Tamara Dévieux-Adams

Tamara Dévieux-Adams
Associate Dean of Students

Dean Devieux-Adams joins UDC David A. Clarke School of Law with over a decade of law school administration and student affairs experience. Prior to assuming the role of Associate Dean of Students, Dean Dévieux-Adams was the Associate Director of Public Interest Programs at The George Washington University Law School’s Career Center. As the law school’s sole counselor dedicated to helping students pursue public sector careers, she provided individual student and alumni counseling, executed public sector recruitment events and career panels, and delivered various skills workshops. Dean Dévieux-Adams also co-administered GW Law’s loan repayment assistance program and counseled students on federal public service loan forgiveness.

Prior to joining GW Law School, Dean Dévieux-Adams’ legal career focused on juvenile justice and children’s early education and care. As the Acting Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the Administrator for D.C.’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, she supervised staff in coordinating the agency’s compliance efforts related to a federal consent decree. Additionally, she presided over the agency’s disciplinary hearings and its hearing panel overseeing release determinations. Dean Dévieux-Adams also served as an Associate General Counsel in Massachusetts’ Office of Early Childhood Education and Care. She represented the agency in administrative proceedings and enforced state licensing policies and regulations governing family, group, and residential child care facilities. Dean Dévieux-Adams was also a litigation associate at a large, international law firm in Boston, MA.

Dean Dévieux-Adams earned her B.A. (psychology) from Harvard College, her J.D. from Boston College Law School, and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. While in law school, she worked as a civil rights hearing officer with the Boston Housing Authority, served on the executive board of the Black Law Students Association and was active in environmental justice and immigration law student groups. She is also a trained mediator and certified diversity trainer.

In the community, Dean Dévieux-Adams has served on the boards of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture in Baltimore, MD, and the Center for Child Protection and Family Support in the District. She is an alumni interviewer for Harvard College’s Schools Committee and is an active member of the Links, Inc.


  • “Mission Not Impossible: Navigating Federal Hiring from Application to Clearance,” Co-Presenter, 2017 Annual Education Conference, National Association for Law Placement
  • “The Future of Student Debt Relief: Building Upon Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” Co-Presenter, 2015 Annual Education Conference, National Association for Law Placement
  • “International Students’ Experiences Transitioning to American Post-Secondary Institutions,” Co-Presenter, 2011 Educational Symposium for Research and Innovations
  • “Planning and Financing Your Government/Public Interest Career,” 2010 Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association Job Fair, Professional Development and Leadership Weekend
  • “Career Development at GW Law,” 2008 Black Law Alumni Association’s Orientation for GW 1Ls