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Lisa G. Lerman

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B.A., with honors, Barnard College
J.D., New York University School of Law
LL.M., Georgetown University

Lisa G. Lerman is Professor of Law at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she has taught since 1987. She attended Barnard College and NYU School of Law. She received an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law. Before joining the faculty at Catholic University, Lerman was a staff attorney at the Center for Women Policy Studies, a Clinical Fellow at Antioch and Georgetown law schools, a member of the law faculty at West Virginia University, and an associate in a small law firm. She also has taught at the law schools of American University, George Washington University, and Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland).

At Catholic University, in addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Lerman has served as Coordinator of Clinical Programs since 2006. She is responsible for development and administration of the externship program and oversees some clinical courses. From 1996 until 2007, Lerman was Director of the Law and Public Policy Program, an academic enrichment program for students seeking careers in public service. She has taught professional responsibility since 1984. She also has taught contracts, family law, public policy courses, and clinical and externship courses. 

Professor Lerman is co-author of Learning from Practice:  A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs  (2d ed. West 2007) She has written many articles about lawyers, law firms, the legal profession, and legal education, including, for example, Blue-Chip Billing: Regulation of Billing and Expense Fraud by Lawyers, 12 Geo. J. Leg. Ethics 205 ( 1999), and Lying to Clients, 138 U. Pa. L. Rev. 659 (1990). Lerman’s earlier work focused on domestic violence law. 

Professor Lerman has served as an expert witness on legal ethics issues in numerous malpractice cases and lawyer disciplinary matters. She has written, lectured, and consulted on legal ethics issues and on various aspects of legal education, including the teaching of professional responsibility, the structure of externship programs, and the use of interactive teaching in law school classes.  Professor Lerman has served as a member of the AALS Standing Committee on Bar Admission and Lawyer Performance, as chair of the AALS section on Professional Responsibility, on the DC Bar Legal Ethics Committee, and on the planning committee for the ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility.


Philip G. Schrag

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A.B., Harvard
J.D., Yale

Philip G. Schrag is the Delaney Family Professor of Public Interest Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He attended Harvard College and Yale Law School. Before he started a career in law teaching, he was Assistant Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and in 1970 he became the first Consumer Advocate of the City of New York. A member of the founding generation of clinical law teachers, he developed clinics at Columbia Law School and the West Virginia University College of Law, as well as at Georgetown. During the administration of President Jimmy Carter, he was the Deputy General Counsel of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

At Georgetown, Professor Schrag directs the Center for Applied Legal Studies, an asylum and refugee clinic. He regularly teaches civil procedure and has also taught consumer protection, federal income taxation, legislation, administrative law, and professional responsibility. He has written fifteen books and many articles on public interest law and legal education including Asylum Denied: A Refugee’s Struggle for Safety in America (with David Ngaruri Kenney) (Univ. of Cal. Press 2008). In 2007, he helped to persuade Congress to create the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which provides partial student loan forgiveness for graduates who work for ten years in public interest jobs.  He has been honored with the Association of American Law Schools' Deborah L. Rhode award for advancing public service opportunities in law schools through scholarship, service and leadership, its William Pincus award for outstanding contributions to clinical legal education, Lexis/Nexis' Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law, and the Outstanding Law School Faculty Award of Equal Justice Works, for leadership in nurturing a spirit of public service in legal education and beyond. In 2014, he received Georgetown University's Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award.

Professors Lerman and Schrag have two children, Samuel Schrag Lerman and Sarah Lerman Schrag. As this book goes to press, Sam is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force and Sarah is teaching high school English in Newark, New Jersey. Professor Schrag has two adult sons, David and Zachary. The authors have four grandchildren, Leonard, Nora, Thomas and Eleanor. Professors Lerman and Schrag live in Bethesda, Maryland, with their three cats.