David Aaronson is the Director of WCL’s nationally recognized Trial Advocacy Program. His areas of specialization include: Criminal and Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1964, he was selected to be a Prettyman Fellow in the Georgetown Graduate Law Center's Legal Internship Program, the first LLM program focusing on trial advocacy skills. He represented indigent persons accused of crime in Federal and local courts and served as a clinical instructor. He joined the Washington College of Law faculty in 1970, after practicing civil and criminal law with a private law firm. During 1971-1973, he served as Interim Director of Clinical Programs and Co-Director of the Maryland Criminal Justice Clinic, developing the prosecutor component.
He published a treatise on Maryland criminal law along with the state’s first book of pattern criminal jury instructions in 1975. The second edition was published in 1988; the third edition was published in two volumes in 2009 by LexisNexis. Professor Aaronson served as a co-principal investigator of two U.S. Department of Justice funded national criminal justice studies, including a path-breaking study of “Alternatives to Conventional Criminal Adjudication.” In 1981, he joined his colleague, Professor Anthony C. Morella, as Co-Director of the Trial Advocacy Program, continuing until 2004, when, upon Morella's retirement, he became program director. He has authored or co-authored seven books and monographs and numerous articles on topics such as crime victims’ rights and remedies, criminal jury instructions, eye witness identification, the insanity defense, police discretion and public policy, decriminalization of public drunkenness laws, and alternatives to conventional criminal adjudication.
Professor Aaronson has served as chair of the Maryland State Bar Association's Section of Criminal Law and Practice. He is on the executive committee of the Association of American Law School’s Criminal Justice Section, and a member, former co-chair, and currently, chair of the ABA's Criminal Justice Section's Rules of Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Police Practices Committee. He received the Robert C. Heeney Award (presented “to those individuals exemplifying the highest professional standards and achievement in the field of criminal law during their distinguished careers”) in 1999 from the Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Criminal Law and Practice. He has been twice honored as "Outstanding Teacher" and as American University Scholar/Teacher of the Year. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.
Carlos F. Acosta currently serves in the Prince George’s County, Maryland Police Department as the Inspector General. In that role Mr. Acosta functions as the independent authority over the Internal Affairs Division, as well as being responsible to investigate systemic or programmatic issues affecting the police department’s missions.
Immediately prior to this position, he worked at the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division as the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) Mérida Program Manager. In that role he supported the Department of Justice / Department of State mission of fighting organized crime via several programs, including Prosecutorial Capacity Building, Strengthening Government of Mexico Law Enforcement Integrity Systems, Certification of Forensic Laboratories, Extradition Training, Asset Forfeiture, Evidence Preservation and Chain of Custody, and Pretrial Case Resolution.
Mr. Acosta has also served as the Deputy State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was directly responsible for the Homicide, Violent Crime, Gun, Felony Trial, Economic Crime and Grand Jury / Screening Units, in addition to his administrative functions and trial work. Previously, Mr. Acosta was a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Gang Squad. Mr. Acosta has also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia in the Organized Crime and Narcotics Trafficking Section. He began his prosecutorial career as a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Office of the State’s Attorney. Mr. Acosta, currently an adjunct Associate Professor of Law, has been at the American University Washington College of Law since 1997. Mr. Acosta has served on the faculty of the National Advocacy Center (Columbia, SC). He has been a lecturer both domestically and internationally for various Department of Justice agencies, as well as for the Financial Action Task Force-Le Groupe d'Action Financière (FATF-GAFI) and the United Nations Development Programme.
Mr. Acosta received both a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in English (Rhetoric) from the University of Maryland. In 1991, he received his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. He is licensed in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Judge Michael Algeo is currently a Judge on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County having been appointed in November, 2005. He previously served as a Judge on the District Court of Maryland from 1999-2005. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a Senior Assistant States Attorney with the State's Attorneys office in Montgomery County and was the Supervisor of the Felony Trial unit. He also worked in private practice as counsel for Jordan, Coyne & Savits in Washington D.C., specializing in police liability, medical malpractice, and asbestos litigation. He served in the U.S. Air Force and is a Vietnam War Veteran.
Judge Algeo has taught Trial Advocacy at the National College of District Attorneys at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. He has also taught classes at the University of Maryland, and has lectured for the Maryland State Bar Association as well as the Montgomery County Bar Association. He is a 1983 graduate of the Washington College of Law and received the Washington College of Law Distinguished Alumnus award, the Montgomery College paralegal service award, the "Holding the Line on Underage Drinking", Community Service Award, and was recognized in 2005 by the Maryland Daily Record as that year's recipient of the prestigious Leadership in Law Award.
Phil Andonian is Of Counsel at the law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser, P.L.L.C., which has a national practice specializing in complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, congressional investigations, labor law and employee tax benefits law, and the representation of non-profit organizations on a broad range of institutional issues. Prior to joining Bredhoff, Mr. Andonian spent six years as an attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where he represented juveniles and adults charged with a range of criminal offenses from misdemeanors to serious felonies, and argued cases before the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining PDS, Mr. Andonian served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Morin in the D.C. Superior Court and was a criminal-defense attorney for two years at Nolan, Armstrong & Barton, LLP a boutique criminal-defense firm in northern California.
