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Panelist Bios


Intersectionality on the Body: Policing the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women of Color

Looking to the Bottom: CRT and Immigrants’ Rights

Resisting Post-Racialism: Strategies for Asserting the Continuing Salience of Racial Discrimination

The Dangers of Discretion in Criminal Justice

The Master’s House: Navigating Racial Identity in Institutions of Power

Equality vs. Exceptionalism: The Role of Race in Federal Indian Law

Media Matters: Flipping the Script on Race


Intersectionality on the Body: Policing the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women of Color

Cheryl Nelson Butler

Professor Cheryl Nelson Butler is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She teaches torts, employment discrimination, and critical race theory. Professor Butler’s scholarship utilizes feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and legal history as tools to explore the intersection of race and gender in the legal response to sexual exploitation. Several of her articles explore the U.S. legal response to sex trafficking and exploitation. Professor Butler’s articles have been published, or are forthcoming, in the North Carolina Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, Seton Hall Law Review, SMU Law Review, and the Akron Law Review. Professor Butler is a graduate of Harvard University, where she received a B.A., cum laude in American History and African-American Studies. Professor Butler received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law where she was a Root Tilden Kern Scholar and a Fellow with the Center for International Legal Studies. She has received numerous honors for her work on equal justice issues, including the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award from the Women in Law Association at SMU.

Before joining SMU Dedman School of Law, Professor Butler worked as Executive Director & General Counsel of Top Teens of America, Inc., in Houston. She has also worked with other leading advocacy organizations such as the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Legal Momentum, and the National Partnership for Women & Families. Her corporate experience includes working as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Professor Butler clerked for Judge Emmett Sullivan, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and was also a Fellow with the Georgetown University Women's Law and Public Policy Program. She has taught at the University of Houston Law Center as an Assistant Clinical Professor.

Kate Mogulescu

Kate Mogulescu is a supervising attorney in the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice, where she has represented indigent clients facing criminal prosecution for the last decade.

In 2011, Ms. Mogulescu founded and developed the first anti-trafficking project to be implemented by a public defender organization. She continues to run this innovative project, which aims to better identify victims of trafficking and exploitation among individuals prosecuted for prostitution in New York City.

Ms. Mogulescu’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and lauded by the American Bar Association. She regularly trains public defenders, prosecutors, and other stakeholders in the criminal justice system, both in New York City and nationally, on best practices to identify victims of sex trafficking and prevent the criminalization of vulnerable populations.

Ms. Mogulescu was recently named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association, an award recognizing legal professionals who have distinguished themselves in their field, and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT Equality. In 2012, Ms. Mogulescu was named a finalist for the American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Public Interest Award, which "recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers whose work best exemplifies its namesake’s legacy of fearless, uncompromising and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people."

Ms. Mogulescu received her J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Angela Onwuachi-Willig is a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School and the Charles and Marion Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa. She graduated from Grinnell College, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in American Studies, and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Clarence Darrow Scholar and a Note Editor on theMichigan Law Review and an Associate Editor of the founding issue of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. After law school, she clerked for Judge Solomon Oliver, now Chief U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, and Judge Karen Nelson Moore, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit. Professor Onwuachi-Willig is working toward her Ph.D. in sociology and African American Studies at Yale University.

She is the author of the new book, According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family (Yale University Press). She is a leading scholar of employment discrimination, family law, and Critical Race Theory, with articles in prestigious law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Texas Law Review, andVanderbilt Law Review. She is a past recipient of the Derrick Bell, Jr. Award and the University of Iowa Marion Huit Award, is a former Iowa Supreme Court finalist, is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), and was placed on theNational Law Journal’s “Minority 40 under 40” list in 2011.

Akiba Solomon

Akiba Solomon is the Editorial Director of Colorlines.com and an NABJ-Award winning journalist, editor and essayist from West Philadelphia. Online, she has written about the intersection between gender and race for Colorlines.com and culture for Ebony.com. As Colorlines.com’s inaugural reporting fellow, Solomon reported on reproductive health access for women of color during and immediately after President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. A graduate of Howard University, the Brooklyn resident co-edited Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts (Perigee, 2005), an anthology of original essays and oral memoirs about Black women and body image. Solomon has also been a researcher for Glamour, a health editor for Essence and a senior editor for the print versions of Vibe Vixen and The Source. She has also written for a range of publications on a freelance basis, including Redbook, Vibe and Heart & Soul. As a panelist, she has spoken about women’s and social justice issues through the lens of hip-hop culture at a range of institutions including The Schomburg Center for the Research in Black Culture, Stanford University, Yale University, Harvard University and The University of Chicago.

