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Jennifer P. Lyman


Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel; Independent Consultant, Jennifer Lyman Consulting, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Yale; J.D., Stanford; M.S.O.D., American University/NTL Institute

Jennifer Lyman practices in the fields of Organization Development and legal ethics, building on her coaching, and facilitation experience extending over fifteen years of designing...

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Jennifer Lyman practices in the fields of Organization Development and legal ethics, building on her coaching, and facilitation experience extending over fifteen years of designing cross-cultural workshops with criminal defense advocates and law teachers in the U.S. and other countries, including Poland, Russia, Chile, China and Egypt. She works with legal service providers in the U.S and abroad, with universities, and international non-profits. Her workshops and presentations encompass collaborative work with teams and groups experiencing rapid and unpredictable system reform. Professor Lyman holds a concurrent position as Senior Assistant Bar Counsel (appeals) at the DC Office of Bar Counsel and has written and presented on topics related to professional practice and teaching, exploring developments in social and educational psychology.

Professor Lyman spent the first eleven years of her career at the DC Public Defender Service (PDS), where she served as a trial attorney, an appellate attorney, an appellate supervisor, and finally as the training director. She began fulltime law teaching in 1990, at American University’s Washington College of Law, and joined the clinical faculty at George Washington University law school in 1993. Over nearly twenty years of clinical (experiential) teaching, she taught in appellate and trial-level criminal clinics, as well as a general civil practice clinic serving women. Her teaching focused on interactive and experiential methods, as well as coaching students representing their first clients, and legal ethics. Since earning her Masters in Organization Development, she has divided her time between consulting and legal work in the field of professional ethics.

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