American University Washington College of Law Experts Available to Comment on the 2012 Campaign & Election


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Campaigning, Politics, and the Primary Process

Jamin Raskin - political process, campaign finance, local, state & national politics

Jamin Raskin, Maryland State Senator, professor, and director of the law school's Program on Law and Government and founder of its acclaimed Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment, the Constitution and Public Education, and Legislation and Political Process. An active constitutional and public interest lawyer, Raskin has represented clients as diverse as Reverend Jesse Jackson, Ross Perot and Greenpeace, and was chairman of Maryland’s State Higher Education Labor Relations Board. As a State Senator in Maryland, Professor Raskin serves on the influential Judicial Proceedings Committee, the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, the Joint Committee on the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Coast, and the Joint Committee on State-Federal Relations. Raskin’s varied career in public life has included service as: general counsel of the National Rainbow Coalition, a member of President Clinton’s first Transition Team, a state assistant attorney general, and a senior fellow at People for the American Way.

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Economy, Tax Policy, and the Debt Crisis

Susan Bennett - economic development, housing crisis

Susan Bennett is director of the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic and professor of law. She holds expertise in community economic development; nonprofit organizations; law, poverty, and the homeless; legal services for the poor; pro bono legal services; public interest law; federal housing law and programs. Bennett is the author of numerous articles, including “Embracing the Ill-Structured Problem in a Community Economic Development Clinic” in the Clinical Law Review; "On Long-Haul Lawyering," in the Fordham Urban Law Journal; and “No Relief But Upon the Terms of Coming Into the House: Controlled Spaces, Invisible Disentitlements, and Homelessness in an Urban Shelter System,” in the Yale Law Journal. Professor Bennett is a member of the ABA's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.  She serves as vice chair of the Advisory Committee of the D.C. Bar’s Community Development Project, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Interpreter Bank Project of the District of Columbia’s Access to Justice Commission.

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David Hunter - environmental law and policy, climate change, sustainable development

David Hunter, professor and director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law, is the former executive director of the Center for International Environmental Law and was previously an Associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US, EarthRights International, the Project on Government Oversight, the Bank Information Center, and Greenpeace-US.

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Foreign Policy and National Security

Kenneth Anderson - terrorism, national security, international business & finance

Kenneth Anderson, professor of law, teaches and writes in the areas of domestic and international business and finance, law and economics, public international law, international organizations, human rights, and the laws of war. His current research agenda focuses on targeted killing and drone warfare in armed conflict, and robotics and the law generally, global governance, global civil society and legitimacy, financial regulation reform (with Steven L. Schwarcz),  and concept of proportionality in the law of war, the philosophy of value, and cost-benefit analysis.  An editorial board member of the Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence and political sciences advisory editor to the Revista de Libros (Madrid), Professor Anderson actively blogs at the Volokh Conspiracy and the international law blog Opinio Juris. He is a contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, Revista de Libros, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, New York Times Magazine, Financial Times, Policy Review, and other general interest reviews.

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Health Care

Lindsay Wiley - health care policy, health care law's severability issue before the U.S. Supreme Court

Professor Wiley teaches torts, health law, and public health law. Her current research focuses on access to health care and healthy conditions in the U.S. and globally. She also works on various law and policy issues at the intersection of public health, food systems, and environmental change. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Wiley was the Global Health Law Program Director at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. She has also worked at the Center for Law and the Public’s Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics, and Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman LLC in Baltimore, MD.

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Jayesh Rathod - immigration law & policy

Professor Rathod, assistant professor and director of the Immigrant Justice clinic, has areas of expertise and scholarly interests that 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.

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Political Social Movements, and the Occupy Protests

Susan D. Carle - political social movements, professional ethics

Professor Susan Carle's teaching and research interests lie in the areas of civil rights legal history, employment discrimination, labor and employment law, legal ethics, and the history and sociology of the legal profession. She has published articles examining lawyers’ conceptions of their professional obligations to further the public interest, and is editor of Lawyers’ Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Justice (NYU Press 2005).  In 2001, her paper entitled “Race, Class and Legal Ethics in the Early NAACP” received the Association of American Law Schools’ Best Scholarly Paper Award, and in 2006 she received the Jean and Edgar Kahn National Equal Justice Library Award for distinguished scholarship on the subject of access to justice. She has served as chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Professional Responsibility, and is a member of the legal ethics advisory committee of the National Disability Rights Network.  Carle has worked as an appellate attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as an associate at the leading union-side labor and employment law firm of Bredhoff & Kaiser.

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