B.A., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Harvard
Professor Wolfman re-joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 2016 as the Director of the new full-time, semester-long Appellate Courts Immersion Clinic. He was previously a Professor of the Practice of Law and Co-Director of Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Before that, from 2009 to 2014, Professor Wolfman served as Director of the Civil Rights section of Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation, a student clinic that handles complex trial court and appellate litigation focused on civil rights and other public-interest litigation. While at Georgetown, he also taught the standard doctrinal course on Federal Courts and the Federal System and a course on appellate courts. Before Georgetown, he spent nearly 20 years at the national public interest law firm Public Citizen Litigation Group, serving the last five years as the Group’s Director. Earlier in his career, he conducted trial and appellate litigation as a staff lawyer at a rural poverty law program in Arkansas. Professor Wolfman has handled a broad range of litigation, including cases involving health and safety regulation, class action governance, court-access issues, federal preemption, consumer law, public-benefits law, and government transparency. He has argued six cases before the Supreme Court (winning five), and he has litigated hundreds of cases before federal and state appellate and trial courts around the country. He directed Public Citizen’s Supreme Court Assistance Project, which helps “underdog” public-interest clients litigate before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has testified before Congress and federal rules committees on a range of issues, and he was an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. Since 2004, he has taught an intensive Appellate Courts Workshop during the January Term at Harvard Law School. Professor Wolfman has authored articles on a variety of subjects, often on the intersection of state tort law and federal preemption doctrine and on class actions.
"Supreme Court asked to decide if use of racial slur amounts to illegal discrimination," coverage by NBC News, February 19, 2021, featuring Associate Professor Brian Wolfman.
"Harvard, MIT sue to block Trump administration from stripping student visas amid pandemic," coverage by The Hill, July 8, 2020, featuring Associate Professor Brian Wolfman and Adjunct Professor Anam Rahman.
"Roundup judge poised to reject novel class for future claims," coverage by Reuters, July 7, 2020, featuring Associate Professor Brian Wolfman.
"Bayer wants to resolve future Roundup liability in a class action. A new mass torts paradigm?," coverage in Reuters, June 25, 2020, featuring Associate Professor Brian Wolfman.