Lisa Curtis

Associate Director, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

Office: Room Y346C
Phone: 202-274-4387
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Lisa M. Curtis is the Associate Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and a member of the adjunct faculty at American University Washington College of Law. She directs the national and international expansion of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, oversees the local Washington, D.C., Marshall-Brennan chapter, and supervises the Fellows in their work in D.C. public high schools. Professor Curtis teaches a specialized advanced constitutional law seminar to the Marshall-Brennan Fellows, which blends school-related Constitutional issues with teaching pedagogy and oral argument skills.

Professor Curtis has over a decade of community advocacy experience, particularly in access to education issues, juvenile justice, and the improvement of population health in urban communities.

Prior to her time at the Washington College of Law, she served as education attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP). There she shaped and implemented programming to protect and enhance the education rights of homeless and unaccompanied children and youth. She provided technical assistance to legal services providers, advocates, government officials and individuals across the country, and engaged in impact litigation related to the education rights of homeless youth. She also advocated for the housing rights of survivors of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act.

Professor Curtis also served as a law fellow in the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. There she engaged in impact litigation and policy advocacy strategies to ensure underrepresented children and youth are provided equal access to a quality public school education.

Professor Curtis received her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Note & Comment Editor of the American University Journal on Gender, Social Policy & Law. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Professor Curtis taught high school U.S. History and Civics & Economics in Charlotte, North Carolina. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two sons.

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law
  • B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Selected Publications

    • Lisa Curtis, Educating Children Without Housing: A Primer on Legal Requirements and Implementation Strategies for Educators, Advocates, and Policymakers (4th ed., ABA Spring 2014).
    • Lisa Curtis, Creating a Path to Universal Access: The FCC's Network Neutrality Rules, the Digital Divide, & the Human Right to Participate in Cultural Life, 30 Temp. J. Sci. Tech. & Envt. L. 33 (Spring 2011).