Jasmine Harris

Practitioner-in-Residence, Disability Rights Law Clinic

Office: Room 462
Phone: 202-274-4176
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Jasmine Elwick Harris is a Practitioner-in-Residence with the Disability Rights Law Clinic. She teaches and writes in the fields of disability law and civil procedure. Prior to arriving at WCL, she was a staff attorney with the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse and Quality Education Projects at Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization, where she focused on racial justice in education. Prior to working at Advancement Project, Professor Harris was a Senior Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, where she practiced across a wide range of substantive areas, including complex civil litigation, securities, government investigations, and pro bono cases. Professor Harris clerked for the Honorable Harold Baer, Jr. in the Southern District of New York where, in addition to her clerkship duties, she worked with federal probation officers to develop alternatives to incarceration with the goal of decreasing recidivism.

Professor Harris graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and received her juris doctorate from Yale Law School. At Yale, Professor Harris served as Public Service Chair of Yale’s Latino Law Students Association and as Senior Editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review. She has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank’s Legal & Judicial Reform Practice Group. Prior to law school, Professor Harris worked with the Urban Justice Center’s Homelessness Outreach & Prevention Project as a Legal Advocate and the Project Coordinator on affordable housing, education, economic stability, and immigration issues.



Areas of Specialization

  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights
  • Community Development Law
  • Gender and the Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • B.A., Dartmouth College (magna cum laude)

  • Selected Publications

    • Jasmine E. Harris, Cultural Collisions and the Limits of the Affordable Care Act, 22 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 387 (2014).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, The Secret Law of Disability, (work in progress).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • Jasmine E. Harris, Presentation, The Secret Law of Disability (Works-in-Progress, 2014 Association of American Law Schools Clinical Conference, Chi., Ill., Apr. 2014).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Panelist, Identity, Expertise, and Evolution: Challenges and Rewards in Cross-Clinic Collaboration (2014 Association of American Law Schools Clinical Conference, Chi., Ill., Apr. 2014).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Panelist, Civil Rights Protections, Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Affordable Care Act (In The Process of Fixing Health Care: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Administrative Law Review Symposium, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Mar. 2014).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Panelist, Current Issues in Disability Law and Policy (2014 Annual Conference, National Association of Law Students with Disabilities (NALSWD), American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Mar. 2014).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Presentation, Deconstructing Expertise: The Public Health Potential of the Community Health Worker (Conference: Poverty Law: Cases, Teaching, and Scholarship, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Oct. 2013).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Presentation, School-to-Prison Pipeline & Students with Disabilities in the District of Columbia (University of the District of Columbia David A Clarke School of Law, D.C., Sept. 2013).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Presentation, Cultural Collisions, Mental Health Promotion, and the Affordable Care Act (Mid-Atlantic Clinical Theory Workshop, D.C., May 2013).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Panelist, Lawyering Skills 2.0: Pedagogical Techniques for Emergent, Non-Litigation Lawyering Practices (2013 Association of American Law Schools Clinical Conference, San Juan, P.R., Apr. 2013).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Moderator, Towards the Future of Multilingual Instruction: Institutional and Systemic Change (Legal Education Conference, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 2013).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Paper Presentation, Relational Resilience Theory, Latina Mental Health, and the Transformative Potential of Community Health Workers under the Affordable Care Act (Gender Matters: Women, Social Policy, and the 2012 Election, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 2013).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Panelist, Juvenile Justice and Recidivism: Why the United States Prison System is No Place for Our Kids (American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Jan. 2013).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Panelist, Addressing Disparities in Voluntary Classroom Participation across Gender and Other Lines (Faculty Pedagogy Workshop, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Sept. 2012).
    • Jasmine E. Harris, Panelist, Education, Expectations, and Incarceration: How Resegregation, High Stakes Testing, and Low Expectations Marginalize Our Children (68th Annual North Carolina State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), High Point, N.C., Oct. 2011).