LaShanda Taylor Adams
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Spelman College, 1996; J.D., New York University School of Law, 1999.
LaShanda Adams joined the faculty in 2009 and teaches in the General Practice Clinic. Prior to joining the law school, she was a staff attorney at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. In that capacity, she worked on a project aimed at improving the outcomes for children in foster care as well as former foster youth.
From 2006-2009, Professor Adams taught at American University Washington College of Law (WCL) as a Practitioner-in-Residence with the General Practice Clinic and then as an adjunct associate professor teaching Juvenile Law: Children’s Legal Rights.
Professor Adams' work on behalf of children and families in the child welfare system began in 1997 when she interned at the Child Advocacy Unit of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court and continued throughout law school. While at NYU School of Law, she received several awards, including the Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholarship, the Black Latino Asian Pacific American (BLAPA) Public Interest Scholarship, and the Kellogg Child Welfare Law Fellowship. She also served on the editorial board of the Review of Law and Social Change and represented parents in New York Family Court as a student attorney in the Family Defense Clinic.
In 1999, Professor Adams was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to develop a kinship caregiver representation project at The Children’s Law Center in the District of Columbia. After the fellowship ended, she continued at the Center as an attorney and Director of the Family Permanency Project.
In addition to her experience providing direct legal services and conducting trainings on legal and judicial aspects of the child welfare system, Professor Adams, while working at the New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate, contributed to numerous reports evaluating the performance of state agencies providing services to families and children. She has also written several articles, including Creating a Causal Connection: From Prenatal Drug Use to Imminent Harm (1999), A Lawyer for Every Child: Client-Directed Representation in Dependency Cases (2009), and Resurrecting the Parents of Legal Orphans: Un-Terminating Parental Rights (2010).