A portrait of Tina Fernandes Botts

About Professor Botts

Professor Botts is a legal scholar and philosophy professor currently teaching at the San Joaquin College of Law.  She has a law degree from Rutgers Law School and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis (AOS: Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Race, Hermeneutics, AOC: Ethics, Feminist Philosophy).  She is a former Visiting Professor of Law at McGeorge School of Law and Visiting Scholar in the philosophy department at Dartmouth College.  She has also been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  Dr. Botts has also held teaching positions at Oberlin College, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Hendrix College.  Her teaching experience includes having taught courses in Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedural Law, and First Amendment Law as well as a variety of philosophy courses including Philosophy of Law itself and various permutations on that theme.  She has presented her legal scholarship at annual meetings of the Law and Society Association and at the University of Michigan Law School.  Her scholarship centers critical race theory, constitutional law, and jurisprudence, all of which are centered in her recent book, For Equals Only: Race, Equality, and the Equal Protection Clause (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). Dr. Botts’s current research projects are in First Amendment Law and Critical Philosophy of Law, including a book on hate speech and an edited collection on philosophy of law in the 21st century.   Her practice experience includes a substantial amount of civil litigation, as well as fellowships at the D.C. Public Defender Service, the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the D.C. law firm specializing in Native American Law (Tribal Rights), Hobbs, Strauss, Dean and Walker.