B.A., Washington & Lee University
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Federal Criminal Law
Andy Wright is Associate Professor at Savannah Law School. He teaches constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, presidential powers, and federal criminal law. He joined the law faculty after serving in the White House as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama. Previously, Professor Wright worked in Congress conducting oversight of U.S. national security matters. Professor Wright began his legal career as Assistant Counsel to Vice President Al Gore in the Clinton White House. After Bush v. Gore, he served as General Counsel to the Office of the Former Vice President for legal matters related to winding up White House affairs.
In private practice, Professor Wright worked in the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and the Morgantown, West Virginia office of Jackson Kelly PLLC. In Morgantown, he taught presidential powers and federal criminal law at West Virginia University College of Law.
His research focuses on separation-of-powers conflict in matters of congressional oversight and national security. He is a Founding Editor of Just Security, an online forum on national security, international
law, and human rights hosted by N.Y.U. School of Law.
Professor Wright graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University with a B.A. in politics. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Wright is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. He grew up in Corvallis, Oregon.
Admitted to Practice
Professor Wright is admitted to practice in the state courts of West Virginia (inactive), Maryland (inactive), and the District of Columbia. In federal practice, Professor Wright is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Northern District of West Virginia, and the Southern District of West Virginia.
Civil Society and Cybersurveillance, 70 Ark. L. Rev. __ (2017) (forthcoming) SSRN
Congressional Due Process, 85 Miss. L.J. 401 (2016) SSRN
Rated Progress: Robert F. Kennedy and Desegregation of the 1951 Ralph J. Bunche Lecture, 2 Savannah L. Rev. 133 (2015) (symposium) SSRN
Constitutional Conflict and Congressional Oversight, 98 Marq. L. Rev. 881 (2014) SSRN
Media, Public & Professional Appearances
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, Courts Under Pressure: Protecting the Rule of Law in the Age of Trump (November 2017) (speaker).
Why are Republicans Dodging a True Russia Inquiry?, Newsweek (Mar. 2, 2017) (op-ed).
Americans Deserve the Truth from the White House, Newsweek (Jan. 23, 2017) (op-ed).
Michael Flynn Immunity Bid Stalls in Congress, Radio Interview by Greg Stohr & Michael Best, Bloomberg Law Radio (Apr. 3, 2017).
Did Donald Trump just set his relationship with Hill Republicans on fire?, Print Interview by Amber Phillips, Washington Post (Jan. 31, 2017).
Counsel to the President: A Look at the Challenges facing Trump’s Closest Legal Adviser, Print Interview by Sindhu Sundar, Law360 (Jan. 20, 2017).
ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Administrative Law Conference, Legal, Policy and Political Challenges in the Presidential Transition, Panelist (December 2016).
Foreign Relations, The Fourth Amendment, and the National Security Agency, The People’s Constitution: Our 18th Century Constitution in Modern Context, The Filson Historical Society (Louisville, Kentucky, 2016) (panel discussant).
The Right to ‘Know’ or the Right to ‘No’: Examining Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch, The Levin Center at Wayne Law & The Constitution Project, Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, D.C., 2016) (panel discussant) (covered live by C-SPAN).
Cybersurveillance, Snowden, the NSA, and Beyond, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (Amelia Island, Florida, 2016) (panel discussant).
National Security Law Challenges for the New President, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (Amelia Island, Florida, 2016) (panel moderator and discussant).
Congressional Oversight Boot Camp, Project on Government Oversight, The Lugar Center & The Levin Center at Wayne Law (Washington, D.C., 2016) (bipartisan congressional staff trainer).
Civil Society and Cybersurveillance, Cybersurveillance Discussion Forum, University of Paris – Dauphine (Paris, France, 2016).
Congressional Oversight Federalism, 11th Circuit Legal Scholars Forum, Stetson University College of Law (St. Petersburg, Florida, 2015).
Congressional Due Process, Faculty Colloquium, West Virginia University College of Law (Morgantown, West Virginia, 2015).
Rebuilding Afghanistan: Transparency & Accountability in America’s Afghan War, Just Security and Project on the Study of the 21st Century (Washington, D.C., 2015) (panel discussant).
Congressional Due Process, 11th Circuit Legal Scholars Forum, Stetson University College of Law (St. Petersburg, Florida, 2014).
Congressional Oversight of the Executive in the Age of Information, Terrorism, and Partisanship, John R. Williams Memorial Lecture, West Virginia University Department of Political Science (Morgantown, West Virginia, 2014).
Constitutional Conflict and Congressional Oversight, New Scholars Public Law Workshop, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (Amelia Island, Florida, 2014) (accepted paper).
Congressional Due Process, New Scholars Colloquia on Constitutional Law, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (Amelia Island, Florida, 2014).
Constitutional Conflict and Congressional Oversight, 11th Circuit Legal Scholars Forum, Stetson University College of Law (St. Petersburg, Florida, 2013).
Constitutional Conflict and Congressional Oversight, Southeastern Law Scholars Conference, Charleston School of Law (Charleston, South Carolina, 2013).