Mr. Andonian received his B.A. in English and psychology from The University of Michigan in 1998 and his J.D. from Santa Clara University in 2002. Mr. Andonian is a member of the bars of D.C. and California.
Ken Armstrong grew up in Bethesda, MD, graduating with honors in History from Clark University. He received his J.D. degree from American University, Washington College of Law graduating in the top 25% of the class. Mr. Armstrong is a Senior Partner at Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos & Vughan, where a significant portion of his practice involves the trial of complex civil matters, including medical and professional malpractie. Mr. Armstrong has been listed in Best Lawyers in America from 1997 to the present as well as Who's Who in American Law, 1994 to present, and Who's Who Among Outstanding Americans, 1995 to present. He has been elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Armstrong was elected as Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, serving as the Maryland State Chair from 2002-2004. Mr. Armstrong regularly serves on panels, lectures and presents at seminars as an expert in the areas of general liability claims, litigation and claims management, risk management in medical malpractice, and changes in medical malpractice law.
Mark Austrian is a member of Collier Shannon Scott, PLLC, where he focuses in the areas of toxic torts, products liability, commercial litigation and courtroom technology. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Defense Research Institute. Additionally, he is a Master of the William B. Bryant Inn of Court and on the Board of Directors of the Council for Court Excellence, where he serves on the D.C. Jury Project Study Committee.
Mr. Austrian is a frequent teacher in deposition and trial practice programs at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, an Adjunct Professor at WCL (teaching "Advanced Trial Advocacy in the High-Tech Courtroom" and "Litigating in the Digital Age: Electronic Case Management"), and is a member of the American Law Institute, the E-Discovery Advisory Board of Georgetown Law School, and the Sedona Conference Working Group on EDiscovery. He has also authored several publications in the fields of E-Discovery and electronic case management.
Mr. Austrian graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance.
Judge DeLawrence Beard is currently the Chief Judge of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, a position he has held since 1996. Prior to his appointment as Chief Judge, Judge Beard was an Associate Judge on the Montgomery County Circuit Court from 1984 to 1996. Judge Beard has also served as a District Court Judge for Montgomery County, Public Defender for Montgomery County, and Senior Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County.
Judge Beard is a co-founder of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Judicature Society, and Phi Beta Gamma Legal Fraternity. His awards include Governor's Citation, 1998; Meritorious Achievement Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter, 1989; Charles Sumner High School Hall of Fame Award, 1985; Montgomery County NAACP Community Service Award, 1984; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - Mu Nu Chapter Outstanding Citizen of the Year, 1982; J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association Award, 1993; J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association Legal Excellence Award, 2003; and History Makers, April 2003.
Elizabeth Boals began as the Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program in 2005 and became the Program's Associate Director in 2009. Her areas of specialization include: Criminal and Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Evidence. Before joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Boals defended the U.S. Department of Commerce on alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil RIghts Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. She was a partner at Lay, Ippolito and Dillard, PLLC, and, prior to that, an attorney at Zwerdling, Paul, Leibig, Kahn, Thompson & Wolly, P.C. She began her legal career as an assistant public defender in the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, Virginia. Professor Boals is a National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Advocacy Program faculty member and author, and has lectured at Maryland and Virginia Coalitions of Police Conferences; Virginia Public Defenders' Boot Camp for New Lawyers; Alexandria Inmate Outreach Program; and Alexandria Community Corrections Program.
Michael Bruckheim enjoyed a diverse career litigating in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) for over 11 years. Mr. Bruckheim began in the General Crimes Section (now called the Criminal Section) where he conducted over 50 criminal trials. Mr. Bruckheim spent the majority of his career in the OAG's Civil Division where he defended the District of Columbia in local and federal courts against a variety of claims, including police misconduct, constitutional violations, employment discrimination, failure to accommodate people with disabilities, and personal injury. Mr. Bruckheim also served as the Chief of OAG's Criminal Section, and as the Attorney/Adviser in the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights.
In April, 2010, Mr. Bruckheim opened the Law Office of Michael Bruckheim, LLC where he specializes in DUI/DWI defense, general criminal defense, domestic violence, mediation, and civil litigation.
Since September, 2007, Mr. Bruckheim has served as an Adjunct Faculty Coach for the Washington College of Law's Mock Trial Honor Society. He received his B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University in 1993 and his J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law in 1996. He is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Mr. Butterfield is a partner at Hausfeld LLP, a global claimants' law firm. He focuses his practice on antitrust litigation and electronic discovery. Mr. Butterfield developed his interest in electronic discovery in the early 1990s when he led the design and implementation of an electronic document repository to manage more than 15 million pages of documents in a complex securities case. He has testified as an expert witness on e-discovery issues, and speaks frequently on that topic domestically and abroad. Recently, Mr. Butterfield was invited to provide Congressional testimony regarding the costs and burdens of civil litigation.
