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American University Washington College of Law    
 
    
 
  Nov 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

Introduction


 

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2017

New JD student orientation and final registration  
  Part-time students August 16, 17, & 19
  Full-time students August 17-18
New LLM student orientation/registration August 17-18
First day of classes August 21
Labor Day holiday September 4
Yom Kippur (University closed) September 30
Thanksgiving holiday November 23-24
Monday classes meet (make-up for Labor Day) November 27
Only Thursday classes meet (make-up for Thanksgiving - Thursday) November 28
Only Friday classes meet (make-up for Thanksgiving - Friday) November 29
Only Saturday classes meet (make-up for Yom Kippur) November 30
Last day of classes November 30
Examinations begin December 6
Examinations end December 16
Winter Break (University closed) December 23-January 1

Spring Semester 2018

New LLM student orientation/registration January 5
First day of classes January 8
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday January 15
Spring break March 11-18
Monday classes meet (make-up for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) April 23
Last day of classes April 23
Examinations begin April 30
Examinations end May 12
Spring Commencement May 20

Summer Session 2018

Memorial Day Holiday May 28
Classes begin May 29
Make-up for Memorial Day (Monday classes meet) June 1
Independence Day holiday July 4
Make-up for Independence Day (Wednesday classes meet) July 6
Classes end July 28
Examinations begin August 1
Examinations end August 6

American University

Administration

Sylvia M. Burwell, President
Scott A. Bass, Provost
Fanta Aw, Vice President of Campus Life
Bethany Bridgham,* Acting General Counsel
Teresa Flannery, Vice President of Communication
Douglas Kudravetz, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer
Courtney L. Surls, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
David Swartz, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
David E. Taylor, Chief of Staff and Secretary, Board of Trustees

Incorporation

Established by Act of Congress of the United States,
February 24, 1893

Board of Trustees
June 2017

Jack C. Cassell,* Chair
Thomas A. Gottschalk
Marc N. Duber, * Vice Chair
Margery Kraus*
Janice Menke Abraham
Gerald Bruce Lee*
Gary M. Abramson*
Ross B. Levinsohn*
Gina F. Adams*
Fernando Lewis Navarro
Stephanie M. Bennett-Smith
Charles H. Lydecker*
Sylvia M. Burwell Betsy A. Mangone*
Kim Cape
Alan L. Meltzer*
Pamela M. Deese*
Andrea Pearson
Todd A. Eisenstadt Arthur J. Rothkopf
LaTrelle Easterling Peter L. Scher*
Hani M. S. Farsi*
Jeffrey A. Sine*
Valentina Fernandez* David Trone
Todd A. Eisenstadt
Larry Engel

*alumna or alumnus of American University

Washington College of Law

Administration

Camille A. Nelson, BA, LLB, LLM, Dean
Anthony E. Varona, AB, JD, LLM, Vice Dean
Lia Epperson, BA, JD, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
David B. Jaffe, BA, JD, Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Billie Jo Kaufman, BS, MS, JD, Associate Dean of Library and Information Resources
Robert D. Dinerstein, AB, JD, Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Director of Clinical Programs
Jenny Roberts, BA, JD, Associate Dean of Scholarship
Khalid R. O. Khalid, BA, MA, Associate Dean of Finance and Administration
Amy Tenney, BA, JD, Assistant Dean of Academic Services and Registrar
D. Akira Shiroma, BA, JD, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Traci Mundy Jenkins, BA, JD, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development
Randall Sawyer, BA, MA, Assistant Dean of External Relations

