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GW LAW BRIEFS: GW Law Welcomes New Faculty Members

New Faculty

Christopher Alan Bracey
Professor of Law
BS, University of North Carolina
JD, Harvard University

Professor Bracey is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of U.S. race relations, individual rights, and criminal procedure. He teaches and researches in the areas of the legal history of U.S. race relations, constitutional law, criminal procedure, civil procedure, and civil rights.

A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, Bracey received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as a supervising editor on the Harvard Law Review, a general editor on the Harvard Civil Rights–Civil Liberties Law Review, and an editor on the Harvard Blackletter Law Journal. He clerked for Hon. Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and subsequently joined the Washington, D.C., office of Jenner & Block, where he litigated a variety of civil and criminal matters. Bracey previously taught at Northwestern University School of Law and Washington University School of Law before joining the GW Law faculty in 2008.

Bracey has delivered lectures and presentations on a variety of topics involving race relations, constitutional rights, and celebrity trials, as well as general criminal justice matters and U.S. politics. He has been interviewed and featured in several hundred media articles and broadcasts, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Salon Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Essence Magazine, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, BBC, and NPR. He is the author of Saviors or Sellouts: The Promise and Peril of Black Conservatism, from Booker T. Washington to Condoleezza Rice (Beacon Press, 2008) and co-author of The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Ohio University Press, forthcoming 2009). His articles and essays have appeared in a number of leading law reviews, including Northwestern University Law Review, University of Southern California Law Review, Yale Law Journal Pocket Part, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Journal of Law and Criminology, and Alabama Law Review, among others.

Francesca Bignami
Professor of Law
BA, Harvard University
MSc, University of Oxford
JD, Yale University

Francesca Bignami specializes in the law of the European Union and comparative public law. She is the author of numerous articles on comparative privacy law, comparative administrative law, and rights and accountability in global governance. She is currently working on a book-length study on comparative traditions of administrative law, as well as a casebook on EU Law.

From 2000 to 2008, Bignami was assistant professor and then professor of law at Duke University, where she also served as the director of the Center for European Studies. In 2006-07, she was a visiting professor and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School. Bignami has also taught at the European University Institute of Florence (Academy of European Law), at the Boston College Law School, in the master’s program on public administration at the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” and at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome. She has been a visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and the Jean Monnet Center at the NYU School of Law. Her research has been supported, among others, by the German Marshall Fund and the Fulbright Program.

Bignami received her BA magna cum laude from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and her MSc from Oxford University. She then served for one year in the European Commission in Brussels where she worked on EU research and development policy. In 1996, she graduated from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, she clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, and she then served as a stagiaire for Advocate General Philippe Léger of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Bignami serves as chair of the Rulemaking Advisory Group of the ABA Project on EU Administrative Law and as a member of the academic advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Visiting Faculty

Andrea J. Boyack
Visiting Professor of Law
BA, Brigham Young University
JD, University of Virginia
MALD, the Fletcher School, Tufts University

Andrea Boyack’s diverse legal background includes private practice work in corporate finance, real estate development, and capital markets. Last year, Boyack was a visiting associate professor at Catholic University Columbus School of Law, where she taught property and public international law. She also has been an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School where she taught real estate finance law. Boyack is counsel with Reed Smith and was previously in-house as regional counsel to Toll Brothers Inc., a national development company. Prior to that, Boyack practiced corporate and real estate law in both New York City and Washington, D.C., with O’Melveny and Meyers, Goodwin Proctor and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson. Boyack has an advanced degree in international law and diplomacy.

Following law school, Boyack clerked for Judge John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. While in law school, Boyack was notes editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law and directed the school’s Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Boyack studied Russian in Moscow in 1990 and remains proficient enough in the language to have served as a translator for two global satellite conferences.

Boyack’s current research interests include comparative community governance law, property rules vs. standards and international development and property rights. She is the author of “Independence and Group Rights in the Baltics: The Case of a Double-Minority” 35 Virginia Journal of International Law 385 (1995).

Lawton Posey Cummings
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
BS, Tulane University
JD, Georgetown University

Lawton Posey Cummings is visiting GW Law from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she teaches legal ethics and criminal law. Prior to entering academia, Cummings was a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Slade & Associates in New York, and Wheeler Trigg Kennedy in Denver. She also was a judicial law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Peter K. Leisure in the Southern District of New York. Her scholarship focuses on legal ethics issues that arise in the practice of white-collar criminal law and for corporate in-house counsel.

David H. Moore
Visiting Professor of Law
BA, Brigham Young University
JD, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

David H. Moore is a scholar of foreign relations law, international law, and international human rights. His work has appeared in the Harvard, Northwestern, and George Washington Law Reviews, as well as in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. He comes to GW Law School after completing a clerkship with Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., for whom he previously clerked on the 3rd Circuit.

Moore has taught at the University of Kentucky College of Law, researched and taught as an Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and worked as an honors program trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch. Moore graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review. He now serves on the BYU law faculty.

