Lisa Washington

Lisa Washington

Assistant Professor of Law
LL.M., Columbia Law School
Ph.D. Candidate, Freie Universität (Berlin)
Magister Iuris, Humboldt University (Berlin)


Professor Washington 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. Her most recent scholarship is published or forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal Forum.

Professor Washington’s research interests are informed by her practice experience as a public defender in New York City. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, Professor Washington 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. She also co-directed the Mainzer Family Defense Clinic at Cardozo School of Law. Professor Washington’s teaching interests include criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, race and the law, family law, feminist legal theory, and epistemic injustice. 

Professor Washington 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. She grew up in both Germany and the United States and is bilingual.