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Ruthanne M. Deutsch


Law Fellow, Appellate Litigation Clinic, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Amherst; M.A., Ph.D., Yale; J.D., LL.M., Georgetown

Ruthanne Deutsch received her J.D. from the Law Center, summa cum laude, in 2004, and served as a law clerk for Judge Timothy B. Dyk...

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Ruthanne Deutsch received her J.D. from the Law Center, summa cum laude, in 2004, and served as a law clerk for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Deutsch was a student attorney in the Appellate Litigation Clinic in 2003-2004, and has devoted herself to the craft of appellate advocacy since graduation, practicing in both the private and public sectors. Her most recent position, before returning to Georgetown as a fellow, was as Senior Counsel in the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. She also served as an Attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission, and was an associate in the national appellate practice of Sidley Austin, LLP. Professor Deutsch has briefed cases in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, and in the highest courts of Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and Wisconsin. She has argued before the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits and before the Maryland Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.

Before becoming a lawyer, Professor Deutsch's work as an international development economist focused on demonstrating that human capital investments and social inclusion policies could increase growth and reduce poverty. She has worked and traveled widely throughout Southern Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Professor Deutsch earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude in economics, from Amherst College. She then earned her Masters in International Relations and her Doctorate in Economics from Yale University.

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