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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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Leader-Telegram, "Judge rejects plea deal in Sharper’s rape case," 2/26/16
NolaVie, "The gun report: Domestic violence expert Tania Tetlow," 11/06/15
Nola.com, "NOPD officers say new domestic disturbance protocols slow dispatch times," 10/27/15
The New Orleans Advocate, "NOPD makes yet another leadership change in troubled Special Victims Unit," 10/27/15
Nola.com, "Harrison shakeup gives NOPD’s Special Victims Section its third commander in 12 months," 10/27/15
Nola.com, "Consent decree, NOPD officers say, leaves them frustrated with response times," 10/26/15
Nola.com, "New Orleanians on average wait over 1 hour for police to arrive," 10/26/15
The Louisiana Weekly, "N.O.’s ‘Blueprint for Safety’ celebrates first year," 10/26/15
Nola.com, "Law professor Tania Tetlow named Tulane’s chief of staff, VP," 10/06/15
Nola.com, "In Danziger Bridge shooting’s retrial, prosecutors face tougher time, experts say," 08/19/15
Gambit, "NOPD says Sex Crimes and Child Abuse detectives didn’t violate laws," 08/17/15
Nola.com, "Can a 13 year old consent to sex? Lawyers answer questions about Kenner rape case," 08/11/15
Nola.com, "More detectives, better pay, coming to NOPD sex crimes unit," 08/11/15
The New Orleans Advocate, "Adoptions, birth certificates, successions, divorce decrees next big topics for same-sex marriage in Louisiana," 07/04/15
Nola.com, "3 things that could snarl Darren Sharper’s federal plea deal," 05/28/15
WWL.com, "Northshore case reminds us that domestic violence crosses all lines," 03/03/15
Nola.com, "An extensive renovation returns a storied Uptown home to a single-family residence," 12/23/14
The Wall Street Journal, "NFL Owners Approve New Personal Conduct Policy," 12/11/14
WWL.com, "3:10pm Angela: On the Problems Plaguing NOLA SVU," 12/09/14
Nola.com, "Inconsistencies in rape victims’ statements about the trauma are understandable," 12/02/14
Nola.com, "8 highlights from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s news conference on NOPD sex-crime scandal," 11/18/14
Nola.com, "NFL should set a strong example against domestic violence," 11/11/14
The Advocate, "New domestic violence initiative follows deadly breakdowns in New Orleans," 10/25/14
WWL-TV, "Task force to tackle sexual assaults on campuses," 10/15/14
WVUE-TV, "Domestic violence law has unintended consequences, lawmaker says," 10/07/14
The New Orleans Advocate, "Destrehan teacher sex scandal illustrates persistent stereotypes about gender, age," 10/04/14
Bleacher Report, "NBA Needs to Change Its Stance on Domestic Violence in Post-Ray Rice World," 09/26/14
WRCB-TV, "Why She Stayed: Ray Rice Video Sheds Light on Domestic Violence," 09/12/14
The New Orleans Advocate, "Emotions aside, Nagin sentence likely to come down to math," 07/05/14
Nola.com, "Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin faces long sentence for corruption conviction," 07/03/14
NOLA.com, "Killing of woman, her son reveals flaws in protection of domestic-violence victims," Saturday, October 29, 2011
Times-Picayune, "New Orleans judicial candidates pledge to handle domestic violence cases with care," Friday, October 7, 2011
Al Jazeera, "Post Katrina racial killings trial begins," Friday, July 1, 2011
Times-Picayune, "New Orleans police and all of us need to take domestic violence seriously: Jarvis DeBerry," Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Times-Picayune, " Lifeline for abuse victims: An editorial," Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Times-Picayune, "Family Justice Center gets it together for domestic abuse victims," Monday, November 1, 2010
Times-Picayune, "Landrieu attends White House ceremony to launch government-wide response to domestic violence," Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Times-Picayune, "Recent domestic violence tragedies in New Orleans couldn't be prevented by moving cases to state court," Saturday, May 15, 2010
Times-Picayune, a guest column, "Crime rooted in domestic violence," Monday, April 19, 2010
The Times-Picayune, "In recent New Orleans abuse cases justice was truly blind: An editorial," Sunday, April 11, 2010
Times-Picayune, "Quadruple murder suspect had domestic-violence record stretching two years," Friday, April 9, 2010
The Times-Picayune, "Treme triple murder suspect's domestic violence case being reviewed," Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The Times-Picayune, "Judge raises bond for musician accused of choking girlfriend, beating her with guitar," Sunday, March 7, 2010
Times-Picayune, "Louisiana women at risk," Saturday, September 26, 2009
The Times-Picayune, "Battery suspects will be arrested," Sunday, March 08, 2009
The Times-Picayune, "Abuse crimes to get state charges," Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Times-Picayune, "Federal judge takes big role in fight over Jefferson Parish schools," Saturday January 24, 2009
Tulane University New Wave, "Law Professor Examines Women?s Roles in Politics," Monday, November 17, 2008
The Times-Picayune, "ACORN hearing scuttled because proper notice of the proceeding wasn't given," Thursday October 02, 2008
Tulane University NewWave, "Feds Continue Support for Domestic Violence," Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Times-Picayune, "Thomas' sentence fast-tracked: Timing indicates he didn't get plea deal," Monday, November 19, 2007
Times Picayune, "EDITORIAL: A haven of help," August 30, 2007
Times Picayune, "Attorney general mum on resignation: Gozales visits New Orleans for operning of new Family Justice Center," August 29, 2007
Times Picayune, “Read & renew: Two years after Katrina, the New Orleans public library system remains in flux. But a new leadership team is determined to rebuild it, one branch and bookmobile at a time,” Sunday, August 26, 2007
The Times-Picayune, "Going easy on men who kill partners," May 14, 2007
The Times Picayune, "Feds offering variety of crime help to N.O.: Programs include domestic abuse center," February 14, 2007
NBC Nightly News, "Battered by the Storm," August 16, 2006
The Times Picayune, "BINDING WOUNDS: For N.O. libraries, recovery comes one book at a time after Katrina ripped the system to shreds," June 24, 2006
The Times Picayune, "Stricken libraries bear witness to disaster," June 22, 2006
The Times Picayune, "Abuse is more than a character flaw," May 24, 2006
The Times Picayune, "Libraries will be a haven once again," April 5, 2006
Gambit Weekly, "Network Difficulties: The number of domestic-violence issues is disproportionate to the reduced New Orleans population, forcing creative reorganization and operational approaches to saving battered women," March 21, 2006

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