Judith Appelbaum


Director, Federal Legislation Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center, Visiting Professor of Law

B.A., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Stanford Law School

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,...

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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.