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Clinic Faculty & Staff

Judy Appelbaum, Director

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 womens 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.

Conor Shaw, Fellow

Conor Shaw obtained his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, and his B.A. from Middlebury College, summa cum laude. At Chicago, Conor was as an articles editor for the University of Chicago Legal Forum, represented federal criminal defendants as a student attorney in the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, and helped write the law school's annual student-run musical. Conor served as a law clerk to the Honorable William K. Sessions III of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Immediately prior to joining the clinic, Conor was an associate at Eimer Stahl LLP, where he represented clients in high-stakes antitrust, environmental, and consumer products litigation. Conor is a D.C. native and a fanatical supporter of the U.S. men's and women's soccer teams. Conor's interests include criminal justice, immigration, and transportation policy.

Leila Abolfazli, Fellow

Leila Abolfazli received her J.D. Order of the Coif and magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. magna cum laude from Emory University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, she joined WilmerHale and spent four years in the firm's Litigation Practice, with a focus on international arbitration.From 2011 until joining the Clinic team, Leila was senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center in the Reproductive Rights and Health Program.A native of Nashville, TN, she loves music and dancing.

Ernest Pegram, Office Manager

Ernest E. Pegram, DM, is a higher education administrative professional with experience in budget and grants management, information systems management, computer support, office management, and enrollment management. From May 2013 to February 2015, Ernest worked at the Law Center's Department of Financial Affairs. Prior to joining the staff at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1999, Ernest was a Budget Analyst and Enrollment Coordinator at George Mason University. Ernest also worked as a Computer Support Specialist for Pitney Bowes.

Ernest received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from George Mason University and Master's degrees in Government and International Affairs, coupled with a specialization in International Law and Government, from Georgetown University, where he completed a Thesis entitled The Emergence of the European Union. Ernest recently completed the Doctorate of Management degree from the Graduate School of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland University College, where he completed and defended successfully a dissertation on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the United States Federal Government. Ernest's research and writings focuses on the intersection of government, international affairs, and conflict resolution.

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