Hernandez D. Stroud Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Email: stroudh@wlu.edu

Office: Lewis Hall

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BA, University of Alabama, Birmingham

MS, University of Pennsylvania

JD, Washington and Lee University


In 2017, just two years after graduating from the School of Law, Hernandez D. Stroud joined the faculty.  He teaches and researches civil rights, federal courts, federalism, legislation, and statutory interpretation; he is currently writing an article exploring whether America's constitutional system of government could cope with executive defiance of a direct Supreme Court order.

Professor Stroud graduated with a B.A. in history and political science as a Hess-Abroms and Spencer Scholar from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  There, he served as President of the Student Government Association and principal trumpet of the University Wind Symphony.  Professor Stroud obtained a M.S. in urban education and education policy from the University of Pennsylvania.  While at Penn, as a Teach for America teacher, he taught history and government at an all-boys public school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Professor Stroud holds a law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor for the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice and President of the Black Law Students Association; he is the recipient of the Randall P. Bezanson Award.  He won best brief at the 2014 National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, and was the competition's Mid-Atlantic regional champion.  Stroud was a finalist in the 2014 John W. Davis Moot Court Competition, which featured a panel of judges over which Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito of the U.S. Supreme Court presided.  

After law school, Professor Stroud was a Fellow at Yale Law School, where he studied constitutional and criminal law implications of governmental interactions with drug addiction during pregnancy.  While at Yale, Professor Stroud served as a policy advisor to Mayor Toni N. Harp.   

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Stroud clerked for the Honorable Madeline Hughes Haikala of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.  

From 2018 to 2019, he will clerk for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.