Mark Niles

Professor of Law

Office: Room 350A
Phone: 202-274-4309
E-mail: vCard


Mark C. Niles is Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. He recently returned to WCL after three years as Dean and Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law. He teaches and specializes in civil procedure, administrative law, constitutional law, governmental liability, and law and literature. After graduating from Stanford Law School, Prof. Niles served as a clerk for the Honorable Francis Murnaghan, Jr., of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; as a litigation associate at the D.C. firm of Hogan and Hartson; and as a staff attorney in the civil appellate division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also served as the Reporter for the Maryland Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association. Prior to his tenure as Dean at Seattle U., Prof. Niles spent twelve years as a professor at the American University Washington College of Law, the last six as professor and associate dean for academic affairs.

Prof. Niles has published numerous articles and essays on subjects including the Ninth Amendment, federal tort liability, airline security regulation, the impact of dramatic public events on the evolution of regulatory administration, the social and legal consequences of pre-crime incarceration, and the depiction of law and justice in American popular culture.



Areas of Specialization

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Law and the Humanities
  • Litigation Against the Federal Government
  • Academic Administration
  • Academic Support
  • Appellate Advocacy

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Stanford University 1991
  • B.A., Wesleyan University 1988

  • Selected Publications

    • Mark Niles, Punctuated Equilibrium: A Model for Administrative Evolution, 44 John Marshall L. Rev. 353 (2011).
    • Mark Niles, Pre-Empting Justice: The Minority Report, “Pre-Crime” in Fiction and Fact, 9 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 209 (2010).
    • + More Publications...

    • Mark Niles & Naomi Mezey, Screening the Law: Ideology and Law in American Popular Culture, 28 Colum. J.L. & Arts 91 (2005).
    • Mark Niles, Nothing But Mischief: The Federal Tort Claims Act and The Scope of Discretionary Immunity, 54 Admin. L. Rev. 1276 (2002).
    • Mark Niles, On the Hijacking of Airplanes (And Agencies): The FAA, Agency Capture and Airline Security, 10 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 381 (2002).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • Mark Niles, Keynote Speaker, Fourth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commemoration (American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Jan 2003).
    • Mark Niles, Panelist, Program on Law and Government's Preview of Supreme Court Team (American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Fall 2001 - 2003).
    • Mark Niles, Panel, Clarence Thomas After Ten Years (American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Feb. 2001).
    • Mark Niles, Article Presentation, Nothing but Mischief: The Discretionary Function Exception and the Balancing of Federal Liability and Immunity, Young Scholars Workship, Session #5 (Southeastern AALS Conference, Annual Meeting Program, Aug. 2000).
    • Mark Niles, Presentation, Individual Liability of Federal Government Employees (International Personnel Managers Association, Montgomery County, Md., Mar. 2000).
    • Mark Niles, Panelist, The Prime Time Election: From Courtroom to Newsroom (American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Feb. 2000).
    • Mark Niles, Presentation, Culture of Courts: Internal and External (Presented to visiting Argentinia Judges) (American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Spring 1999).
    • Mark Niles, Presentation, American Civil Justice System (Presented to visiting Armenian judges) (Spring 1999).
    • Mark Niles, Panel Moderator, Is The A Constitutional Right to Vote and Be Represented? - The Case of the District of Columbia (Program on Law and Government, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Fall 1998).