Faculty & Staff



Maya Manian

Faculty Director, Health Law and Policy program
Professor of Law


Maya Manian is a nationally recognized expert on reproductive rights and justice. Her scholarship investigates the relationship between constitutional law, family law, and health care law, with a particular focus on access to reproductive health care. She publishes and presents widely on abortion rights, and has authored numerous law journal articles and book chapters on the subject. Her current work uses sociological methods to understand how legal restrictions on abortion care might constrain a wide range of women and pregnant people’s medical care. She is currently a PhD candidate in medical sociology at the University of California San Francisco.



Asha Scielzo

Director, Health Law and Policy Program
Adjunct Professor of Law


Asha Scielzo directs AUWCL's Health Law and Policy Program and assists with development of the health law and policy curriculum, recruitment of adjunct professors, and the expansion of health law externships and other career development programs for students and alumni. She teaches a wide range of courses on health care fraud and abuse, compliance, governance, and transactions. Professor Scielzo brings over 15 years of large law firm practice experience to the classroom. She was recently named the President-Elect Designate of the American Health Law Association. She is also privileged to serve on the Boards of Directors of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the South Asian Bar Association-D.C. 



Lewis Grossman
Professor of Law 
Affiliate Professor of History


Lewis A. Grossman joined the faculty of the American University Washington College of Law in 1997. He became Professor of Law in 2003 and served as Associate Dean for Scholarship from 2008 to 2011. He teaches, writes, and speaks in the areas of food and drug law, health law, American legal history, and civil procedure. Professor Grossman is coauthor (with Peter Barton Hutt and Richard A. Merrill) of Food and Drug Law: Cases and Materials 4th ed. (Foundation Press 2014). His book, Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in America, was published by Oxford University Press in fall 2021. He is also the co-author of the 5th edition of Food and Drug Law: Cases and Materials (with Hutt, Merrill, Cortez, Lietzan, & Zettler) and has served on four National Academy of Medicine committees.



Robert Dinerstein
Director, Disability Rights Law Clinic
Professor of Law


Robert Dinerstein teaches, writes, presents, and supervises students in the area of disability rights law. He specializes in the fields of clinical education and disability law, especially mental disabilities law (including issues of consent/choice, capacity and supported decision-making and other alternatives to guardianship), the Americans with Disabilities Act, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, legal representation of clients with mental disabilities, and disability and international human rights. He previously served as WCL's acting dean (2020-2021) and serves as the Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Disability Rights. 



Thomas Wilson Williams
Assistant Professor of Law


Thomas Wilson Williams' work focuses on the integrative analysis of health law, bioethics, and entrepreneurship. He teaches courses on food and drug law and the regulation of human subjects research, contracts, entrepreneurship, and the role of film and literary narrative in the construction and popular understanding of the roles of government institutions. His recent work considers the role entrepreneurs can play in the mitigation of health inequities and disparities.



Jamie Abrams
Director, Legal Rhetoric Program
Professor of Law


Jamie Abrams' scholarship focuses on birthing and reproductive decision-making, gendered violence, and legal education pedagogy. She teaches torts, family law, legal writing, legislation, and women and the law. She is the author of Tort Law Simulations: Bridge to Practice (2020) and co-author of Family Law Simulations: Bridge to Practice (2021). She recently won a global Blackboard Catalyst Award for her design and implementation of an inter-disciplinary simulation engaging 200+ dental and torts students in medical expert depositions.


Tori Nadel
Program Coordinator

Tori Nadel is the Program Coordinator of the Health Law and Policy Program at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to coming to AUWCL, she worked at NORC at the University of Chicago in their Public Health department. In this role, she supported senior staff on a variety of program evaluation projects, focused on topics such as intimate partner violence, public health accreditation, maternal mortality, rural health, and tribal populations. She was responsible for developing and editing deliverables, conducting qualitative data analysis, and providing project management support through the coordination of logistics among NORC team members, clients, and stakeholders. She graduated from University in Delaware in 2015 with a B.A. in public policy.

Adjunct Health Law and Compliance Faculty