Adjunct Professor Lehtman is going into her seventh semester as the Director of the University of California Washington DC Law Program. Prior to joining the UCDC Law Program, she served as the first program manager and adjunct professor for the Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Washington DC Legal Externship Program. In that position, Professor Lehtman was responsible for counseling law students from across the country on available externship opportunities with the federal government and DC-based non-profit organizations; and provided students with support and guidance throughout their time in Washington, DC. Professor Lehtman has also served as an adjunct professor in the Trial Advocacy program at American University’s Washington College of Law.
Professor Lehtman has extensive government experience working as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice. She served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs, where she coordinated international extradition and mutual legal assistance matters involving Latin America. She has also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia where she was responsible for prosecuting criminal actions in the District of Columbia on behalf of the United States. Professor Lehtman also worked at a private law firm in South Florida specializing in civil litigation and international arbitration.
Born in Miami, Professor Lehtman is a native Spanish speaker whose family is from Santiago, Chile. She is a graduate, cum laude, of American University’s Washington College of Law and of the University of Miami, where she graduated, with honors, with a degree in Political Science and International Studies.