Faculty & Staff

Amanda Frost

Heather Hughes

Professor of Law

Director, SJD Program


Heather Hughes is the Director of the SJD Program. She teaches in the areas of commercial law and property. Her research focuses on the Uniform Commercial Code, property, private law theory, and financial transactions. Before joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Hughes was an assistant professor at Florida International University College of Law in Miami. She practiced in the business department at Morrison & Foerster, LLP in San Francisco, and the commercial transactions group at a small, private firm in Denver.

Elizabeth Cavanagh

Elizabeth Cavanagh

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.

Guarina Lopez-Davis

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.