2011 Faculty

2010 Faculty

Mary L. Clark

Mary L. Clark is an Associate Professor at American University Washington College of Law

Clark teaches Property, Legal Ethics, and a seminar on Women's Legal History/History of Women in the Legal Profession. Prior to coming to the WCL, Clark was a visiting lecturer and research scholar at Yale Law School, and a Supreme Court fellow with the Federal Judicial Center. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Harvard Law School, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Montgomery, Alabama, before joining the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as an appellate attorney, concentrating on issues of sexual harassment and disability rights law.

John T. Collins

John T. Collins is a partner with the Washington-based law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he is a member of the Corporate, Securities and Finance practice group and Regulatory & Industry Affairs Department.

Mr. Collins counsels depository institutions, securities firms, mutual funds, insurance companies and other types of US and foreign financial organizations on regulatory, acquisition, enforcement, rulemaking, interpretive and legislative matters. Specific representations have involved charters for banks, compliance with securities laws by bank mutual funds, implementation of corporate governance policies, investigations under anti-money laundering requirements, acquisitions of US financial institutions by US and non-US banking organizations, compliance programs under financial privacy standards, and organization of electronic payment networks. Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson LLP in 1985, Mr. Collins was General Counsel to the US Senate Banking Committee. He had previously been a Senior Attorney at the Federal Reserve Board here in Washington and, prior to that, a Staff Attorney with the Securities & Exchange Commission, also in Washington.

Neil Eisner

Neil Eisner is currently the Assistant General Counsel for Regulation and Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

Eisner held positions as Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulation and Enforcement and Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for Litigation in the Federal Aviation Administration.  He has testified before Congressional committees on a number of different issues, published eight articles, presented numerous speeches in different forums on a variety of subjects, been a guest lecturer at a number of law schools, and made presentations to many foreign government delegations.  Mr. Eisner was a member of the former Administrative Conference of the United States (1982-1995) and Chairman of its Committee on Governmental Processes.  He was also a member of the President's National Performance Review Team on Improving Regulatory Systems (1993). See more at http://www.dot.gov/ost/ogc/Neil_index.htm.

Kenneth R. Feinberg

Kenneth R. Feinberg is President Obama’s Executive Pay Czar and the founder and managing partner of Feinberg Rozen, LLP.

Feinberg is a leading name in the field of mediation and alternate dispute resolution.  He is best known for his service as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.  He also served as Special Master in Agent Orange, asbestos personal injury, wrongful death claims, Dalkon shield, and DES (pregnancy medication) cases.  See more at http://www.feinbergrozen.com/.

David Frederick

David Frederick is a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C. and an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

He has argued twenty-one cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, including nine in the past three Terms. In addition to his arguments in the Supreme Court, he has argued cases in eleven of the thirteen U.S. Courts of Appeals. Frederick served in the Department of Justice from 1995 to 2001 where he worked as Assistant to the Solicitor General and Counselor to the Inspector General. Frederick was a law clerk to the Honorable Byron R. White, Supreme Court of the United States, and to the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy. Frederick graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (B.A., summa cum laude); the University of Oxford (D. Phil.), where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and the University of Texas (J.D. with honors).

Michael Greenberger

Michael Greenberger is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he teaches a course entitled "Futures, Options and Derivatives."

Greenberger serves as the Technical Advisor to the United Nations Commission of Experts of the President of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. He has recently been named to the International Energy Forum’s Independent Expert Group that provided recommendations for reducing energy price volatility to the IEF’s 12th Ministerial Meeting in March 2010. Greenberger was a partner for more than 20 years in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shea & Gardner, where he served as lead litigation counsel before courts of law nationwide, including the United States Supreme Court. See more at http://www.michaelgreenberger.com/.

J. Gerald Hebert

J. Gerald Hebert is the Executive Director and Director of Litigation at the Campaign Legal Center.

From 1973 to 1994, Hebert served in the Department of Justice, where he served in many supervisory capacities, including Acting Chief, Deputy Chief, and Special Litigation Counsel in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division. In these positions, he served as the lead attorney in numerous voting rights and redistricting lawsuits, often supervising several less experienced attorneys in major voting rights litigation. In 1994, he left the Department of Justice and opened a solo law practice in Alexandria, Virginia, and specializes in election law and redistricting. Gerry's legal practice is national in scope, representing clients (including many local governments) in Texas, California, New York, South Carolina and Virginia, among other states. Over the last three decades, he has served as legal counsel for parties and amici curiae in numerous redistricting lawsuits, including several cases decided in the Supreme Court of the United States. See more at http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/bios.

William Kolasky

Bill Kolasky is a partner in Wilmer Hale's Regulatory and Government Affairs Department, and a member of the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group.

Kolasky has been practicing antitrust law in Washington DC for over 30 years and served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for International Enforcement in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice from 2001 to 2002. He is credited with being one of the architects of the new International Competition Network, a network of nearly 100 competition authorities worldwide designed to promote international cooperation and convergence and to streamline the multinational merger review process. See more at http://www.wilmerhale.com/william_kolasky/.

Tara Malloy

Tara Malloy is Associate Legal Council at The Campaign Legal Center.

