LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., Boston College Law School
A.B., Boston College
Anthony E. Varona is the M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus. Previously, he was the dean at Miami Law and professor of law and former vice dean and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL). Before his 14 years at AUWCL, Professor Varona was an associate professor at Pace University School of Law in New York and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He has taught courses in Contracts, Administrative and Public Law, Media Law, Sexuality and Gender Law, Intellectual Property, and Criminal Law.
Professor Varona has written extensively in the areas of media and sexuality law, and has published solo and co-authored pieces with notable law reviews/journals, including those associated with American, Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, Seattle, and Stanford Universities, NYU, the College of William & Mary, and the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota. He is a co-author of the second, third, and fourth editions of the casebook Administrative Law: A Contemporary Approach, published by West, has served as a Huffington Post contributor, and has appeared in national and regional media outlets as a commentator.
Professor Varona is a former co-editor of the AALS Journal of Legal Education, a member of the AALS Membership Review Committee, a member of the Executive Board of the AALS Section on Teaching Methods, and has served on the AALS Associate Deans Section’s Planning and Nominations Committee. In addition, he has served on the national board of directors for Stonewall National Museum and Archives (SNMA), for which he co-founded and for its first year co-chaired the SNMA National Advisory Council. He has served on the national boards of GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and the Alliance for Justice, and has been a member of the District of Columbia Bar’s Global Legal Practice Task Force. He also currently serves as a member of the Academic Cancer Advisory Council at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Before entering full-time teaching, Professor Varona was General Counsel and Legal Director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. In 2001-02, Professor Varona served as a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow. Earlier in his career, Dean Varona was an associate at Skadden Arps and Mintz Levin and an honors program enforcement attorney at the Federal Communications Commission.
A celebrated scholar and teacher, Professor Varona shared the 2018 Egon Guttman Casebook Award, an AUWCL Faculty Scholarship Award that “recognizes outstanding scholarship in the form of casebooks and treatises,” with Professors Andrew Popper and Mark Niles. He won the 2014 American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Tenure-line Appointment and in 2011 shared an AUWCL Teaching Award for Innovation in Pedagogy. In 2007-2008, Professor Varona was named AUWCL Teacher of the Year. And in 2009, he was presented with the Hugh A. Johnson, Jr., Memorial Award by the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, an honor recognizing “unwavering commitment and achievement [in] public service and dedication to the principles of equality, cultural respect, and social justice."
Lawyers of Color Magazine named Professor Varona to its 2020 Power List, and in 2014 the magazine named him to its “50 Under 50 List.” In 2018-2019 Professor Varona chaired the Host/Planning Committee for the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, thought to be the largest gathering of legal scholars of color in history.