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Professor Joseph B. Tulman
Joseph TulmanJoseph B. Tulman
Professor of Law &
Director, Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth

A.B., University of North Carolina, 1975; J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1979; M.A.T., Antioch University, 1986.

Professor Tulman directs the law school's Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic. A North Carolina native, he studied at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (U.N.C.), receiving his A.B. in sociology with a minor in music. For a year before and a year after college, Tulman lived in Israel. He graduated from U.N.C.'s law school in 1979.

For two years following law school, Tulman was the Deputy Director of the Equal Justice Foundation (precursor of NAPIL/Equal Justice Works), an organization dedicated to promoting equal access to justice and to creating opportunities for law students and lawyers to serve under-represented people. Tulman then went into solo law practice in the District of Columbia, focusing on the representation of children in delinquency matters and children and parents in child neglect matters.

Joseph TulmanIn 1984, Tulman became a fellow at the Antioch School of Law and supervised law students in the Juvenile Law Clinic working primarily on delinquency cases. As part of the fellowship, Tulman received a master's degree in teaching in 1986 from Antioch University. Thereafter, Professor Tulman joined the faculty of the Antioch School of Law. In the late 1980s, Antioch closed, and the District of Columbia created this public law school based upon the traditional Antioch mission of emphasizing clinical legal education; representing disenfranchised and dis-empowered people; and bringing people into the practice of law who themselves come from under-represented groups. Professor Tulman joined the faculty of the new law school. He has been a professor at the law school, directing the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic, since the late 1980s.

From 1988 until 2002, Professor Tulman served as counsel for plaintiffs in Evans v. Williams, a class action on behalf of persons with mental retardation. The suit, filed in 1976 by an Antioch law professor, led to the closing in 1991 of Forest Haven, a large institution. An agreement, filed by the Evans parties and approved by the court in 2001, establishes and funds a non-profit organization (The Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities) to advance the interests of people with disabilities in D.C.

With his colleagues in the law school clinic, Tulman has pioneered the use of special education advocacy for children in the neglect and delinquency systems. His publications include articles regarding the unnecessary detention of children, and he co-authored and co-edited a comprehensive manual regarding the use of special education advocacy for children in the delinquency system. Professor Tulman has served on the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, NV. Under mayoral appointment, Professor Tulman served, from September 2001 until March 2003, as chair of the District of Columbia Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, of which he remains a member. He currently serves on the boards of The Justice Policy Institute and School Talk, Inc., and he is a member of the advisory boards for the Southern Poverty Law Center's School-to-Prison Pipeline Reform Project, the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, and the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center. He is also a Resource Fellow for the National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice. He frequently conducts training sessions around the country, primarily on delinquency and disability issues.

Joseph Tulman receives the Jerrold Scoutt Award, here with sons and former recipient Lynn Cunningham; Photo by Carol Ann CunninghamProfessor Tulman received in 1995 the D.C. School of Law's distinguished service award. The Criminal Law Section of the American Bar Association awarded Professor Tulman its 1996 Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award. The D.C. Bar Foundation named Professor Tulman the winner of the 2001 Jerrold Scoutt Prize for sustained, full-time service to under-represented people in the District of Columbia. In 2007, the Association of American Law Schools Clinical Section Committee on Lawyering in the Public Interest named Professor Tulman as a Bellow Scholar. In 2011, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) honored him with its Diane Lipton Award for Outstanding Educational Advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities. In 2012 the University of the District of Columbia honored him with The Dr. Cleveland L. Dennard Distinguished Service Award, honoring an individual who has demonstrated a long-term commitment of outstanding service to the University or to the Washington, D.C. community. 

Selected Publications (in .pdf format)


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