Full-Time Faculty

David E. Aaronson, BA, MA, PhD, The George Washington University; LLB, Harvard University; LLM, Georgetown University. B. J. Tennery Professor of Law and Director of the Stephen S. WeinsteinTrial Advocacy Program
Padideh Ala’i, BA, University of Oregon; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program
Jonas Anderson, BS, University of Utah; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law 
Kenneth Anderson, BA, University of California-Los Angeles; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law 
Jonathan B. Baker, AB, JD, Harvard University; MA, PhD, Stanford University. Research Professor of Law
Susan D. Bennett, BA, MA, Yale University; JD, Columbia University. Professor of Law
Barlow Burke Jr., AB, Harvard University; LLB, MCP, University of Pennsylvania; LLM, SJD, Yale University. Professor of Law and John S. Myers and Alvina Reckman Myers Scholar
Susan D. Carle, AB, Bryn Mawr College; JD, Yale University. Professor of Law 
Michael W. Carroll, AB, University of Chicago; JD, Georgetown University. Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
Janie Chuang, BA, Yale University; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law
Mary Clark, AB, Bryn Mawr College; JD, Harvard University, LLM, Georgetown University. Professor of Law and Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost
Llezlie Green Coleman, AB, Dartmouth College; JD, Columbia University. Associate Professor of Law
John B. Corr, BA, MA, John Carroll University; PhD, Kent State University; JD, Georgetown University. Professor of Law
Jennifer Daskal, BA, Brown University; BA, MA, Cambridge University; JD, Harvard University. Associate Professor of Law
Angela Jordan Davis, BA, Howard University; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law 
Robert D. Dinerstein, AB, Cornell University; JD, Yale University. Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Experiential Education, and Director of Clinical Programs
N. Jeremi Duru, BA, Brown University; MPP, JD, Harvard University, Professor of Law
Walter A. Effross, AB, Princeton University; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Counseling Electronic Commerce Entrepreneurs 
Lia Epperson, BA, Harvard University; JD, Stanford University. Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Christine Haight Farley, BA, State University of New York, Binghamton; JD, State University of New York, Buffalo; LLM, JSD, Columbia University. Professor of Law
Susan D. Franck,  BA, Macalester College; JD, University of Minnesota; LLM, University of London. Professor of Law
Amanda Frost, BA, JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law and Director of the SJD Program
Robert K. Goldman, BA, University of Pennsylvania; JD, University of Virginia. Professor of Law and Louis C. James Scholar 
Claudio M. Grossman, Licenciado en Ciencias Juridicas y Sociales, Universidad de Chile, Santiago; Doctor of Science of Law, University of Amsterdam. Professor of Law, Dean Emeritus, Raymond I. Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law
Lewis A. Grossman, BA, PhD, Yale University; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law 
Rebecca Hamilton, BEcon, University of Sydney, Australia; MA, JD, Harvard University. Assistant Professor of Law
Heather L. Hughes, BA, University of Chicago; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law
David Hunter, BA, University of Michigan; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law and Director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law
Cynthia E. Jones, BA, University of Delaware; JD, American University. Professor of Law
Billie Jo Kaufman, BS, MS, Indiana University; JD, Nova Southeastern University. Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Library and Information Resources
Benjamin Leff, BA, Oberlin College; AM, University of Chicago; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law
Amanda Cohen Leiter, BS, MS, Stanford University; MS, University of Washington; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law
James P. May, BA, Carleton College; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law
Binny Miller, BA, Carleton College; JD, University of Chicago. Professor of Law
Elliott S. Milstein, BA, University of Hartford; JD, University of Connecticut; LLM, Yale University. Professor of Law
Camille Nelson, BA, University of Toronto; LLB, University of Ottawa; LLM, Columbia University School of Law. Dean and Professor of Law
Fernanda Nicola, BA, University of Turin; PhD, Trento University; LLM, Harvard University. Professor of Law
Mark C. Niles, BA, Wesleyan University; JD, Stanford University. Professor of Law 
Diane F. Orentlicher, BA, Yale University; JD, Columbia University. Professor of Law 
Teresa Godwin Phelps, BA, MA, PhD, University of Notre Dame; MSL, Yale University. Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Rhetoric Program
Andrew D. Pike, BA, Swarthmore College; JD, University of Pennsylvania. Professor of Law 
Nancy D. Polikoff, BA, University of Pennsylvania; MA, The George Washington University; JD, Georgetown University. Professor of Law 
Andrew F. Popper, BA, Baldwin Wallace College; JD, DePaul University; LLM, The George Washington University. Professor of Law and Bronfman Professor Law and Government​
Jamin B. Raskin, BA, JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law 
Jayesh Rathod, AB, Harvard University; JD, Columbia University. Professor of Law and Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic 
Ira P. Robbins, AB, University of Pennsylvania; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law and Justice, Director of the JD/MS Dual Degree Program in Law and Justice, and Barnard T. Welsh Scholar
Jenny Roberts, BA, Yale University; JD, New York University. Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Scholarship
Ezra Rosser, BA, Yale University; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law
Herman Schwartz, AB, JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law
Ann Shalleck, AB, Bryn Mawr College; JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law, Director of the Women and the Law Program, and Carrington Shields Scholar
Anita Sinha, BA, Barnard College, Columbia University; JD, New York University. Assistant Professor of Law, Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic
Brenda V. Smith, BA, Spelman College; JD, Georgetown University. Professor of Law
David Snyder, BA, Yale University; JD, Tulane University. Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Business Program
Robert L. Tsai, BA, University of California, Los Angeles; JD, Yale University. Professor of Law
Anthony E. Varona, AB, JD, Boston College; LLM, Georgetown University. Professor of Law and Vice Dean
Perry Wallace Jr., BS, Vanderbilt University; JD, Columbia University. Professor of Law and Director of the JD/MBA Dual Degree Program
Lindsay F. Wiley, AB, JD, Harvard University; MPH, Johns Hopkins University. Associate Professor of Law
Paul R. Williams, AB, University of California-Davis; JD, Stanford University. Professor of International Service and Director of the JD/MBA Dual Degree Program

Law Library Administration

Khelani Clay, BA, Howard University; JD, American University; MLS, The Catholic University of America. Access Services Librarian
John Q. Heywood, BS, Northern Arizona University; JD, American University. Associate Law Librarian
Billie Jo Kaufman, BS, MS, Indiana University; JD, Nova Southeastern University. Associate Dean of Library and Information Resources
Sima Mirkin, BSc, Byelorussian Polytechnic Institute, Minsk, Belarus; MLS, University of Maryland. Associate Law Librarian
Shannon M. Roddy, BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; JD, American University Washington College of Law; MLS, The Catholic University of America. Assistant Law Librarian
William T. Ryan, BA, Boston University; JD, American University; MLS, University of Maryland. Law Librarian
Ripple L. Weistling, BA, Brandeis University; MA, King’s College, London, England; JD, Georgetown University; MSLS, The Catholic University of America. Assistant Law Librarian
Wanhong Linda Wen, BA, Hunan Normal University; MS, University of South Carolina. Associate Law Librarian

Emeriti

Evelyn Abravanel, AB, Case Western Resrve; JD, Case Western Reserve. Professor of Law Emerita
Isaiah Baker, BA, Yale University; MA, DePaul University; MBA, JD, Columbia University; LLM, Harvard University. Associate Professor of Law Emeritus
Daniel Bradlow, BA, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; JD, Northeastern University; LLM, Georgetown University. Professor of Law Emeritus
David Chavkin, BS, Michigan State University; JD University of California at Berkley. Professor of Law Emeritus
Egon Guttman, LLB, LLM, University of London. Professor of Law and Levitt Memorial Trust Scholar Emeritus
Peter Jaszi, AB, JD, Harvard University. Professor of Law Emeritus
Patrick E. Kehoe, BCS, Seattle University; JD, MLLibr, University of Washington. Law Librarian Emeritus
Nicholas N. Kittrie, MA, LLB, University of Kansas; LLM, SJD, Georgetown University. University Professor Emeritus
Candace S. Kovacic-Fleischer, AB, Wellesley College; JD, Northeastern University. Professor of Law Emerita
Susan J. Lewis, BA, University of California at Los Angeles; JD, Southwestern University; MLibr, University of Washington in Seattle. Law Librarian Emerita
Robert B. Lubic, AB, JD, University of Pittsburgh; MPL, Georgetown University. Professor of Law Emeritus
Anthony C. Morella, AB, Boston University; JD, American University. Professor of Law Emeritus
Mary Siegel, AB, Vassar College; JD, Yale University. Professor of Law Emerita
Michael E. Tigar, BA, JD, University of California, Berkeley. Professor of Law Emeritus
Robert Vaughn, BA, JD, University of Oklahoma; LLM, Harvard University. Professor of Law Emeritus  
Richard J. Wilson, BA, DePauw University; JD, University of Illinois. Professor of Law Emeritus

