2010 Faculty

Jonathan Baker

Jonathan B. Baker is a Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Baker teaches primarily in the areas of antitrust and economic regulation.  Previously, he served for three years as Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission.  Before that, he worked as a Senior Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.  See more at http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/jbaker/.

Stephen Bright

Stephen B. Bright is the President and Senior Counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights.  He also teaches at Yale Law School and Georgetown Law Center.

Bright has twice argued and won cases in front of the United States Supreme Court, in Snyder v. Louisiana, 522 U.S. 472 (2008) and Amadeo v. Zant, 486 U.S. 214 (1988).  He has testified on many occasions before various U.S. Senate and House of Representatives committees.  Bright received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998, and the American Civil Liberties Union’s Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty in 1991.  See more at http://www.schr.org/about/who.

Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky is the Founding Dean and a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.

Previously, Chemerinsky taught at Duke Law School for four years, winning the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006.  Before that, he was a professor for twenty one years at the University of Southern California School of Law.  At that institution, he served for four years as director of the Center for Communications Law and Policy.  See more at http://www.law.uci.edu/faculty/page1_e_chemerinsky.html.

Robin Conrad

Robin S. Conrad is the Executive Vice President of the National Chamber Litigation Center.

Conrad had played an integral role in building the NCLC into a force in litigation, setting records year by year for entering and winning cases on behalf of American businesses.  In 2007, The National Law Journal selected Conrad as one of The 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.  She has been instrumental in developing the NCLC’s non-labor docket, growing its Supreme Court practice, and strategically developing the law of punitive damages and class actions.  See more at http://www.uschamber.com/nclc/about/conrad.htm.

Kenneth Feinberg

Kenneth R. Feinberg is President Obama’s Executive Pay Czar and the founder and managing partner of Feinberg Rozen, LLP.

Feinberg is a leading name in the field of mediation and alternate dispute resolution.  He is best known for his service as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.  He also served as Special Master in Agent Orange, asbestos personal injury, wrongful death claims, Dalkon shield, and DES (pregnancy medication) cases.  See more at http://www.feinbergrozen.com/.

Ralph Ferrara

Ralph C. Ferrara is a partner and the vice chair of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Ferrara’s practice encompasses many business regulatory and corporate governance matters, representing corporate and individual clients in complex securities class and shareholder derivative actions.  He also advises corporate clients on Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and disclosure requirements, and represents corporations and individuals in government investigations and enforcement proceedings.  See more at http://www.deweyleboeuf.com/en/People/F/RalphCFerrara.aspx.

David Frederick

David C. Frederick is a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC.

Previously, Frederick served as Assistant to the Solicitor General from 1996 to 2001, and as Counsel to the Inspector General from 1995 to 1996.  For his service, Frederick received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and the Department of Justice Inspector General’s Award for Exceptional Service in 1997.  See more at http://www.khhte.com/attorneys_view.php?id=88.

Gary Gensler

Gary Gensler is the Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Previously, Gensler served as a Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, Senator Paul Sarbanes, on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which reformed corporate responsibility, accounting and securities laws.  Before that, Gensler served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as Under Secretary of Domestic Finance from 1999 to 2001 and as Assistant Secretary of Financial Markets from 1997 to 1999.  See more at http://www.cftc.gov/About/Commissioners/GaryGensler/index.htm.

Thomas Goldstein

Thomas C. Goldstein is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and is the founder of SCOTUS Blog.

Goldstein is the presiding co-leader of Akin Gump’s litigation management committee.  His practice is focused on Supreme Court litigation; Goldstein has argued twenty two cases in front of the Court dealing with a variety of federal law questions.  Goldstein regularly advises clients and litigates on questions of federal patent law and on First Amendment issues.  He also teaches Supreme Court litigation at Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School.  See more at http://www.akingump.com/tgoldstein/.

Julia Gordon

Julia Gordon is Senior Policy Counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending.

Julia Gordon is Senior Policy Counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), (www.responsiblelending.org), a not-for-profit, non-partisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate abusive financial practices. She specializes in legislative and regulatory policy issues related to consumer lending, particularly in the area of mortgage lending. Prior to CRL, Ms. Gordon worked at the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the law firm of WilmerHale. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

Richard Hasen

Richard L. Hasen is the William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola Law School and the creator of the Election Law Blog.

