Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Amanda Frost
Professor of Law
Director, SJD Program

Amanda Frost writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, immigration law, civil procedure, and judicial ethics. Her articles have appeared in the Duke Law Journal, the Northwestern Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among others. Her non-academic writing has been published in Slate, the National Law Journal, and the L.A. Times, and she authors the “Academic round-up” column for SCOTUSblog. Before entering academia, Professor Frost clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and spent five years as a staff attorney at Public Citizen, where she litigated cases at all levels of the federal judicial system. She has also worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee, served as a supervising attorney in the Immigrant Justice Clinic, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar studying transparency reform in the European Union. Professor Frost has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School, Université Paris X Nanterre, and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Amy L. Tenney
Associate Director, Program on Law & Government
Adjunct Professor of Law

Amy Tenney is the Associate Director of the Program on Law & Government and a member of the adjunct faculty. She directs the daily operations of the Program, including the LLM in Law & Government and the SJD Program. She previously was a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block LLP, where she was a member of the Government Contracts and White Collar Defense & Investigations practice groups. Before joining Jenner & Block she clerked for Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and Judge Frank M. Coffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She also previously served as Chief Aide to then-ACLU President Nadine Strossen and worked for U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney. Professor Tenney was the 2004 Recipient of the Albert E. Jenner Pro Bono Award for her work on behalf of death penalty inmate Kevin Wiggins in both the U.S. Supreme Court, in which the Court set new ground rules for effective legal representation in death penalty cases, and in his re-sentencing proceedings. Her community involvement includes serving on the Advisory Board of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship. She received a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from New York Law School, where she was a Snow Scholar and the Supervising Editor of the New York Law School Law Review, and a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.

Hilary T. Lappin
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Hilary Lappin is the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at American University Washington College of Law where she manages admissions for the 5 LLM Programs and the SJD Program. Hilary joined American University in 2002 and has worked in a variety of offices focusing on international programs and visitors, graduate admissions, and student services. Previously, she worked for the Brookings Institution Project on Internal Displacement, served as the Academic Advisor for American University’s Washington Semester and the Washington Internships for Native Students Programs, and was the International Exchange and J-1 Visa Coordinator for the Washington College of Law. Most recently she was the Assistant Director of Admissions for the Program on Law & Government at the Law School. She completed her BA in International Politics from the Catholic University of America. She studied at the University of Leuven in Belgium while working in the European Parliament and through Leeds University while working in the British Parliament. She has her MA in International Politics from American University’s School of International Service and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from American University’s School of Public Affairs.

Diana Sawyer
Program Coordinator, Program on Law & Government

Diana Sawyer is the Program Coordinator for the Program on Law & Government. Diana serves as the main point of contact for students' administrative needs while in the Program. She previously worked for Senator Blanche Lincoln and Representative Vic Snyder. She joined the Program on Law & Government in 2010. Diana earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas in Political Science and International Relations with minors in Spanish and European Studies.

Samuel Edwards
Assistant Director of Outreach and Engagement

Sam Edwards is the Assistant Director of Outreach and Engagement. Sam will serve as a primary point of contact for all LLM and SJD alumni and will work to engage, as well as build relationships with WCL’s expanding LLM/SJD alumni community. Sam brings four years of experience working in international student services at Wake Forest University in North Carolina as well as at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He recently completed his Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Michigan and earned his Bachelor’s in History from Boston University. While at BU, Sam studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland and travelled extensively throughout Europe.