American University Washington College of Law Announces New Faculty and Senior Administration Appointments, Spring 2012


WASHINGTON, D.C., January 11, 2011 – American University Washington College of Law and Dean Claudio Grossman are pleased to announce new faculty and senior administration appointments at the beginning of the 2012 spring semester. Professor Mary Clark, formerly director of the SJD Program, will serve as a dean of Academic Affairs. Professor Lia Epperson has been named the law school’s director of the SJD Program.


Mary Clark, associate professor of law, dean of Academic Affairs

Professor Mary L. Clark teaches Property, Legal Ethics, and a seminar on Women's Legal History/History of Women in the Legal Profession. Prior to coming to American University Washington College of Law, 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.


Lia Epperson, associate professor of Law, director of the SJD Program

Professor Lia Epperson is an expert in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and education policy. Prior to entering academia, Epperson served as the Director of Education Litigation and Policy for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she litigated in federal and state courts, advocated for federal reforms, and authored multiple amicus briefs to the Supreme Court. She also worked as an attorney with Morrison & Foerster, and clerked for the Honorable Timothy Lewis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Epperson received her law degree from Stanford University, and earned her B.A. in sociology, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.


About American University Washington College of Law

In 1896, American University Washington College of Law became the first law school in the country founded by women. More than 100 years since its founding, this law school community is grounded in the values of equality, diversity, and intellectual rigor. The law school's nationally and internationally recognized programs (in clinical legal education, trial advocacy, international law, and intellectual property to name a few) and dedicated faculty provide its 1700 JD, LL.M., and SJD students with the critical skills and values to have an immediate impact as students and as graduates, in Washington, DC and around the world. For more information, visit