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Washington, DC 20001-2075
Tel: (202) 662-9595

Email: G-FLAC@law.georgetown.edu

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.

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.

Elly Kugler, Fellow

Elly Kugler was staff attorney and federal policy director with the National Domestic Workers Alliance from 2014 to 2017. From 2010 to 2014, she engaged in civil litigation and administrative advocacy on behalf of veterans experiencing homelessness and low-income tenants at the Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles. She is a 2010 graduate of the UCLA School of Law with a certificate from the Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy program, and graduated from University of Maryland summa cum laude in 2005. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a community organizer supporting the leadership of immigrant workers in San Francisco and New Orleans and was the assistant director of a DC-based youth organization.

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