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Tiffani Hurst, J.D.

Tiffani Hurst, J.D.


Tiffani Hurst is the parent of a former Grayson student. She has been a lawyer for 27 years and specializes in capital habeas, special education, and discrimination law. Although Tiffani began as a corporate attorney for the large firm of Schatz, Schatz, Ribicoff and Kotkin focusing on corporate formations, shareholder agreements, and securities, she ultimately left corporate life to dedicate her legal career to the public sector, primarily litigating capital habeas cases as a Federal Defender in the United States Courts.

She taught Diversity and the Law, Family Law, Employment Law, and Civil Litigation as an Adjunct Professor at Elms College. She also taught African American History; Racial Perspectives in Literature; Race, Religion, and Culture; and Sexual Harassment workshops as an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College. Finally, Tiffani has provided presentations on effective writing for various organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Illinois, as well as in federal courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court.

Tiffani is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she double majored in Political Science and Black Studies with an English concentration. She earned an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College, which awarded her degree summa cum laude. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she had the honor of being a student in President Obama’s Racism & the Law class and was appointed to the Dean’s Task Force to Monitor Community Policing. Tiffani began her legal career as a Research Assistant for the Honorable Judge Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, and also clerked at the prestigious civil firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen.