Ariel B. Levinson-Waldman
Adjunct Professor of Law
B.S., Northwestern University; J.D., University of Chicago
Ariel Levinson-Waldman has experience in all three branches of government and as a litigator in private practice. Since January 2011, Ariel has served as the Senior Counsel to the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where he advises the Attorney General on high-priority civil and criminal litigation issues as well as advice and policy matters. He advises the Executive Office of the Mayor on a wide range of legal issues, and has represented the District government in trial and appellate courts in several significant cases involving the Home Rule Act and other issues. He was awarded the 2014 Daniel Curtin Award, given annually by the International Municipal Lawyers Association to one public lawyer in the country under the age of forty for outstanding service to the public and the highest ethics and integrity in the practice of public law. He is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the D.C. Affairs Section of the D.C. Bar.
Previously, he served from 2009-2011 by appointment of Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Assistant Counsel in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he advised Members and Committees of Congress on legal matters and received a Tribute for Distinguished Service for his representation of the House in the investigation and litigation related to impeachment proceedings against a federal judge. Before that, he was in private practice from 2004 to 2009 in the District with Wilmer Hale's Government and Regulatory Litigation and Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation groups, where he co-led on behalf of the NAACP the successful federal court defense of the constitutionality of the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Prior to joining WilmerHale, he served as a law clerk to Judge Robert H. Henry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and to Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and completed a term as Special Election Protection Counsel at the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and has taught there and elsewhere on topics ranging from the relationship between Congress and the Department of Justice to the legal and policy challenges of the District of Columbia government, to statutory interpretation. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review.
In the Spring 2015 Semester, he will be for the third time teaching a course at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law on State and Local Government.
Ariel is a proud resident of the District, where he lives with his wife Rachel Levinson-Waldman, an attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice, and their daughter Sarah and son Eli.