American University Washington College of Law Welcomes New Faculty for the 2013-14 Academic Year


WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 21, 2013– American University Washington College of Law welcomes Llezlie Green Coleman, Jennifer Daskal, and Mark Niles to the full-time faculty this fall. Also joining AUWCL are several professors, visitors, and practitioners-in-residence, some of whom have long been members of the community in various capacities.

"We proudly welcome these three superb scholars with expertise in administrative law, immigration law, and criminal law to the faculty," said Claudio Grossman, dean, American University Washington College of Law. "AUWCL faculty members carry on the long tradition of being scholars on one hand and talented teachers on the other. They share a love for the law, a passion for teaching and scholarship, and the conviction to champion what matters, making an impact on some of the most important issues of our time."

Llezlie Green Coleman, Assistant Professor
Llezlie Green Coleman will teach in the General Practice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law and non-clinical courses in Advanced Civil Procedure or Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law. Prior to her appointment, Coleman was a practitioner-in-residence at American University Washington College of Law, a position she held since 2010. She was an associate at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll, PLLC; a law clerk for the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr., United States District Judge for the District of Maryland; and an associate at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Her primary teaching interests are in clinical education, complex litigation, and civil and human rights, and her scholarship interests lie at the intersection of employment and immigration law, with a focus on class and collective adjudication. Coleman received her JD from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Charles H. Revson Fellow.

Jennifer Daskal, Assistant Professor
Previously a national security law fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Daskal will join American University Washington College of Law to teach Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, National Security and Immigration Law. She previously served for two years as counsel to the assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice, National Security Division in Washington, D.C., and for four years at Human Rights Watch as the advocacy director and later the senior counterterrorism counsel. She also worked for three years as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and served as a law clerk with the Honorable Jed Rakoff in the Southern District of New York. Daskal’s scholarly interests lie at the intersection of national security law and criminal law, with a focus on the scope and limits of coercive state action taken in the name of security. Daskal graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and was previously a Marshall Scholar.

Mark Niles, Professor of Law
Most recently dean and professor of law at Seattle University School of Law, Mark Niles returns to American University Washington College of Law, where he was a professor from 1998-2010 and professor and academic dean for six years from 2004-10. Prior to joining the AUWCL faculty, Niles was an attorney with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a litigation associate at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson. He also clerked for the Honorable Francis J. Murnahan, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Niles served as the reporter for the Maryland State Bar’s Civil Pattern Jury Instructions from 2003-10 (and the assistant reporter from 2001-03), where he worked with members of the Maryland Bar Association’s Jury Instructions Committee. His scholarship focuses on administrative law and the regulatory state. Niles received his JD from Stanford Law School.


Special appointments for 2013-14 include Visiting Professors Amy Myers and Michele Pistone, and Practitioners-In-Residence Brandon Butler and Anne Smetak. Professor Stephen Wermiel has also been re-appointed and promoted as professor of practice.


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