2012 Faculty

2011 Faculty

Bert Brandenburg

Executive Director, Justice at Stake
Mr. Brandenburg is the Executive Director of the Justice at Stake campaign, a national, nonpartisan partnership to keep courts fair, impartial and independent. Mr. Brandenburg is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Brandenburg was the Justice Department's Director of Public Affairs and chief spokesperson under Attorney General Janet Reno. He has also served in policy and communications positions for the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, the National Performance Review, the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign and presidential transition team, Congressman Edward Feighan, and the Progressive Policy Institute.

Diane Cipollone

Director, Fair Lending Training Program at the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)
Prior to returning to NFHA as Director, Ms. Cipollone served as Director of the Sustainable Homeownership Project at Civil Justice Inc., where she trained and mentored pro bono attorneys who volunteered their legal services to Maryland's Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project. She also represented homeowners facing foreclosure and provided legal consultation to counselors at Maryland state-approved non-profit housing counseling agencies. Ms. Cipollone's other experience includes serving as the Project Attorney for the Hurricane Relief Project of NFHA and as Co-Coordinator of the Baltimore City Flipping & Predatory Lending Task Force.

John Collins

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Mr. Collins is a member of the Government Affairs & Public Policy and Corporate, Securities & Finance practice groups at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He counsels depository institutions, securities firms, mutual funds, insurance companies, and other types of U.S. and foreign financial organizations on regulatory, acquisition, enforcement, rulemaking, interpretive and legislative matters. Previously, Mr. Collins was General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. He also has served as a Senior Attorney at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington and a Staff Attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

William Donnelly

Partner, Murphy & McGonigle
Mr. Donnelly focuses his practice on the representation of public companies, broker/dealers, hedge funds and other investment advisers, banks and individuals in connection with agency and congressional investigations, internal investigations, regulatory and private civil litigation, arbitrations and compliance matters arising under securities, corporate and banking laws. He has served for some six years at the Securities and Exchange Commission in two different stints, first as attorney and branch chief in the Division of Enforcement from 1982 to 1986, and then as attorney fellow in the Division of Market Regulation from 2000 to 2002.

Neil Eisner

Assistant General Counsel for Regulation and Enforcement, U.S. Department of Transportation
Prior to his current position with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mr. Eisner held positions as Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulation and Enforcement and Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for Litigation in the Federal Aviation Administration. He has served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and is an Adjunct Professor at American University's Washington College of Law. Mr. Eisner also was a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, was Chairman of its Committee on Governmental Processes, and is currently a Senior Fellow in the Conference.

Roy Englert

Supreme Court Practitioner
Mr. Englert is a partner at Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP. He is an appellate litigator and antitrust lawyer and has argued 20 cases in the Supreme Court of the United States. For more than a decade before he co-founded Robbins Russell, he was a partner in the Washington office of Mayer Brown. Before joining Mayer Brown, he was an Assistant to the Solicitor General. He earlier served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Englert also works with the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the Georgetown University Law Center as an Adjunct Professor.

William Froehlich

Administrative Law Judge
Before his appointment as a full-time legal member of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, Judge Froehlich was a member of the senior executive service at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He held a number of key leadership positions during his 32-year career at FERC, including Director of the Office of Administrative Litigation, Special Counsel to the Office of Enforcement, Assistant General Counsel for Gas and Oil Litigation and Director of the Financial Regulation Division. Judge Froehlich also teaches at George Mason University, where he is an Adjunct Professor of administrative law.

Elise Helgesen

Democracy Fellow, FairVote
At FairVote, Ms. Helgesen is a Democracy Fellow specializing in legal issues. Prior to joining FairVote, Ms. Helgesen interned for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, working on voting rights issues, and for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. Last spring, Ms. Helgesen received her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, where she was Executive Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and founded the UF chapter of the ACLU.

Gerry Herbert

Executive Director and Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center
Before joining the Campaign Legal Center, Mr. Herbert served in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice as the lead attorney in numerous voting rights and redistricting lawsuits. After his 20 year tenure with the Department of Justice, Mr. Herbert left and opened a solo law practice that is national in scope and specializes in election law and redistricting. Mr. Herbert has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, taught election law at American University's Washington College of Law, and co-taught a course on voting rights law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Ed Jurith

Senior Counsel, Office of National Drug Control Policy
Mr. Jurith is Senior Counsel to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) where he is responsible for ensuring ONDCP compliance with all Federal laws and regulations and serves as general legal adviser to ONDCP staff on the development and implementation of the National Drug Control Strategy. He came to ONDCP from the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, where he served as Staff Director. Prior to his Federal government service, Mr. Jurith was an attorney in private practice in the City of New York.

Elizabeth Keyes

Practitioner in Residence, Immigrant Justice Clinic, American University Washington College of Law
Professor Keyes is a Practitioner-in-Residence with the Immigrant Justice Clinic at Washington College of Law. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a supervising attorney at WEAVE (Women Empowered Against Violence), where she provided legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Before WEAVE, Professor Keyes spent three years as a Skadden fellow and staff attorney at CASA of Maryland, working on the civil and immigration aspects of labor exploitation cases, litigating in state, federal and immigration courts. She focused particularly on trafficked domestic workers, and their exploitation by diplomats.

