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About Lewis A. Grossman

Lewis Grossman is Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law, where he has taught since 1997 and where he served as Associate Dean for Scholarship from 2008 to 2011. He teaches and writes in the areas of American legal history, food and drug law, health law, and civil procedure. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.
Prior to joining the American University faculty, he was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. Before that, he clerked for Chief Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Professor Grossman’s scholarship has appeared in the Cornell Law ReviewLaw and History ReviewYale Journal of Health PolicyLaw & Ethics, and Administrative Law Review, among others. He has made recent contributions to volumes published by Oxford University Press and Columbia University Press. He is the co-author of Food and Drug Law: Cases and Materials (with Peter Barton Hutt and Richard A. Merrill) and of a widely used supplement to the first-year civil procedure course titled A Documentary Companion to A Civil Action (with Robert G. Vaughn). Professor Grossman is currently at work on a book titled Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in American Law and History, which will be published by Oxford University Press. He has served as a member or legal consultant on three committees of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).
Professor Grossman earned his Ph.D. in History from Yale University, where he was awarded the George Washington Egleston Prize for Best Dissertation in the Field of American History. He received a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and a B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University.


Present Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Egon Guttman Casebook Award for “Food & Drug Law: Cases and Materials” (3d. ed.)


  • LAW-501-004 Civ Proced (Fall)
  • LAW-648-001 Food and Drug Law (Spring)
  • LAW-648-002 Food and Drug Law (Spring)

Contact Information

American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Room Y333
Washington, D.C. 20016
Phone: 202-274-4363


Articles (4)

Jurisprudence (1)

Food and Drug Law (1)

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