Natashia Tidwell

Natashia Tidwell – Director

Natashia Tidwell

Professor Natashia Tidwell is a Cambridge native. Prior to joining academia, she worked as a federal prosecutor in two capacities. First, as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice Public Integrity Section, Natashia prosecuted and supervised investigations of police perjury, judicial bribery, and other allegations of misconduct by public officials and government employees. After four years at Main Justice, Natashia returned to Boston as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Organized Crime Strike Force. As an AUSA, she prosecuted members of Mafia syndicates and other criminal enterprises in cases involving illegal gambling, racketeering, loan-sharking, and other traditional organized crime-related activities. Natashia began her career in law enforcement career as a member of the Cambridge Police Department in 1993. While with the department, she worked as a school resource officer at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School and as a Sergeant-Detective in the Internal Affairs Division. In 2003, Natashia became the first woman in the police department’s history to reach the rank of lieutenant. Later that same year, she graduated summa cum laude from New England School of Law and was accepted into the United States Attorney General’s Honors Program. In 2010, she returned to New England Law as a faculty member, where she draws upon her experiences as both a police officer and a prosecutor to teach courses in Criminal Procedure and Evidence. In 2011, she was appointed to Mayor Thomas M. Menino‚Äôs Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel. In that role, she reviews Boston Police internal affairs investigations to ensure fairness and thoroughness in the citizen complaint process.