About Professor Botts

A portrait of Tina Fernandes Botts

Tina Botts is a professor of law and philosophy. She has a law degree from Rutgers Law School and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis.

Dr. Botts’s teaching experience includes having taught courses in Constitutional Law, Race and the Law, Critical Race Theory, Electronic Legal Research, Directed Research in Legal Problems, Academic Legal Writing, and Introduction to Legal Analysis on the law school level.  She has also taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedural Law, and First Amendment Law as well as a wide variety of philosophy courses (such as Philosophy of Law itself and various permutations on that theme) on the undergraduate and graduate school levels.  She has taught both at law schools (e.g., McGeorge School of Law, San Joaquin College of Law, and St. Francis School of Law) and in philosophy departments at various American colleges and universities (e.g., University of North Carolina, Charlotte, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Oberlin College).

Her scholarship is centered in Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence, both of which are key themes in her recent book, For Equals Only: Race, Equality, and the Equal Protection Clause (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). Dr. Botts’s current research projects are centered in Substantive Due Process and Critical Philosophy of Law.   She has presented her legal scholarship at annual meetings of the Law and Society Association and the University of Michigan Law School.  

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. She is a member of the D.C. bar and the Maryland state bar.