Anthony E. Cook is Professor of Law whose teaching and research spans the subjects of community economic development, corporate law, entrepreneurship and the law, constitutional law. His Law and Entrepreneurship practicum involves advising social enterprises, early stage, and scaling ventures on a range of legal and business issues. The American Bar Association honored Professor Cook as One of 21 Lawyers Leading America into the 21st Century for his scholarship and activism working with grassroots and faith-based initiatives on community empowerment and economic development projects. Professor Cook's scholarship has explored the relationship between progressive religious theology and progressive politics in America. He is the author of The Least of These: Race, Law and Religion in American Culture.
Charles Abernathy is Professor of Law and he works in the fields of civil rights and comparative law. He is the author of Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation (2012), the first edition of which was the first modern casebook on federal civil rights statutes. He authored or co-authored Supreme Court briefs in major civil rights cases while serving at the Southern Poverty Law Center, including the brief for Sharon Frontiero in Frontiero v. Richardson. In comparative law Professor Abernathy focuses on the philosophical and practical issues related to conceptualization of the legal process in common law and civil law countries. He specializes in teaching American law to students from foreign legal backgrounds and is the author of Law in the United States (2006), and Law as an Item of Trade, in A Revolution in the International Rule of Law: Essays in Honor of Don Wallace Jr.
Deborah Epstein is Professor of Law and Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic. She served as Associate Dean for Experiential Learning from 2005-2012. She has spent more than 30 years advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and has represented hundreds of women in civil protection order cases. She co-chaired the DC Superior Court's effort to design and implement its Domestic Violence Unit, an early, model effort to integrate civil and criminal cases involving intimate abuse. For five years, she served as Co-Director of the court's Domestic Violence Intake Center. Her scholarship includes the books “Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice” and “Litigating Civil Protection Order Cases: A Practical Manual.”
Eloise Pasachoff is Associate Professor of Law with teaching and research interests in education and social welfare law and policy, administrative law, and governance and regulation. Her recent courses include The Regulatory State, The Federal Role in Education Law Seminar, and Education Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. A respected education law scholar, Professor Pasachoff received the Education Law Association's 2012 Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law. Her recent publications include the articles Advocates, Federal Agencies, and the Education of Children with Disabilities; Agency Enforcement of Spending Clause Statutes: A Defense of the Funding Cut-Off; and Conditional Spending After NFIB v. Sebelius: The Example of Federal Education Law.
Emma Coleman Jordan is Professor of Law and a leading expert in economic justice issues and the financial services industry. She teaches courses in Federal Regulation of Banking: Modern Financial Institutions and Change; Commercial Law: Payments and Secured Transactions; and Contemporary Issues in Economic Justice. Her scholarly work includes the textbook, Economic Justice: Race, Gender, Identity and Economics, which is a capstone to a series of articles, chapters, and books she has written on the subject. These publications include The Short End of The Stick: The Role of Race in Law, Markets and Social Structures; Beyond Rational Choice: Alternative Perspectives on Economics; A Woman's Place is in the Marketplace: Gender and Economics; When Markets Fail: Race and Economics; and Cultural Economics: Markets and Culture.
Gary Peller is Professor of Law and he has taught Constitutional Law, Contracts, Torts, Civil Rights, Bargain, Exchange & Liability, Criminal Procedure, Radical Legal Thought, and Jurisprudence at Georgetown. His writings are primarily in the field of legal theory and legal history. His most recent book is Critical Race Consciousness: Reconsidering American Ideologies of Racial Justice (Paradigm 2012). His scholarly articles include History, Identity, and Alienation in the Connecticut Law Review and State Action and a New Birth of Freedom in the Georgetown Law Journal.
