Elizabeth Boals

Practitioner-in-Residence
Director, Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute
Associate Director, Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program

Office: Room C111
Phone: 202-274-4073
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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. She was a named partner at Lay, Ippolito & Dillard, PLLC, and prior to that, an attorney at Zwerdling, Paul, Leibig, Kahn, Thompson & Wolly, P.C. where she served as General Counsel to the International Union of Police Associations. Professor Boals began her legal career as an assistant public defender in the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, Virginia handling a felony caseload from trials in District Court through appeals to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Professor Boals has served as an elected member of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Committee.

Professor Boals’ publications include NITA case files and teaching manuals: State v. Sanchez, State v. Peyton, Addison v. Peyton and Stanton v. Armstrong. She co-authored Expert Testimony: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and the Lawyers Who Examine Them. Professor Boals lectures frequently both domestically and abroad on topics related to expert witness testimony and eye witness identification. In particular, Professor Boals has presented at the Annual Georgetown Law Center/NITA Intensive Session in Trial Advocacy Skills; SEAK 21st Annual National Expert Witness Conference and Expert Testimony and Trial Skills Conference in Santiago Chile.



Areas of Specialization

  • Evidence
  • Criminal Law
  • Trial Advocacy

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law
  • B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Selected Publications

    • Elizabeth Boals & Shailee Diwanji Sharma, Stanton v. Armstrong: Case File and Teaching Guide, NITA (2016).
    • Elizabeth Boals, Addison v. Peyton: Case File and Teaching Guide (2d ed., NITA 2016).
    • Elizabeth Boals, State v. Peyton: Case File and Teaching Guide (2d ed., NITA 2016).
    • Elizabeth Boals, State v. Sanchez: Case File and Teaching Manual (2d ed., NITA 2015).
    • Elizabeth Boals & Steve Lubet, Expert Testimony: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and the Lawyers Who Examine Them (3d ed., NITA 2014).
    • + More Publications...

    • David Aaronson, Elizabeth I. Boals & Anthony C. Morella, Reflections: The Honorable Irma S. Raker – Judge, Teacher and Role Model, 57 Am. U. L. Rev. 1563 (2008).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • Elizabeth Boals, Faculty, Annual Georgetown CLE/NITA Intensive Session in Trial Advocacy Skills (D.C., June 2006 - Present).
    • Elizabeth Boals, Presenter, Educating Advocates Conference (Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Fla., 2015 & 2016).
    • Elizabeth Boals, Lecturer, Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence (Kaplan Bar Review, 2009 - Present, annually).
    • Elizabeth Boals, Lecturer, Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony Conference (Santiago, Chile, July 2014 & 2015).
    • Elizabeth Boals, Lecturer, SEAK 21st Annual National Expert Witness Conference (Cape Cod, Mass., Aug. 2012).
  • + Selected Media Appearances