Joseph Tulman

Joseph B. Tulman
Professor of Law Emeritus

A.B., University of North Carolina, 1975; J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1979; M.A.T., Antioch University, 1986.

Professor Joseph B. Tulman’s teaching, research and clinical practice interests are in the area of juvenile and special education law. He joined the Antioch School of Law in 1984 as a teaching fellow, supervising students in the Juvenile Law Clinic and working primarily on delinquency cases. In 1986, after the D.C. Council established the school of law as the District’s public law school, he joined the faculty and began directing the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic. With his colleagues in the clinic, Professor Tulman pioneered the use of special education advocacy for children in the neglect and delinquency systems. In 2010, he launched the Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth, a legal clinic and advocacy program designed to keep at-risk youth out of the “school-to-prison pipeline.” His publications include articles about the unnecessary detention of children, and he co-authored and co-edited a comprehensive manual for using special education advocacy for children in the delinquency system.

Appointed by the mayor of D.C., Professor Tulman served as chair of the District of Columbia Juvenile Justice Advisory Group from September 2001 until March 2003, and later as a member. He also served on the boards of The Justice Policy Institute and School Talk, Inc., and as a member of the advisory boards for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Reform Project, the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, and the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center. He was a Resource Fellow for the National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice, and frequently conducted training session around the country, primarily on delinquency and disability issues.

From 1988 until 2002, Professor Tulman served as counsel for plaintiffs in Evans v. Williams, a class action on behalf of persons with mental retardation. The suit, filed in 1976 by an Antioch law professor, led to the closing in 1991 of Forest Haven, a large institution housing a children’s developmental center and mental institution. As a result of the lawsuit, an agreement filed by the Evans parties, and approved by the court in 2001, established and funds The Quality Trust for Individuals with Disability, a non-profit organization to advance the interests of people with disabilities in D.C.

In 2017, the Council on Court Excellence honored Professor Tulman with a Justice Potter Stewart Award for his work on behalf of the administration of justice. In 2011, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) awarded him its Diane Lipton Award for Outstanding Educational Advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities. In 2007, the Association of American Law Schools Clinical Section Committee on Lawyering in the Public Interest named him a Bellow Scholar. In 2001, he received the DC Bar’s Jerrold Scoutt Prize in recognition of his work providing direct legal services to disadvantaged persons in the District of Columbia and, in 1996, the Criminal Law Section of the American Bar Association awarded him its Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award. In 1995, Professor Tulman was awarded the D.C. School of Law’s distinguished service award, and in 2012, the University of the District of Columbia awarded him The Cleveland L. Dennard Distinguished Service Award, as an individual who has demonstrated a long-term commitment of outstanding service to the University or to the Washington, D.C. community.

Selected Publications (in .pdf format)