Lisa Washington

Hastie Fellow

Washington, Lisa

Room 6106, Law School


Lisa Washington (she/her/hers) is the current William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. She is particularly interested in overlapping issues of poverty, race, and gender in the carceral state. Her research focuses on the intersections of family regulation law and the criminal legal system.

Lisa’s current research project examines epistemic injustice in the family regulation system (“child welfare system”). This project examines how survivors of domestic violence are discredited, silenced, and excluded from shaping complex, authentic survival narratives. She argues that interventions in mainstream knowledge production should center directly impacted communities and families. She argues that the subjugation of marginalized knowledge in the criminal legal and family regulation system perpetuates already existing societal power structures.

Lisa’s research interests come from her practice experience as a public defender in New York City. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, Lisa worked at The Bronx Defenders in New York City, where she was a fellow in the criminal defense practice and later became a staff attorney in the family defense practice. Lisa also co-directed the Mainzer Family Defense Clinic at Cardozo School of Law. Lisa’s teaching interests include criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, race and the law, family law, and feminist legal theory.

Lisa received her first law degree from Humboldt University in Berlin. She then attended Columbia Law School, where she earned an LL.M. degree. Lisa has a background in comparative legal studies and is completing a comparative legal thesis as part of her Ph.D. studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. Lisa grew up in both Germany and the United States and is bilingual.

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