Shakira D. Pleasant

Professor of Legal Writing & Lecturer in Law

J.D. 2004, University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law
B.A. 1999, California State University-Chico

Phone: 305-284-1159
Office: C422

Professor Pleasant joined the University of Miami Law faculty in 2017. Previously, she taught at Savannah Law School and University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. She’s also taught undergraduate courses at the University of the District of Columbia.

In addition to teaching, Professor Pleasant has almost ten years of legal practice experience and is licensed in California, District of Columbia, and Supreme Court of the United States. At the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, her practice areas included: land use, disability law, administrative law, housing, business licensing, and legislative rulemaking.  She also has experience with HIPAA, FOIA, and other privacy-related matters.

Professor Pleasant will be teaching Legal Communications. In prior years, she’s taught Client Interviewing & Counseling, Pretrial Advocacy, and Advanced Appellate Advocacy.


Overcoming Writing Challenges: Counsel for Aspiring, Novice, and Experienced Legal Professionals, 13 Leg. Comm. & Rhetoric: JALWD 245 (2016)

The Unique Effect of Texas’ Top Ten Percent Law on Fisher v. Texas, available at (2016)

More Than Just the Numbers: Fisher v. Texas and the Practical Impact of Texas’s Top Ten Percent Law, 24 U. of Mia. Bus. L. Rev. 111 (2016) 

Gaining Exposure to Law Practice through Best Practices, 93 Denv. L. Rev. Online 83 (2016), available at

Amicus Brief filed in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al. (14-981) (November 2, 2015)

Phone: 305-284-1159
Office: C422
Faculty Assistant

Hernandez, Sylvia

Phone: (305)284-4266
Office: G287