Etienne C. Toussaint
Associate Professor of Law
S.B., The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S.E., The Johns Hopkins University
J.D., Harvard Law School
LL.M., The George Washington University Law School
Professor Etienne C. Toussaint is an Associate Professor of Law at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. He teaches Contracts, Business Organizations, Business Law Seminars, and serves as Co-Director of the Community Development Law Clinic. Employing Critical Race Theory and Social/Political Philosophy as analytical frames, Professor Toussaint’s scholarship engages critical issues in community economic development, environmental justice, business law, legal ethics, and professional responsibility.
Prior to joining the faculty at UDC Law in 2017, Professor Toussaint served as a Visiting Associate Professor and Friedman Fellow with the Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic at The George Washington University Law School. At GW Law, Professor Toussaint supervised the representation of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations in Washington D.C. on a wide range of transactional matters, including entity formation, contract drafting, business counseling, intellectual property, and tax issues.
Professor Toussaint began his legal career as a project finance associate with the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Subsequently, he served as a Law & Policy Fellow with the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, D.C., a civil rights advocacy organization focused on racial justice, fair housing, and poverty in America. Prior to becoming a legal advocate, Professor Toussaint worked as a strategy consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, focused on environmental policy and sustainable development projects.
Professor Toussaint is a graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, he earned an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering, and was designated a Ronald McNair Scholar and Alpha Phi Alpha Distinguished Collegiate. He completed an M.S.E. in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, where he served as Graduate Student Adviser for Engineers Without Borders. Professor Toussaint earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School, where he served as a student-attorney in the Transactional Law Clinic, the Ghana Human Rights Clinic, and the Harvard Defenders. At HLS, he also served as an editor of the Environmental Law Review, Vice-President of the Board of Student Advisers, and a member of the National Executive Board of the National Black Law Students Association.
Recent Legal Scholarship
- Blackness as Fighting Words, 106 Va. L. Rev. Online (forthcoming 2020)
- Of American Fragility: Public Rituals, Human Rights, and the End of Invisible Man, Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021)
- Food Access in Crisis: Food Security and COVID-19, Ecological Economics (forthcoming 2020) (with Sabine O’Hara) (peer-reviewed)
- Green Capitalism: The Case of The Environmental Impact Bond in Investing for Social & Economic Impact: A Guide for Lawyers and Practitioners, edited by Dorcas R. Gilmore, Lisa Green Hall, and Susan R. Jones, American Bar Association (forthcoming)
- Dismantling the Master’s House: Toward A Justice-Based Theory of Community Economic Development, 53 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 337 (2019)
- The New Gospel of Wealth: On Social Impact Bonds and The Privatization of Public Good, 56 Houston Law Review 1 (2018)
- Incarceration to Incorporation: Economic Empowerment for Returning Citizens through Social Impact Bonds, 25 ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law 61 (2016)
Recent Conference Presentations
- 2020 AALS Annual Meeting, Presentation, Section on Agency, Partnership, LLC’s and Unincorporated Associations, Entity Selection in the 21st Century, Washington, D.C., Jan. 2020.
- Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Presentation, Brave New World: A Dystopian Retrospective on Life Without Law Clinics, Southern Clinical Conference, Oct. 2019.
- 2019 IILWG/Grunin Conference, Moderator, The Ethical Implications of Impact Bonds, Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship, NYU School of Law, June 4, 2019.
- 2019 AALS Annual Clinical Conference, Panel Presentation, Rebellious Transactional Lawyering: Innovative Pedagogical Tools to Advance Economic Justice in a Time of Political Polarization, San Francisco, CA, May 6, 2019.
- American University Washington College of Law, Panel Presentation, Democracy & Activism through Scholarship, Teaching & Service, 4th National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Mar. 21-24, 2019.
- 2019 AALS Annual Meeting, Discussant, Building Bridges Between Theory and Practice: Incorporating Lawyering Skills into Doctrinal Courses, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 5, 2019.
Recent Public Presentations
- Panel Discussant, Take the Phirst Step: Law & Social Justice Panel, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Rho Nu Chapter, August 30, 2020. (virtual webinar)
- Panel Discussant, Beyond Redlining: Black Lives Matter and Community Development, Part 3, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, July 22, 2020. (virtual webinar)
- Interview with UDC-TV Studies, Food Policy in Washington, D.C., Part 2, UDC Forum, July 13, 2020. (virtual)
- Interview with UDC-TV Studies, Food Access & Security in Washington, D.C., Part 1, UDC Forum, July 13, 2020. (virtual)
- Interview with UDC-TV Studies, Food Insecurity in Washington, D.C., UDC Forum, Nov. 21, 2019.
- Public Testimony, Public Hearing on B23-390, The Urban Farming Land Lease Amendment Act of 2019, Council of the D.C. Committee on Transportation & the Environment, Washington, D.C., Nov.18, 2019.
- Panel Discussant, America’s Tense Partnership: Democracy and Capitalism, UDC Institute for Politics, Policy and History, Nov. 7, 2019.