Tara I. Walters
Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills
B.A., International Relations, 1992, Stanford University; J.D., 1996, Georgetown University; Member, California State Bar
Phone: (213) 738-6854
A Brian Farrell Scholar and Equal Justice Foundation Fellow at Georgetown, Tara Walters began to develop her expertise in legal writing while serving on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and was selected as a Legal Research and Writing Law Fellow to teach basic research and writing to first-year law students. Prior to joining the Southwestern faculty in 2002, she also taught summer workshops to law students on introductory principles of contract law through the Introduction to Legal Reasoning Program sponsored by the Langston Bar Association.
"What frequently wins a case is a polished, persuasive, and well-reasoned brief that boils down a trial lawyer's overstated discourse into a logical set of facts upon which a judge can actually rule."
Professor Walters believes that excellent legal writing skills provide the backbone for all legal work. She explains, "In a world where 'smoking gun' evidence and dramatic closing statements dominate the public's perceptions of the legal profession, the impact of effective legal writing often goes unnoticed. What frequently wins a case, however, is a polished, persuasive, and well-reasoned brief that boils down a trial lawyer's overstated discourse into a logical set of facts upon which a judge can actually rule."
Professor Walters began her legal career as an associate at the law firm of Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon where she litigated cases involving complex environmental insurance coverage disputes, products liability, and trade secrets. Three years later, she joined the insurance practice group at the law firm of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough. There, she handled all aspects of complex commercial litigation cases including preparing complaints, taking depositions, drafting trial briefs and acting as second-chair trial counsel. Professor Walters shares that experience with students in her classes and as a faculty advisor to interscholastic moot court and trial advocacy teams, as well as the Black Law Students Association and their teams.