Hasen is a nationally-recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, has co-authored a leading casebook on election law, and is co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal.  In 2002, Hasen was named one of the 20 top lawyers in California under age 40 by the Los Angeles (and San Francisco) Daily Journal.  He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2009.  See more at http://www.lls.edu/academics/faculty/hasen.html.

Judith Kozlowski

Judith Kozlowski is Chief Counsel of the Criminal Prosecution Assistance Group (CPAG) at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, previously the NASD).

CPAG assists federal and state prosecutors and agents with the investigation and prosecution of securities frauds and related financial crimes.  Kozlowski has lectured about white collar crimes issues in Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy as a recipient of a U.S. State Department Strategic Speaker Grant.  Previously, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia and in the Southern District of Florida (Miami).  As a federal prosecutor, she specialized in white-collar criminal fraud matters, including on securities fraud. Judith was also a Branch Chief and a Special Trial Counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division.  She was also a white-collar criminal defense lawyer.  She began her career at the New York County District Attorney’s Office (Manhattan).  She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the New York Law School.

Jeffery Lamken

Jeffrey A. Lamken is a Founding Partner of MoloLamken LLP.

Lamken has argued twenty cases before the Supreme Court and briefed dozens more on topics as wide ranging as administrative law, civil rights, criminal procedure, energy law, intellectual property, and telecommunications law.  Before founding MoloLamken LLP, Lamken was the head of BakerBotts’ Supreme Court and Appellate Practice in Washington, and served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice.  See more at http://www.mololamken.com/lawyers-12.html.

Jeffrey Lubbers

Jeffrey Lubbers is a Professor of Practice in Administrative Law at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Lubbers is an expert in the fields of administrative law, government structure and procedures, and regulatory policy and procedures.  In addition to teaching Administrative Law, Lubbers also teaches the Washington Lawyer Seminar, the required course in the LLM in Law and Government Program.  He currently serves as WCL’s liaison to Japanese Law Schools, and served as the research director of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1982 to 1995.  See more at http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/lubbers/.

Irvin Nathan

Irvin B. Nathan is the General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center.

Previously, Nathan was a senior litigating partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, heading up the firm’s white collar criminal defense practice.  Before that, he served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Principal Associate General Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice.  He has also served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia.  See more at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/facinfo/tab_faculty.cfm?Status=Faculty&ID=1229.

Carter Phillips

Carter G. Phillips is the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Phillips has argued fifty seven cases in the Supreme Court since joining Sidley, and has argued over eighty cases in other appellate courts.  Previously, Phillips served as Assistant to the Solicitor General, a position in which he argued nine cases on behalf of the federal government in the Supreme Court.  In addition, Phillips is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and of the Federal Bar Association’s Amicus Curiae Committee.  See more at http://www.sidley.com/phillips_carter/.

Jamin Raskin

Jamin Raskin is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Law and Government Program at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Raskin is Director of the Law and Government Program and founder of the acclaimed Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at WCL.  He teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment, the Constitution and Public Education, and Legislation.  Raskin has written dozens of law review articles and essays and several influential books.  He is an active constitutional and public interest lawyer, and has served as a member of the Maryland State Senate since 2007.  See more at http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/raskin/.

Jonathan Richman

Jonathan E. Richman is a partner in the Litigation Department and is co-chair of the Securities, M&A and Corporate Governance Litigation Practice Group at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Richman has broad expertise in a variety of civil litigation matters, including securities litigation and investigation, shareholder derivative litigation, insurance sales practice suits, antitrust litigation, bankruptcy proceedings, products liability litigation, and employment and ERISA suits.  Previously, Richman served as counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  He is also a member of the Federal Bar Council’s Committee on Second Circuit Courts.  See more at http://www.deweyleboeuf.com/en/People/R/JonathanERichman.aspx.

Herman Schwartz

Herman Schwartz is a Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Throughout his career in academia, publishing, and community service, Schwartz has focused his attention and the world's on issues of civil rights and civil liberties as they have played out in courts and prisons across the globe. He has worked with the United Nations, the human rights advocacy group Helsinki Watch, the U.S./Israel Civil Liberties Law Program (which he founded), the ACLU Prison Project (which he founded), Washington College of Law's Human Rights Center and other organizations.  See more at http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/schwartz/.

