American University Washington College of Law Welcomes New Faculty, Associate Dean


WASHINGTON, DC, August 23, 2010 – American University Washington College of Law welcomes Lia Epperson, Jenny Roberts, and Lindsay Wiley to the full-time faculty.  In addition to these appointments, Anthony E. Varona has been named Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic affairs beginning this semester.  A total of 13 visiting professors and practitioners-in-residence will join the law school faculty this fall.

“We are honored to have such an outstanding group of professors join our exceptional faculty,” said Dean Claudio Grossman. “They will bring diverse legal, teaching, scholarship, and service backgrounds to the law school and I am certain they will have an extremely positive impact on future lawyers.”

Lia Epperson, an associate professor of law, is an expert in the areas of Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, and Education Policy. Prior to her appointment, she served on the law faculties of the University of Maryland and Santa Clara University. She has also served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, focusing on federal civil rights enforcement of educational policies and practices. Epperson's research interests are informed by her experiences directing the education law and policy group at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she litigated education cases throughout the country, and lobbied for the maintenance and enforcement of civil rights protections. She will teach Constitutional Law, Education Law, and Remedies and Critical Race Theory.

Jenny Roberts, an associate professor of law, is a former associate professor of law and director of Criminal Justice Clinic at Syracuse University College of Law.  Her research centers on criminal procedure and the regulation of lawyers in the criminal justice system.  Prior to her tenure at Syracuse University, Roberts was a senior research fellow at New York University School of Law’s Center for Research in Crime and Justice. Roberts worked as a trial trainer and a staff attorney at the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. She will be teaching in the Criminal Justice Clinic this semester, and other courses in criminal law and procedure, including one on plea bargaining.

Anthony E. Varona, is professor of law and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs.  Before joining the WCL faculty, he was an associate professor of law at Pace Law School in New York. Before that, he served as general counsel and legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay civil rights organization.  He built HRC's legal department, directed its legislative and regulatory lawyering and appellate amicus work, launched national law fellow and pro bono attorney programs, and served as counsel to HRC's board of directors and the organization's corporate, educational, and media initiatives.  He teaches Contracts, Administrative Law, Media Law, and Introduction to Public Law

Lindsay Wiley, an assistant professor of law, currently focuses on research pertaining 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 faculty at American University Washington College of Law, Wiley was the Global Health Law program director at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. She also previously 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. She will teach Torts, Health Law, and Public Health Law.

Visiting Professors and Practitioners-in-Residence

  • Elizabeth Beske, practitioner-in-residence, was an adjunct professor of Legal Rhetoric at American University Washington College of Law and a litigation consultant. She will teach Legal Rhetoric.
  • Arthur Chaskalson, visiting professor, was the chairperson of the Southern African Judge Commission, and president of the International Commission of Jurists. He will teach Comparative Constitutional Law, and Human Rights and Terrorism
  • Shelly Cole, practitioner-in-residence, was the attorney advisor for the Honorable Thomas B. Wells, United States Tax Court. She will teach in the Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic
  • Llezlie Green Coleman, practitioner-in-residence, was an associate at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll, PLLC. She will teach in the General Practice Clinic.
  • Jason Dominguez, visiting assistant professor, is an assistant professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He will teach two sections of Criminal Procedure during Fall 2010.
  • Tamar Meekins, visiting associate professor, is an associate professor, Clinical Law Center director and supervising attorney at Howard University School of Law. She will teach two sections of Criminal Law during Spring 2011.
  • Carl Monk, visiting professor, was the executive director of the Association of American Law Schools. He will teach Civil Procedure and Comparative Media Law.
  • Macarena Saez, practitioner-in-residence/fellow in ILSP was the International Programs coordinator at American University Washington College of Law. She will teach Introduction to the Continental Legal System and Comparative Family Law.
  • Matthew Williams, practitioner-in-residence, was an associate at Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP. He will teach in the Intellectual Property Clinic and, in Spring 2001, a course concerning Copyright Law.
  • Sofia Yakren, practitioner-in-residence, was an associate at Beldock, Levine & Hoffman. She will teach in the Women and the Law Clinic.

American University Washington College of Law

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