Amanda Cohen Leiter

Professor of Law

Office: Room Y223
Phone: 202-274-4187
Email: vCard


Amanda Leiter is currently on leave from WCL. She will return in Fall 2017.

From August 2015 – January 2017, Leiter served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals at the U.S. Department of the Interior, advancing Department priorities related to oil and gas and renewable energy development on public lands both on- and offshore. At WCL, Professor Leiter teaches environmental law, administrative law, and torts, and her research interests include administrative law and process, and domestic environmental law and policy. Before joining the WCL faculty in the fall of 2011, Professor Leiter was an associate professor at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. Prior to that, she was a Beagle/HLS fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she developed and pursued federal appeals court challenges to EPA rules governing industrial air pollution.

Professor Leiter clerked for Judge Nancy Gertner of the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts; for Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; and for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia, the States of Colorado and Massachusetts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.



Currently Teaching

Areas of Specialization

  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Torts and Compensation Systems

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Harvard Law School 2000 (cum laude)
  • M.S., University of Washington 1996
  • M.S., Stanford University 1992
  • B.S., Stanford University 1991 (with distinction and departmental honors)