Erika Nicole Pont

Portrait of Erika Pont
Title:
Interim Associate Director and Visiting Professor of Law, Fundamentals of Lawyering
Address:
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Email:
[email protected]

Erika N. Pont serves as Interim Associate Director of the Fundamentals of Lawyering program for the 2020-21 Academic Year. She serves as the program's liaison to the Inns of Court Program and is responsible for incorporating principles of professional development and professional identity formation into the Fundamentals of Lawyering curriculum. Professor Pont joined the Fundamentals of Lawyering faculty in its inaugural year after nearly twelve years of teaching at GW as an adjunct professor. She has taught legal research and writing, introduction to advocacy, scholarly writing, and independent legal writing. In teaching and in practice, Professor Pont has mentored numerous students and junior associates and been influential in their professional development. 

Prior to joining GW Law full time, Professor Pont spent over a decade in the litigation department at McDermott Will & Emery. Professor Pont has experience in all aspects of complex commercial litigation including bench and jury trials. Professor Pont's pro bono practice focused on immigration and death penalty issues. In this capacity, she first-chaired immigration hearings and filed amicus briefs on behalf of the American Bar Association and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. At McDermott, she served on office and firm-wide professional development committees, designed and presented firm-wide trainings, and was active in firm hiring including on-campus recruiting. After McDermott, she joined new litigation boutique Ward & Berry where she served as Hiring Partner. 

As a student at GW Law, Professor Pont served as a Dean’s Fellow, Executive Notes Editor of the International Law Review, and helped launch the Scholarly Writing Program in its first year. Professor Pont earned a BA with high honors in government from Smith College in Northampton, MA. She is also certified as a Mental Health First Aid Provider by the National Council on Behavioral Health and holds a certificate in the Psychology of Happiness from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Pont's research interests include the intersection of psychology and law school pedagogy, metacognition, and lawyer wellness. She is particularly interested in curricular innovations to assist in professional identity formation in first-generation law students.

Education

BA, Smith College; JD, George Washington University