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.

Elizabeth Cavanagh
Professor of Law
Associate Director, SJD Program

Elizabeth Cavanagh received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1992 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995. At Yale, she served as Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After graduation, Ms. Cavanagh clerked for Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Cavanagh spent four years as an appellate and trial litigator at Jenner & Block. In recent years, she has taught a law school seminar on appellate advocacy and has served on a hearing committee for the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility. Ms. Cavanagh is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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.



Sarah Goetz
Program Assistant, Program on Law & Government

Sarah Goetz is the Program Assistant for the Program on Law & Government. Sarah fields phone inquiries, organizes projects and events, and helps with students' administrative needs. She previously worked for Allstate Insurance before joining the Program on Law & Government in 2016. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware in Elementary Education and Middle School Math Education.