Jennifer P. Lyman

Professorial Lecturer in Law for the Criminal Appeal and Post-Conviction Services Clinic


2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

Ms. Lyman practices in Organization Development, experiential teaching, and legal ethics. Her consulting work emphasizes program design, facilitation, and coaching. Based on twenty-five years of creating cross-cultural workshops, she uses interactive methodology herself and tailors program plans specifically to meet the needs of the participants. She has worked with criminal defense advocates and law teachers experiencing rapid system changes, including in Russia, Chile, China, Egypt and Nigeria. After University (UC Berkeley & Yale), three years of college admissions work, and Law School (Stanford), Ms. Lyman spent 11 years as a Public Defender (in DC at PDS) doing trials, appeals and training. She entered and continued full-time clinic teaching 1993-2009 (American University’s Washington College of Law and George Washington University Law School). In 2008, she earned a Master of Science in Organization Development (American University). She teaches at the university level, and runs a project-based consulting practice, working with nonprofits and government agencies on organizational matters. From 2012-2019, Ms. Lyman served as Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel for the DC Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC). She retired from ODC in August 2019, to expand her work with non-profits. Besides clinical teaching and international work, she has taught Professional Responsibility at three DC-area law schools (AU, Howard & Georgetown).

BA, Yale College; JD, Stanford University; MSOD, American University