Daniela Kraiem

Associate Director, Women and the Law Program, American University Washington College of Law
Prior to joining Washington College of Law, Professor Kraiem was an associate at the law firm of McCarthy, Johnson and Miller in San Francisco and a staff attorney at the Child Care Law Center. In addition to being the Associate Director of the Women and the Law Program, Professor Kraiem is also a Practitioner-in-Residence at Washington College of Law. She plans academic conferences on subjects related to feminist jurisprudence; coordinates grant-funded projects, including the Gender Jurisprudence Database Project (with the War Crimes Research Office); and collaborates with student groups to plan events on current issues in gender and law.

Jeff Lubbers

Professor of Practice in Administrative Law, American University Washington College of Law
At Washington College of Law, Professor Lubbers teaches courses in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Federal Legal Institutions, and Alternative Dispute Resolution and is active in its Law and Government Program. In addition to his teaching, he has served in various positions with the Administrative Conference of the United States and has served as a consultant to various federal agencies, the ABA, the World Bank (on administrative law reform in Latvia), the USAID (on administrative reform in Georgia), the Office of Economic Cooperation and Development, the Asia Foundation, and Yale Law School's China Law Center.

Dan Marcus

Fellow in Law and Government, American University Washington College of Law
Prior to joining the faculty of Washington College of Law, Professor Marcus was General Counsel of the 9-11 Commission. He was for many years a partner in the Washington law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. During the Carter Administration, he was Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture. He also has served as Senior Counsel in the White House Counsel's office and has held several senior positions at the Department of Justice, including Associate Attorney General. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Shannon Minter

Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
In addition to being Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Mr. Minter was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny. He was also NCLR's lead attorney on Sharon Smith's groundbreaking wrongful death suit and has litigated many other impact cases in California and across the country. Mr. Minter also serves on the boards of Faith in America and the Transgender Law & Policy Institute.

Rob Richie

Executive Director, FairVote
An expert on international and domestic elections and electoral reform, Mr. Richie co-founded and became executive director of FairVote in 1992. At FairVote, he has worked with congressional and state legislative staff in writing numerous pieces of legislation and has testified in special sessions before charter commissions in cities in New York, Florida, Ohio, Texas and Michigan and before state legislative committees in Alaska, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. Prior to FairVote, he worked for three winning congressional campaigns in Washington and for non-profit organizations in Washington and the District of Columbia.

Paul Ryan

Senior Counsel, Campaign Legal Center
Prior to joining the Campaign Legal Center, Mr. Ryan served as the Political Reform Project Director at the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. He has specialized in campaign finance, ethics, and election law for more than a decade and litigates campaign finance issues before federal and state courts throughout the United States. Mr. Ryan has testified as an expert on election law before Congress, regularly represents the Campaign Legal Center before the Federal Election Commission, and has testified before state and municipal legislative bodies and ethics agencies around the nation.

Michael Silva

Senior Vice President and Senior Supervisory Officer for the Goldman Sachs Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Mr. Silva joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a law clerk in the Legal Group. He held positions with increasing responsibilities in the Legal Group and was appointed an officer of the Bank as counsel. Mr. Silva was promoted to assistant vice president and became the lead counsel for the Bank's international account relationships and currency distribution. He was then promoted to vice president with those same responsibilities and to senior vice president, at which time he moved from the Legal Group to the Executive Group and became chief of staff. As a collateral duty, Mr. Silva also served as assistant secretary of the Bank for four years. He now supervises the oversight of Goldman Sachs operations.

Mark Tushnet

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Professor Tushnet specializes in constitutional law and theory, including comparative constitutional law. His research examines the practice of judicial review in the United States and around the world. He also writes in the area of legal history, particularly constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States. He is currently working on a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s. He was previously a member of the law faculties at University of Wisconsin at Madison and Georgetown University Law Center. He also served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Steve Wermiel

Fellow in Law and Government, American University Washington College of Law
Professor Wermiel is co-author with Seth Stern of the critically acclaimed biography, JUSTICE BRENNAN: LIBERAL CHAMPION, published in October 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Since the book was published, Steve has given more than 50 lectures around the country on Justice Brennan and has been interviewed by the New York Times, ABC Radio, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC's Morning Joe, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal and more. Steve teaches constitutional law and seminars on the Supreme Court. From 1979 to 1991, he was the Supreme Court correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He previously was a Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe from 1974 to 1979. He received his law degree from the Washington College of Law in 1982.

Alex Wohl

Adjunct Professor, American University Washington College of Law
Professor Wohl is an Adjunct Professor and consultant to the Law and Government Program at Washington College of Law. Professor Wohl served as Director of Communications for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. He also served as speechwriter and Communications Director for President Clinton's Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, and as Director of Public Affairs for the American Federation of Teachers. He was selected as a United States Supreme Court Fellow and served as a law clerk to Judge Ralph B. Guy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Bill Yeomans

Fellow in Law and Government, American University Washington College of Law
Before joining the faculty at Washington College of Law, Professor Yeomans served as Senator Edward M. Kennedy's Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also served as Legal Director of the Alliance for Justice and as the first Director of Programs for the American Constitution Society. Prior to that, Professor Yeomans was at the Department of Justice where he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. During his 26 year tenure, he litigated and supervised civil rights cases in the federal courts.