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About Lia Epperson

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 Progress.
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.


Present Director, SJD Program, American University Washington College of Law
Present Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

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