Girardeau Spann is James and Catherine Denny Professor of Law and he is the author of several books and articles concerning race and the constitutional concept of equality. His scholarship includes The Contracts Experience, Constitutional Theory: Arguments and Perspectives, and The Law of Affirmative Action: Twenty-Five Years of Supreme Court Decisions on Race and Remedies. Professor Spann is a member of the American Law Institute and he has served on the Board of the D.C. Neighborhood Legal Services Program, as a Trustee of the D.C. Bar Client Security Fund, on the Board of Governors and on the Ethics Committee of the D.C. Bar, and on the Administrative Conference of the United States.
Jamillah Bowman Williams is Associate Professor of Law and also holds a Ph.D. in Sociology. Her courses include Employment Discrimination and the Contemporary Bias and Law seminar. Her research focuses on contemporary bias, the effectiveness of antidiscrimination law, and the capacity of law to promote compliance and social change. More specifically, she uses social psychological theory and empirical analysis to examine the impact of antidiscrimination law on the individuals it was intended to protect. Prior to joining the Georgetown Law faculty, Professor Williams was a National Science Foundation Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation.
Jeffrey Shulman is Professor of Legal Research and Writing. From 1984 to 2005, he taught in the Department of English at Georgetown University. His recent scholarship includes the book “The Constitutional Parent: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Enfranchisement of the Child,” as well as scholarly articles including "Who Owns the Soul of the Child?: An Essay on Religious Parenting Rights and the Enfranchisement of the Child” “Epic Considerations: The Speech That the Supreme Court Would Not Hear in Snyder v. Phelps," and "The Parent as (Mere) Educational Trustee: Whose Education Is It, Anyway?" He also co-edited the New York Times bestseller “Robert Kennedy In His Own Words.”
Nan Hunter is Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. Her primary scholarship has spanned three areas: state regulation of sexuality and gender, health law, and procedure. Her work has been published in many law journals, and several of her articles have been selected for reprinting in anthologies. With William Eskridge, she wrote the first casebook to conceptualize sexuality and gender law as embodying a dynamic relationship between state regulation, sexual practices, and gender norms. Her most recent health law scholarship focuses on the intersection of health care systems with democratic theory. Her awards include the Pioneer of Courage award from the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Paul Butler is Professor of Law and he is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. He researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory, and his scholarship has been the subject of much attention in the academic and popular media. Professor Butler authored the widely reviewed Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, which received the Harry Chapin Media award. His scholarship has also been published in many leading scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review. He previously served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption.
Sheryll Cashin is Professor of Law and teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and Race and American Law among other subjects. Her scholarship includes books, numerous academic journals articles, and media commentaries about race relations, government, and inequality in America. Professor Cashin’s books include Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America argues that affirmative action as currently practiced does little to help disadvantaged people and offers a new framework for true inclusion, and The Failures of Integration that was an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review. She is also a two-time nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction.
Steven Goldblatt is Professor of Law and Director of the Appellate Litigation Program and the Supreme Court Institute. He served as Assistant District Attorney and then a Deputy District Attorney of Philadelphia. He also served as chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Amicus Curiae Briefs Committee from 1982-1999. His recent writings in the criminal justice area include several briefs in the United States Supreme Court. He has argued three cases in that Court on behalf of Appellate Litigation Clinic clients. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Susan Deller Ross is Professor of Law and Director of the International Women's Human Rights Clinic. Her scholarship includes the books “Women's Human Rights: The International and Comparative Law Casebook,” “Sex Discrimination and the Law,” and “The Rights of Women.” She has written or edited many articles on women’s human rights violations, such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, polygamy, denial of inheritance rights, and lack of access to contraception. She served as Reporter to the Uniform Law Commission’s Drafting Committee for the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking (2013). She also was Co-Chair, Special Committee on Gender, of the D.C. Circuit Task Force on Gender, Race, and Ethnic Bias. Before coming to Georgetown, she worked at the US DOJ Civil Rights Division as Special Counsel for Sex Discrimination Litigation; at the ACLU Women’s Rights Project as its Clinical Director; and at the EEOC.