Jennifer Atkins

Assistant Dean, Legal Skills

BA, Colorado College; MPP, Rutgers University; JD, George Mason University

Contact Information

  • Email: Send an email
  • Phone: 703-993-9158
  • Office: Room 433BA, Hazel Hall, Arlington
  • Address:
    Antonin Scalia Law School
    George Mason University
    3301 Fairfax Dr.
    Arlington, VA 22201

Biographical Sketch

Jennifer Sands Atkins is Assistant Dean for Legal Skills and Director of the Second Year Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis Program. She graduated with honors from Colorado College and received her masters in Public Policy from Rutgers University. Professor Atkins received her JD summa cum laude from George Mason University where she was a member of the George Mason Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and the George Mason American Inn of Court.

After law school, Professor Atkins clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before joining the faculty at the Antonin Scalia Law School, Professor Atkins spent fifteen years as a litigator in private practice, first as an associate and then as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and later as a principal at Cloudigy Law PLLC and of counsel at Protorae Law PLLC. Her work included representing clients in civil litigation and appellate matters involving constitutional issues, intellectual property, unfair competition, contract disputes, discrimination, and consumer protection.  She speaks and writes about intellectual property issues and the policy and practical implications of the application of existing legal frameworks to new technologies.

Professor Atkins is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.