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Andrew F. Popper is a tenured full professor and novelist. He currently holds the Bronfman Professorship at American University, Washington College of Law. He teaches torts, administrative law, government litigation, and advanced administrative law. Previously, he served as academic dean at American University's law school.

Fiction:

 

Audio books:

 

Two of Professor Popper's novels, Sunrise at the American Market and Rediscovering Lone Pine, have be professionally produced, narrated by actor Timothy Gerald reynolds, and are now available as audio books on audible.com and iTunes. A recent post produced these wonderful reviews:

 

"I'm not sure I have ever listened to two better audio books with such universal appeal.  When you nail character, plot, and narration, it's the trifecta of this medium – these are the new gold standard.  We all need a diversion that quietly becomes inspiration – and we all need a smile.  Rediscovering Lone Pine and Sunrise at the American Market (my candidate to follow Gatsby as the great American novel) will do that for you and more.  Each has a gentle start – but then, almost without seeing it coming, you become invested, more than curious, anxious to see what will happen, and – well, I won't spoil it.  Let's just say I truly loved these audio books."  -

-A.L.Harris, Professor of English and university administrator

 

'In this novel brimming with life and humanity, Popper explores some of the most challenging legal issues confronting our society today, from compassionate life termination to same-sex marriage. But at the heart of Sunrise at the American Market is a deeply moving, beautifully observed meditation on the role of friendship and community in our lives.''  

--Janie Chuang, Professor, distinguished author, and former adviser to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

''Once in a great while a book bewitches me so thoroughly that its later recollection comes to me as though I had been in the book. I am for a moment surrounded by the world and experiences of the characters, until the more sober portion of my memory reminds that it was only a book I read, not a place I once visited. Usually books that have this effect are of the vivid swashbuckling variety — seafaring epics or sweeping historical narratives. Rarely, a quieter story will carry this same disorienting whisper of lived experience. Anne Tyler's work sometimes does, and Richard Ford's — and so does this remarkable novel of time, friendship, and place by Andy Popper. Read the book for its many pleasures; as a bonus the ghostly aroma of the market's coffee will arrive every time you think of the story. As you will, many times.''

-- Marianne Wesson, Professor of Law and author of Render Up the Body, A Suggestion of Death, Chilling Effect, and A Death at Crooked Creek

Print:

 

He has published three novels: "Sunrise at the American Market," (Carolina Academic Press), "Rediscovering Lone Pine," (West), and, "Bordering on Madness: An American Land Use Tale," (Carolina Academic Press). His published poems include: “But for the Goshawk, "The Mountain Singer,” "Arringham's Market," (Pyrokinection), “First Class” (Greensilk), “The Rocker,” (Miller's Pond), “82 and Cloudy,” (Grey Sparrow), "Ingashaw,” (Forge), “The Bear,” (Chronogram), and “The Painter from Acumbaro,” (Tipton Poetry Journal).

Non-fiction: Professor Popper's works include more than 100 books, articles, and other works. His most recent work involves veteran's rights. 

 

A Vietnam era veteran, Professor Popper has been writing about the rights of service members to have access to our system of justice.  The point is straightforward: If a service member is harmed in ways that are in no way related to military service, for example, rape, egregious malpractice, sexual assault, or unknowing and non-consenting exposure to toxis, they should have the right to seek damages for those unquestionable harms.  Currently, pursuant to the Feres doctrine, almost all such cases are barred. 

 

Coming out this summer is his seminal piece,"Rethinking Feres: Granting Access to Justice for Service Members," 60 Boston College Law Review 1491(2019), which calls on Congress to overturn the Supreme Court's 1950 decision in Feres v. United States, 340 U.S. 135 (1950) and allow service members who are willing to fight and die for our system of justice to have access ot that system. 

 

His last three non-fiction books are: "Materials on Tort Reform, 2nd ed." (West, 2017); "Administrative Law: A Contemporary Law Approach, 3rd ed." Lead Author, (West 2016), and "A Companion to Bordering on Madness, Lead Author, (Carolina Academic Press).

 

Among his recent law review articles are: "On The Misuse of Product Misuse: Victim Blaming at Its Worst," (with CPSC Commissioner Robert Adler), 10 Wm. & Mary Bus. L. Rev. 337 (2018-2019); "On the Necessity of Preserving Access to Civil Justice: Rediscovering Federalism,” 44 Rutgers L. Rec. 160(2017), “The Affordable Care Act Is Not Tort Reform,” 65 Catholic University L. Rev. 1 (2015), “More than the Sum of All Parts: Taking on IP and IT Theft through a Global Partnership,” 12 N.W. J. of Tech, and I.P. 253 (2014), “In Personam and Beyond the Grasp: In Search of Jurisdiction and Accountability for Foreign Defendants,” 63 Cath. U. L. Rev. 155 (2013), “Beneficiaries of Misconduct: A Direct Approach to IT Theft,” 17 Marq. I.P.L.Rev. 29 (2013), and “In Defense of Deterrence,” 75 Albany L. Rev. 181 (2012).

He has served as a consumer rights advocate, testified more than 40 times before various Congressional committees, and authored amicus curiae briefs before the Supreme Court. He is the 2016 Law School Teacher of the Year , the recipient of American University's highest award, Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, and recipient of the Baldwin-Wallace University Outstanding Alumni Award. He was awarded the American Bar Association's Robert B. McKay Award for Excellence in Tort Law and the ABA's award in administrative law. Prior to coming to the Washington College of Law, he held an endowed chair at the University of Denver, School of Law and practiced law in Washington, DC.