May 8, 2015
The University of Georgia School of Law’s Erica J. Hashimoto has been named the school’s new associate dean for clinical programs and experiential learning. In this role, she will work to enhance and advance the school’s real-practice learning offerings.
“Clinical programs are one of the law school’s crown jewels and represent one of the many ways the law school can have an impact both in the state and beyond,” said Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge. “Professor Hashimoto is uniquely qualified to help strengthen these programs and to support the university’s broader goal of expanding experiential learning opportunities. A first-class scholar, gifted teacher and dedicated advocate, Professor Hashimoto is a fantastic addition to the law school’s senior leadership team.”
Recently named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, Hashimoto joined Georgia Law in the fall of 2004 and was named the holder of the Allen Post Professorship in 2014. In addition to teaching courses in criminal law, evidence and criminal procedure, she created and helps oversee the school’s Appellate Litigation Clinic.
While at UGA, Hashimoto’s scholarship has been discussed during oral argument by a U.S. Supreme Court justice and cited by the court, and she has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her law school honors include receiving the John C. O’Byrne Memorial Award for Significant Contributions Furthering Student-Faculty Relations, serving as a law school honorary graduation marshal and being selected for the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching, the law school’s highest teaching honor, twice.
Prior to coming to Athens, she served four years as an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Washington, D.C., and served as a judicial clerk for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Hashimoto earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University and her law degree magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
UGA School of Law
Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, the UGA School of Law was established in 1859. With an accomplished faculty, which includes authors of some of the country's leading legal scholarship, Georgia Law offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the renowned Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. Its advocacy program is counted among the nation’s best, winning four national championships in 2013-14 alone. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.