J.D., North Carolina Central University School of Law
M.B.A., University of Phoenix
B.S., Winthrop University
Tameka Lester, assistant clinical professor and associate director of the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, earned her juris doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she served as vice president of the Women’s Law Caucus and Basic Income Taxation teacher’s assistant. She was the school’s first graduate of the Tax Certificate Program. Lester also clerked for Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Lester served as the clinic director of North Carolina Central University’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and taught in the legal writing program before joining the Georgia State University College of Law faculty in 2015. Since then, Lester has represented the law school as a University Senate member on the budget, technology, and admissions & standards committees. In addition, Lester also serves on the College of Law’s technology and clinical programs committees. Her work extends outside the university to various local and national organizations. She is a member of the Herzing University Legal Studies Program Advisory Board and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Advisory Board, which is housed at the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Lester has also created a basic tax law training program for the VITA program. Her civic engagement in the Atlanta area includes membership in the Atlanta Bar Association’s Tax Section and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA). On a national level, she is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Taxation and serves as the co-chair for the American Association of Law School (AALS) Section on Clinical Legal Education’s Clinicians of Color Committee.
Prior to her legal career, Lester worked as an audio marketing consultant for Muzak, LLC where she was responsible for the copy writing and production of on-hold messaging systems. Lester also worked for Wells Fargo Bank. In this role, she led a communications team as well as a team tasked with developing programming for African-American senior leadership in Charlotte, N.C. Additionally, she coordinated process improvement initiatives, managed small projects, and developed a training program for her business segment.
She graduated from Winthrop University with a bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communication and the University of Phoenix with a M.B.A. Lester teaches courses in taxation and clinical skills at Georgia State Law. She is also an advocate for taxpayer rights and responsibilities. In 2017, Lester served as Congressman John Lewis’ (D-GA) expert witness for “The Taxpayer Experience with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).” At the hearing, she testified before the United States House of Representative Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight about how low income taxpayers interact with the IRS and made recommendations on how they could improve the online and face-to-face experience.