Erica J. Hashimoto

Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor & Allen Post Professor of Law

A.B., Harvard University
J.D., Georgetown University


Criminal Law
Legal Profession
Criminal Procedure II
Appellate Litigation Clinic

Biographical Information: 

Erica J. Hashimoto serves as the University of Georgia School of Law's associate dean for clinical programs and experiential learning. She joined Georgia Law in the fall of 2004 and was named the holder of the Allen Post Professorship in 2014. In addition to teaching courses in criminal law, evidence and criminal procedure, she created and helps oversee the school’s Appellate Litigation Clinic.

As associate dean, she will work to enhance and advance the school’s real-practice learning offerings.

In 2015, Hashimoto was named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, the university’s highest recognition for excellence in instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A video is available regarding this honor.

Hashimoto developed a practical understanding of criminal law while serving four years as an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Washington, D.C. In this position, she gained significant trial experience representing clients charged with a variety of federal crimes, including the possession of guns and drugs, fraud and threats on the president.

Prior to holding this position, Hashimoto served as a judicial clerk for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1999-2000) and Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (1997-1999).

Hashimoto earned her bachelor's degree with honors from Harvard University and her law degree magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, she served on the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

She enjoys running and has participated in number of races, including the Marine Corps Marathon and the Army Ten Miler.

Publications & Activities


An Originalist Argument for a Sixth Amendment Right to Competent Counsel, 99 Iowa L. Rev. 1999 (2014).

Reclaiming the Equitable Heritage of Habeas, 108 Nw. U. L. Rev. 139 (2013).

The Problem with Misdemeanor Representation, 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1019 (2013).

Abandoning Misdemeanor Defendants, 25 Fed. Sent'g Rep. 103 (2012).

Class Matters, 101 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 31 (2011).

Resurrecting Autonomy: The Criminal Defendant’s Right to Control the Case,
90 B.U.L. Rev. 1147 (2010).

Toward Ethical Plea Bargaining, 30 Cardozo L. Rev. 949 (2008).

Reflections on Hope, 41 Ga. L. Rev. 843 (2007).

The Price of Misdemeanor Representation, 49 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 461 (2007).

Defending the Right of Self-Representation: An Empirical Look at the Pro Se Felony Defendant, 85 N.C. L. Rev. 423 (2007); quoted in Indiana v. Edwards, 76 U.S.L.W. 4512 (June 19, 2008).

The Under-Appreciated Value of Advisory Guidelines, 37 McGeorge L. Rev. 577 (2006).