Heather Hughes publishes and teaches in the areas of commercial law and property. Her current research concerns the Uniform Commercial Code, financial transactions, and the legal implications of blockchain technology. Before joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Hughes practiced in the business department at Morrison & Foerster, LLP in San Francisco, and in the commercial transactions group at a small firm in Denver. Professor Hughes won, in 2019, the WCL Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition, she has won the Edwin A. Mooers Scholar Award for her work on true-sale analyses in asset-backed issuances, and the Emalee C. Godsey Scholar Award for her research on commercial finance and environmental impact.
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
Guarina Lopez-Davis is the Program Coordinator for the Program on Law and Government. Guarina serves as the main point of contact for students' administrative needs while in the Program. She previously worked for the Program on Environmental and Energy Law at the Washington College of Law.
Program Assistant, SJD Program
Michael Joseph is the Program Assistant for the Program on Law & Government. Michael fields phone inquiries, organizes projects and events, and helps with students’ administrative needs. He previously worked in the Office of Career & Professional Development at the Washington College of Law. He graduated Cum Laude from the Florida State University in Criminology & Public Administration.