Special Faculty Appointments

Nancy S. Abramowitz, BS, Cornell University; JD, Georgetown University. Professor of Practice of Law
Ana-Corina Alonso-Yoder, BA, Georgetown; JD, American University. Practitioner in Residence
Adrian Alvarez, BA, University of Texas at Austin; MA, Princeton; JD, American University. Practitioner in Residence
Elizabeth Beske, BA, Princeton University; JD, Columbia University. Legal Rhetoric Instructor
Elizabeth Boals, BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; JD, George Mason University. Practitioner in Residence, Associate Director of the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program, and Director Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute
Hillary Brill, AB, Harvard University; JD, Georgetown University. Practitioner in Residence
Sherley Cruz, BA, Boston University; JD, Boston University. Practitioner in Residence
Claire Donohue, BS, Cornell University; JD, MSW, Boston College; LLM, The George Washington Universtiy. Practitioner in Residence
Paul Figley, BA, Franklin and Marshall College; JD, Southern Methodist University. Associate Director of the Legal Rhetoric Program and Legal Rhetoric Instructor
Sean Flynn, BA, Pitzer College; JD, Harvard University. Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and Professorial Lecturer in Residence
Jon Gould, AB, University of Michigan; MPP, JD, Harvard University; PhD, University of Chicago. Affiliate Professor, Professor, Department of Justice, Law & Society, School of Public Affairs and Director, Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs Research
Jonathan D. Grossberg, BA, JD, Cornell University; LLM New York University. Practitioner in Residence
Jean C. Han, AB, Harvard University, JD, Yale Law School; LLM, Georgetown University. Practitioner in Residence
Elizabeth A. Keith, BA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; JD, George Mason University. Legal Rhetoric Instructor
Daniela Kraiem, BA, University of California-Santa Barbara; JD, University of California-Davis. Associate Director of the Women and the Law Program
Fernando Laguarda, AB, Harvard University; JD, Georgetown University Law Center. Professorial Lecturer and Director of the Program on Law and Government
Jeffrey S. Lubbers, AB, Cornell University; JD, University of Chicago. Professor of Practice in Administrative Law
Claudia Martin, JD, Universidad de Buenos Aires; LLM, American University. Professorial Lecturer in Residence
Juan E. Mendez, LLB, Stella Maris Catholic University, Argentina. Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence
Sherizan Minwalla, BA, University of Cincinnati; MA, Loyola University Chicago; JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology. Practitioner in Residence
Horacio A. Grigera Naon, JD, LLD, University of Buenos Aires; LLM, SJD, Harvard University. Distinguished Practitioner in Residence
Andrea Parra, JD, Universidad de los Andes School of Law; LLM, Boston University Law School. Practitioner in Residence
Victoria Phillips, BA, Smith College; JD, American University. Professor of Practice of Law
Heather E. Ridenour, BBA, Texas Women’s University; JD, Texas Wesleyan University. Director of Legal Analysis Program and Legal Rhetoric Instructor
Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, JD, Universidad de los Andes; LLM, American University; SJD, The George Washington University. Professorial Lecturer in Residence
Susana SáCouto, BA, Brown University; JD, Northeastern University; MALD, Tufts University. Professorial Lecturer in Residence
Macarena Saez, Licenciada en Ciencias Juridicas y Sociales, University of Chile; LLM, Yale University. Fellow in International Legal Studies and Director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Catherine Schenker, BA, Yale University; JD, New York University School of Law. Professorial Lecturer and Director of the Office of Graduate Studies
William J. Snape III, BA, University of California, Los Angeles; JD, The George Washington University. Assistant Dean of Adjunct Faculty Affairs and Fellow in Environmental Law
David H. Spratt, BA, The College of William and Mary; JD, American University. Legal Rhetoric Instructor
Richard S. Ugelow, BA, Hobart College; JD, American University; LLM, Georgetown University. Practitioner in Residence
Diane Weinroth, BA, University of California, Berkeley; JD Columbia University. Supervising Attorney
Stephen Wermiel, BA, Tufts University; JD, American University. Professor of Practice of Law