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Professor Etienne C. Toussaint
Etienne Toussaint

Etienne C. Toussaint
Assistant Professor of Law


B.S., The Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S.E., The Johns Hopkins University; J.D., Harvard Law School; LL.M pending, The George Washington University Law School.


Professor Etienne C. Toussaint is an assistant professor of law at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. He teaches Contracts and co-directs the Community Development Law Clinic.

Prior to joining the law faculty at UDC in 2017, Professor Toussaint served for two years as a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Friedman Fellow with the Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic at The George Washington University Law School. At GW Law, he supervised the representation of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area on a wide range of transactional legal matters, including: entity formation, contract drafting, business counseling, and intellectual property and tax issues.

Professor Toussaint began his legal career as a project finance associate with the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Subsequently, he served as a Law & Policy Fellow with the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, D.C., a civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to helping connect policy advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues. Prior to embarking on a career as a legal advocate, Professor Toussaint worked as a strategy consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing on environmental policy analysis and sustainable development initiatives.

Professor Toussaint is a graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. At MIT, he was also designated a Ronald McNair Scholar and received the Alpha Phi Alpha Distinguished Collegiate Award. He completed an M.S.E. in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the Graduate Student Adviser for Engineers Without Borders. Professor Toussaint earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School, where he was a student-attorney in the Transactional Law Clinic, the Ghana Human Rights Clinic, and the Harvard Defenders, while also serving as an editor of the Environmental Law Review, Vice-President of the Board of Student Advisers, and a member of the National Executive Board of the National Black Law Students Association.

Scholarly Interests

Professor Toussaint’s research interests include the intersection of racial justice and community economic development, environmental justice, technology and the law, and promoting social and economic justice through transactional law practice. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.


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