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.”
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.
Assistant Director, Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program
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.