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Amy E. Day

Legal Writing Professor

JD, Georgetown University Law Center (2006)
BS, Journalism, Boston University College of Communication, cum laude (2003)
BA, Political Science, Boston University College of Arts and Sciences (2003)
225 Cedar Street
Legal writing
Legal Skills I and II

Prior to joining California Western, Day was a member of the faculty at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she taught courses in Legal Writing, Family Law, Evidence, Legal Principles, and Deposition Practice. In 2016, Day taught a course in International Children’s Rights at Zhejiang University’s Guanghua College of Law in Hangzhou, China, as part of Thomas Jefferson’s study abroad program. Day devoted significant time to service through committee work, including the school’s Ethics and Admissions committees. Day was named “Adjunct Professor of the Year” in 2011-2012, by student vote, immediately prior to appointment to full-time teaching faculty. A military spouse herself, Day has been active in issues concerning the law school military and military spouse population.

Before teaching, Day was a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, LLP in Washington, D.C. She worked on many False Claims Act cases, with an emphasis on the defense of suits brought by qui tam relators. Day’s pro bono work focused on domestic relations matters, including divorce representation, child custody and sexual abuse issues, and training in the interstate enforcement of civil protection orders and military family law. Day worked for more than a year as lead attorney on a complex, highly contested pro bono child custody matter involving issues of child sexual abuse, drug use, gang involvement, and domestic violence. She gained significant courtroom experience through repeated high-conflict pendente lite custody hearings.

During the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign, she served as the deputy press secretary for former Democratic National Committee Chairman Steve Grossman. Before that, Day interned in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

Presentations and Conferences

  • October 2014: Military Spouse JD Network, conference facilitator and panelist
  • June 2014: Conference presenter at the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute. Presented on use of scaffolding for structuring analysis using case-based reasoning.
  • February 2014: Organized Thomas Jefferson School of Law Women and the Law Conference on Women and the Military
  • August 2013: “Collaboration between Legal Writing and Academic Success Programs to Enhance Student Learning,” at the Western States Regional Legal Writing Conference at Whitter Law School, with Karen M. Harkins