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 Dean and Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law.  Dean Holley-Walker earned a B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard University.  After law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She also practiced civil litigation at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the Howard faculty, she was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina.

Dean Holley-Walker teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Legislation and Regulation, Federal Courts, and Inequality and Education.  Dean Holley-Walker’s ongoing research agenda deals with the governance of public schools, and diversity in the legal profession. She has published articles on issues of civil rights and education, including recent articles on No Child Left Behind, charter school policy, desegregation plans, and affirmative action in higher education.

Dean Holley-Walker has won numerous awards and is active in her community. She won the inaugural Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship Distinguished Alumni Award from the American Bar Foundation. Dean Holley-Walker has also been awarded the Heman Sweatt award from the National Bar Association, the GWAC Trailblazer Award, and the Lutie Lytle Conference Outstanding Scholar Award. She has also won the Distinguished Alumni Award for Top Teens of America. She received the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation’s Service Award for performing significant service to the University and the community. She was twice awarded the law school’s Outstanding Faculty Member award during her time at the University of South Carolina. She was named by The State newspaper as one of the top “20 Under 40” leaders for the state of South Carolina. She is a Liberty Fellow through the Aspen Global Leadership network. She currently serves on the Board of the Middle School for Math and Science in Washington, DC. She is also on the board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.


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).