Judy Appelbaum will step down as the interim chief of the Office of Legislative Affairs on April 5 to join the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center, the Department of Justice announced today.
Appelbaum, then a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legislative Affairs, replaced Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, who left the department last spring to become dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Weich praised his former deputy as “a very effective leader,” telling Main Justice: “She knew the Hill inside out and brought great substantive experience as well as experience in civil rights and many other areas.”
He highlighted her work on helping to enact the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, for which she and others received the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement, the department’s highest award for attorneys.
“Judy really drove that process for the Justice Department,” Weich said.
Appelbaum will be directing the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic at Georgetown.
“This is a very natural move for Judy,” Weich told Main Justice. “She has a deep knowledge of the legislative process as well as a real understanding of the interaction between Congress and government agencies.”
From 2006 to 2009, Appelbaum served as the director of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. In 2009, she joined the Office of Legislative Affairs. She previously worked as vice president and legal director at the National Women’s Law Center after serving as counsel to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Appelbaum received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.