- LL.M., Harvard Law School
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
B.A., James Madison University
- Civil Procedure
Race and Law
Professor Tanya Washington, a native of the city that bears her last name, is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. After earning her J.D. from The University of Maryland School of Law she clerked for then Associate Judge Robert M. Bell on the Maryland Court of Appeals. After practicing for several years as toxic tort defense litigator at Piper & Marbury, she completed the Albert M. Sacks Fellowship, the A. Leon Higginbotham Fellowship and earned her LL.M. from Harvard Law School. After completing a Visiting Assistant Professorship at the University of Maryland School of Law, she joined the faculty at Georgia State College of Law in 2003.
Professor Washington’s research and scholarship focus on issues related to educational equity and issues arising at the intersection of domestic relations, race and children’s constitutional rights. Her scholarship has been published in numerous legal journals including: the Iowa Journal of Race and Gender, the Utah Law Review, the Journal of Legal Education, the Florida State Law Review, the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, the University of Maryland Law Review and the National Black Law Journal. A self-professed activist scholar, Professor Washington, has worked with others to ensure that legal scholarship has a practical, positive impact for vulnerable individuals and communities. Her co-authored Supreme Court amicus brief in U.S. v. Windsor was cited by the Respondents and highlighted the adverse impact of exclusionary marriage laws on children. She has presented her work at numerous conferences, programs and law schools including Harvard Law School, the University of Maryland School of Law, the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association Annual Conference, the American Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, and the National Bar Association 2014 Presidential Showcase.
In addition to her tenured position at Georgia State College of Law, Professor Washington was an adjunct faculty member at Howard University Law School for more than ten years teaching bar exam writing and legal writing courses. She has taught comparative law courses in study abroad programs in Brazil, Austria and China, and she has taught in pipeline programs designed to increase enrollment of students of color in U.S. law schools for the past sixteen years. These programs include: The Charles Hamilton Houston Preparatory Institute, The Justice Benham Law Camp, G-PLUS, and The Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s Six-Week Summer Institute. Professor Washington was recently appointed to the National Black Law Students’ Association Advisory Board, and her efforts to expand and deepen the pipeline of students entering law school earned her recognition in 2013 as one of 50 minority law professors under 50 making an impact in legal education.