LL.M., Harvard Law School
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
B.A., James Madison University
Race and Law
Tanya Washington, professor of law and a native of the city that bears her last name, focuses her research and scholarship on issues related to educational equity and issues arising at the intersection of domestic relations, race and children’s constitutional rights. Her articles have been published in law journals across the nation including: the Harvard Journal for Race and Ethnic Justice, the Indiana Law Review, the Iowa Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, the Utah Law Review, the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and the George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal.
Washington works collaboratively to ensure legal scholarship has a practical and positive impact for vulnerable individuals and communities. Her co-written U.S. Supreme Court amicus briefs in U.S. v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges highlight the harmful impact of exclusionary marriage laws on children in same-sex families and challenge states’ characterization of these laws as child welfare measures. A belief that the true value of the law lies in its capacity to improve the human condition animates her work, which has been presented at numerous conferences, programs and law schools including Harvard Law School, the University of Maryland Law School, Emory School of Law, the University of Iowa College of Law, the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the National Bar Association’s 2014 Presidential Showcase.
In addition to her tenured position at Georgia State Law, Washington was an adjunct faculty member at Howard University Law School for more than 10 years. She has taught comparative law classes in study-abroad programs in Brazil, Europe and China. Washington also has taught in pipeline programs designed to increase enrollment of diverse students in U.S. law schools, including the Charles Hamilton Houston Preparatory Institute, Justice Benham Law Camp, G-PLUS, and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s Six-Week Summer Institute. 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.
After earning her J.D. from The University of Maryland School of Law, Washington clerked for the former Associate Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals. After practicing for several years as a toxic tort defense litigator at Piper & Marbury, she completed the Albert M. Sacks Fellowship and the A. Leon Higginbotham Fellowship and earned her LL.M. from Harvard Law School. She has been teaching Civil Procedure I and II, Family Law, Education Law and Race and Law at Georgia State Law for the past 12 years.