Associate Professor of Law
B.S., Hampton University; J.D., Harvard Law School.
Crisarla Houston is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Writing Program at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She has taught legal writing and appellate litigation since 2005. Professor Houston also taught Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at Columbia College’s Orlando Campus.
Previously, she was the Director of the Legal Methods Program at Florida A&M University College of Law and the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Professor Houston also worked as the Interim Director of the Academic Success and Bar Preparation Program at Florida A&M University College of Law. Her areas of scholarly interest include legal writing, appellate litigation, international law, human rights law, food and drug law, and criminal law.
While in law school, Professor Houston was an Executive Editor for the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. She was also a member of the Harvard Women's Law Journal. She has also published From the Farm to the Factory: An Overview of the American and European Approaches to Regulation of the Beef Industry in the Fall 2005 edition of the University of Arkansas School of Law Journal of Food Law & Policy.
In addition to her teaching, Professor Houston served as the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Legal Writing Section on Diversity Committee Co-Chair in 2010. She was also a panelist for the 2010 Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference panel presentations entitled, "Critical Approaches to Legal Writing, Teaching, and the End of the Pipeline” and "Junior Faculty Development Workshop: Alternatives to Tenure.”