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Tanya Washington


Updated May 2019: A native of Washington, DC, Tanya Washington is a professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law and former Program Director for Humanity in Action’s John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta. After earning her J.D. from The University of Maryland School of Law, she clerked for Judge Robert M. Bell on the Maryland Court of Appeals. In the years following, Tanya completed the Albert M. Sacks Fellowship, the A. Leon Higginbotham Fellowship and earned her LL.M. at Harvard Law School. Tanya has been widely published in law journals and periodicals across the nation. A self-professed activist scholar, she has worked collaboratively to ensure that legal scholarship has a practical and positive impact on vulnerable individuals and communities. Tanya believes deeply that the true value of the law lies in its capacity to improve the human condition. As such, she has co-authored several amicus briefs with the Supreme Court, including in the recent same-sex marriage cases, highlighting the harmful impact of exclusionary marriage laws on children in same-sex families.