Mr. Butterfield is vice chair of The Sedona Conference�� Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production. He is also a member of The Sedona Conference�� Working Group on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure. Additionally, Mr. Butterfield serves on the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center's Advanced E-Discovery Institute, and for the Federal Judicial Center's e-discovery seminar for federal judges. He has also served as a guest lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center.
Judge William Cave is a retired Chief Judge and Circuit Administrative Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Maryland, having been appointed in 1995. He previously served, from 1978 to 1993, as a Judge for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. Judge Cave served as Judge of the District Court of Montgomery County, Maryland from 1971 to 1978. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a Deputy States' Attorney in Montgomery County. Judge Cave also worked in private practice as a named partner for Allen, Spaulding & Cave.
Judge Cave has taught Trial Advocacy at the American University, Washington College of Law since 1989. He is a designated call back Judge for all Maryland District Courts and for Montgomery, Frederick, Carroll, and Prince Georges Circuit Courts. Judge Cave is a designated call back Judge for Mediations in Prince Georges County Civil cases. He also conducts private mediations and arbitrations.
Judge Erik Patrick Christian was appointed by President George W. Bush as Associate Judge for the District of Columbia Superior Court in July 2001. He has served as Trial Judge in the DC/Traffic Division, the Domestic Violence Unit, and in every assignment in the Criminal Division, including Felony I cases. For the past three years he has served as Trial Judge in the Civil Division. Judge Christian was recently appointed Deputy Presiding Judge of the Probate and Tax Divisions, commencing 2013.
Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Christian served as Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, and as Legal Counsel for the Mayor of the District of Columbia. He has also distinguished himself as being appointed First Assistant United States Attorney for the District of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and as a Supervisor and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Homicide Section in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
Judge Christian has served as instructor for the U.S. Attorney's Office of Professional Development and Training Programs as well as an instructor for the National Institute in Trial Advocacy (NITA) Georgetown Law Center. Judge Christian is a native Washingtonian, having graduated from Howard University, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, B.A., 1982 and Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1986. Recently, Judge Christian was honored by his high school alma mater, Archbishop John Carroll High School, by being inducted by the school���s Principal and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, at the Kennedy Center, into the school���s 2012 Hall of Honor for academic achievement and community contribution and development.
In addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law, Judge Christian also is serving as an Adjunct Professor at Howard University School of Law, teaching Criminal Trial Advocacy and Procedure.
Judge Audrey Anne Creighton was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley on July 23, 2010, as Judge for the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County. Prior to being appointed Judge, Audrey Anne Creighton was an Assistant Public Defender in the Montgomery County Maryland Office of The Public Defender. Judge Creighton was one of two Hispanic bilingual attorneys in the Public Defender's office who handled serious felony cases. As such, Judge Creighton has extensive trial experience, including having tried approximately ninety-five jury trials. During her twenty years as an Assistant Public Defender, she had tried virtually every kind of criminal case, including several murder cases.
Before joining the Public Defender's Office, Judge Creighton had a varied law career. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1986. Thereafter, she began a clerkship for the late Honorable Richard P. Gilbert, Chief Judge of The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Following her clerkship, Judge Creighton was an associate with the law firm of Rabineau & Peregoff in Baltimore City. Subsequently, as an Assistant Attorney General for The State of Maryland, she argued cases before the Courts of Appeal of Maryland.
Judge Creighton is of Spanish decent. Her ancestors immigrated to Quito, Ecuador from Arcos, Spain. Her mother later emigrated from Ecuador to the United States. Judge Creighton's father is of Irish decent and is fluent in Spanish. Judge Creighton grew up speaking both Spanish and English at home, since her maternal grandmother lived with her family and did not speak English. Judge Creighton was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland and graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School in 1978. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from The University of Maryland in 1982.
Judge Charles B. Day was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Maryland, on February 18, 1997. He principally serves at the Southern Division Courthouse, located in Greenbelt, Maryland. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Day was a prosecutor in the Montgomery County State's Attorney's office, and later practiced law with the Washington, D.C. firm of Sherman, Meehan, Curtin, & Ain, P.C.
Judge Day was also a frequent legal commentator for CNN and other national television and cable broadcasters. Judge Day is an active member of various professional organizations and has served on the board of directors of a number of civic, charitable and Christian organizations. Judge Day received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1978, his Master of Science degree from The American University in 1980, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland in 1984.
Melinda Douglas founded the Office of the Public Defender for the City of Alexandria in 1987, where she has represented indigent clients ever since. She supervises a team of ten attorneys, two investigators, one sentencing specialist, and five support staff. She is a frequent speaker, guest lecturer, and training instructor in the fields of criminal defense and professionalism. Additionally, she is extensively involved in criminal justice policy initiatives, and public service projects. She is a member of various professional organizations and boards. Her educational background includes a B.A. from Emmanuel College and a J.D. from the Antioch School of Law.
Ms. Douglas is the 2012 recipient of the Harry L. Carricio Professionalism award, presented by the Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section.
