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Nyasha Justice

Senior Attorney , Center on Children and the Law

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Location: Derwood, MD
Start Year: 2023
TRHT Pillar: Law


“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care enough and be there.” This quote perfectly captures Nyasha’s “why” that led her to the field of law and shaped her journey as a lawyer to make a positive difference. Her “why” keeps her focused on serving marginalized groups, pursuing justice and working toward equitable solutions.

Nyasha brings 25 years of public interest law experience. She spent the early years of her practice litigating thousands of cases as a public defender, child support attorney and child welfare agency attorney. She served as the court improvement program attorney for the Administrative Offices of the Tennessee Supreme Court. During her tenure with the Court Improvement Program, Nyasha developed and presented curated training curricula and authored publications, and provided technical assistance to child welfare stakeholders. 

In 2020, Nyasha brought her talents to the ABA Center on Children in the Law as a senior attorney. In her role, she works with courts across the country, bringing a wide-angle lens from having worked as an agency attorney and for the courts. She also is active in addressing the intersection of health and the law in her well-being projects portfolio with a recent grant award focused on race equity and mandated reporting. 

Nyasha says, “My why remains constant, my commitment is strong and my passion for this area of law has only strengthened over the years.”


Future Focus

Nyasha works to address racism in mandated reporting. Race-based reports lead to a disproportionate number of children entering foster care, which has been called “the most important civil rights field that nobody knows about.”

A current initiative promotes racial equity by removing bias and racism from mandated reporting decisions by health care professionals. For Black and Indigenous children, seeking normative medical care can result in their parents being overreported to child welfare agencies for suspected abuse and neglect. Race-based overreporting results in distrust of the medical profession and failure to seek needed care. No family should fear that seeking medical care for a child can result in their traumatic separation. Nyasha believes that removing this fear is a path to racial healing.


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