Tameka Lester, assistant clinical professor and associate director of the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, earned her juris doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she served as vice president of the Women’s Law Caucus and Basic Income Taxation tutor. She was the school’s first graduate of the Tax Certificate Program. Lester also clerked for Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Legal Aid of North Carolina.
She served as the director of North Carolina Central University’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and taught in the legal writing program before joining the Georgia State Law faculty in 2015. Prior to law school, Lester worked as an audio marketing consultant for Muzak LLC where she was responsible for the copywriting and production of on-hold messaging systems.
She also worked for Wells Fargo Bank for five years. In this role, she led a communications team as well as a team tasked with developing programming for African-American senior leadership in Charlotte, N.C. Additionally, she coordinated process improvement initiatives, managed small projects, and developed a training program for her business segment. She graduated from Winthrop University with a bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communication and the University of Phoenix with an M.B.A. Lester teaches courses in taxation and clinical skills. She is also an advocate for taxpayer rights and responsibilities.