Andrea Freeman

Andrea Freeman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law. She teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Race and Law. She writes in the areas of critical race and class theory, health, economics, and food policy. She is developing a theory of food oppression, which is institutional, systemic, food-related action or policy that physically debilitates a subordinated group. Her work on food oppression appears in the California Law review and the UC Irvine law Review. She has also published in the Arizona Law Review, the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, and others. After graduating from the UC Berkeley School of Law, she clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and former chief Judge José A. Fusté of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Before law school, she worked with victims of domestic violence and as a production manager in the independent film industry. She has an honors degree in History from the University of Toronto.

Moderator: Dayna Bowen Matthew

Dayna Matthew joined the University of Colorado faculty in 2003 as an Associate Professor, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2005. She holds a joint faculty appointment at the Colorado School of Public Health and is a member of the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities faculty. She teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence, and a variety of health law classes. Professor Matthew brings an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health law. offering classes in which law and public health students study, provide direct client representation, and advocate for changes in public health law and policy together. Professor Matthew has published numerous articles on health law and policy and her forthcoming book, “Towards Health Justice In America,” will be published this year by New York University Press.

In 2004, Professor Matthew became the Law School's Associate Dean of Academic
Affairs and she served in that office until she became the Law School's Vice Dean from 2010-2011. Professor Matthew has practiced as a civil litigator in Kentucky, at the law firm of Greenebaum, Doll and McDonald, and in Virginia, at McGuire Woods where her work primarily focused on the defense of medical care providers and corporate manufacturers.


Looking to the Bottom: CRT and Immigrants’ Rights

Lorelei Salas

Lorelei Salas joined Make the Road New York (“MRNY”) on March 12, 2012. As Legal Director for MRNY, Lorelei heads the legal department, with close to 20 attorneys, practicing in the areas of housing and benefits law, employment law, health law, and immigration law. In that capacity, she directs litigation, supervises the provision of direct legal services, and helps develop policy and campaign work around issues that affect the MRNY community. Prior to MRNY, Lorelei worked for over a decade in New York State government. Most recently, Lorelei was the Acting Deputy Commissioner for Worker Protection in the New York State Department of Labor, supervising three enforcement divisions. At the Department of Labor, Lorelei also previously held the position of Director of Strategic Enforcement in the Labor Standards Division, and back in early 2007, she spearheaded the former Bureau of Immigrant Workers' Rights. In 2009, Lorelei was nominated for a position with the Federal Government and spent a couple of months consulting for U.S. Department of Labor’s Secretary Solis in Washington D.C. After graduating from law school, Lorelei served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Honor’s Program of the New York State Attorney General's Office. In this position, she investigated businesses for violations of state and federal labor laws and represented the Department of Health in defensive litigation. Prior to becoming an attorney, Lorelei worked for several years for a global monitoring company conducting audits in the field of social responsibility. Lorelei graduated cum laude from Hunter College and received a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School where she was a Writing Competition and Articles Editor for the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law. During law school, Lorelei gained experience in criminal defense work; she represented victims of domestic violence in family court, and worked on trafficking and deportation issues.

Kevin R. Johnson

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean, Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law, and Professor of Chicana/o Studies. He joined the UC Davis law faculty in 1989 and was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1998. Johnson became Dean in 2008. He has taught a wide array of classes, including immigration law, civil procedure, complex litigation, Latinos and Latinas and the law, and Critical Race Theory. In 1993, he was the recipient of the law school's Distinguished Teaching Award. Dean Johnson has published extensively on immigration law and civil rights. Published in 1999, his book How Did You Get to Be Mexican? A White/Brown Man's Search for Identity was nominated for the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Dean Johnson’s latest book, Immigration Law and the US-Mexico Border (2011), received the Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards – Best Reference Book. Dean Johnson blogs on ImmigrationProf, and is a regular contributor on immigration on SCOTUSblog.

