WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 1, 2020) — Howard University School of Law proudly welcomes two new full-time faculty members for Academic Year 2020-21 – Professors Tammi Etheridge and Kayonia Whetstone.
“We are so pleased to welcome Professor Etheridge and Professor Whetstone to the Howard Law family,” said Dean Danielle Holley-Walker. They both 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 Tammi Etheridge
Tammi Etheridge is an assistant professor of law. She teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, health law, and food and drug law. Her work focuses, in particular, on relationships between government agencies, the legal regulation of emerging technology and the concomitant impacts on society. She has been published in secondary journals at Georgetown and the University of Michigan, and has several forthcoming articles in general law reviews.
Etheridge earned a B.A., with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.A. in public policy from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. During law school, she was a member of the Journal of Law and Inequality, the president of the Black Law Students Association, a teaching assistant for Prof. Ruth Okediji and the student director of the Community Practice and Policy Development Clinic. Also, she won numerous awards and scholarship recognitions from the law school—including the Contracts Book Award, the Dean’s Distinguished Scholarship, the George Ludcke Public Service Fellowship—and the community, including the Michael J. Davis Scholarship from the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and a 1L Clerkship with Medtronic from Twin Cities Diversity in Practice.
Following law school, Etheridge clerked for Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where she worked exclusively on Goodwin’s 100,000 transvaginal mesh cases and in big law, practicing complex commercial litigation, multidistrict litigation and product liability law. Prior to joining the Howard faculty, she was a visiting assistant professor at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.
“The opportunity to teach at an institution that has left such an indelible mark on Black people and Black culture is truly humbling,” Etheridge said. “I'm grateful for the opportunity to be here and to do whatever little bit I can to support the cause.”
Professor Kayonia Whetstone
Kayonia L. Whetstone is an assistant professor of lawyering skills. She teaches first-year legal writing and appellate advocacy.
After having served more than one decade as an appellate prosecutor in New York's Bronx and Queens counties, Whetstone knows that good legal writing is an essential tool for every attorney. She brings a learner-focused approach to her classroom to demystify the art and science of legal research, analysis and writing to hone their written and oral advocacy skills.
Whetstone has presented at national and regional conferences on topics including using multi-media forms and criminal statutes to teach legal writing skills, infusing concepts of cultural mindfulness in pedagogy, the importance of building writing communities and encouraging diversity in the legal field. She serves as an at-large member of the 2020 Executive Committee for the Association of American Law Schools’ section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and on the section’s Diversity & Inclusion committee. Her research interests include legal writing pedagogy, social and economic justice, and criminal justice reform.
Whetstone earned her B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University, and her J.D. at Howard University School of Law.
“In this pivotal moment, I can think of no better place to grow as a legal scholar and educator than Howard University School of Law,” Whetstone said. “I am thrilled to return home where I was trained to do my part in pouring into the next generation of social engineers and fighting for justice and equality for all.”
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About Howard University
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.