Bruce Fredrickson is a founding partner of Webster, Fredrickson, Correia & Puth PLLC, where he has represented employees in discrimination and harassment cases, severance negotiations, and other employment matters for 34 years. Among other matters, Mr. Fredrickson led the fight in Hartman v. Powell, winning the largest employment discrimination award in the history of the Civil Rights Act. Mr. Fredrickson reached the record $508 million settlement after individual class members had won forty-six of forty-eight trials, yielding awards of $25 million paid over and above the settlement. As a result of the historic Hartman v. Powell case, Mr. Fredrickson was named the 2000 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and the 2001 Lawyer of the Year by the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.
Mr. Fredrickson is President of the Employee Rights Advocacy Institute, a non-profit public interest organization dedicated to the creation of workplaces free from discrimination and retaliation, where employees are accorded livable wages and benefits. Mr. Fredrickson is also a past President (2007-2010) and current Board member (2002-) of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). He is also a past President of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association and current member of the MWELA Board of Directors, as well as a member of the American Association for Justice and the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.. In July, 2000, Mr. Fredrickson was introduced as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and in 2011, was named Best Lawyers' 2012 Washington DC Civil Rights Law Lawyer of the Year.
Mr. Fredrickson is a 1973 summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, obtained his Juris Doctor in 1976 from The George Washington University National Law Center with high honors.
Mr. Fredrickson has taught Trial Practice at WCL since 1986.
Douglas F. Gansler was elected on November 7, 2006 as Maryland's 44th Attorney General. As Attorney General, Mr. Gansler has focused on environmental, public safety and consumer issues. Taking a strong stance on ensuring companies comply with Maryland's environmental laws, Mr. Gansler participated in reaching the largest air pollution settlement in the history of the United States, a $4.6 billion settlement with American Electric Power and reached a settlement with ExxonMobil which included a $4 million civil penalty, the largest ever levied for an oil spill in Maryland.
Prior to becoming Attorney General, Mr. Gansler served as State's Attorney for Montgomery County where his office was the first in the nation to fully implement Community Prosecution, becoming a national model for effective and innovative crime fighting. He also established the first domestic violence dockets, gang unit, internet crime unit, and Elder Abuse Task Force in Maryland. Before becoming State's Attorney, Mr. Gansler served as Assistant United States Attorney.
Mr. Gansler received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated cum laude from Yale University,
Mark Gilday is a partner at Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday, LLC in Maryland. His litigation practice includes the defense and prosecution of commercial lawsuits, contract disputes, employment disputes, construction disputes, personal injury lawsuits, and general civil litigation. Mr. Gilday is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia, including trial and appellate courts. Mr. Gilday also represents clients in arbitration matters, including before the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Gilday represents numerous business and real estate clients on a wide range of issues. For example, Mr. Gilday provides clients with general business advice, negotiates and drafts contracts (such as leasing, purchase and sale, construction, and employment), and assists clients with business development. Mr. Gilday received a B.A., Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland in 1982, and his J.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1985. After graduating from law school, Mr. Gilday served for three years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Barry Helfand has forty-four years of experience as a litigator and is among the premier trial attorneys in the metropolitan area. The Washington Post reported that Mr. Helfand is "a canny and shrewd adversary who enjoys the limelight and the mental rush of legal competition. A prosecutor briefly during the 1960s, he has become one of the most sought-after criminal defense lawyers in the Washington area. His trial appearances attract large crowds of lawyers and casual observers." Super Lawyers Magazine named Mr. Helfand as one of the best lawyers in both Maryland and Washington, D.C. in 2009.
Mr. Helfand has taught criminal and civil trial advocacy at the American University, Washington College of Law for approximately ten years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in 1958 and his J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1963.
Gregory L. Hillyer is a practicing trial attorney and a partner with the firm Feldman Gale, P.A. Mr. Hillyer is a Board Certified, Registered Patent Attorney licensed to practice law in several state, federal and administrative courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has litigated and tried a wide variety of civil cases throughout the country involving patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets and false advertising.
Mr. Hillyer is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized by other publications for excellence in the field, including being named a Philadelphia Super Lawyer and appearing in the Washington Post as one of Washington, D.C.’s top lawyers. Mr. Hillyer is the author of several publications and is a frequent lecturer and panel participant. He enjoys teaching trial techniques and is a former Adjunct Professor at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law where he coached the National Trial Team. Prior to joining Feldman Gale, Mr. Hillyer developed his courtroom skills as a Philadelphia Public Defender.
Mr. Hillyer is the recipient of the Lewis Powell Medallion from the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Most Promising Litigator Award from the Center for Forensic Economic Studies; the Murray Love Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Trial Lawyers; the Trial Lawyer’s Prize from the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; and the Barrister’s Award from Temple Law School
Dr. Max M. Houck
Dr. Houck is an internationally-recognized forensic expert with research interests in forensic science, education, and the forensic enterprise and its industries. He has worked in the private sector, the public sector (at regional and federal levels), and in academia. Dr. Houck has published in a wide variety of areas in the field, in books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journals. His anthropology and trace evidence casework includes the Branch Davidian Investigation, the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon, the D.B. Cooper case, the US Embassy bombings in Africa, and the West Memphis Three case, among hundreds of others. He served for six years as the Chair of the Forensic Science Educational Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Dr. Houck is a founding Co-Editor of the journal Forensic Science Policy and Management with Dr. Jay Siegel; he has also co-authored a major textbook with Dr. Siegel, Fundamentals of Forensic Science. Dr. Houck lives and works in the Washington, DC area.
