Stephen J. Wermiel
Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (2021)
Professor, American University’s Washington College of Law
American University, J.D., 1984 1982, admitted to the DC Bar since 1984
Steve is a Professor of practice in constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law. He has been a member of the Standing Committee on the Gavel Awards; Past chair of the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (2012-2013), he currently serves as chair for the section’s Publications Committee and co-chair of its First Amendment Rights Committee. He has been a member of the editorial board for Human Rights magazine since 2000, serving as chair from 2007 to 2012; past member of the standing committees on Strategic Communications (2000-2003) and Public Education (2013-2016). He is co-author of Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion (2010) and The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan (2014) and writes an occasional column on SCOTUSblog entitled “SCOTUS for law students.”
Before beginning his law teaching career in 1991, Wermiel was a reporter at the Boston Globe from 1972-1979 (1974-1979 in the Globe Washington Bureau) and was the Supreme Court reporter in the Washington Bureau of the Wall Street Journal from 1979-1991. He becomes president of the Tufts University Alumni Association in July 2018 for a two-year term. He is an avid chef, a New York Yankees fan for the past 60 years and simultaneously a Washington Nationals fan for the past 10 years, and enjoys spending weekends whenever possible at his recently acquired country home in Sharon, Connecticut.