Tara Urs

Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills


Professor Urs joined Seattle University School of Law in 2013 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills.  She spent the previous two years as an Instructor of Legal Writing at Brooklyn Law School.

Before entering the legal academy, Professor Urs served as a law clerk to Judge Deborah A. Batts of the Southern District of New York and worked as a staff attorney at the Brooklyn Family Defense Project.  At the Brooklyn Family Defense Project, she was assigned counsel to indigent parents accused of child abuse and/or neglect.  She also spent two years in Cambodia as a Resident Fellow with the Open Society Justice Initiative, where she provided support to criminal trials of senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge.
Professor Urs has a B.A. from Wesleyan University.  She graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Fellow and winner of the John Perry Prize for civil liberties and civil rights.

Professor Urs's scholarship focuses on the child welfare system and international human rights law.  Her most recent article, "Can the Child Welfare System Protect Children Without Believing What They Say?" will be published in a forthcoming edition of the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.


Email: tara.urs@brooklaw.edu


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