Lia Epperson Jealous

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs Professor of Law at American University - Washington College of Law

Lia Epperson Jealous

Lia Epperson Jealous

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs Professor of Law at American University - Washington College of Law

Biography

Lia Epperson, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at American University Washington College of Law, is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and education policy.

Her scholarship centers on the constitutional dialogue between federal courts and the political branches, and its implications for educational equity. Her scholarship, published in leading journals, also explores the role of public schools, colleges, and universities in creating equal opportunity.

Prior to her appointment at American University, she served on the law faculties of the University of Maryland and Santa Clara University. She has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, focusing on federal civil rights enforcement of educational policies and practices.

Dean Epperson’s research interests are informed by her experiences litigating education cases throughout the country, and lobbying for the maintenance and enforcement of civil rights protections.

Prior to becoming a law professor in 2005, Dean Epperson directed the education law and policy group of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF). While there, she litigated in federal and state courts, advocated for federal administrative and legislative reforms, and co-authored multiple amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court in the areas of education and affirmative action.

In addition, she represented LDF in several national civil rights leadership coalitions, including serving as chair of the Education Task Force for the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights, a coalition of nearly 200 national organizations.

Prior to her time at LDF, Dean Epperson was an attorney with Morrison & Foerster in Palo Alto, CA, and a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

She received her law degree from Stanford University, where she served as an editor of the Stanford Law Review as well as the Stanford Law and Policy Review. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.

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Founder at The Constitution Project

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Professor of the Practice of Law at American University - Washington College of Law

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Director at The Institute for College Access and Success

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Director of the Anti-Torture Program at Physicians for Human Rights

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Associate Justice at Supreme Court of California

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Vice President at The Institute for College Access and Success

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Senior Advisor on Higher Education at California Office of the Governor, Gavin Newsom

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Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs Professor of Law at American University - Washington College of Law
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People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Their vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in Their nation’s civic and political life. Their America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry. They believe a society that reflects these constitutional principles and progressive values is worth fighting for, and They take seriously Their responsibility to cultivate new generations of leaders and activists who will sustain these values for the life of this nation. Their operational mission is to promote the American Way and defend it from attack, to build and nurture communities of support for Their values, and to equip those communities to promote progressive policies, elect progressive candidates, and hold public officials accountable.

Education
B.A. Sociology

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

J.D. Law

Stanford began offering a curriculum in legal studies in 1893, when the university engaged its first two law professors. One was Benjamin Harrison, former President of the United States, who delivered a landmark series of lectures on the Constitution. The other was Nathan Abbott, who served as head of the nascent law program. Abbott assembled a small faculty to which he imparted a standard of rigor and excellence that endures to this day.In an effort to acknowledge the emerging professional nature of the department, Stanford's Board of Trustees passed a resolution in 1908 to substitute the term 'law school' for 'law department,' though technically the law program remained a department within the university.The law school was at the forefront of efforts to institute the California Bar exam, which was added to the requirements to practice law in California in 1919. The law school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923, the year the ABA began certifying law schools.

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Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs Professor of Law
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American University Washington College of Law (WCL) is the law school of American University. It is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association, and a member of the AALS.

Director, Education Law & Policy Group
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N. A. A. C. P. Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. is an American private company located in New York, NY. The firm provides legal defence and educational fund services. It was founded by Thurgood Marshall.

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An independent, nonprofit organization, the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) works to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds. By conducting and supporting nonpartisan research, analysis, and advocacy, TICAS aims to improve the processes and public policies that can pave the way to successful educational outcomes for students and for society. TICAS is a nonpartisan organization.

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