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a visiting professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He publishes crImmigration.com, a blog about the convergence of criminal and immigration law that was named one of the best law blogs of 2012 by the ABA Journal. His academic interests also center on crimmigration, including teaching a seminar on the topic and having published articles about the right to counsel for immigrants in the criminal justice system, immigration imprisonment, and race-based immigration policing in the UCLA Law Review, BYU Law Review, Maryland Law Review, and Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, among others. His book “Crimmigration Law” (American Bar Association Publishing) will appear in 2015. In addition to teaching a crimmigration seminar, he teaches Immigration Law, Criminal Procedure, and Torts.

Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee writes at the intersection of administrative law and immigration law. He is particularly interested in how enforcement realities constrain immigration law and policy across a variety of contexts and institutions. Recent projects have examined the use and justification of discretionary decision making in immigration enforcement policy, the structural implications of prosecutorial gatekeeping in state courts, and the pathologies associated with regulating employers for immigration and labor law violations. His work has been published in the California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Arizona Law Review, and other legal and scholarly publications.


Resisting Post-Racialism: Strategies for Asserting the Continuing Salience of Racial Discrimination

Sumi Cho

Prof. Cho is a Professor at DePaul University College of Law.  She writes and teaches in the areas of Critical Race Theory, Employment Discrimination, Race, Racism & U.S. Law, and Economic Justice, Identities & Markets. She speaks frequently on issues of racial and social justice, multiracial politics and coalitions, and critical theory and praxis. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies as well as a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She began her academic career at the University of Oregon in the political science department and Ethnic Studies program before joining DePaul’s law school faculty. In addition to teaching at the law school, Prof. Cho also co-founded the Asian American Studies program (now Global Asian Studies) in the Liberal Arts and Sciences College at DePaul University. She is currently involved in a Chicago network of education researchers (www.createchicago.org) organized to challenge corporate-based “school reform” that led to the closing of fifty Chicago public schools last year.

Some of her recent publications relevant to this program’s panel on Post-racialism includePost-Intersectionality: The Curious Reception of Intersectionality in Legal Scholarship, in 10 DuBois Review: Intersectionality Special Issue: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics and Transforming Movements 385: (Carbado, et. al., guest eds., 2013), Critical Race Materialism: Theorizing Justice in the Wake of Global Neoliberalism, 43 Conn. L. Rev. 1513 (2011) (with Frank Valdes) and Post-racialism, 94 Iowa Law Review 1589 (2009).

Athena Mutua

Athena Mutua received her B.A. from Earlham College, her J.D. and M.A. from American University, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. She writes in the areas of critical race and feminist legal theory. Her work includes the edited collection Progressive Black Masculinities (Routledge, 2006) and articles titled “Restoring Justice to Civil Rights Movement Activists: New Historiography and the ‘Long Civil Rights Era’ ” (2008); “The Rise, Development, and Future Directions of Critical Race Theory” (Denver University Law Review, 2006); and “Gender Equality and Women’s Solidarity Across Religious, Ethnic, and Class Difference in the Kenya Constitutional Review Process” in the William and Mary Journal of Women and Law (2006). The latter article involved activism and research for which she received the University of Buffalo Exceptional Scholars Young Investigator’s Award. Her article “Introducing ClassCrits: From Class Blindness to a Critical Legal Analysis of Economic Inequality” (Buffalo Law Review, 2008) explores issues of race and gender as they relate to class structures and introduces the concepts and boundaries of ClassCrits, a project she helped found.

Imani Keith Henry

Since 1993, Imani Henry has been a Staff Organizer at the International Action Center (IAC) working nationally on social justice issues impacting communities of color, women, immigrant/migrant workers and lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer peoples. As a staff member of The Audre Lorde Project, Imani was the first program coordinator of TransJustice, the 1st political group of NYC created by and for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people of color. Philosophically rooted in the client-centered modality of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, Imani has worked as a social service worker and administrator in the cities of New York and Boston since 1992. Much of his background and expertise has been in HIV prevention /education working primarily with adolescent and adults dually-diagnosed with mental health conditions and substance use. Also in 1992, he began working as an organizational development consultant and diversity trainer providing technical assistance to nonprofits, educational institutions, hospitals and small businesses. As a playwright, performer Imani toured with his multimedia theatre performance, B4T (before testosterone), at colleges, conferences and venues across the US, Canada and Europe from 2002-2007. His writing has appeared in several publications including the Lambda award winning Does Your Mama Know (Red Bone Press), Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 years of Black LGBT Writing (Other Countries 2007), and Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle (World View Forum Publishing), and the newly released, Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You (Against Equality Publishing). Since 1993, Imani has been a journalist for the progressive weekly Workers World Newspaper. Currently Imani is working on the 2014 launch of his multi-media performance project, on the gentrification of Brooklyn, NY entitled Before It’s Gone: Take it B(l)ack.

Darren L. Hutchinson

Osagie K. Obasogie

Osagie K. Obasogie, J.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings with a joint appointment at UCSF Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Genetics and Society. Obasogie's scholarly interests include Constitutional law, bioethics, sociology of law, and reproductive and genetic technologies. His writings have spanned both academic and public audiences, with journal articles in venues such as the Law & Society Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Stanford Technology Law Review, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics along with commentaries in outlets including the New York Times, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and New Scientist. His first book, Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind, was published by Stanford University Press and his second book on the past, present, and future of bioethics is under contract with the University of California Press. Obasogie received his B.A. with distinction from Yale University, his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a fellow with the National Science Foundation.


The Dangers of Discretion in Criminal Justice

Amna Akbar

Amna Akbar is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Professor Akbar received her B.A. from Barnard College and her J.D. the University of Michigan, where she served as editor-in-chief of theMichigan Law Review.

After law school she clerked for Judge Gerard E. Lynch in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She spent two years as a staff attorney with the Queens Legal Service Corp., part of Legal Services NYC, and taught for three years as a clinical fellow with the International Human Rights Clinic at New York University, and one year at City University of New York Law School in the CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility) project, a cross-clinical collaboration between the Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic and the Defenders Clinic. Her research focuses on the intersections of national security and criminal law.

Aya Gruber

Professor Gruber joined the University of Colorado Law School faculty as a professor of law in 2010 and was honored by the students with the Outstanding New Faculty Member award in 2012. Prior to her appointment at Colorado, she was a professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law and a founding faculty member at Florida International University College of Law, South Florida's first public law school. Professor Gruber teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure (Investigation), Criminal Procedure (Adjudication), and other courses related to criminal law and critical theory. Professor Gruber earned her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with departmental honors. She then attended Harvard Law School, from which she graduated magna cum laude, and served as an editor on the Women’s Law Journal and International Law Journal. After law school, Professor Gruber clerked on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and then served as a felony trial attorney with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. and Federal Public Defender in Miami. Professor Gruber’s main research areas are substantive criminal law (emphasizing victim’s rights, race, and gender); criminal procedure, feminist legal theory, and national security and foreign relations law. She is an author and the primary editor of a book on comparative criminal procedure and has published extensively in prominent law reviews. A frequent public speaker on criminal justice, Professor Gruber has appeared on Fox News, ABC, and PBS, and is quoted in various news outlets, including the Denver Post, Slate, and Wired Magazine.

K. Babe Howell

K. Babe Howell is an Associate Professor, CUNY School of Law. Professor Howell’s research focuses on the intersection of the criminal justice system and race. She is particularly interested in the effects of policing of minor offenses and alleged gang affiliations and the impact such policing has on the legitimacy of the criminal justice system and communities of color. Before joining academia, Babe was a practicing trial lawyer in the area of criminal defense in New York City for eight years. During this time she worked at both The Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan and at The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.

Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele

Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele is the Senior Community Organizer in LDF’s Criminal Justice Project. He is a community organizer and educator from Central Brooklyn. From 1994 – 1998 Lumumba served as programming coordinator at the Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCC). During his tenure at CCC, he also co-found Azabache, an organizers training conference and workshop series for young activists. All the while as a Black Studies Major at City College of NY/CUNY, he went on to receive his Masters in Human Service from Lincoln University in 1998. As a member and organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Mr. Akinwole-Bandele helped establish its campaign to counter police abuse and misconduct. He also co-founded the world renowned Black August Hip Hop Project. Black August raises awareness and support for political prisoners in the United States. From 2002 to 2007 Lumumba served as a counselor and lecturer at Medgar Evers College/CUNY. Lumumba currently serves as an adjunct lecturer teaching Community Organizing at Lehman College/CUNY.

