Llezlie Green is a Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Justice Clinic. Professor Green was previously the Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Professor of Law, and Director of the Civil Advocacy Clinic at the American University Washington College of Law, where she also taught Critical Race Theory, Employment & Labor Law, and Advanced Civil Procedure. Her areas of expertise and scholarly interest include employment law, the intersection of workplace exploitation and immigration, critical race theory, critical race feminism, civil rights, and complex litigation in civil and human rights. Her most recent work considers the intersection of race, wage theft, and employment discrimination in low-wage worker communities. Her article, Wage Theft in Lawless Courts, was published in the California Law Review and won the American University Washington College of Law’s Pauline Ruyle Moore Scholar Award (2021). Her most recent article, Outsourcing Discrimination, appeared in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Her articles have also appeared in the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the Harvard Latino Law Review, and the Howard Law Journal.
After receiving her undergraduate education at Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Government with honors, Professor Green obtained a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and worked with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Following her graduation, she was a litigator at Wilmer Cutler and Pickering (now WilmerHale) and a law clerk for the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr., United States District Judge for the District of Maryland. She then joined the Civil Rights and Employment Practice at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll, where she spent six years representing plaintiffs in class actions alleging employment, fair housing, and credit discrimination, as well as federal and state wage and hour law violations. Her work at Cohen Milstein included representing Native American ranchers and farmers in a landmark civil rights lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and representing African American homeowners in a post-Katrina housing discrimination suit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Louisiana. She also represented groups of workers in collective action wage and hour cases in 22 jurisdictions.
Professor Green has served as an Associate Trustee with the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Co-Chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession.
She is a former Chair and a current Executive Committee Member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Poverty Law Section and a member of the Executive Board of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA).