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Lisa T. McElroy

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Lisa T. McElroy


Office: School of Law, Room 275
Phone: 215.571.4787
Fax: 215.571.4712

Administrative Support:
Anne Marie Cellucci
Phone: 215.571.4701


Lisa McElroy has published extensively in the field of legal pedagogy and she is an experienced teacher of legal writing.

She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors and previously served on the board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

Her scholarly publications include "Coming off the Bench: Legal and Policy Implications of Proposals to Allow Retired Justices to Sit By Designation on the United States Supreme Court," (with Michael Dorf) in the Duke Law Journal, "The Nomination of Three New Judges to the D.C. Circuit," in the Georgetown Law Journal Online, "From Grimm to Glory: Simulated Oral Argument as a Component of Legal Education's Signature Pedagogy," in the Indiana Law Journal, and "Sex on the Brain: Adolescent Psychosocial Science and Sanctions for Risky Sex," in New York University Review of Law and Social Change. Over the past several years, she has also co-authored articles published in the Georgia State Law Review, the University of Baltimore Law Review, the Journal of Air Law and Commerce and the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.

After earning her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, she practiced with the Boston law firms of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault and Gadsby & Hannah, LLP.

From 2009-2011, Professor McElroy wrote the Plain English column on SCOTUSblog. She contributes regularly to The New York Times Motherlode blog and is the author of numerous books for children about Supreme Court justices and prominent elected officials. Professor McElroy has appeared on the "Today Show," CNN, the "Satellite Sisters," NPR and many other radio and television outlets. She and her books have been featured and reviewed in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Legal Times, People, Time, Parents and "NBC Nightly News," among other newspapers, magazines and programs across the country.

She previously was a professor of legal writing at Roger Williams University Law School and served as dean of skills training at Southern New England School of Law (now the University of Massachusetts School of Law).