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B.A., Howard University, 1998
M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School, 2003
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2006

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Christopher J. Tyson

Newman Trowbridge Distinguished Professorship in Louisiana Property Rights 1
Professor of Law


Professor Tyson joined the Law Center faculty in 2010 as an Assistant Professor. He teaches and writes in the areas of property, real estate development, local government law and urban land use and development.

Professor Tyson earned his B.A. in Architecture, with honors, from Howard University; a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Professor Tyson served as articles editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law and received the Dean's Certificate of Recognition of Special and Outstanding Service to the Law Center Community.

Prior to earning his law degree, Professor Tyson worked in management consulting and in the Washington, DC office of United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu. After earning his law degree, Professor Tyson worked as an associate in the Real Estate Practice at the law firm Jones Walker, LLP in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has been honored as one of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s 2010 Top Forty Under 40, the National Bar Association’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 for 2011 and the New Leaders Council’s 2011 Top 40 Under 40. He is also a recipient of the National Bar Association and Impact’s 2011 Excellence in Activism award.

Professor Tyson was the 2015 Democratic candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State.

Courses Taught

Local Government Law, Seminar: Urban Land Use & Development


Real Estate Development

Selected Publications

Law Review Articles

Christopher J. Tyson, Exploring the Boundaries of Municipal Bankruptcy, 50 Willamette Law Review 661 (2014).

Christopher J. Tyson, Municipal Identity As Property, 118 Penn State Law Review 647 (2014).

Christopher J. Tyson, Localism and Involuntary Annexation: Reconsidering Approaches to New Regionalism, 87 Tulane Law Review 297 (2012).

Christopher J. Tyson, Annexation and the Mid-Size Metropolis: New Insights in the Age of Mobile Capital, 73 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 505 (2012).

Christopher J. Tyson, At the Intersection of Race and History: The Unique Relationship Between the Davis Intent Requirement and the Crack Laws, 50 Howard Law Journal 345 (2007).

Dede Koffie-Lart, Christopher J. Tyson, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 6 Georgetown Journal of Gender & the Law 615 (2005).


Christopher J. Tyson, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW IN A FEDERAL SYSTEM, EIGHTH EDITION (Lexis Nexis 2014) with Daniel R. Mandelker, Judith W. Wegner, Janice C. Griffith and Kenneth Bond (eds.).

Todd L. Pittinsky, Christopher J. Tyson, Leader Authenticity Markers: Findings from a Study of African-American Political Leaders, in AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE: ORIGINS, EFFECTS, AND DEVELOPMENT (2005).