The Catholic University of America
Law Faculty

A.G. Harmon – Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Harmon

 A.G. Harmon received his J.D. from The University of Tennessee, his M.A. from The University of New Hampshire, and his Ph.D. in English from The Catholic University of America. He practiced at Dearborn and Ewing Attorneys in Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition to legal writing, he has taught classes in Jurisprudence, Law and Literature, Advanced Legal Research and Writing, Law Journal Writing, and Law Journal Editing, and the plays of Shakespeare.
 
A nominee for The Pushcart Prize in the essay, he was a 1998-1999 Richard Weaver Graduate Fellow, winner of the 1995 Glen Writers Fellowship, received the 1994 Milton Center Postgraduate Writing Fellowship, and was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference in 2003. His novel, A House All Stilled (The University of Tennessee Press 2002), was awarded The Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel in 2002, and was nominated for the Virginia Literary Prize and the Pen-Hemingway Award. His novel Fortnight, was the runner-up for The William Faulkner Prize for the Novel in 2007. His short fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in The Shenandoah Review, The Antioch Review, Triquarterly, Image, The St. Katherine Review, The Bellingham Review, and Commonweal, among others. A book on the law in Shakespeare—Eternal Bonds, True Contracts: Law and Nature in Shakespeare's Problem Plays—was published by State University of New York Press in 2004. Two textbooks on client representation, The Complete Advocate: A Practice File for Representing Clients from Beginning to End, and The Complete Advocate II: Employment Offenses in Health Care Contexts, have been published by LexisNexis Publications.


 

Research and Writing

PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS

The Complete Advocate II: Employment Offenses in Health Care Contexts, LexisNexis Publications (2014).
 
Brendan Brown Lecture: Constitutional Challenges: Religious Liberty and the HHS Mandate, The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, October 3, 2012.
 
“Bounty Hunters and Whistleblowers: Constitutional Concerns for False Claims Actions after Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010”; American University Journal of Labor and Employment Law Forum, vol. 2, Issue 1, 2011.
 
“Defamation in Good Faith: An Argument for Restating the Defense of Qualified Privilege,” Defense Law Journal, vol. 61, No. 2, May 2012, (reprint of article first appearing in Barry Law Review, Vol. 16, pp. 27-56 (Spring 2011).
 
The Complete Advocate: A Practice File for Representing Clients from Beginning to End, LexisNexis Publications (2010).
 
“Lawyering Outside Lawsuits: Incorporating Negotiations, Settlements, and Mediations into the Legal Writing Curriculum,” with Olivia Farrar, Ph.D. Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing, Vol. 10, No. 1,pp. 42-51. (2010)
 
“Honor Killings or Patriarchal Crimes?: The Stoning of Soraya M.,” The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, March 2011.
 
“Weighing Medical Judgments: Explaining Evidentiary Preferences for Treating Physician Opinions in ERISA Cases after Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Nord, with Roy F. Harmon, III, Michigan State Law School Journal of Medicine and Law, Vol. 13, No. 2 (2009), pp. 157-186.
 
“‘Knights of the Border Land’: Errantry in Fiction of the American Frontier”; Southern Association of Law Schools Conference, Summer 2008.
 
"Back From Wonderland: A Linguistic Approach to Duties Arising from Threats of Physical Violence," Capital University Law Review, Fall 2008.
 
“Blood Conscience: Tensions between Moral and Legal Culpability in the stories of Andre Dubus;” Southern Association of Law Schools Conference, Summer 2007.
 
“’Slender Knowledge’: Sovereignty, Madness, and the Self in Shakespeare’s King Lear,” Journal of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, vol. 4, No. 3, 2008.
 
“The Law in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night,” Symposium on “American Exceptionalism: Law and Literature,” Oxford University, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, England; January, 2006.
 
“Lawful Deeds: The Entitlements of Marriage in Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, selected for reprint in Shakespearean Criticism (1960-present day), Thompson Gale Publishers, 2006.

"Eternal Bonds, True Contracts: Law and Nature in Shakespeare’s Problem Plays," State University of New York Press, 2004.
 
Sacrifice in the Public Square: Ciceronian Rhetoric in More’s Utopia and the Ultimate Ends of Counsel,” Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature (Fall/Winter 2003).
 
“Shakespeare and the Law of the Renaissance,” Thomas More Society of America, May 2003.
 
“Lawful Deeds: The Entitlements of Marriage in Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well,” Logos, Fall/Winter 2001. 

 

HONORS 

2012 Recipient: Best Spiritual Writing of 2012, for essay “In Nomine,” Penguin Press
2007 Honoree: Writer’s Series University of Evansville, Evansville Indiana
2007 William Faulkner Award for the Novel, Runner-up: Fortnight
2005 William Faulkner Award for the Novel, Runner-up: A Lifetime Burning
2005 Tobias Wolff Short Fiction Award, Runner-up, “What They Left”
2004 Honoree: Fan Mayall Gates Reading, Seattle Pacific University
2004 Nominee: Pen-Bingham Fellowship for Writers
2001The Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel: A House All Stilled
2003 Nominee: Pen-Hemingway Award for the Novel
2003 Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction, Sewanee Writers’ Conference
2003 Nominee: The Pushcart Prize
2000 Nominee: The Pushcart Prize
1999 Nominee: The Pushcart Prize
1998 Recipient: The Richard Weaver Fellowship
1994 Winner: The Milton Center Fellowship for the Novel-in-Progress
1993 The Thomas Williams Short Story Award
2003: Nominee Virginia Literary Prize 

 

In His Words ...

"To paraphrase Quintilian, good arguments are known by three things: Lucidity, Brevity, and Plausibility.”

– A.G. Harmon

Contact

Office: 480 Law School
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-5453

E-mail: harmon@law.edu
 

Courses

  • Lawyering Skills
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Law Journal Writing
  • Law Journal Editing
  • Law and Literature
  • Jurisprudence
     

Education

J.D.
The University of Tennessee

Ph.D.
English: The Catholic University of America

M.A.
English: The University of New Hampshire
 
B.A.
English: The University of Mississippi

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Written and Oral Argument
  • Logic/Philosophy
  • Legal Scholarship
     

Experience

  • THE COLUMBUS SCHOOL OF LAW, THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA, Clinical Associate Professor: Jurisprudence; Law, Language, and Literature; Scholarly Writing 
  • THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA: Plays of Shakespeare; Essay Writing 
  • DEARBORN AND EWING ATTORNEYS, Nashville, Tennessee: Associate