Amanda Frost writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, immigration law, civil procedure, and judicial ethics. Her articles have appeared in the Duke Law Journal, the Northwestern Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among others. Her non-academic writing has been published in Slate, the National Law Journal, and the L.A. Times, and she authors the “Academic round-up” column for SCOTUSblog. Before entering academia, Professor Frost clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and spent five years as a staff attorney at Public Citizen, where she litigated cases at all levels of the federal judicial system.
She has also worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee, served as a supervising attorney in the Immigrant Justice Clinic, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar studying transparency reform in the European Union. Professor Frost has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School, Université Paris X Nanterre, and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
Professor of Law
Associate Director, SJD Program
Elizabeth Cavanagh is the Associate Director of the SJD Program. She teaches the Doctoral Colloquium that SJD candidates attend during their first year in residency. Prior to joining the SJD Program in 2017, Professor Cavanagh taught Legal Rhetoric at WCL. She previously taught a law school seminar on appellate advocacy, served on a hearing committee for the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility, and worked at a D.C. law firm as an appellate and trial court litigator. Professor Cavanagh received an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court. She is admitted to practice law in D.C. and Maryland.
Program Coordinator, SJD Program
Diana Sawyer is the Program Coordinator for the Program on Law & Government. Diana serves as the main point of contact for students' administrative needs while in the Program. She previously worked for Senator Blanche Lincoln and Representative Vic Snyder. She joined the Program on Law & Government in 2010. Diana earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas in Political Science and International Relations with minors in Spanish and European Studies.
Sarah Goetz is the Program Assistant for the Program on Law & Government. Sarah fields phone inquiries, organizes projects and events, and helps with students' administrative needs. She previously worked for Allstate Insurance before joining the Program on Law & Government in 2016. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware in Elementary Education and Middle School Math Education.