Llezlie Green Coleman

Associate Professor of Law

Office: Room Y204
Phone: 202-274-4173
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Llezlie Green Coleman is an Associate Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. She currently Co-Directs the Civil Advocacy Clinic and teaches Critical Race Theory. Her areas of expertise and scholarly interest include employment law, the intersection of workplace exploitation and immigration, critical race theory, critical race feminism, civil rights, and complex litigation in civil and human rights. Her most recent work considers the intersection of race and wage theft in low-wage worker communities.

After receiving her undergraduate education at Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Government with honors, Professor Coleman obtained a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and worked with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Following her graduation, she was a litigator at Wilmer Cutler and Pickering (now WilmerHale) and a law clerk for the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr., United States District Judge for the District of Maryland. She then joined the Civil Rights and Employment Practice at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll, where she spent six years representing plaintiffs in class actions alleging employment, fair housing, and credit discrimination, as well as federal and state wage and hour law violations. Her work at Cohen Milstein included representing Native American ranchers and farmers in a landmark civil rights lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and representing African American homeowners in a housing discrimination suit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Louisiana regarding the “Road Home” program. She also represented groups of workers in wage and hour cases in 22 jurisdictions.

Professor Coleman has served as an Associate Trustee with the Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Co-Chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Section's Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession.

She is currently the Chair-Elect of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Poverty Law Section.

Areas of Specialization

  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights
  • Labor Relations and Employment Law
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Litigation
  • Poverty Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Columbia Law School
  • B.A., Dartmouth College (cum laude)

  • Selected Publications

    • Llezlie Green Coleman, Rendered Invisible: African Americans and the Workplace Exploitation, __ How. L.J. __ (forthcoming).
    • Llezlie Green Coleman, Exploited at the Intersection: A Critical Race Feminist Analysis of Undocumented Latina Workers and the Role of the Private Attorney General, 22 Va. J. Soc. Policy & L. 397 (2015).
    • Llezlie Green Coleman, Procedural Hurdles and Thwarted Efficiency: Immigration Relief in Wage and Hour Collective Action, 16 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 1 (2013).
    • Llezlie Green Coleman, Hate Propaganda and Sexual Violence in the Rwandan Genocide: An Argument for Intersectionality in International Law, 33 Colum. Hum. Rights L. Rev. 733 (2002).