June 16-June 27, 2014

Registration now open for 2014
summerlawandgov@wcl.american.edu for more information


The Summer Institute on Law and Government is designed for both experienced practitioners and law students serious about public service. American University Washington College of Law has established itself as a vital center for learning how to practice law in Washington, D.C. The Institute presents the opportunity for individuals to take advantage of the expertise of professors and lawyers working on the front lines of public policy development and litigation.

The Institute focuses on the many complex challenges of practicing law in Washington, including indispensable updates on legislation, lobbying, the Roberts Court, administrative and regulatory process, Supreme Court advocacy, campaign finance law, and developments in national security law and immigration law after 9/11. Classes also cover many facets of the changing landscape for financial regulation after the economic meltdown. For the first time, the program also includes a new, totally unique and dynamic four-night Voting Rights Law Institute, designed to give theoretical and practical training on litigating Voting Rights Act cases.

All of the classes in the Institute are designed to provide cutting edge information to ensure lawyers and law students have the latest cases and policies in a variety of fields. The Summer Institute's courses and events expose students and professionals to a multitude of networking and learning opportunities involving nationally recognized lawyers, academics, and government officials.

Topics are covered in three-hour "blocks," and attendees may craft a curriculum to fit their individual interests and schedules. Daytime and evening classes permit flexible attendance throughout the two-week period. Law students may earn academic credit. Practitioners may receive a certificate or CLE hours or may attend just because they are interested.


2014 Course Offerings:

  • Campaign Finance, Voting Rights & Ballot Access
  • Legislation and Public Policy
  • Financial Regulation Updates
  • Supreme Court Advocacy
  • Civil Liberties Litigation
  • Administrative Law Key Trends
  • Evaluating the Roberts Courtn
  • Same-Sex Marriage Legal Developments
  • Immigration Law and Policy Topics

2014 Lecturers

  • Constitutional Law Scholar Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School
  • Shannon Minter, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Scott Michelman, Public Citizen Litigation Group
  • J. Gerald Hebert & Paul Ryan, election law experts
  • Roy Englert, Supreme Court practitioner
  • David Becker, Pew Trusts
  • William Froelich, federal administrative law judge
  • Neil Eisner, administrative law expert
  • Linda Chatman Thomsen, former SEC enforcement chief


Questions? Ask the Institute Director!

Steve Wermiel
202-274-4263
summerlawandgov@wcl.american.edu