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Lauren E. Bartlett, J.D.

Associate Professor; Director; Human Rights at Home Litigation Clinic
School of Law
Legal Clinics


B.A., University of California, Davis
J.D., American University Washington College of Law

Practice Areas

Bartlett is a human rights attorney. Bartlett has experience litigating in state and federal court in Louisiana and Ohio, as well as filing complaints and petitions with U.N. Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Research Interests

Ms. Bartlett’s scholarship focuses on the intersections between legal ethics, access to justice, and human rights.

Publications and Media Placements

Editor, Human Rights at Home LawProfs Blog,

Human Rights and Lawyer’s Oaths (Work in Progress).“One of the greatest human tragedies of our time”:  The U.N., Biden, and a Missed Opportunity to Abolish Immigration Prisons, 42 Mitchell Hamline L.J. Pub. Pol'y & Prac.__(2021).

Human Rights Guidance for Environmental Justice Attorneys, 98 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 373 (2020).

Promoting Permanency and Human Rights, 23 UC Davis J. Juv. L. & Pol'y 123 (2019).

Co-Author, Smart, not soft on crime, The Findlay Courier, November 1, 2018 (Op-ed) (with Dallan Flake).

Local Human Rights Lawyering, 62 St. Louis U. L.J. 887 (2018).

Co-Author, Bridging the Gap: A Joint Negotiation Project Crossing Legal Disciplines, 2 J. Experiential Learning 182 (2018) (with Karen Powell).

A Human Rights Code of Conduct: Ambitious Moral Aspiration for the Public Interest Law Firm or Law Clinic, 91 St. John’s L. Rev. 559 (2017).

SSRN Publications List

Honors and Awards

Ohio State Bar Foundation, District 16 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under 2017

Professional Organizations and Associations

In 2021, Bartlett was elected co-president of the Clinical Legal Education Association.

Community Work and Service

A former legal aid attorney, Bartlett has focused her career on providing access to justice for all and protecting the rights of the poorest of the poor in the U.S.

Bartlett previously served as the Director of Legal Clinics and Associate Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law. Bartlett has also taught at American University Washington College of Law and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Before obtaining her law degree, Ms. Bartlett worked with nonprofit organizations in California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nepal, Ghana, Bangladesh and India, alongside advocates fighting for social and environmental justice.