Sarah Rajec
Frank H. Marks Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Administrative Fellow
BS, Brown University
JD, University of Michigan

Sarah Rajec’s primary research interests are in the areas of patent law and international trade law. She previously worked as a patent litigator at Fish & Richardson in Boston and clerked for Judge Donald C. Pogue of the U.S. Court of International Trade. Following the fellowship, Rajec will begin a clerkship with Judge Alan D. Lourie of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Amy Stein
Visiting Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing; Associate Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program; and Co-Director of Scholarly Writing Program
BA, JD, University of Chicago

Prior to joining the GW Law School faculty, Amy Stein practiced at international law firm Latham & Watkins LLP in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley offices. While in the Washington, D.C., office, Stein focused on federal appellate- and district-court-level environmental litigation, and she worked on a variety of regulatory and legislative matters before federal agencies. Her Silicon Valley practice focused on representing companies and board committees in internal investigations into securities matters. Stein served on Latham’s recruiting committee for two years, and she taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Law School’s Legal Research and Writing Program in 2005-06.

Jessica Tillipman
Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law; Co-Director of the Outside Placement Program
BS, Miami University
JD, George Washington University

Jessica Tillipman joins the faculty as a visiting associate professor of clinical law and co-director of the Outside Placement Program. Prior to joining GW, she was an associate in Jenner & Block’s Washington, D.C., office, where she was member of the firm’s government contracts and white-collar-criminal defense and counseling practice groups. Tillipman joined Jenner & Block after serving as a law clerk to Hon. Lawrence S. Margolis of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. While attending law school, she served as a judicial intern to Hon. Ricardo M. Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Tillipman graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 2000 and obtained her J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School in 2003, where she was a member of the George Washington University International Law Review, served as the chair and author of the competition problem for the McKenna Long & Aldridge ‘Gilbert A. Cuneo’ Government Contracts Moot Court Competition, and published articles in the Public Contract Law Journal and Public Procurement Law Review. Tillipman is a member of the bars of U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the state of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Visiting Faculty for Spring 2009

June Rose Carbone
Visiting Professor of Law
BA, Princeton University
JD, Yale University

June Carbone is the Edward A. Smith/Missouri chair of law, the Constitution and Society at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). She previously served as associate dean for professional development and presidential professor of ethics and the common good at Santa Clara University School of Law. She received her JD from Yale Law School and her AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Carbone writes extensively about the legal issues surrounding marriage, divorce, and family obligations, especially within the context of recent developments in biotechnology. Her book From Partners to Parents: The Second Revolution in Family Law was published by Columbia University Press in 2000. She has co-authored the third edition of Family Law (Aspen, 2005) with Leslie Harris and the late Lee Teitelbaum. Her new book with GW Law Professor Naomi Cahn, Red Families v. Blue Families, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2009.

At UMKC, she teaches property, family law, assisted reproduction and bioethics, and has previously taught contracts, remedies, financial institutions, civil procedure, and feminist jurisprudence.

David Freestone
Lobinger Visiting Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence
LLB, LLD, University of Hull
LLM, University of London

David Freestone is senior adviser in the office of the general counsel of the World Bank Group. He has previously served as deputy general counsel and for eight years was chief counsel and head of the environment and international law group. Prior to joining the bank in 1996, he held a faculty chair in international law at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, where he is still an honorary professor. He has written widely on international environmental law and is the founding editor of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law and a member of the editorial boards of the British Yearbook of International Law, International Yearbook of Environmental Law, and European Yearbook of Environmental Law. His recent books include: The Law of the Sea: Progress and Prospects (Oxford, 2006); Legal Aspects of Implementing the Kyoto Protocol Mechanisms: Making Kyoto Work (Oxford, 2005); Legislating for Sustainable Fisheries (World Bank, 2001); International Law and Sustainable Development: Past Achievements and Future Challenges (Oxford, 1999).

Sally Dyk Katzen
Visiting Professor of Law
BA, Smith College
JD, University of Michigan

Sally Katzen has taught graduate students at George Mason University Law School (2006-08); University of Michigan Law School (2004-08); Johns Hopkins University (2003-04); University of Pennsylvania Law School (2003), and undergraduates (Smith College, (2001-04); Johns Hopkins University (2002-06); University of Michigan in Washington Program (2005-08). Prior to that, she served almost eight years in the Clinton administration, first as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget, then deputy assistant to the president for economic policy and deputy director of the National Economic Council in the White House, and then as the deputy director for management at OMB.

Katzen has served on several panels for the National Academies of Science and is a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. Before joining the Clinton administration, Katzen was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, specializing in regulatory and legislative matters. While in private practice, Katzen was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Law Center and served in various leadership roles in the American Bar Association, as well as president of the Federal Communications Bar Association and president of the Women’s Legal Defense Fund.

