Professor Lia Epperson is an expert in the areas of civil rights, constitutional
law, and education policy. Prior to joining the law faculty at American, she was a
faculty member at Santa Clara University, and served as a visiting professor at the
University of Maryland. She has also served as a senior fellow at the Center for American

Professor 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 entering academia, she served as the Director of
Education Litigation and Policy for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she litigated in
federal and state courts, advocated for federal reforms and authored multiple amicus
briefs to the Supreme Court. Prior to her time at the Legal Defense Fund, she worked as
an attorney with Morrison & Foerster, and clerked for the Honorable Timothy Lewis on
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Epperson received her B.A. in
sociology, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. 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. 

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Legislating Inclusion, Harvard Law & Policy Review (2012)


Undercover Power: Examining the Role of the Executive Branch in Determining the Meaning and Scope of School Integration Jurisprudence, Faculty Publications (2008)

This paper focuses on the interaction of the federal judicial and executive branches of government...