Hannah E.M. Lieberman

Special Counsel

hl headshot 2Hannah Lieberman joined the Washington Lawyers’ Committee in October 2017, bringing to the position broad experience as a leader and litigator in the public interest sector.      

Ms. Lieberman began her legal career as a litigation Associate and, later, as a Partner, at the Washington, DC law firm of Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman). After twelve years at Shaw Pittman, she refocused her career on civil legal aid, serving as the Director of Advocacy for Community Legal Services (CLS) in Arizona for six years, then as the Director of Advocacy and later Deputy Executive Director for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland (LAB) for ten. At CLS and LAB, she was responsible for setting the direction and ensuring the quality of the firms’ legal services, which spanned a wide variety of substantive areas including consumer, employment, housing, public benefits, health care, juvenile rights and family law. At both programs, she supervised and conducted major litigation and appeals, led attorney training programs, conducted needs assessments (“community listening” projects), directly supervised the migrant farmworker units and spearheaded strategic planning.  

Following her 16 years at CLS and LAB, Ms. Lieberman spent four years as a consultant, assisting legal aid programs strengthen the quality and impact of their work. In 2013, she became the Executive Director of Neighborhood Legal Services Program for the District of Columbia (NLSP), where she served for almost five years. At NLSP, she led a significant program restructuring, substantially diversified and strengthened the program’s financial base, and, with staff, improved the quality, impact and strategic focus of its services and helped rehabilitate its reputation in the DC and national legal services communities. While at NLSP, Ms. Lieberman also served on the Conference of Chief Justices’ Civil Justice Improvements Committee and chaired the subcommittee that examined the challenges facing, and developed recommendations to improve, high volume civil dockets in state courts, including those that handle landlord-tenant and consumer debt cases.        

Prior to joining the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, Ms. Lieberman served for a year as Associate Dean for Experiential and Clinical Programs at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.  

Ms. Lieberman received the Benjamin A. Cardin Award from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation in 2005.  She is the author of numerous publications, serves on the Board of Justice in Aging (formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center). 


  • JD, University of Pennslyvania 
  • AB, Yale University

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  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
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