Our Faculty and Staff

David Aaronson


B.J. Tennery Professor of Law


David E. Aaronson is Professor of Law and B. J. Tennery Scholar. He is Director of WCL’s nationally recognized Trial Advocacy Program and WCL’s Advocacy LL.M Program. His areas of specialization include: Criminal and Civil Trial Advocacy, Evidence, and Criminal Law and Procedure. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he was selected to be a Prettyman Fellow in the Georgetown University Graduate Law Center's Legal Internship Program, the first LLM program in the United States focusing on trial advocacy skills. He represented indigent persons accused of crime in Federal and local courts and served as a clinical instructor. Prior to joining the Washington College of Law faculty, he practiced civil and criminal law with a private law firm. As a WCL professor, he served as Interim Director of WCL’s Clinical Programs and Director of the Maryland Criminal Justice Clinic, creating the prosecutor component. He was 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,” and “Decriminalization of Public Drunkenness Laws.”


Elizabeth Boals

Elizabeth Boals

Associate Director, Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program


Professor Elizabeth Ippolito Boals is the Faculty Director of the Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute and the Associate Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at the American University Washington College of Law. Her areas of specialization include: Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Expert Testimony, and Jury Selection. Professor Boals is a recipient of the Washington College of Law (WCL) Faculty Leadership Award and is a long-time member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) teaching faculty. 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 and the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Elizabeth Lippy

Elizabeth LIPPY

Assistant Director, Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program


Professor Elizabeth Lippy is the Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at the American University Washington College of Law and maintains a private practice as a founding member of the law firm of Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. where she focuses her practice on criminal defense and civil litigation.  In 2016, she proudly received the Edward D. Ohlbaum Professionalism Award presented by Stetson University College of Law.   Ms. Lippy has been named a Super Lawyer in Pennsylvania for the past five years in a row.  She was most recently was named one of Pennsylvania’s 10 best female attorneys by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, and a Top 40 Trial Lawyer under 40.

Professor Lippy has been at American University since 2011.  In her role of Assistant Director of Trial Advocacy she works tirelessly with the mock trial competition teams. Professor Lippy currently teaches many different courses at the American University Washington College of Law including Criminal Trial Advocacy, Evidentiary Foundations & Objections, and Litigating in a High Tech Courtroom.   She was integral in the creation of new curriculum for advanced advocacy courses such as Plea Bargaining, Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony, and Special Victims Cases.  Professor Lippy instructs government agencies, military attorneys and law firms on different facets of trial advocacy skills.  She is also an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and has published a case file through NITA entitled Evans v. Washington State.

Mary Ippolito

Mary Ippolito


Tahniat Saulat


Advocacy LL.M & Summer Institute Coordinator


Tahniat Saulat is the Trial Advocacy LL.M. and Special Projects Coordinator. She has been at WCL since 2013.  She is responsible for the coordination of the LL.M., Litigation Skills Summer Institute, Diploma in Oral Litigation (Spanish language program) and Special projects. 

Prior to joining WCL, Tahniat was the Admissions and Recruitment Manager of an LL.M. Program in Germany. 

Ann Shalleck

GEORGIA Christou

Senior Administrative Assistant