Katzen graduated magna cum laude from Smith College and magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was the first female editor-in-chief of the law review. Following graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She also served in the Carter administration for two years as the general counsel of the Council on Wage and Price Stability in the Executive Office of the President.

Frank Wu
Visiting Professor of Law
BA, Johns Hopkins University
JD, University of Michigan

Frank H. Wu is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, which was immediately reprinted in its hardcover edition, and co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment. From 2004 to 2008, he served as the ninth dean of Wayne State University Law School, in his hometown of Detroit. From 1995 to 2004, Wu was on the law faculty of Howard University. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a visiting professor at University of Michigan, and a teaching fellow at Stanford University. He also has taught over several short periods at Deep Springs College, a highly selective, full-scholarship, all-male school enrolling 26 on a student-run cattle ranch near Death Valley.

Wu is a trustee of Gallaudet University, the only university in the United States serving primarily deaf and hard of hearing, and he became vice chair of the board in 2006. He served briefly by appointment of the D.C. Court of Appeals on its Board of Professional Responsibility, which adjudicates attorney discipline matters, as well as two terms on board hearing committees. He was appointed by Mayor Anthony Williams as chair of the D.C. Human Rights Commission from 2001 to 2002. He joined the Board of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund in 2004. He is the recipient of the 2008 Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific Fund, named for the late chancellor of University of California at Berkeley and selected from a national pool of nominees, and the 2007 Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Prior to his academic career, Wu held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and practiced law with the firm Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.

Friedman Fellows

The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics of The George Washington University Law School have established a two-year graduate clinical fellowship program. In recognition of the generous gift of Philip Friedman, the fellows are known as Friedman Fellows. These fellowships allow both new and experienced attorneys to obtain an LLM degree while examining and engaging in clinical legal education and public interest law.

Anastasia Boutsis
JD, The George Washington University Law School
BA, Brown University

Anastasia Boutsis is the inaugural 2008-2010 Friedman Fellow with the Consumer Mediation Clinic, which provides alternative dispute resolution services to consumers in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Her previous mediation experience includes her work as a mediator with the Brown University Mediation Project, mediation intern with the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division, D.C. Superior Court, and as a student-mediator in the Consumer Mediation Clinic while a GW Law student

Kelly S. Knepper
JD, The George Washington University Law School
BA, The American University

Kelly Knepper is the inaugural 2008–2010 Friedman Fellow with the Federal, Criminal, and Appellate Clinic, which represents appellants seeking relief from their convictions before the Maryland appellate courts. Prior to her fellowship, Knepper served as a deputy public defender with the San Diego County Public Defender for three years, representing scores of accused facing misdemeanor and felony charges. In 2007 she received the Exemplary Service Award for Meritorious Service to the County of San Diego for her trial work and creation of the North County Felony Training Program.  While a student at GW Law, she began her work in criminal defense as a student-lawyer with the federal, criminal, and appellate clinic. In her third year, she was selected as the clinic-wide student director and recipient of the Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Foundation Scholarship. Also as a law student, she worked for the A.C.L.U., American Red Cross, and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Before law school, Knepper taught fifth grade in Washington, D.C., public schools in Anacostia and Trinidad as part of Teach for America.

Juliana C. Russo
JD, Boston College Law School
BA, Bates College

Juliana Russo is the inaugural 2008–2010 Friedman Fellow with the Outside Placement Program at GW Law, which provides students with a variety of opportunities to earn academic credit for work in public interest, government, and nonprofit organizations located throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. As a law student at Boston College, she worked with The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics researching and analyzing state case decisions concerning the constitutionality of DNA databases and post-conviction DNA statutes, resulting in two publications disseminating respective research findings. Russo co-chaired the Diversity Committee, the 3L events committee, and served on the board of the Women’s Law Center.

Amanda M. Spratley
JD, The George Washington University Law School
BBA, The College of William and Mary

Amanda Spratley is the inaugural 2008–2010 Friedman Fellow with the Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic, which provides free start-up legal services to Washington, D.C., area entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit groups and participates in community economic development by providing legal assistance and education to existing nonprofit organizations and groups whose mission is to help low-income individuals and communities pursue economic empowerment and self-help initiatives. As a law student at GW Law, she was a student-lawyer in the Small Business Clinic, a regional semi-finalist in the 2006-07 Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition and GW First Place Team Winner, and associate editor for the 2006-07 GW Elliott School International Affairs Review Academic Journal.

Jenelle R. Williams
JD, The George Washington University Law School
BA, Howard University

Jenelle Williams is the inaugural 2008–2010 Friedman Fellow with the Immigration Clinic, which represents aliens in removal proceedings and affirmative asylum cases. As a GW Law student, Williams was a student-attorney with the Immigration Clinic, where her successful representation resulted in the grant of political asylum for a Nepalese client. She also served as the assistant director, SBA Minority Affairs, and studied comparative and international law at the University of Western Cape as part of Howard University’s Summer Study in South Africa Program in 2006