Etienne C. Toussaint

Law Professor in Columbia, South Carolina

Etienne C. Toussaint

Law Professor in Columbia, South Carolina

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Etienne C. Toussaint is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. He teaches Contracts, Business Associations, Secured Transactions, and other courses related to business law, political economy, and critical theory.

His scholarship sits at the intersection of law, history, political economy, and critical theory, with a focus on the socioeconomic challenges facing historically marginalized urban communities across the United States. For example, he has written about the ethical dimensions of social impact investing, the benefits of the solidarity economy for equitable community development, the dignitary harms of unfair housing policies, the limitations of urban farming programs toward addressing food insecurity, and the pedagogical principles necessary to teach public citizenship lawyering. He has delivered over 100 presentations on these topics and others at faculty colloquia, legal conferences, community workshops, and across various media platforms.

His articles have been published or are forthcoming in the California Law Review(twice), the Georgetown Law Journal, the Boston University Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, among others. He has also written essays for the Virginia Law Review Online, the UCLA Law Review Discourse, Current Affairs (print edition), and the ABA Human Rights Magazine (print edition), among other online and print publications.

Toussaint is a graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, he earned an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering, and was designated a Ronald McNair Scholar and Alpha Phi Alpha Distinguished Collegiate. He completed an M.S.E. in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, where he served as Graduate Student Adviser for Engineers Without Borders. Toussaint earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, Vice-President of the Board of Student Advisers, and as a National Executive Board member of the National Black Law Students Association.

Toussaint previously served as a Board Member of the Washington Council of Lawyers. He was recently appointed to serve a one-year term on the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. He is the proud husband of Ebony Toussaint, Ph.D., and the father of three amazing sons.