BA, cum laude, 2000, Tulane University, Newcomb College
JD, 2004, Tulane Law School
Shama Farooq joined the Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic faculty in 2018 after serving as a Rule of Law Officer for the United Nations Development Program in Myanmar. Farooq brings extensive criminal defense, appellate, and international law experience to the Clinic and will lead the statewide Domestic Violence Appeals Project. She has a background promoting legal aid and access to justice domestically and internationally, having served for over eight years as a public defender in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Abroad, Farooq has trained attorneys, judges, prosecutors, and court staff in the Palestinian West Bank, Tunisia, Pakistan, and Myanmar on topics ranging from trial practice, fair trial rights, and gender-based violence. She was a lecturer at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China.
Farooq’s research interests include the intersection of comparative law and challenges in enforcing human rights in developing and transitional countries. An alumna of Tulane Law School, Farooq served as a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic representing indigent defenders in cases ranging from second degree murder to disturbing the peace. She was responsible for co-writing a federal writ of habeas corpus on behalf of a defendant serving life in prison.