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Victoria Duke-Dawson

Associate Service Professor in Law 

Anthony Alcoser

Contact Information


  • J.D., Texas Southern University, 1987
  • B.A., Texas State University, 1982

Specialties and Courses

  • Legal Writing
  • Academic Support
  • Bar Readiness courses (MBE and MPT) Torts law
  • Elder Law
  • Advance Torts
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Juvenile Law
  • Civil Clinic
  • Criminal Clinic
  • Elder Law Clinic
  • Diplomatic Clinic
  • Juvenile Clinic
  • Homeless Law Clinic


Prior to joining St. Mary’s University, Duke-Dawson’s academia path started in Houston, Texas as a staff attorney for the Legal Clinics at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. After several years of showing students how to practice law with real clients, it was then time to make the transition to show students how to embrace legal writing. These skills were subsequently imported from Houston, Texas, to Orlando, Florida, at Florida A&M University College of Law. There Duke-Dawson served as the Director of Legal Writing and afterward an Associate Professor of Law in Torts, Elder Law, Juvenile Law, Advanced Torts, Professional Responsibility and a Law School indoctrination Program. Her accomplishments gained her an invitation to become an inaugural professor at the newly established law school, Indiana Tech, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After two years in the Midwest, she returned back to the South. First, she went to Atlanta’s John Marshall School of Law where she taught legal writing, bar prep classes and served in the academic support classes, teaching skills labs. To complete the cycle Duke-Dawson transferred her talents and experience and returned back to Texas to teach at St. Mary’s School of Law. Here she supports students in skills-related courses, labs and workshops.




  • Workaholic Syndrome: Law and Psychology Explore the Far Reach of the Eggshell Doctrine (work-in-progress).
  • Co-authored Forward for the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Wiley A. Branton Issues Symposium Issue- Education: The New Civil Rights, 68 Arkansas Law Review 5 (Symposium Issue 2015).
  • Calumnious News Reporting: Defamatory Law Is More Than Sticks And Stones For Civic Duty Participants, 93 Nebraska Law Review 690 (March 2015).
  • A Silk Purse Does Not Come From a Sow’s Ear: Non-Class Aggregate Settlements Based on Public Law Erodes the Model of Private Law, 8 Seton Hall Cir. Rev. 309 (Spring 2012).
  • Reverse Mortgage Facilitators Harvesting Benefits While Escaping Fiduciary Duties: Who’s Really Looking Out For Whom? 10 Florida State Business Review Journal 117 (Spring 2011).
  • Who Is Responsible When You Shop Until You Drop? An Impact On The Use Of The Aggressive Marketing Schemes Of ‘Black Friday’ Through Enterprise Liability Concepts, 50 Santa Clara Law Review 747 (2010).