Lisa Washington


Lisa graduated from Columbia University School of Law where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Her LL.M. studies at Columbia were focused entirely on criminal law and racial justice. Lisa was an extern for the Squire Patton Boggs Public Service Initiative and an intern for the Bronx Defenders. She was also an active member of Columbia Law School’s Prisoner’s Health Initiative. Lisa earned her first law degree from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany where she was awarded a full scholarship. During her law studies in Berlin, Lisa worked as a research assistant for a criminal law/ criminology professor and interned for the Special Litigation Unit of the World Bank in D.C. She also worked for the first criminal defense law clinic in Germany and took part in the Humboldt Law Clinic for Human Rights, where she worked on strategic litigation of racial profiling cases. Additionally, Lisa is working on her doctoral thesis comparing the plea bargaining system in Germany and the US and its impact on Black and Brown defendants in both countries. Lisa is the recipient of a Ph.D. scholarship from the city of Berlin.