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Laura Walker - CV

Associate Professor
Laura Walker - CV



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Fairfax, VA 22030


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University Work Experience

Associate Professor – George Mason University (2015)
Assistant Professor 2006 – 2015
Adjunct Faculty 1999-2006
Schar School of Policy and Government
[Department of Public and International Affairs]

Director, Pre-Law Advising Program
2011 to present

Director, Minor in Legal Studies Program
2011 to present

Faculty advisor to GMU- Phi Alpha Delta (pre-law student group)
2011 to present

Research and Writing

Author – College Textbook
Family Law and Public Policy
Wolters Kluwer Publishers (Aspen)

Prior Employment (listed only from 1993)

Attorney–Tate & Bywater, Ltd
Managing attorney for Alexandria branch office of local law firm
Areas: bankruptcy, divorce, custody, wills, personal injury, traffic, misdemeanor cases

Attorney–Moffitt, Zwerling & Kemler
Researcher/Writer in appellate practice of criminal law

Attorney–Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Alexandria office
Areas: domestic relations, landlord-tenant, consumer issues, wills (pro bono)

Admissions to Practice of Law

Virginia 1993*(active member)
Illinois 1982 (inactive)
Wisconsin 1978 (inactive)
Ohio 1977 (inactive)


J.D. – The University of Toledo College of Law
Toledo, Ohio 1977

Ph.D. – George Mason University School of Public Policy
Fairfax, Virginia 2012
[School of Policy, Government & International Affairs]
Concentrations: National Governance & Society; Culture, Values & Social Policy
Dissertation: “Religious-Related Decisions in Federal Appellate Courts: The Influence of Jurisdictional Characteristics and Judicial Attributes on Voting”

B.A. – The University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 1974

Courses Taught at George Mason University from 1999 to present

  • Public Law and Judicial Process
    GOVT 301
  • Family Law and Public Policy
    GOVT 329
  • Tort Law and Public Policy
    GOVT 329
  • Constitutional Interpretation
    GOVT 422
  • Civil Rights and Liberties
    GOVT 423
  • Criminal Process and Rights
    GOVT 424 – now CRIM 424
  • Civil Liberties after 9/11
    Special Course (summer 2002)

Paper Topics in PhD program—School of Public Policy/George Mason University

  • An Examination of Tort Law and Public Policy in Canada and the United States
  • The Conflict Between Campaign Finance Regulation and First Amendment Principles
  • An Examination of the Role and Validity of Executive Orders
  • A Research Study on Student Religiosity and Virginia’s Minute of Silence
  • The Persistence of Regional Preferences Regarding the Death Penalty: A Comparison of Texas and Wisconsin
  • A Look at Public Policy Goals in American and European Public Schools
  • An Analysis of Regulatory Oversight for the AOL/Time-Warner Merger
  • A Comparison of Federalist Approaches to Integrating Minority Views within Democratic, Majoritarian Governance