Faculty for Summer 2014

David Becker

Director, Election Initiatives The Pew Charitable Trusts
Mr. Becker supervises work in election administration, including research and reform efforts to improve military and overseas voting; assess election performance through better data; use technology to provide voters with information they need to cast a ballot; and upgrade voter registration systems. As the lead for Pew's analysis and advocacy on elections issues, Mr. Becker oversees research and works with states to modernize registration systems. He also testifies before state legislatures and other government entities, presents at relevant conferences across the country, serves as a media resource, and identifies and implements partnerships.

Jerry Buckley

Partner, BuckleySandler LLP
Mr. Buckley provides strategic counsel to financial services firms on business formations and acquisitions, risk management, and government enforcement matters. Mr. Buckley acts as counsel for financial services trade associations in matters before regulatory agencies and Congress, and in filing amicus curiae briefs related to the interpretation of banking and consumer finance laws in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts.

Christopher Caple

Principal, Cape Point Advisors
Prior to starting his consulting practice, Mr. Caple served as an appointee in the Obama Administration in 2010 as Special Assistant for Special Projects to the Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. As a senior adviser, Mr. Caple provided confidential advice and counsel in key program areas throughout the senior-level decision-making process in the Pentagon, including pre-decisional directives, policies, and budgeting decisions in the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution process.

Llezlie Green Coleman

Assistant Professor, American University, Washington College of Law
Professor Coleman's areas of expertise and scholarly interests include labor and employment, the intersection of workplace exploitation and immigration, critical race feminism, civil rights, and complex litigation. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Coleman was an attorney in the Civil Rights and Employment practice at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, where she represented plaintiffs in class actions alleging employment, fair housing, and credit discrimination, as well as wage and hour violations.

Gerard Comizio

Chair, Global Banking Practice, Paul Hastings
Mr. Comizio is a leading authority on banking and financial services matters. He has extensive experience in representing a wide range of both domestic and foreign banks, thrifts companies, mortgage, industrial loan banks, trust and fiduciary, consumer, specialty lenders, private equity companies, and other financial services companies. Mr. Comizio regularly counsels his clients on a wide range of bank regulatory, merger and acquisition, enforcement proceedings, complex regulatory and strategic planning issues. Currently, Mr. Comizio is advising some of the nation's largest financial institutions on the implications of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Roy Englert

Supreme Court Practitioner
Mr. Englert is a partner at Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP. He is an appellate litigator and antitrust lawyer and has argued 20 cases in the Supreme Court of the United States. For more than a decade before he co-founded Robbins Russell, he was a partner in the Washington office of Mayer Brown. Before joining Mayer Brown, he was an Assistant to the Solicitor General. He earlier served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Englert also works with the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the Georgetown University Law Center as an Adjunct Professor.

Neil Eisner

Assistant General Counsel for Regulation and Enforcement, U.S. Department of Transportation
Prior to his current position with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mr. 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 served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and is an Adjunct Professor at American University's Washington College of Law. Also, Mr. Eisner was a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a Chairman of its Committee on Governmental Processes, and is currently a Senior Fellow in the Conference.

William Froehlich

Administrative Law Judge
Before his appointment as a full-time legal member of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, Judge Froehlich was a member of the senior executive service at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He held a number of key leadership positions during his 32-year career at FERC, including Director of the Office of Administrative Litigation, Special Counsel to the Office of Enforcement, Assistant General Counsel for Gas and Oil Litigation and Director of the Financial Regulation Division. Judge Froehlich also teaches at George Mason University, where he is an Adjunct Professor of administrative law.

Paul Geier

Assistant General Counsel for Litigation, Department of Transportation
In his twenty years of experience at the Department of Transportation, Mr. Geier has been responsible for developing the Department's positions in numerous Supreme Court and lower federal court cases that have included a wide range of constitutional and administrative law issues as well as regulatory challenges. He and the members of his office oversee the Department's litigation and work closely with the Department of Justice and the Department's Chief Counsels' Offices in the development of the government's legal positions and the drafting of the government's briefs in major Departmental litigation.

