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Lauren Bartlett

Director of Law Clinics and Assistant Professor of Law
Tilton Hall of Law #195
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Prior to ONU, Lauren E. Bartlett served as the Research and Training Director at the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law, where she coordinated human rights advocacy programs on a variety of issues including human rights in the U.S., anti-torture, disability rights, and more. Ms. Bartlett has extensive human rights experience, including filing complaints with U.N. treaty bodies and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, organizing civil society consultations with the U.S. government in advance of human rights reviews, training and technical assistance to nonprofits  incorporating human rights law in U.S. advocacy and using international human rights mechanisms, drafting the first Human Rights in the U.S. handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys, providing live testimony to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing after Hurricane Katrina, and participating as a research assistant for a member of the United Nations Committee Against Torture.  Ms. Bartlett is a former legal aid attorney who worked at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services from 2008-2011 in the Foreclosure Prevention Unit. In 2007, Ms. Bartlett co-founded the Louisiana Justice Institute, a nonprofit civil rights legal advocacy organization, where she focused on protecting the rights of persons affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  She taught as an adjunct professor of law at both Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and at American University Washington College of Law. Before obtaining her law degree, Ms. Bartlett worked with non-profit organizations in California, Nepal, Ghana, Bangladesh and India, alongside advocates fighting for social and environmental justice.


J.D., cum laude, American University Washington College of Law

B.A., with honors, University of California at Davis

Bar Admissions: 

California and Louisiana

Teaching Interests: 
  • Lawyering skills and clinical teaching
  • Externships
  • Professional responsibility
  • Legal ethics
  • Human rights
  • Housing, environmental
  • Public interest law.
Faculty Activities

Co-Editor, Human Rights at Home LawProfs Blog, (monthly posts ongoing since March 2014).


Human Rights in the U.S: A Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at

American University Washington College of Law (2012).


Chapter Author, “Foreclosure Defense” in Louisiana Legal Services and Pro bono Desk Manual, published by The Gillis

Long Poverty Law Center of Loyola New Orleans College of Law (2013).


Chapter Author, “Bankruptcy” in Louisiana Legal Services and Pro bono Desk Manual, published by The Gillis Long

Poverty Law Center of Loyola New Orleans College of Law (2013).


Human Rights in the United States: Legal Aid Alleges that Denying Access to Migrant Labor Camps is a Violation of the

Human Right to Access Justice, 20 No. 1 HUM. RTS. BRIEF 15 (2012).


Stress, fear of homeless are a volatile mix, THE TIMES PICAYUNE, June 7, 2008 (Op-Ed).


Perspectives:100,000 Victims of FEMA, AMERICAN JURIST, April 10, 2008, at 8.


Presenter, “Freedom from Torture and Solitary Confinement,” Reassessing Solitary Confinement, American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC (April 2015)

Presenter, “Human Rights in the U.S.: Incorporating International Law into Everyday Practice,” National Lawyers Guild Portland Chapter, Portland, OR (December 2014).

Presenter, “Local Human Rights Lawyering,” NLADA Annual Conference, Arlington, VA (November 2014). Moderator & Facilitator, “Human Rights Implications of SCOTUS Decisions,” online webinar, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC (July 2012, 2013, and 2014).

Moderator, “The Use of Technology in Preventing & Documenting Genocide,” Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC (April 2014).

Facilitator, “Human Rights Advocacy in the U.S.,” Human Rights Advocacy in the U.S.: A Training for Attorneys, Organizers and Other Public Interest Practitioners in the Greater Miami Area, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL (August 2013).

Facilitator, “Human Rights in the US: A Free Training for Legal Aid in Southern California,” University of California, Irvine, CA (July 2013).

Facilitator, “Human Rights in U.S. Advocacy: A Free Training for Legal Aid Attorneys in NYC,” Columbia Law School, New York, NY (July 2013).

Guest Lecturer, HIV/AIDS Law Clinic, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD (April 2014 and April 2013) (discussed the intersection of human rights and HIV/AIDS law in the U.S.).\

Presenter, “The Local Human Rights Lawyering Project,” Human Rights Lawyering at the Local and State Level in the U.S., American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC (April 2013). Lauren E. Bartlett · 1 of 4

Guest Lecturer, Human Rights in Comparative Perspective, George Mason University, Arlington, VA (February 2013) (discussed the Local Human Rights Lawyering Project and using human rights law in U.S. courts).

Presenter, “Expanding the Toolbox: Using Human Rights in Legal Aid,” NLADA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, (December 2012).

Guest Lecturer, Refugee Law & Policy, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC (October 2012) (discussed Human rights in the immigration context).

Presenter, “Local Human Rights Lawyering,” Four Freedoms Forum, UDC School of Law, Washington, DC (August 2012).

Presenter, “Human Rights 101 for HIV/AIDS Law Advocates,” ABA HIV/AIDS Law and Practice Conference, Washington, DC (July 2012).

Moderator, “Implementing Lenahan: Is the United States Exceptional?” Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States of America: Domesticating International Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC (April 2012).

Facilitator, “Advocacy at the United Nations Human Rights Committee Training,” United Nations, New York, NY (March 2012).

Presenter, “Foreclosure Defense in Louisiana,” Access to Justice Annual Community Conference, Baton Rouge, LA (October 2009, October 2010 and October 2011).

Presenter, “The Freedom Summer of the 21st Century,” National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention, Detroit, MI (October 2008).

Presenter, “Law Student Disorientation for Volunteer Work in New Orleans”, USC Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA (March 2008).

Presenter, “Post-Katrina Justice: A Conversation with Two Lawyers”, NYU School of Law, New York, NY (November 2007).

Presenter, “Post-Katrina Breakdown”, Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY (November 2007).