Photograph: Janet Thompson Jackson.

Janet Thompson Jackson

Co-director of the Law Clinic
Professor of Law
B.A., Wittenberg University, 1984
J.D., Howard University, 1988
Contact Information:
Clinic Room 162
"The Washburn environment makes it easy to enjoy teaching. There is a great collegiality among the faculty and a strong commitment to the success of the students. Through the vehicles of classroom teaching, the Law Clinic, and the Centers for Excellence, the faculty works toward the common goal of providing students with a firm foundation in the theoretical and practical applications of the law. I am proud to be a part of that tradition."

Janet Thompson Jackson joined the Washburn Law faculty in 2004. She teaches and supervises students in the Small Business and Nonprofit Transactional Law Clinic, which she initiated at Washburn in 2005. Professor Jackson also teaches Property and two courses that she introduced into the Washburn Law curriculum: Race and the Law and Entrepreneurial Law. She is a frequent speaker in the area of nonprofit law and governance and serves on several nonprofit boards. Professor Jackson also is the host of a monthly community affairs television show on PBS called I've Got Issues.

Professor Jackson previously taught and supervised students as a Clinical Fellow in the Community Development Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law and taught legal writing and civil rights law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Prior to teaching, she was Executive Director of Families Forward, Inc. in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit organization that provides housing and employment services to homeless and low-income families. Before working in the nonprofit sector, Professor Jackson practiced law at Cole, Raywid and Braverman L.L.P. in the District of Columbia and Buchanan Ingersoll P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Teaching Responsibilities
  • Property
  • Race and the Law
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Small Business and Nonprofit Transactional Clinic
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