Assistant Professor of Law Sakinah Tillman

B.A, Bloomsburg University; J.D., Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School; L.L.M, University of Baltimore School of Law.  

Sakinah is an Assistant at the University of District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She directs the Low-Income Taxpayer’s Clinic. Her scholarly research focuses on tax administration, tax policy, and poverty law.  

Prior to joining the law faculty at UDC, Professor Tillman was a Clinical Fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Low-Income Taxpayer’s Clinic. While at University of Baltimore School of Law, student attorneys were able to practice under her supervision to represent low-income clients before the IRS and in the federal tax litigation in U.S. Tax Court.

Over her career, she worked in several tax law firms where she has represented numerous clients in matters before the Internal Revenue Service. 

Professor Tillman was a senior state and local tax associate at RSM US, LLP, where she represented clients on technical state and local tax issues, prepared complex returns on behalf of partnerships and S corporations, and wrote memoranda, matrices and other client deliverables. 

During law school, she received the Distinguished Student Award from the Student Bar Association. She also received the Donald A. Thigpen Rising Star Award from the Washington Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, which is awarded to an attorney who has made great contributions to the legal profession, and to the Washington Bar Association, during an attorney’s first year of practice.  

Currently, she is the Secretary of the Washington Bar Association, Inc.