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B.A. (International Studies) with Honors, summa cum laude; American University

J.D.; New York University School of Law

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Madalyn Wasilczuk

J. Y. Sanders Professorship
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice


Madalyn K. Wasilczuk directs and teaches the LSU Juvenile Defense Clinic. Through the clinic, she and her students provide vigorous representation to children in East Baton Rouge Parish. Before joining the Law Center, Professor Wasilczuk worked in the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, where she taught in the International Human Rights Clinic and Capital Punishment Clinic as a teaching fellow. During her time at the Center, Professor Wasilczuk represented people convicted of capital offenses in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa before domestic and regional courts. She also engaged in human rights advocacy before the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Human Rights Council on the issue of self-determination in Western Sahara and led students on human rights investigations in the Occupied Golan. Finally, she was a trainer for the Makwanyane Institute, the Center’s simulation-based capital representation training for sub-Saharan African defense attorneys.

Prior to teaching, Professor Wasilczuk litigated all stages of misdemeanor and felony cases and juvenile delinquency proceedings at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She has also served as a fellow with the International Legal Foundation in Myanmar and Tunisia where she mentored and trained local public defenders.

Professor Wasilczuk holds a BA in International Studies with Honors, summa cum laude, from American University and a JD from New York University School of Law, where she earned the Leonard J. Schreier Memorial Prize in Ethics. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, the U.S. Court for Middle District of Louisiana, the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and Pennsylvania.