Lecturer on Law
Winter and Spring Terms 2017
Brian Wolfman is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the new full-time, semester-long Appellate Clinic at Georgetown Law. He was previously a Professor of the Practice of Law and Co-Director of Stanford Law School's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Before that, from 2009 to 2014, Mr. Wolfman was co-director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation, where he headed the Institute’s civil rights and general public interest clinic, in which students work on federal trial and appellate litigation. At Georgetown, he also taught Federal Courts and the Federal System, a seminar on appellate courts, and a litigation skills seminar. He joined Georgetown in 2009 after spending nearly 20 years at the national public interest law firm Public Citizen Litigation Group, serving the last five years as the Group’s Director. Before that, for five years, he litigated trials and appeals at a rural poverty law program in Arkansas.
Mr. Wolfman has handled a broad range of litigation, including cases involving arbitration, health and safety regulation, class action governance, court access issues, federal preemption, consumer law, public benefits law, and government transparency. He has been lead and co-counsel in several dozen U.S. Supreme Court cases, argued five cases before that Court (winning four), and litigated dozens of other cases before federal and state appellate and trial courts around the country. He directed Public Citizen’s Supreme Court Assistance Project, which helps “underdog” public interest clients litigate before the Supreme Court.
Mr. Wolfman has written articles in law reviews and other journals. He has testified before Congress and federal rules committees on class action governance, tort "reform," and court access, and he was an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s project on the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. He is co-coordinator of the Consumer Law & Policy Blog, www.clpblog.org.