Judge Stephen P. Johnson has served as Associate Judge for the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County since 1998. Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Johnson worked as a sole-practitioner specializing in litigation. He also served as Senior Assistant County Solicitor for Howard County, Maryland. Judge Johnson served as Assistant County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. He is a member of the Mental Health, Alcoholism and Addiction Committee, 2000-03, Maryland Judicial Conference.
Judge Johnson earned his B.A. from Alfred University and his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 1969. He has been an adjunct faculty member for WCL's Trial Advocacy Program since 2002.
John Karl is a partner at Karl & Tarone, a law firm in general practice with an emphasis on complex and federal litigation. He has been in private practice since 1979. Since 1985, Mr. Karl served as an Adjunct Lecturer at The American University's Washington College of Law, where he currently teaches a seminar on Complex Civil Litigation and Civil Trial Practice. Mr. Karl received his J.D. from the Washington College of Law of The American University in 1979. He holds an Honors B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Karl is a member of the Bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Florida, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia,and the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Fourth and Federal Circuits. He served as President of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers from 1996 to 1998. He has been on the Board of Directors of this association since 1994.
Mr. Karl has served as a Mediator and an Arbitrator in the District of Columbia Superior Court since 1986. He has served as a member of the D.C. Bar's Attorney-Client Arbitration Board since 1990. The Board resolves fee disputes and claims of attorney malpractice.
Jim Lay is the co-founding partner of Carter & Lay, PLLC in Alexandria, Virginia. The firm was established in March 2006. Mr. Lay practices labor, employment and business law including general civil and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He has served as General Counsel to various labor organizations and Virginia corporations. Prior to establishing Carter & Lay, Mr. Lay was a named partner at the Law Offices of James K. Lay, PLLC and Lay, Ippolito & Dillard, PLLC. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Lay was an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the Office of the Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney where he prosecuted felony cases comprised of white-collar, firearms and narcotics offenses. He previously served as professional staff to the United States Senate Select Committee for POW/MIA Affairs, and as a Legislative Assistant to the Virginia General Assembly.
Mr. Lay has been an adjunct faculty member at American University Washington College of Law since 2002, teaching legal rhetoric and pretrial civil litigation. He received his J.D. in 1998 from George Mason University School of Law. Mr. Lay also earned an M.A. in International Transactions and a B.A. in Philosophy, both from George Mason University.
Elizabeth L. Lippy, Esq.
Elizabeth Lippy began as the Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program in 2010 after assisting as a coach for the Mock Trial Honors Society in 2009. Originally from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, she comes from her own private practice from the law firm of Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. where she focused her practice on Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation. Ms. Lippy has successfully tried numerous cases before a Judge and Jury. She was a member of the Schreyer Honors Program at the Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated in 2000 with a major in Speech Communication and a minor in German. Her major, Speech Communication, has helped her immensely in trial work, as a main focus of her undergraduate studies was linguistics and the art of speech. After graduating from Penn State, Ms. Lippy was awarded an academic scholarship and attended Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. At Temple Law School, she was a member of the nationally acclaimed trial team, where she was recognized for her skills in advocacy through awards from the Center for Forensic Economic Sciences, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and was also awarded Best Advocate in the Region during the Final Round of a competition. Beyond her private practice, Ms. Lippy was an Adjunct Professor with Temple's James E. Beasley School of Law in the Trial Advocacy Program and a guest lecturer for the LL.M. in Advocacy at Temple. Ms. Lippy has been recognized for her legal skills by being named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track,” by the Legal Intelligencer, an award that is only given to 30 lawyers in Pennsylvania on an annual basis. Further, for the last four years, she has been named a Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Most recently, in 2012, she was named one of Pennsylvania's Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40.
Susan Orlando Liu, Esq.
Susan Liu received her JD degree from Golden Gate School of Law in 1986 and her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, in Finance from Boston College School of Management in 1978. She has been licensed to practice law for 25 years and is a member of the state bars of Virginia, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia. Susan has 10 years of mediation experience resolving civil and family disputes. She is a court certified mediator and mentor for the Virginia Supreme Court and a court mediator and trainer for the District of Columbia Superior Court, Multi-door Division. Susan's practice consists of family law, collaborative law and mediation, and civil mediation including breach of contract, employment, and real estate disputes. She served as a Judge for the ABA's 2012 national mediation competition and has coached WCL's Negotation Team for the ABA regional competition and WCL's Mediation Team. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Susan practiced in Honolulu, Hawaii for 10 years.
Judge Michael Mason has served as an Associate Judge in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, since March 18, 1994. Prior to that appointment, Judge Mason was an Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County. He received his B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University, and graduated cum laude from the George Washington University School of Law in 1974.
Admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1974, Judge Mason is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, having served as Chair, criminal law section, 1985-86; Administration of Justice Committee; Executive Committee, 1986-87; Chair, Lawyer Referral Committee, 1991-92; Chair, District Court Bench & Bar Committee, 1992-93; and Chair, Circuit Court Bench & Bar committee. Judge Mason is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Treatment and Learning Centers, and the Executive Committee of Parents for Options in Special Education.
Anthony Morella was professor of law and co-director of the Trial Practice Program. He is among the longest standing faculty members at the Washington College of Law. In his time at American University, he has served as associate dean of the Washington College of Law; vice president and general counsel for American University; university marshal; chairman of the University Senate; assistant secretary to AU's Board of Trustees; and general counsel to American University. Also, he served as secretary-treasurer, National Association of College and University Attorneys; delegate of AU to the National Collegiate Athletic Association; fellow, John Sherman Myers Society; member of the Board of Trustees, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia; member of the Board of Trustees, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties (Maryland) Continuing Legal Education Institute; president, Court Practice Institute, Chicago; trustee, United States Capitol Historical Society and the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health. In 1973, he served as cocounsel for Respondent, Hon. John J. Sirica, Richard M Nixon v The Honorable John J Sirica, 487 F.2d 700 (1973).
In his career, he served as confidential aide to the U.S. Attorney General and special assistant to the director, U.S. Bureau of Prisons. He was legislative assistant to Hon. George Meader and to John V. Lindsay; and attorney advisor to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He was partner at Raysor, Barbour & Morella in Washington, D.C. and senior partner at Hewes Morella, Gelband & Lamberton, P.C., also in Washington. He is recipient of many awards and honors. Mr. Morella received his J.D. from the Washington College of Law and an A.B. from Boston University.
Paul Morella is from Washington, DC and has performed professionally in regional theater, film, television and radio for over 25 years.
Mr. Morella's credits include leading roles and world premieres at some of the most prestigious theatres in the country, including The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, LA Theatre Works, the National Players, American Showcase Theatre, the Delaware Theatre Company, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and many others. No stranger to lawyers, he received unanimous critical acclaim and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his portrayal of Roy Cohn in Angels In America, and has appeared as prosecuting attorney Horace Gilmer in the world premiere of To Kill A Mockingbird, as well as attorney Jarreld Schwabe opposite Julia Roberts in The Pelican Brief. Additional film credits include The Replacements (with Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman), The Hunley (with Armand Assante), That Night (with Juliette Lewis), Diner (directed by Barry Levinson), Liberty (with George Kennedy and Chris Sarandon), and A Man Called Hawk with Avery Brooks. Onstage he has worked with Julie Harris, James Farentino, Senator Fred Thompson, Marsha Mason, Robert Prosky, and M. Emmett Walsh, among others, and was a regular on the NBC television series, Homicide: Life On The Streets. He has worked on the HBO series, The Wire, and was a regular cast member of the CBS television show, The District, with Craig T. Nelson. An M.F.A. (Acting) graduate of Catholic University, he has also portrayed three felons and two victims on the Fox- TV series, America's Most Wanted, and was recently chosen as one of only two actors to be featured on their special 700th Capture episode. In addition to Clarence Darrow, he has presented such historical figures as John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman, and most recently appeared as Teddy Roosevelt in a world premiere production on behalf of the Kennedy Center and the White House Historical Society. He also teaches the Art of Persuasion as part of the Trial Advocacy Program at the Washington College of Law. He is a member of the Screen Actors' Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actor's Equity Association.
Steve Pavsner, a shareholder in the Litigation Group of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A., has extensive experience in personal injury litigation, including the prosecution on behalf of victims of product liability cases, medical, legal, accounting and other professional negligence cases, class action litigation, business disputes and other complex civil litigation.
Mr. Pavsner is a 1972 cum laude graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a 1975 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches courses in advocacy in the high-tech courtroom, medical liability and public policy.
Karl Pilger is the managing attorney of Boring & Pilger, P.C. in Vienna, Virginia, where his practice focuses on litigation involving business disputes and trust & estate matters. He has taught trial advocacy since 1985 for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), including its courses in trial skills, depositions, law firm in-house training and trial advocacy teacher training. Karl served as a lecturer in trial advocacy for over ten years with the U.S. Department of Justice's Legal Education Institute in Washington, D.C. He has regularly taught the law school trial advocacy programs at Emory University, Hofstra University and Widener University. Karl has been affiliated with WCL since 2008 and has taught Civil Trial Advocacy and Ethics for Trial Lawyers. He has also coached mock trial teams at WCL and served as a director of its 2009 and 2010 Capitol City Challenge mock trial competitions.
Karl has written articles about litigation for NITA, LexisNexis and the Virginia State Bar. His articles on closing argument and impeachment of witnesses have been reprinted for use by the law schools of the University of Virginia and Southern Methodist University. Karl has testified as an expert witness on the reasonableness of attorneys' fees incurred in litigation. He graduated from the University of Florida (B.A., with high honors, 1974; Phi Beta Kappa) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1977). Karl is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Judge Irma Raker has served as a judge on the Court of Appeals of Maryland since 1994. Prior to that appointment, she served on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County and the District Court of Maryland. She also served as an Assistant State's Attorney for Montgomery County and as a partner in the law firm of Sachs, Greenebaum and Tayler. Since 1981, Judge Raker has chaired the Committee to Draft Pattern Jury Instructions in Maryland. She has also been an adjunct professor in Civil and Criminal Trial Advocacy at the Washington College of Law from 1980 to the present.