Paul Hayeck

Deputy Director, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Mr. Hayeck joined the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as Counsel to Commissioner Wetjen. He held positions with increasing responsibility within the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and was appointed Deputy Director of Enforcement. He was promoted to Associate Director of Enforcement and then to his current position. Mr. Hayeck has extensive experience in litigation, securities regulation, and financial regulation.

J. Gerald Hebert

Election law expert
A private attorney specializing in election law, Mr. Herbert served in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice as the lead attorney in numerous voting rights and redistricting lawsuits. After his twenty-year tenure with the Department of Justice, Mr. Herbert left and opened a solo law practice that is national in scope and specializes in election law and redistricting. Mr. Herbert has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, taught election law at American University Washington College of Law, and co-taught a course on voting rights law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He serves as executive director of the Campaign Legal Center.

John Heywood

Adjunct Professor, American University, Washington College of Law
While at Washington College of Law, Mr. Heywood has taught courses on international law and international courts. He has published on a variety of topics, including Chemical Warfare and the Inter-American Conventions on Asylum. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Heywood is an Associate Law Librarian and is responsible for the Electronic Text Project, which is dedicated to the provision of content on the Internet, focusing on materials related to international and domestic law.

Aryan Kushan

Training Manager, American University, Washington College of Law
Mr. Kushan provides training to the faculty and staff of the Washington College of Law and supports the community's existing technologies. Additionally, Mr. Kushan is an administrator of Washington College of Law's learning management system that researches new technologies designed to help improve the teaching and educational experience for both faculty and students.

Dan Metcalfe

Adjunct Professor, American University, Washington College of Law
Prior to joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Metcalfe worked as the Director of the Office of Information and Privacy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where for more than 25 years he guided all federal agencies on the government-wide administration of the Freedom of Information Act, directly supervised the defense of more than 500 FOIA and Privacy Act lawsuits in district and appellate courts, and met with representatives of nearly 100 nations and international governing bodies as they considered the development and implementation of their own government transparency laws. Professor Metcalfe also holds positions as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London, as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), and as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Since 2007, he has been executive director of WCL's Collaboration on Government Secrecy.

Scott Michelman

Staff Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group
Mr. Michelman's career in impact litigation has spanned a broad range of social justice and civil rights issues, including access to the courts, discrimination and selective enforcement, federal sentencing, freedom of speech and press, habeas corpus, immigrants' rights, judicial secrecy, political protest, post-September 11 abuse of executive power, privacy rights, religious freedom, the rights of consumers, the rights of medical marijuana patients, and unreasonable search and seizure. Mr. Michelman has argued before federal courts of appeals, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and the United States Supreme Court.

Shannon Minter

Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Mr. Minter is one of the nation's leading advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. He 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. In 2009, Mr. Minter was named a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer and received the 2008 Dan Bradley Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association for outstanding work in marriage cases.

Natalie Nansai

Practitioner-in-Residence, Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, American University, Washington College of Law
As Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, Ms. Nansai supervises students' representation of survivors of intimate partner violence in family law and immigration cases. Prior to joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Nanasi was the Senior Immigration Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator at the Tahirih Justice Center, where she represented immigrant women and girls fleeing human rights abuses such as female genital mutilation, domestic violence, forced marriage, honor crimes and sexual violence.

Ben Olson

Attorney, Buckley Sandler LLP
Mr. Olson is a recognized authority in the field of consumer financial protection regulation and brings valuable insights and broad experience on regulatory matters based on his work at the CFPB, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to joining BuckleySandler, Mr. Olson managed over forty regulatory attorneys and staff in the CFPB's Office of Regulations, which is responsible for researching and analyzing legal and policy issues, drafting proposed and final rules and providing guidance to CFPB leadership and supervision and enforcement staff regarding consumer financial protection laws.

Paul Ryan

Senior Counsel, Campaign Legal Center
Prior to joining the Campaign Legal Center, Mr. Ryan served as the Political Reform Project Director at the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. He has specialized in campaign finance, ethics, and election law for more than a decade and litigates campaign finance issues before federal and state courts throughout the United States. Mr. Ryan has testified as an expert on election law before Congress, regularly represents the Campaign Legal Center before the Federal Election Commission, and has testified before state and municipal legislative bodies and ethics agencies around the nation.

Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg

Attorney, Immigrant Advocacy Program, Legal Aid Justice Center
Mr. Sandoval-Moshenberg focuses mainly on removal cases and immigration litigation before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal courts, as well as affirmative litigation around immigration issues in federal district court. Mr. Sandoval-Moshenberg also has extensive experience in plaintiff's-side federal civil rights and employment litigation, having represented both documented and undocumented immigrants in litigating and settling a broad range of cases against law enforcement officers, governmental bodies, and private corporations.

Anita Sinha

Practitioner-in-Residence in the Immigrant Justice Clinic, American University, Washington College of Law
Professor Sinha is an experienced litigator and advocate for low-income communities of color. In the post-9/11 context, she represented indigent immigrant crime survivors, advocated for the rights of detainees, and led a successful legislative campaign to limit local immigration enforcement. At the Immigrant Justice Clinic, Professor Sinha works with student attorneys on cases and policy projects in the areas of detention and deportation, civil rights, LGBT and gender, and workers' rights.

Emily Stephenson

Attorney, Office of General Counsel at U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Ms. Stephenson joined the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2010, where she is Counsel to the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties' Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Program. Prior to that, she served as a Writing Attorney in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Office of Federal Operations, where she wrote more than 1,500 appellate decisions on employment discrimination complaints. She is also an experienced trainer of employees, managers and supervisors at federal agencies nationwide in the areas of diversity, EEO laws and procedure.

Linda Chatman Thomsen

Former Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Director
Ms. Thomsen, was the first woman to serve as the Director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Her practice concentrates in matters related to the enforcement of the federal securities laws. She has represented clients in SEC enforcement investigations and inquiries, in enforcement matters before other agencies, including the Department of Justice (various U.S. Attorneys Offices) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, in investigations and inquiries from self-regulatory agencies, including FINRA, and in internal investigations

Mark Tushnet

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Professor Tushnet specializes in constitutional law and theory, including comparative constitutional law. His research examines the practice of judicial review in the United States and around the world. He also writes in the area of legal history, particularly constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States. He is currently working on a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s. He was previously a member of the law faculties at University of Wisconsin at Madison and Georgetown University Law Center. He also served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Jessica Waters

Adjunct Professor, American University, Washington College of Law
Professor Waters' research has explored questions related to the legal impact of women's medical decisions during pregnancy and childbirth, employment-based conscience protections for reproductive health care providers, and the reproductive rights of employees working for religiously affiliated employers. In addition to her research, Professor Waters is an Assistant Dean at American University's School of Public Affairs and a faculty member in the Law and Criminology, Department of Justice.

Steve Wermiel

Professor of Practice, American University, Washington College of Law;
Associate Director, Summer Institute on Law & Government

Professor Wermiel is co-author with Lee Levine of THE PROGENY: JUSTICE WILLIAM J. BRENNAN'S FIGHT TO PRESERVE THE LEGACY OF NEW YORK TIMES V. SULLIVAN, published by the American Bar Association Press to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark decision. Professor Wermiel is also co-author with Seth Stern of the critically acclaimed biography, JUSTICE BRENNAN: LIBERAL CHAMPION, published in October 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Professor Wermiel teaches constitutional law and seminars on the Supreme Court. From 1979 to 1991, he was the Supreme Court correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He previously was a Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe from 1974 to 1979. He received his law degree from the Washington College of Law in 1982.

Bill Yeomans

Fellow in Law and Government, American University, Washington College of Law
Before joining the faculty at Washington College of Law, Professor Yeomans served as Senator Edward M. Kennedy's Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also served as Legal Director of the Alliance for Justice and as the first Director of Programs for the American Constitution Society. Prior to that, Professor Yeomans was at the Department of Justice where he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. During his twenty-six year tenure, he litigated and supervised civil rights cases in the federal courts.