Howard Law Welcomes Five Full-Time Faculty Members
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 24, 2021) — Howard University School of Law proudly welcomes five new full-time faculty members for Academic Year 2021-22 – Professors Cori Alonso-Yoder, Tuneen Chisolm, Joseph Grant, Christopher Martin and Kacey Mordecai.
“We are so pleased to welcome Professors Alonso-Yoder, Chisolm, Grant, Martin and Mordecai to the Howard law family,” said Dean Danielle Holley-Walker. “They all bring teaching expertise, scholarly excellence and a commitment to Howard’s social justice mission. I know they will make important contributions to the law school community.”
Professor Cori Alonso-Yoder
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Ana Corina “Cori” Alonso-Yoder is a Visiting Faculty Member at Howard University School of Law. Professor Alonso-Yoder was previously the Director of the Federal Legislation Clinic and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. She has also taught as a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. She holds an A.B. magna cum laude from Georgetown University and a J.D. cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where she was awarded a full-tuition public interest merit scholarship.
Professor Alonso-Yoder is a nationally recognized scholar on immigration legislation and the impacts of state, local, and federal laws on immigrant communities. As an expert in health policy for immigrants, she has lectured in interdisciplinary settings including at the Pediatric Academic Society, Georgetown University School of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences. Professor Alonso-Yoder’s commentary on immigrants’ rights has been featured by ABC News, The Hill, Law360, and The Washington Post, among others. She also regularly comments on Supreme Court decisions that affect the statutory and constitutional rights of noncitizens for The George Washington Law Review online. Her legal scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in Denver Law Review, American University Legislation and Policy Brief, and Rutgers Law Review.
In her public interest legal practice, Professor Alonso-Yoder has worked on a variety of equal justice issues, with a special emphasis on advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. Prior to teaching, Professor Alonso-Yoder was the Supervising Attorney at Whitman-Walker Health, the country’s longest serving medical-legal partnership. Early in her legal career, Professor Alonso-Yoder represented low-income immigrants in family law and immigration matters at Ayuda. While there, she established an innovative project to meet the civil legal needs of notario fraud victims and coordinated with local stakeholders to enact legislation to protect consumers. In her work to promote immigrants’ rights, she has collaborated on transnational labor policy and worker outreach in central Mexico, provided legal orientation and advice and counsel to inmates in U.S. immigration detention facilities, and served as an assistant to the chair of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva. As a clinical legal educator, she has supervised students in representing individual and organizational clients including Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, The American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, and UndocuBlack Network. Her service to the Latino community has been recognized with the Hispanic Law Conference’s 2020 Edward Bou Award and the D.C. Courts’ 2016 Legal Community Award.
Born in Mexico, she grew up in Denver, Colorado and speaks English, French, and Spanish. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Professor Tuneen Chisolm
Associate Professor of Law
Tuneen Chisolm is an Associate Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. A legal scholar in the areas of Intellectual Property and Reparations, Professor Chisolm focuses her research on exploration of, and practical remedies for, moral conflicts and equity issues posed by the granting and/or restriction of certain intellectual property and other intangible rights. She has published in such journals as the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, St. John’s Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change. Professor Chisolm teaches an array of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law courses and Constitutional Law; she has also taught Remedies, Professional Responsibility & Ethics, and Property. She brings to her teaching and scholarship a uniquely extensive background in the practice of both law and engineering.
Professor Chisolm has been named to the National Roster of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association since 2010. Her ADR practice encompasses commercial business, complex construction, product liability, intellectual property, and entertainment disputes. A former litigator with many years of national practice experience focused on intellectual property, entertainment, unfair competition, and commercial business disputes, and related counseling, Professor Chisolm has represented talent and corporate entities in a variety of matters related to music, film, television, literary arts, fashion, patents, chemical manufacture, software, product liability, and more. Prior to beginning her legal career, Professor Chisolm was a Research and Development Engineer in the biotechnology and specialty chemicals industries. Her work at the DuPont Company focused on initial efforts to address global warming and ozone depletion concerns and it led to Professor Chisolm being a named inventor on several domestic and foreign patents relating to development of early alternatives to CFC refrigerants and fire extinguishants.