Judge Raker received the 2007 Margaret Brent Award from the American Bar Association (ABA). Among Judge Raker's other commendations are the Century of Service Award by the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, the Ninth Annual Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award for Significant Contribution to Women's Rights by the Women's Law Center, and the Robert C. Heeney Award by the Maryland State Bar Criminal Law Section. The Maryland General Assembly recognized her outstanding contributions to the advancement and welfare of women in Maryland. Judge Raker was named the Syracuse Outstanding Alumnus by the Syracuse University Alumni Association of Maryland. She was recognized by The Daily Record as one of "Maryland's Top 100 Women" in 1998, 1999, and 2001, and was a recipient of The Daily Record's Leadership In Law Award in 2001.
Judge Nelson Rupp has served as an Associate Judge on the Montgomery County Circuit Court since January 17, 1997, and was previously an Associate Judge on the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County from September 23, 1993 to January 16, 1997 . Prior to his appointment to the judiciary, Judge Rupp served as Senior Assistant State's Attorney, Montgomery County, 1973-77; Member, Alternative Community Services Commission, City of Rockville, 1975-80; Assistant Public Defender, Montgomery County, 1977-80; Deputy State's Attorney, St. Mary's County, 1980-81; and Assistant State's Attorney, Prince George's County, 1981-83.
Part of Judge Rupp's service as a Circuit Court judge includes: Chair of Committee to Implement Drug Court in Adult and Juvenile Montgomery County Circuit Court, 2003 to present; Presiding Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court, 2004 to present; member of Drug Treatment Court Oversight Committee, Office of Problem Solving Courts, Maryland Judiciary, 2009 to present; appointed by Gov. O’Malley in 2011 to State of Maryland Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council
Judge Rupp received his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 1974. He is a member of the Maryland and D.C. Bar, and his awards include the Outstanding Jurist Award, Montgomery County Bar Association, 1995. Judge Rupp was also the 1997 Recipient of Distinguished Service Award, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC. On November 17, 2006, Judge Rupp was awarded The Daily Record's Leadership in Law Award. The award honors those who contribute significantly to the legal profession. Judge Rupp has also received the 2009 Community Service Award from the Caron Foundation.
Addy R. Schmitt, Esq.
Addy Schmitt is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, where she represents federal executive agencies and employees at all stages of litigation in matters pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ms. Schmitt's cases involve a wide range of legal issues, including employment discrimination, administrative procedure, tort, fraud, and Freedom of Information Act claims.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's office in January 2010, Ms. Schmitt served as counsel and career law clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 2007-2009, and as a term law clerk to Judge Sullivan from 2004-2005, where she assisted him with many complex and high-profile criminal and civil matters, including a number of jury and non-jury trials. Ms. Schmitt also worked as an Associate for the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro, LLP from 2003-2004 and 2005-2007, where she handled a wide range of civil cases at all stages of the litigation process.
Ms. Schmitt graduated summa cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where, in addition to her J.D., she earned a number of honors and awards, including the Dean's Award for Professional Responsibility in the Clinical Program, the Mooers Trophy for outstanding student in the Trial Practice Program, and the Gillett-Mussey Dean's Fellowship for academic achievement. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Schmitt worked as a staff assistant in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and as a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Ms. Schmitt holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.
Paul Stein received a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and a J.D. degree from the Washington College of Law of the American University. Mr. Stein is Board Certified as a civil and criminal trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for superior proficiency in the Art and Science of Trial Advocacy. In March 2003, he was elected as a fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Stein served in the States Attorneys' Office for Montgomery County, Maryland from 1970 to 1975, both as a paralegal and as an assistant state's attorney where he was responsible for the prosecution of serious felony matters and the management of a trial team. Mr. Stein has taught litigation to paralegals at the University of Maryland as well as criminal and family law to bar groups and the community. He currently teaches in the Trial Practice Program at the American University as an adjunct professor.
Mr. Stein serves as a court-appointed mediator for the Circuit Court of Montgomery County and as a panel chair for medical malpractice hearings for the Maryland Health Claim Arbitration Office. Formerly, he served as Chairman of the Montgomery County Commission on Landlord and Tenant Affairs, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, as President of the Central Maryland Chapter of the United States Navy League, as a member of the Economic Development Commission for the City of Rockville, and as a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the Hebrew Home of Washington, D.C.
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan was born in Washington, D.C., and attended public schools in the District of Columbia until his graduation from McKinley High School in 1964. In 1971, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Howard University, and, in 1971, a Juris Doctor Degree from the Howard University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Judge Sullivan was the recipient of a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship and was assigned to the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C., where he worked for one year. The following year, he served as a law clerk to Superior Court Judge James A. Washington Jr..
