Elizabeth Boals



Director, Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute


Email: eboals@wcl.american.edu

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 2017 American University (AU) Outstanding Teacher in a Term Appointment Award, 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 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 SkillsSEAK Annual National Expert Witness Conference and Expert Testimony and Trial Skills Conference in Santiago Chile.


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