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Brian Wolfman

Brian Wolfman, Director of Public Citizen Litigation Group

Brian Wolfman has been Director and General Counsel of the Public Citizen Litigation Group since 2004, and was a staff lawyer with Public Citizen before, beginning in March of 1990. His practice areas include general appellate litigation, consumer health and safety, federal preemption, class actions, access to the courts, open government, and poverty law. Wolfman's teaching history includes an adjunct professorship at Harvard Law School from 2004 until the present, teaching an Appellate Courts Workshop; a position at Stanford Law School in January 2001 as an Irvine Visiting Lecturer in Law, teaching an Appellate Courts Seminar (from public law perspective); a position at Washington College of Law from Spring 1997 through the present, teaching courses on appellate courts and advocacy as an adjunct; positions at Georgetown University Law Center in Fall 1995 and Fall 1997, teaching courses on professional responsibility and appellate advocacy as adjunct. Wolfman also served as a Trustee at the Clients' Security Fund of the D.C. Bar from July of 1999 to July of 2004, where he was appointed by D.C. Court of Appeals for 5-year term, and served as Chair from September of 2003 to July of 2004, and as Vice-Chair from April 2002 to August 2003. In these positions, he investigated and ruled on claims that D.C. Bar members have converted money or other property entrusted to them by clients and others. Wolfman was a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow in November 1993, advising students at Harvard Law School on careers in public interest law. He also worked as a staff attorney for the rural legal services program of Legal Services of Arkansas in Little Rock from November 1985 until March 1990, where he represented poor people in all areas of poverty law in state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. Wolfman also served as Law Clerk to Judge R. Lanier Anderson, III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Cir. in Macon, GA from August of 1984 to August of 1985. He recieved his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in December 1977, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in June 1984.

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