Michael Silva

Michael F. Silva is chief of staff and senior vice president for the Executive Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Previously, Silva served as vice president for the Bank’s Legal Group from 1999 to 2006.  Before that he served as assistant vice president and lead counsel for the Bank’s international account relationships and currency distribution.  In 2004, Mr. Silva received the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Medal and the Secretary of the Treasury’s Honor Award, both for his service in Iraq as a coalition advisor to the Central Bank of Iraq.  See more at http://www.newyorkfed.org/aboutthefed/silva.html.

Damon Silvers

Damon A. Silvers is a member of the TARP Oversight Board and an Associate General Counsel for the AFL-CIO.

At the AFL-CIO, Silvers’ responsibilities include corporate governance, pension and general business issues.  He led the AFL-CIO legal team that won severance payments for laid off WorldCom and Enron employees.  He has testified before various Congressional committees on issues related to the collapse of Enron.  Silvers is a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Standing Advisory Group and the Financial Accounting Standards Board User Advisory Council.  See more at http://www.sec.gov/spotlight/soxcomp/bios/biodsilvers.pdf.

Dan Sokolov

Dan S. Sokolov is a Senior Counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center.

At the Department of the Treasury, Sokolov is part of the team that developed the current Administration’s financial reform proposals and coordinates with Congress to enact them.  Previously, he worked at the Federal Reserve as a regulatory attorney specializing in consumer banking.  Before that, he was a general litigator at Williams & Connolly LLP and a senior advisor to the General Counsel of the Department of the Treasury.  See more at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/facinfo/tab_faculty.cfm?Status=Faculty&ID=2725.

Thomas Susman

Thomas M. Susman is Director of the American Bar Association’s Governmental Affairs Office.

Previously, Susman was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Ropes & Gray LLP, where he conducted a diverse legislative and regulatory practice.  Susman handled legislative matters on behalf of both large and small clients in a variety of industries.  His regulatory practice included a breadth of issues, including freedom of information and privacy issues, healthcare, energy efficiency, maritime safety, and regulation of organ procurement.  See more at http://www.ropesgray.com/thomassusman/.

Linda Chatman Thomsen

Linda Chatman Thomsen is a partner the in Litigation Department at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, practicing in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Chatman Thomsen’s practice concentrates on issues related to the enforcement of federal securities laws.  Previously, she served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for fourteen years.  Chatman Thomsen served in the Enforcement Division as Director from 2005 to 2009, as Deputy Director from 2002 to 2005, and as Associate Director from 2000 to 2002.  As Enforcement Director, she led the Enron investigation and the auction rate securities settlements.  See more at http://www.davispolk.com/lawyers/linda-thomsen/.

Mark Van Der Weide

Mark E. Van Der Weide is Assistant General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Board.

Van Der Weide’s responsibilities at the Federal Reserve Board include drafting rules and interpreting guidance relating to the Board’s capital adequacy guidelines.  He has also been involved in Federal Reserve efforts to ensure financial stability and in the review of proposals of bank holding companies to acquire banks and nonbanking companies and proposals by private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds to make investments in banks and bank holding companies.  See more at http://secure.imn.org/web_confe/pop_bio.cfm?personid=69266A547046&sc.

Paul Verkuil

Paul Verkuil is the Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States and a Professor of Law at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law.

Verkuil specializes in administrative law and government regulation, and served as Cardozo’s dean from 1997 to 2001.  He is a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the American Law Institute.  Verkuil coauthored Administrative Law and Process (4th ed. 2004) and Regulation and Deregulation (2nd ed. 2004); he is an expert in law and regulation and has published more than sixty articles in the field.  Previously, Verkuil served as president and CEO of the American Automobile Association.  See more at http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/MemberContentDisplay.aspx?ccmd=ContentDisplay&ucmd=UserDisplay&userid=10570&contentid=1336.

Stephen Vladeck

Stephen I. Vladeck is a Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Vladeck’s teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, national security law, constitutional law (specifically separation of powers), and international criminal law.  A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, Vladeck was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration’s use of military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.  See more at http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/vladeck/.

William Yeomans

William Yeomans is a Fellow in Law and Government at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Yeomans joined the WCL faculty in 2009; from 2006 to 2009 he served as Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Previously, he was Legal Director of the Alliance for Justice and the first Director of Programs for the American Constitutional Society.  Prior to that, Yeomans spent twenty six years at the Department of Justice, where he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.  See more at http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/yeomans/.