Prof. Renee Lettow Lerner

Associate Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

Professor Lerner works in the fields of U.S. and English legal history, civil and criminal procedure, and comparative law. She focuses particularly on the history of U.S. procedure and legal institutions, and how they have diverged from those of England, and on the differences between current adversarial and nonadversarial legal systems. She regularly speaks to groups of U.S. and foreign judges about comparative procedure and institutions. She is the author, with John Langbein and Bruce Smith, of the book History of the Common Law: The Development of Anglo-American Legal Institutions (2009).

Professor Lerner received an A.B. summa cum laude in history from Princeton University. She did graduate work as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in English legal history. At Yale Law School, she was Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and to Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 2003 to 2005, she served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice

  • B.A., Princeton University
  • M.Litt., Oxford University
  • J.D., Yale University

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