Danielle Holley-Walker is the Dean and Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. Dean Holley-Walker earned a B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard University. After law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She also practiced civil litigation at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the Howard faculty, she was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina.
Dean Holley-Walker teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Legislation and Regulation, Federal Courts, and Inequality and Education. Dean Holley-Walker’s ongoing research agenda deals with the governance of public schools, and diversity in the legal profession. She has published articles on issues of civil rights and education, including recent articles on No Child Left Behind, charter school policy, desegregation plans, and affirmative action in higher education.
Dean Holley-Walker has won numerous awards and is active in her community. She has been awarded the GWAC Trailblazer Award, and the Lutie Lytle Conference Outstanding Scholar Award. She also received the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation’s Service Award for performing significant service to the University and the community. She was twice awarded the law school’s Outstanding Faculty Member award during her time at the University of South Carolina. She was named by The State newspaper as one of the top “20 Under 40” leaders for the state of South Carolina. Dean Holley-Walker has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council. She is a Liberty Fellow through the Aspen Global Leadership network. She currently serves on the Board of the Middle School for Math and Science in Washington, DC. She is also on the board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.