In 1973, Judge Sullivan joined the law firm of Houston & Gardner. He subsequently became a partner and was actively engaged in the general practice of law with that firm until August 1980, when his partner, William C. Gardner, was appointed as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Thereafter, Judge Sullivan was a partner in the successor firm of Houston, Sullivan & Gardner. While in private practice, Judge Sullivan was a member of a number of bar associations, court advisory, and rules committees. He was a perennial voting delegate to the Circuit Judicial Conference and the District of Columbia Law Students in Court Program; the District of Columbia Judicial Conference Voluntary Arbitration Committee; the Nominating Committee of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia; and the U.S. District Court Committee on Grievances. Judge Sullivan has also taught as an adjunct professor at teh Howard University School of Law and has served as a member of the visiting faculty at Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop. He is a member of the National Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Judge Sullivan is the recipient of many honors, including the Ollie May Cooper Award, the Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence, and the Howard University Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also been recognized for his achievements by the District of Columbia Public School System, the Judicial Administration Division of the American Bar Association, and the District of Columbia Judicial Disabilities and Tenure Commission.
On October 3, 1984, President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Sullivan to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. As an Associate Judge of the Superior Court, Judge Sullivan was one of only seven judges to have served full-time in every division. On November 25, 1991, Judge Sullivan was appointed by President George Bush to serve as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. While an Associate Judge of that court, and in addition to his full-time case management responsibilities, Judge Sullivan was Chairperson for the Nineteenth Annual Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia, held in June, 1994. On June 16, 1994, Judge Sullivan was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, making Judge Sullivan the first person in the District of Columbia to have been appointed by three United States Presidents to three judicial positions.
Jeffrey T. Wennar has been practicing law since 1979. He began his legal career as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In August 2001 he joined the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office as the Gang Prosecutor. Mr. Wennar brought an expertise in gangs, and especially gangs in Maryland, to this position. In 1993 Governor Schaefer appointed Mr. Wennar to the Governor’s Executive Advisory Council requesting him to study gangs in Maryland. As a result of that study, the Governor was presented with, “A Report on Gang Violence in Maryland,” written by Mr. Wennar and other members of the study group.
Mr. Wennar has taught at police academies throughout Maryland and Virginia and has participated in numerous gang awareness presentations on behalf of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions and on behalf of the Maryland State Police. Mr. Wennar has lectured to many legal, civic and educational groups. He has also lectured throughout the United States on Community/Gang Prosecution. Mr. Wennar writes and is a published author on gang and gang related issues. He has participated in writing the national legal considerations curriculum on behalf of the Bureau of Justice Assistance for both Basic and Advanced Training for Street Gang Investigators.
Mr. Wennar is also an Adjunct Professor at Washington College of Law where he has developed and teaches two advanced trial advocacy classes, one focusing on prosecuting the gang homicide, and the second focusing on the challenges and obligations of the prosecutor.
Kay Winfree was appointed Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Maryland in 2007. She was appointed Principal Deputy State's Attorney for Montgomery County in 1999. During her career, she has prosecuted a number of significant cases. These include the Beltway snipers, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington metropolitan area in October 2002; Robert Lucas, who murdered Monsignor Thomas Wells in the rectory of Mother Seton Catholic Church in Germantown; and Zacharia Oweiss, a prominent physician who beat his wife to death in their Potomac home.
Ms. Winfree graduated in 1973 from the College of William and Mary, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1975, where she was Note Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, she was accepted into the Honors Program of the United States Justice Department, where she served in the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division from 1976 to 1980. In 1980, she was appointed as an Assistant United State's Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she served in the Appellate, Misdemeanor and Felony Trial, Chronic Offender, Homicide, Economic Crime and Public Corruption Sections. Ms. Winfree also served as Chief of the Misdemeanor Trial, Economic Crime and Public Corruption Sections. During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, she was the recipient of the Harold Sullivan Award honoring her as the top prosecutor from among 350 Assistant United States Attorneys. In addition to numerous Special Achievement Awards for outstanding performance, she received the FBI Director's Superior Performance Award for leading a major federal money laundering investigation and prosecution of two major automobile dealerships and their employees that resulted in 19 convictions and more than three million dollars in forfeitures.
Judge Woodward has served as a Judge on the Court of Special Appeals for Montgomery County since May 26, 2005. Prior to his appointment, he served as Associate Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court, from May 7, 1998 to May 25, 2005. Judge Woodward served as an Associate with the Law Offices of Rourke J. Sheehan, 1974-78; as Partner, Sheehan & Woodward from 1978-80; Partner, Jackson, Campbell & Parkinson; and Director, Jackson & Campbell, P.C. from 1980-87. He acted as a sole practitioner from 1987-91 before his appointment to the Montgomery County District Court, which lasted from 1991-1998. Judge Woodward received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1973. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Edward S. Northrop, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, from 1973-74. Judge Woodward served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Captain from 1974-75. His awards include the President's Citation, Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1986; the Champion for Children Award, Maryland Citizen Board for Review of Foster Care for Children, 1996; and the Outstanding Jurist Award, Montgomery County Bar Association, 1997.