Dean Danielle Holley-Walker

Professor of Law and Dean of Howard University School of Law

Harvard Law School, J.D., June 1999
Yale University, B.A., May 1996


Danielle Holley-Walker is the new Dean of the Howard University School of Law. She was previously the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School Of Law.

Dean Holley-Walker grew up in Houston, Texas. She earned a B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard University. Following law school, Dean Holley-Walker clerked for Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She then practiced civil litigation at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in Houston, Texas.

Dean Holley-Walker began her teaching career at Hofstra University School of Law, and then moved to the University of South Carolina in 2005. She teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, and Federal Courts. Dean Holley-Walker’s ongoing research agenda focuses on issues of educational opportunity and inclusion, with an emphasis on the governance of public schools. She has published scholarly articles on various issues of civil rights and education, including articles on No Child Left Behind, charter school policy, desegregation cases, and affirmative action in higher education.

Dean Holley-Walker has won numerous awards and has been active in her community. She won the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation’s Service Award for performing significant service to the University and the community. She was awarded the law school’s Outstanding Faculty Member award twice during her time at South Carolina. She was also named by The State newspaper as one of the top “20 Under 40” leaders for the state of South Carolina. Dean Holley-Walker has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, and as a board member for City Year Columbia. She is also a Liberty fellow through the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Law Review Articles

“A New Era for Desegregation,” 28:2 Ga. St. L. Rev. 423 (2012). 

“After Unitary Status: Examining Voluntary Integration Strategies for Southern School Districts,” 88:3 N. C. L. REV. 877 (2010). 

“Educating at the Crossroads: Parents Involved, No Child Left Behind, and School Choice,” 69:5 OHIO STATE L.J. 911 (2008). 

“The Accountability Cycle: The Recovery School District Act and New Orleans’ Charter Schools,” 40:1 CONN. L. REV. 125 (2007). 

“The Importance of Negotiated Rulemaking To the No Child Left Behind Act,” 85:4 NEB. L. REV. 1015 (2007). 

“Narrative Highground: The Failure of Intervention as a Procedural Device in Affirmative Action Litigation,” 53 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 103 (Fall 2003). 

“Texas Ten Percent Plan” (with D. Spencer), 34 HARV. C.R.-C.L. 245 (1999). 

Essays and Other Law Review Publications

“Socioeconomic Integration and the Law School Admissions Process—A Response to Richard Sander,” 88:4 DENVER L. REV. 845 (invited symposium) (2011). 

“In Search of Equality: Equal Protection Challenges to State Bans on the Admission of Undocumented Immigrants to Public Colleges and Universities,” 2011:2 MICH. ST. L. REV. 357 (selected AALS Call for Papers) (2011). 

“Not Very Collegial: Exploring Bans on Undocumented Immigrant Admissions to State Colleges and Universities” (with Marcia Yablon-Zug), 3:3 CHARLESTON L. REV. 421 (2009). 

“Is Brown Dying? Exploring the Resegregation Trend in Our Public Schools,” 49 N.Y.L. SCH. L. REV. 1085 (2004-2005) (invited symposium). 

Book Chapters


“The Recovery School District Act and New Orleans’ Charter Schools” in LAW & DISASTERS: CHILDREN AND THE LAW AFTER THE KATRINA DISASTER (2008).