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Tania Tetlow

The Felder-Fayard Professor of Law and Tulane University Chief of Staff and Vice President
BA, 1992, cum laude, Tulane University; JD, 1995, magna cum laude, Harvard University

E-mail:  ttetlow@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.862.8812
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 130-N


Tania Tetlow is the Felder-Fayard Professor of Law and in October 2015 was appointed to the Tulane University President's Office as chief of staff and vice president. 

A former federal prosecutor with expertise in family law and the use of legal tools for combating domestic violence, she previously directed the Domestic Violence Clinic, and remains active in the clinic’s policy initiatives. Her work on violence against women has taken her around the world, providing training and consulting in China, Turkey, Rwanda and Egypt. She was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 2014 U.S.-China People-to-People Exchange held in Beijing. In New Orleans, she trains police to better respond to domestic violence and sexual assault.  

Tetlow’s scholarship focuses on preventing discrimination by juries against both defendants and crime victims. Her work includes “Discriminatory Acquittal” (William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 2009) and “Solving Batson” (William & Mary Law Review, 2015). She also has published in the Iowa and Duke Law Journals and the Penn Journal of Constitutional Law.

Before joining the Tulane law faculty in 2005, Tetlow clerked for Judge James Dennis at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, practiced commercial litigation at Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans and, in 2000, worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney, focused on violent crime and narcotics cases.

After Hurricane Katrina, she worked with Women of the Storm, lobbying Congress for recovery aid and coastal erosion assistance. She also chaired the New Orleans Library Board and the Library Foundation, helping to raise $7 million in funding, rebuild two flooded branches and design and implement a new urban library system.

In 2009, Tetlow received the Tulane University President’s Award for Excellence in Professional and Graduate Teaching.

Fall 2015 - Civil Procedure; Domestic Violence Law

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Articles Book Chapters Lectures

“United States Domestic Violence Law,” US/China High Level Consultation People to People Exchange, Beijing China. Chosen by State Department to address women’s issues in a delegation led by the First Lady’s Chief of Staff.
“Domestic violence,” Grand Rounds, Ob/Gyn Department Tulane Medical School, March 2014.
“Domestic Violence Clinics,” Conference of Iranian Law Professors hosted by Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, Istanbul, Turkey, October 2013.
“How are Women Doing?,” Keynote speaker, New Orleans League of Women Voters Annual Meeting, June 2013.
“Rethinking the Problem of Jury Discrimination,” Iowa Law School Symposium on the Twentieth Anniversary of Batson, October 2011.
“Law and Public Health,” Presentation to the Tulane Public Health School faculty funded by Provost’s Interdisciplinary Fund, April 2011.
“Discriminatory Acquittal,” Presentation to faculty of Washington University Law School, September 2009.
“Discriminatory Acquittal,” Southeast Association of Law School Conference, August 2009.
“Public Interest and American Legal Education,” John Hopkins School of International Studies, Nanjing, China, December 7, 2008.
“Has the Age of American Ascendency Ended?” Debate against Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, British American Project Conference, Los Angeles, November 11, 2008.
“From Hillary Clinton to Sarah Palin: the Role of Women in the 2008 Election.” Endowed Lecture, Newcomb College, November 8, 2008.
“Domestic Violence and Katrina,” Harvard Law School Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Conference on GPS Monitoring, April 2008.
“Housing and Domestic Violence,” Harvard Law School, November 14, 2006. “Criminal Justice Collapse,” University of Virginia Conference on Katrina and Race, November 2006.
“The Impact of Katrina on the New Orleans Criminal Justice System.” Southeast Association of Law School conference, July 2006.
“First Amendment Issues for Libraries.” Annual Meeting of the American Library Association, June 2006.
“Katrina and Race.” Panel discussion at University of Virginia Law School’s Conference on Public Service and the Law, March 2006.
“Katrina and New Orleans.” British American Project Conference, Birmingham, England. November, 2005.
Panel Discussion of 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Loyola University, May 2004

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