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UCDC Law Program

University of California Washington Center

1608 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Room 342

Washington, DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 974-6392

Fax: (202) 974-6250

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Nicole V. Lehtman

Director, UCDC Law Program


(202) 974-6392

Ms. Lehtman is the Director of the University of California Washington DC Law Program. Prior to joining the UCDC Law Program, Ms. Lehtman served as the first program manager and adjunct professor for the Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Washington DC Legal Externship Program. In that position, Ms. Lehtman was responsible for counseling law students from across the country on available externship opportunities with the federal government and DC-based non-profit organizations; and provided students with support and guidance throughout their time in Washington, DC. Ms. Lehtman has also served as an adjunct professor in the Trial Advocacy program at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Ms. Lehtman has extensive government experience working as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Lehtman served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs, where she coordinated international extradition and mutual legal assistance matters involving Latin America. Ms. Lehtman has also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia where she was responsible for prosecuting criminal actions in the District of Columbia on behalf of the United States. Ms. Lehtman also worked at a private law firm in South Florida specializing in civil litigation and international arbitration.

Born in Miami, Ms. Lehtman is a native Spanish speaker whose family is from Santiago, Chile. She is a graduate, cum laude, of American University’s Washington College of Law and of the University of Miami, where she graduated, cum laude, with a degree in Political Science and International Studies.


Campus Staff and Program Information

Sue Schechter

Field Placement Director

(510) 643-7387




Nira Geevargis

Director, Externship and Associate Clinical Professor 

(415) 565-4620



Dena Bauman

Director of Externships

(530) 752-3142


Rena Contreras

Administrator – Clinical, Externship, and Trial Practice Programs

(530) 752-6564




D'lorah Hughes

Director of Externships

(949) 824-9809





Lisa Mead

Director of Extern & Field Placement Programs

(310) 206-4945