Volume 3, Issue 1 (2011)

Editor's Welcome

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your interest in the Legislation and Policy Brief. Over the past three years, Legislation & Policy Brief has grown substantially, due to a thirst for significant legislative focused legal analysis at American University Washington College of Law. Washington College of Law is ideally situated in our nation’s capital to allow law students to gain these skills — through its knowledgeable professors, externships, clerkships, and easy commute to Capitol Hill.

The Legislation and Policy Brief believes that increasing the frequency of classes and seminars offered in the legislative arena is fundamental to preparing law school graduates for work in the legislative arena. Aspiring legislative-lawyers should be equipped with skills in legislative drafting and should have adequate knowledge of the often arcane rules of Congress. These qualities would enable the Washington College of Law to serve as a vanguard for students who seek to provide counsel on Capitol Hill.

This volume represents the first year in which Legislation & Policy Brief will be available in print, as well as continuing our online tradition on the new Digital Commons website. I want to thank our staff for their hard work on this issue, and our authors for their excellent submissions.

If you have a timely legal article with a substantial legislative history focus, please visit our website at digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/lpb/ for more information regarding submissions.


Matthew Mulling