellow, Jacqueline Lainez
Jacqueline Laínez is a Visiting Professor of Clinical Law and Friedman Fellow at GW Law and works alongside Professor Susan R. Jones in the Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic. Prior to joining GW Law, Professor Laínez was a full-time faculty member of the University of Memphis Law School, where she served as Assistant Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Programs, and taught the Tax & Small Business Clinic.
As Clinical Director, she assisted in administering the experiential learning program, including student placement in externships. As Director of the University of Memphis Tax & Small Business Clinic, Professor Laínez helped launch the Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) tax clinic. Prior to joining the University of Memphis, she served as the founding Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) at the University of the District of Columbia - David A. Clarke School of Law.
Professor Laínez started her career in tax as an analyst at CCH. While at CCH, she began donating her time to pro bono tax controversy work at the Center for Economic Progress (CEP). She later joined CEP as Assistant Director of the Midwest Tax Clinic. In addition to her concentration in taxation, Professor Laínez has practiced in the area of workers’ compensation and immigration. She is licensed in Illinois and before the United States Tax Court.
Her past publications include Measure for Measure: The Uneasy Marriage of Tax Policy and Immigration Reform, Taxes – The Tax Magazine, CCH Wolters Kluwer, Vol. 87, No. 4, April, 2009; To File or Not to File: Tax Compliance Among Undocumented Immigrant Workers, American University Washington College of Law, Business Law Brief, Spring 2007, Vol. 3, Issue 2; Contributing Author, “Comments on Sec. 7122 OIC Procedures,” Tax Analysts, Tax Notes Today, 2006 TNT 206-29, October 6, 2006; and Lead Author, “The IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number: An Operational Guide to the ITIN Program,” Published by the Center for Economic Progress, underwritten by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, April 2004.
She has appeared on local television programs in Chicago and Washington DC, discussing tax issues related to low income and immigrant workers. She has served on numerous tax and immigration panels, as a presenter and moderator in both academic and community contexts.