Area of Expertise
Supreme Court, media law, First Amendment, federal judicial selection, constitutional law, conversational in French
Stephen Wermiel is a fellow in law and government and associate director of the Summer Institute on Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law. He remains involved with and served previously as associate director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, a 10-year-old program in which Washington College of Law students teach constitutional law in the public high schools of Washington, D.C. 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, Media Law, and a seminar on the workings of the Supreme Court. His biography of Justice William J. Brennan, entitled Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion,coauthored with Seth Stern, was published in October 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and was described by a Washington Post reviewer as possibly “the best judicial biography ever.” Early in his career, Wermiel was a Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe. He has also served on the board of directors and on the legal committee of the ACLU of Georgia. He is currently chair-elect of the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and will become section chair in August 2012. He also remains chairman of the editorial board of Human Rights, the magazine of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, and a member of the editorial board of Communications Lawyer, the journal of the ABA's Forum on Communications Law. He has also served as cochair of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section’s First Amendment Committee.