Malloy litigates a wide range of campaign finance cases at the state and federal level, as well as researching campaign finance, ethics and redistricting issues. Malloy has extensive experience in practical campaign finance enforcement, having served as an associate counsel at the New York City Campaign Finance Board prior to joining the Campaign Legal Center. There, she advised the Board regarding the administration of New York City's public financing system, served as Board counsel at administrative penalty hearings, and drafted legislation and implementing rules. She was also responsible for representing the Board in state and federal courts on various campaign finance matters, including permissible uses of public matching funds, disclosure requirements and the regulation of coordinated expenditures.

Daniel Marcus

Dan Marcus is a Fellow in Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law.

Marcus joined the faculty of WCL in 2004. Previously, he was General Counsel of the 9-11 Commission. He was for many years a partner in the Washington law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. During the Carter Administration he was Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture. He returned to Government service in 1998 as Senior Counsel in the White House Counsel's office. From 1999 to 2001 he held several senior positions at the Department of Justice, including Associate Attorney General. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He was a law clerk for Judge Harold Leventhal of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Shannon Minter

Shannon Minter is the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

Minter was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny. Minter was also NCLR's lead attorney on Sharon Smith's groundbreaking wrongful death suit and has litigated many other impact cases in California and across the country. In 2009, Minter was named a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer. In 2008, he was named among six Lawyers of the Year by Lawyers USA and among California’s Top 100 Lawyers by the legal publication The Daily Journal. He also received the 2008 Dan Bradley Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association for outstanding work in marriage cases. 

Jayesh Rathod is an Assistant Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law.

Rathod's areas of expertise and scholarly interests include immigrants’ rights, labor and employment, occupational safety and health, and the intersection of law and organizing. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a Staff Attorney at CASA of Maryland, representing low-wage immigrant workers on employment law and immigration matters, and participating in worker education, organizing, and advocacy efforts. He also practiced in the litigation section at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering LLP, and was law clerk to the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Over the course of his career, he has worked with numerous non-governmental organizations to advance the civil and human rights of communities in the United States and abroad.

Michael Silva

Michael F. Silva is chief of staff and senior vice president for the Executive Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Previously, Silva served as vice president for the Bank’s Legal Group from 1999 to 2006.  Before that he served as assistant vice president and lead counsel for the Bank’s international account relationships and currency distribution.  In 2004, Mr. Silva received the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Medal and the Secretary of the Treasury’s Honor Award, both for his service in Iraq as a coalition advisor to the Central Bank of Iraq.  See more at http://www.newyorkfed.org/aboutthefed/silva.html

Linda Chatman Thomsen

Linda Chatman Thomsen is a partner in the Litigation Department at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, practicing in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Chatman Thomsen’s practice concentrates on issues related to the enforcement of federal securities laws.  Previously, she served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for fourteen years.  Chatman Thomsen served in the Enforcement Division as Director from 2005 to 2009, as Deputy Director from 2002 to 2005, and as Associate Director from 2000 to 2002.  As Enforcement Director, she led the Enron investigation and the auction rate securities settlements.  See more at http://www.davispolk.com/lawyers/linda-thomsen/.

Mark Tushnet

Mark Tushnet is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Tushnet, who graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, specializes in constitutional law and theory, including comparative constitutional law. His research includes studies examining (skeptically) the practice of judicial review in the United States and around the world. He also writes in the area of legal and particularly constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States and (currently) a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s.

David Vladeck

David Vladeck is Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission.

Vladeck was a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center for seven years before his appointment to head the Bureau of Consumer Protection. While at Georgetown, he served as the Director of the Center on Health Regulation and Governance of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He taught courses in federal courts, civil procedure, and government processes, and co-directed the Institute for Public Representation, a legal clinic.

Before joining the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center, Vladeck spent nearly 30 years as a lawyer at the Public Citizen Litigation Group, the litigation arm of Public Citizen, an advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader. He served as the group’s director for 10 years. While at the Public Citizen Litigation Group, Vladeck argued a number of cases in front of the United States Supreme Court, including cases about the First Amendment, Civil Rights, and Labor Law. He also argued more than 60 cases in front of federal courts of appeal and state courts of last resort.

Stephen Vladeck

Stephen I. Vladeck is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law.

Vladeck’s teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, national security law, constitutional law (specifically separation of powers), and international criminal law.  A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, Vladeck was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration’s use of military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.  See more at http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/vladeck/.

John Vittone

Judge John Vittone retired as Chief Judge of the US Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges in March 2010.

The OALJ hearings include black lung and Longshore claims. He graduated from the University of Richmond (1964) and the University of Kentucky Law School (1967). Judge Vittone has served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association and as Chair of the ABA Justice Center. He is a member of the ABA House of Delegates representing the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, a member of the Commission on Law and Aging, and a member of the Senior Lawyers Council.

William Yeomans

William Yeomans is a Fellow in Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law.

Yeomans joined the WCL faculty in 2009; from 2006 to 2009 he served as Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Previously, he was Legal Director of the Alliance for Justice and the first Director of Programs for the American Constitutional Society.  Prior to that, Yeomans spent twenty six years at the Department of Justice, where he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.  See more at http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/yeomans/.