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Clinic Staff & Faculty
Chai R. Feldblum, Director (On leave of absence)
Chai Rachel Feldblum is a Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Legislation Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she coined the phrase and teaches the role of the "legislative lawyer." Professor Feldblum graduated from Harvard Law School in 1985, clerked for Judge Frank M. Coffin on the First Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court. She served as the lead lawyer drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act from 1988-1990 and joined the Georgetown University Law Center faculty in 1991. A leading lawyer, scholar and speaker on gay and lesbian rights, disability rights, and health and welfare issues, Professor Feldblum has been actively involved in federal civil rights and social welfare legislative issues since 1988. Her efforts have included opposing or shaping legislative and regulatory initiatives on gay rights, AIDS, disability, and health care; serving as the lead drafter of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and most recently, helping to develop employment policy changes to advance workplace flexibility.
Dakota Rudesill, Interim Director
Professor Rudesill is a scholar and practitioner of legislation and national security law and policy, and serves as Interim Director of the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic (FLAC).
Professor Rudesill has advised senior leaders in all three branches of the federal government. He worked for the U.S. Congress for nine years, principally as legislative assistant for national security to Senator Kent Conrad and the senior professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee responsible for national defense and international affairs spending. In the executive branch, as a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, Professor Rudesill advised Dennis C. Blair, the President's nominee to be Director of National Intelligence, and Leon Panetta, the President's nominee to be CIA Director, as they prepared for confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Thereafter, he served for a year in the Policy, Plans, and Requirements directorate of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), during which he also served as ODNI representative to the Detention Policy Task Force established under Executive Order 13493 (Jan. 21, 2009). Previously, in the judicial branch, Professor Rudesill was a law clerk to James B. Loken, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
During his career, Professor Rudesill has also been a part-time visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center, law firm associate, think tank fellow, and national security consultant. He was awarded the foreign policy field's premier fellowship, the CFR International Affairs Fellowship. He is an original member of the Project on Nuclear Issues, a multi-national effort initiated by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and U.S. Strategic Command to create a new networked generation of nuclear experts to succeed the retiring Cold War generation. He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College and J.D. from Yale Law School.
Judy Appelbaum, Incoming Interim Director for 2013-2014
Judy Appelbaum has worked in Washington at the intersection of law and policy for over 30 years, serving in the Executive Branch, on Senate staff, in private practice, and in leading non-profit organizations. Most recently, she served at the U.S. Department of Justice in the positions of Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, where she was responsible for overseeing the Department's dealings with Congress. She is the recipient of the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement, the Department's highest award for attorneys, for her work in connection with advancing federal hate crimes legislation to enactment. Before joining DOJ, she served as Director of Programs for the American Constitution Society, and before that, she was Vice President and Legal Director at the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), where she participated in litigation, advocacy and public education activities in many areas of NWLC's work, with a particular focus on sex discrimination in education and employment as well as judicial nominations. Earlier, she served as Counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy on his Senate Judiciary Committee staff and his chief advisor on women's rights issues. Appelbaum also practiced law in Washington, D.C. for several years, representing clients before Congress and the executive branch and in trial and appellate courts around the country. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Stanford Law School.
Eric J. Lobsinger, Fellow
Eric J. Lobsinger is a Teaching Fellow/Supervising Attorney at the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic. After receiving his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, he pursued research at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan as a Monbukagakusho (Japanese Government) Scholar, where he received an LL.M. in International Economic and Business Law and an LL.D. for his dissertation "Terrorism and the Global Supply Chain: A Study on the Legal Relationship Between Counterterrorism Measures that Secure Maritime Trade and Efforts to Combat Terrorist Funding." During his graduate research, he studied port and maritime security as an Asian Law Institute Visiting Scholar at the National University of Singapore. Previously, Mr. Lobsinger was a judge advocate in the U.S. Coast Guard, including service in the Coast Guard's office of legislation, and an aide to the Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel. Prior to law school, he received an A.B. cum laude in history from Washington University. In addition to his legal interests, Eric is ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church and serves a parish in Washington, DC.
Taylor Kline, Fellow
Taylor Kline is a Teaching Fellow / Supervising Attorney at the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. summa cum laude in economics from the University of Georgia. She has experience in all three branches of the federal government. She worked for Representative David Scott, for the Office of Policy at the Food and Drug Administration, and was a judicial law clerk to Judge Peter C. Dorsey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Loretta C. Moss, Executive Assistant
Loretta C. Moss has been the Clinic's Executive Assistant and Office Manager since 1996. From 1970 to 1974, Ms. Moss was the Law Center's first Assistant Coordinator for the Clerkship Committee chaired by Professor Sherman Cohn. From 1974 to 1977, Ms. Moss was a legal secretary for the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski. From 1977 to 1980, Ms. Moss returned to the Law Center to work for the National Street Law Institute. In 1980, Ms. Moss began working as the secretary to the Director of the National Caucus & Center on Black Aged, Inc. In 1981, Ms. Moss was promoted to Administrative Assistant and Program Coordinator for the agency's Victim Witness Assistance Program where she facilitated all phases of chapter development and victim witness services. Ms. Moss returned to the Law Center in 1982 as an Administrative Assistant working with the Assistant Dean to coordinate the Law Center graduation ceremony, the United Way/CHA Campaign, and the faculty retreat. From 1989 to 1996, Ms. Moss was the Executive Assistant for the D.C. Street Law Project where she supervised work study students and facilitated student interaction with the Director, Fellows and mentor law firms. Ms. Moss attended Compton Junior College in Los Angeles, CA (1963-64) and Wiley College in Marshall, TX (1964-66). She received her business training from Draughn's Business College in Wichita Falls, TX (1969-70).