Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
DeShayla Strachan served the state of Florida by providing legal services to victims of sexual violence in her role as staff attorney for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. The legal assistance she provided included petitions for injunctions, immigration assistance, termination of parental rights, education law, employment law, and family law, among other things. She began her legal career as an assistant state attorney in Orlando and later an attorney for the Department of Children and Families’ Children’s Legal Services.
Prior to her second career in law, DeShayla was a journalist and worked as a reporter for several community newspapers and a national legal news service. She also served as a substitute teacher for nearly eight years. Whether as a journalist, child welfare attorney, or prosecutor, DeShayla has focused her legal work in public interest and social justice.
She graduated from Barry University School of Law in 2017, where she advocated for children as the lead senior editor of the Child and Family Law Journal, volunteered as an advocate for children for the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, and was a certified legal intern for the 9th Judicial Circuit’s Office of the State Attorney. In law school, she was a Dean’s Writing Fellow and Research Assistant, assisting with student and faculty scholarly work and holding writing labs for new law students. More recently, she has assisted immigrants with gaining naturalization, permanent residency, and other humanitarian immigration statuses.
DeShayla’s scholarly focus has been on race and the law. Her paper titled “A Triple Threat: The Black, Female Attorney” was published in the Southern Journal of Policy and Justice in 2017.
“I hope to encourage students to turn theory into practice-ready work. Then, go out into the world and be zealous advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves. As Abraham Lincoln said, ‘If you are absolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is already more than half done.’”
J.D., 2017, Barry University School of Law
B.S., 2006, University of North Florida
Mitchell Hamline School of Law, visiting assistant professor, 2021–
Mercer University School of Law, adjunct professor, 2021
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, staff attorney, 2020–21
Florida Department of Children and Families’ Children’s Legal Services, attorney, 2018–20
Florida Office of the State Attorney, assistant state attorney, 2017–18
Leadership and service
Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, member, 2017–
Florida Association of Women Lawyers, member, 2014–19
National Black Prosecutors Association, member, 2017–19