Prior to joining the Howard law faculty, Professor Chisolm was a tenured Associate Professor at Campbell University School of Law in North Carolina. She currently serves as a Pro Bono Mediator for the North Carolina Office of Human Resources and provides pro bono attorney services on discrete entertainment and intellectual property matters.
Professor Chisolm earned her Sc.B. in Engineering (Biomedical) from Brown University, her M.S. of Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was on the Law Review. Following law school, Professor Chisolm clerked for the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall (’68, L’71) in the United Stated District Court for Central District of California. Professor Chisolm is admitted to the New York, California, and Georgia bars.
Visiting Professor of Law
Joseph Karl Grant is a Visiting Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law
Joseph Karl Grant is a Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. Previously, Professor Grant joined the FAMU College of Law faculty in 2013, where he taught Property I and II, Business Organizations, Wills & Estates, and Trust Administration. He has also taught seminars on Corporate Social Justice and Reconstruction and the Law. Professor Grant received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law (1998), and A.B. from Brown University (1995). He spent his junior year of college at the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College. After law school, Professor Grant returned to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where he practiced in the Corporate and Securities, and the Labor and Employment law practice groups at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, and in the Corporate and Securities practice group at Thompson, Hine & Flory, LLP. After leaving large law firm practice, and prior to his entry into the legal academy, Professor Grant founded and managed The Grant Law Firm, LLC in Cleveland, Ohio. He has served on the faculties at several law schools, including West Virginia University College of Law (2004-2005), Appalachian School of Law (2005-2008), Capital University School of Law (2008-2013), and the University of Oregon School of Law (Fall 2011).
Professor Grant’s scholarship has appeared in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Virginia Law & Business Review, Albany Law Review, Oregon Law Review, Indiana Law Review, The Elder Law Journal (University of Illinois), McGeorge Law Review (University of the Pacific), Journal of Legislation (Notre Dame), the University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review, and the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race. Professor Grant has written on a number of topics, including financial services regulation and de-regulation under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, gray market or parallel importation, benefit corporations and sustainable business practices, corporate governance, race and the law, electronic wills, the digitization of living wills, and professional responsibility and ethics issues facing estate planning attorneys associated with counseling clients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Professor Grant’s scholarship has been cited in several major casebooks, statutory annotations, treatises, books, bar journals, numerous law review and journal articles, and blogs. Professor Grant is a founding and ongoing contributor to the Corporate Justice Blog.
Professor Grant is a frequent featured speaker and panelist at conferences, symposia, and bar-sponsored CLE events on these and other topics. Additionally, he has provided expert opinions and commentary to the media on a host of issues in his areas of teaching, practice, and expertise.
Professor Grant has completed a certification program and extensive training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Finally, since 2008, Professor Grant has served the community as a pro-bono mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), Northern Ohio District Office, mediating numerous race, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), age, gender, religion, and national origin claims.
Professor Christopher Martin
Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills
Christopher J. Martin is a Visiting Professor of Lawyering Skills at Howard University School of Law, where he teaches Legal Reasoning Research and Writing, and Legal Writing II course. Prior to joining the Howard University School of Law faculty, Professor Martin served as the founding attorney for The C. J. Martin Law Group, located in Montgomery County Maryland, a practice focused on estate planning and probate. Professor Martin has written publications for the Maryland State Bar Association and The National Business Institutes. He has also taught CLE courses for the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, located in Maryland, on how to successfully start a law practice. In addition to his published works, Professor Martin has spoken on several legal segments on radio and television. He graduated from Howard University School of Law in 2012 and served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams, Chief Administrative Judge for the Seventh Circuit of Maryland, after graduation. He has been active in the legal community throughout his career, serving as the service chair for the Washington, D.C. chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, the professional development chair for the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, and a member of the CLE and Diversity Committees of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation.
Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills
Kacey Mordecai is an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills at Howard University School of Law. Professor Mordecai started her career as a Staff Attorney at Juvenile Law Center, a public interest law firm for children, where she used litigation, appellate advocacy and policy reform to fight for children in the child welfare and justice systems. Prior to joining Howard University School of Law, she served as a Senior Staff Attorney at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights where she litigated before the Inter-American and African regional human rights systems. Professor Mordecai earned her J.D. from Georgetown Law, where she taught the 2019-20 Human Rights Fact-Finding Project as an Adjunct Professor, and her B.A. from the University of Chicago.
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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 70 Fulbright Scholars. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.