Stephen Wermiel

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Stephen Wermiel is a Professor of Practice in Constitutional Law at American University Washington College of Law. He became a member of the ABA Board of Governors in August 2018 for a three-year term, and is past chair of the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (now Civil Rights and Social Justice - CRSJ) and author of a periodic column on SCOTUSblog aimed at explaining the Supreme Court to law students. He is co-author of JUSTICE BRENNAN: LIBERAL CHAMPION, the definitive biography of the late Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr, and co-author of THE PROGENY: JUSTICE WILLIAM J. BRENNAN'S FIGHT TO PRESERVE THE LEGACY OF NEW YORK TIMES VERSUS SULLIVAN. At the Washington College of Law, he serves as an adviser to and was past associate director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, in which Washington College of Law students teach constitutional law in the public high schools of Washington, D.C. He also is faculty adviser to the Moot Court Honor Society and serves on the advisory boards of the American University Law Review, the Administrative Law Review and the Journal of Gender, Social Policy and Law. In the ABA, Wermiel is a past member of the Standing Committee on Public Education, and past member of the Silver Gavel Wards Standing Committee. He served as chair of the publications committee of Civil Rights and Social Justice, and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Communications Lawyer, the quarterly publication of the Forum on Communications Law. Wermiel holds expertise in the U.S. Supreme Court, having covered the court for the Wall Street Journal from 1979 until 1991. During his 12-year tenure at the Journal, he covered and interpreted more than 1,300 Supreme Court decisions and analyzed trends on a broad array of legal issues. Wermiel teaches constitutional law, First Amendment and a seminar on the workings of the Supreme Court. Early in his career, Wermiel was a Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe. While teaching in Atlanta in the 1990's, he served on the board of directors and on the legal committee of the ACLU of Georgia. He earned his B.A. from Tufts University in 1972 and his J.D. from the Washington College of Law. He is a member of the D.C. Bar. in July 2018, he became president of the Tufts University Alumni Association.


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