Tamara F. Lawson

Tamara F. Lawson

Dean & Professor of Law

Email: tlawson@stu.edu

Phone: 305.474.2418

Mail:

St. Thomas University College of Law
Office of the Dean (203)
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054


Education:

B.A., Claremont McKenna College
J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, with distinction


Expertise:

Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Evidence
Race and the Law

Tamara F. Lawson

Tamara F. Lawson is Dean and Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law. She previously served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2017-2018, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development from 2013-2017. Additionally, Dean Lawson is the Chair of the Law Professors Division of the National Bar Association and a Board of Trustee member for the Law School Admission Council.

Dean Lawson joined the St. Thomas Law faculty in 2004 and was awarded “Professor of the Year” in 2005 and 2006. In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and a seminar on Race and the Law. Prior to joining the law faculty, Dean Lawson served as a Deputy District Attorney at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1996-2002. As a criminal prosecutor, she worked in the Special Victims Unit for Domestic Violence, argued multiple cases before the Nevada Supreme Court, including death penalty cases, as well as served in various departments in the prosecutor’s office.

Dean Lawson’s research is published in prestigious law journals such as the American Journal of Criminal Law, the Iowa Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal; University of Florida Journal of Law, and Public Policy; and the University of Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class. Her premier article, Can Fingerprints Lie?: Re-weighing Fingerprint Evident in Criminal Jury Trials, has been referenced in numerous treatises, law review articles, and appellate court briefs. She has also participated as a co-author of two casebooks: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: CASES AND MATERIALS, published by West Academic and EVIDENCE: CASES, MATERIALS, AND PROBLEMS (5TH ED.), published by Carolina Academic Press. Her scholarship has been included as an invited book chapter in CONTEMPORARY CONTROVERSIES: FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY, entitled Before the Verdict and Beyond the Verdict: The CSI Infection Within Modern Criminal Jury Trials. Her article A Fresh Cut in an Old Wound – A Critical Analysis of the Trayvon Martin Killing: The Public Outcry, the Prosecutors’ Discretion, and the Stand Your Ground Law, garnered Dean Lawson local media appearances as a legal expert, and she was selected to serve as the Reporter for the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws. Her research on excessive force cases in Miami was also published in the article Powerless Against Police Brutality: A Felon’s Story.

Dean Lawson received her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, her J.D. from University of San Francisco, and her LL.M. from Georgetown University.

Scholarship & Research

Scholarship

View Dean Lawson’s SSRN Page

Books and Chapters:

Evidence: Cases, Materials, and Problems (Carolina Academic Press, 5th ed., 2019) (with Paul Rothstein and David Crump)

Criminal Procedure: Cases and Materials (West Publishing, 2nd ed. 2017) (with Cynthia Lee and Song Richardson)

Criminal Procedure: Cases and Materials (West Publishing 2016) (with Cynthia Lee and Song Richardson)

Tamara F. Lawson, The Criminal Litigation Process is Being Altered by Fear of the CSI Effect, in Forensic Technology 113 (Sylvia Engdahl, ed., 2011, Greenhaven Press) (Current Controversies).

Articles:

Tamara F. Lawson and Angela Mae Kupenda, ‘Truth and Reconciliation’: A Critical Step Toward Eliminating Race and Gender Violations in Tenure Wars, 31(1) Columbia J. Gender & L. 87 (2015).

Tamara F. Lawson, Powerless Against Police Brutality: Felon’s Story, 25 St. Thomas L. Rev. 217 (2013).

Tamara F. Lawson, A Fresh Cut In An Old Wound–A Critical Analysis of the Trayvon Martin Killing: the Public Outcry, the Prosecutors’ Discretion, and The Stand Your Ground Law, 23 U. Fla. J. L & Pub. Pol’y. 271 (2012).

Tamara F. Lawson, Mainstreaming Civil Rights in the Law School Curriculum: Criminal Law and Procedure, 54(3) St. Louis U. L.J. 837 (2010). HeinOnline

Tamara F. Lawson, A Shift Toward Gender Equality in Prosecutions: Realizing Legitimate Enforcement of Crimes Committed Against Women in Municipal and International Criminal Law, 33 S. Ill. U. L.J. 181 (2009). SSRN HeinOnline

Tamara F. Lawson, Before the Verdict and Beyond the Verdict: The CSI Infection within Modern Criminal Jury Trials, 41 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 119 (2009). SSRN HeinOnline

Tamara F. Lawson, “Whites Only Tree,” Hanging Nooses, No Crime?: Limiting the Prosecutorial Veto for Hate Crimes in Louisiana and Across America, 8 U. Md. L.J. Race Religion Gender & Class 123 (2008). SSRN HeinOnline

Tamara F. Lawson, Can Fingerprints Lie?: Re-Weighing Fingerprint Evidence in Criminal Jury Trials, 31 Am. J. Crim. L. 1 (2003). HeinOnline

Book Reviews:

Tamara F. Lawson, Lawyering in Black and White: A Book Review of “According to Our Hearts, Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family”, 100(4) Iowa L. Rev. 1773 (2015).

Book Reviews:

Tamara F. Lawson, Lawyering in Black and White: A Book Review of “According to Our Hearts, Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family”, 100(4) Iowa L. Rev. 1773 (2015).

Book Reviews:

Tamara F. Lawson, Lawyering in Black and White: A Book Review of “According to Our Hearts, Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family”, 100(4) Iowa L. Rev. 1773 (2015).

Courses
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Evidence
News & Activities

STU Law News

Dean Tamara Lawson Recognized as Top Black Educator.
We are proud to announce that Dean Tamara Lawson has been nominated and selected by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida’s “Top Black Educators” for 2019. The announcement was included in the magazine’s Education issue, which was published on June 24, 2019 and inserted in the Miami Herald.
Tamara F. Lawson Appointed Dean of St. Thomas Law.
Tamara F. Lawson has been appointed Dean of St. Thomas University School of Law, University President David A. Armstrong, J.D. announced Tuesday. Lawson will assume the role immediately, succeeding Dean Alfredo Garcia who is now serving as Interim Provost of St. Thomas University. She is the first woman of color to serve in this role.