Elizabeth A. Cavanagh
Biographical Sketch
Elizabeth A. Cavanagh is the Associate Director of the SJD Program at the Washington College
of Law at American University. Professor Cavanagh has taught legal research and writing as
well as appellate advocacy, and previously worked at Jenner & Block’s D.C. office as an
appellate and trial court litigator. She attended Dartmouth College and Yale Law
School. Following graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer of the U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme
Court. Professor Cavanagh serves on the board of a nonprofit organization devoted to improving
legal representation for domestic violence survivors, and also helps screen cases for the MidAtlantic Innocence Project. She is admitted to practice law in D.C. and Maryland.