Sean E. Andrussier

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Appellate Litigation Clinic


Sean Andrussier is the Director of Duke's Appellate Litigation Clinic, which handles federal appeals through briefing and argument in several federal circuits. Andrussier also teaches Appellate Practice. He has taught Legal Analysis, Research and Writing. He is the faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board and a member of the Clerkship Committee.

After graduating from Duke Law School in 1992, Andrussier clerked for Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and for the late Judge M. Blane Michael of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After clerking, he worked in D.C. for Theodore B. Olson (42nd Solicitor General of the United States) in the Appellate and Constitutional Law practice group of Gibson Dunn and Crutcher LLP. When he joined the Duke Law faculty in 2009, Andrussier was co-chair of the appellate group of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, a 500-lawyer law firm operating in seven states and Washington, D.C. His practice concentrated on constitutional law, appellate practice, and complex commercial litigation.

Andrussier is a longstanding member of the Appellate Rules Committee of the N.C. Bar Association; comprised of appellate judges and practitioners, the Committee crafts proposed amendments to the State’s rules of appellate procedure. Andrussier also serves on the Council of the Appellate Practice Section of the N.C. Bar Association (elected to three-year term: 2017–2020).  He is also a member of the Council of Appellate Lawyers of the American Bar Association and serves on that organization’s pro bono committee.