L. Song Richardson

Professor Richardson joined the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law in 2012. She received her BA from Harvard College and her JD from The Yale Law School. Professor Richardson’s research utilizes the science of implicit social cognition to study criminal procedure, criminal law and policing. Currently, she is working on a book that examines the legal and moral implications of mind sciences research on policing and criminal procedure. Her co-edited book titled The Future of Criminal Justice in America was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. Professor Richardson’s scholarship has been published in The Yale Law Journal and by law journals at Cornell, Duke, Northwestern, and Minnesota, among others. Her legal career has included partnership at a boutique criminal law firm and work as a state and federal public defender in Seattle, Washington. She was also an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Immediately upon graduation from law school, Professor Richardson was a Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellow with the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in Brooklyn, NY. Professor Richardson has been featured in numerous local and national news programs, including 48 Hours. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Law and Social Science.


The Master’s House: Navigating Racial Identity in Institutions of Power

Nancy Leong

Nancy Leong is an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the William & Mary School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law. In fall 2013 she was a Visiting Professor at the UCLA School of Law. She is the author of over twenty articles on race, discrimination, and constitutional rights. Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, among others. Prior to entering academia, Professor Leong practiced First Amendment law with Americans United for Separation of Church and State and clerked for Judge Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She attended Northwestern University and Stanford Law School.

Thandeka Chapman

Dr. Thandeka K. Chapman has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Chapman’s work focuses on schooling outcomes of desegregation policies in urban and suburban districts. Chapman conducts research with teachers and students in urban and racially diverse settings to examine and resolve the ways in which institutional racism is manifested in school climate, curriculum, adult and student relationships, and school policies. Under the umbrella of research in urban and racially diverse settings, Chapman also researches teaching and learning writing in secondary classrooms. Chapman employs her research findings to assist districts and traditional and charter schools in alleviating barriers to student learning, and developing policies, teaching practices, and curricula that better serve the social and academic needs of all students. Chapman has published in the areas of English education, qualitative inquiry, critical race theory, urban education, and multicultural education. Chapman co-edited Social Justice Pedagogy: The Practice of Freedom (2010), and The History of Multicultural Education (2008), a six volume book set chronicling the development of multicultural education in the U.S. through influential articles.

Luke C. Harris

Randall Kennedy

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School. He attended Yale Law School and clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright and Justice Thurgood Marshall. He has written many articles, including "Racial Critiques of Legal Academia," and several books, including Race, Crime and the Law which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize. A member of the bar of the District of Columbia,Kennedy is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Charter Trustee of Princeton University.


Federal Indian Law

Kristen Carpenter

Kristen Carpenter is Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the American Indian Law Program at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Carpenter’s research focuses on the legal claims of indigenous peoples with respect to issues of property, religion, and human rights. Her articles have been published in the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, American Indian Law Review and others. Professor Carpenter has been honored with several awards at the University of Colorado including the Provost’s Achievement Award for Scholarship and the Law School’s Outstanding New Faculty Award. She served as an associate dean at the law school from 2011-2013.

Before entering academia, Professor Carpenter clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and was an associate at Hill & Barlow, P.C. in Boston. Her Indian law experience includes work at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and at the law firms of Fredericks, Pelcyger, Hester & White and Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson. Professor Carpenter remains active in pro bono work on American Indian cultural and religious freedoms. In 2012, she was elected to the American Law Institute and is an Adviser on the ALI’s Restatement of Indian Law Project. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

Matthew Fletcher

Matthew L.M. Fletcher is Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. He is the Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement, Third, The Law of American Indians. He sits as the Chief Justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court and also sits as an appellate judge for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Lower Elwha Tribe, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, and the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, located in Peshawbestown, Michigan. Professor Fletcher graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997 and the University of Michigan in 1994.

Professor Fletcher co-authored the sixth edition of Cases and Materials on Federal Indian Law (2011). Professor Fletcher is under contract with West Publishing to write a hornbook on federal Indian law. He also authored American Indian Tribal Law (2011), the first casebook for law students on tribal law; The Return of the Eagle: The Legal History of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (2012); and American Indian Education: Counternarratives in Racism, Struggle, and the Law (2008). He co-edited The Indian Civil Rights Act at Forty with Kristen A. Carpenter and Angela R. Riley (2012), and Facing the Future: The Indian Child Welfare Act at 30 with Wenona T. Singel and Kathryn E. Fort (2009). Finally, Professor Fletcher is the primary editor and author of the leading law blog on American Indian law and policy, Turtle Talk,http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/.

Wenona Singel

Wenona T. Singel is an Associate Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and the Associate Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center. She teaches courses in the fields of federal Indian law and natural resources law, and her research and publications address the development of tribal legal systems and tribal accountability for human rights.

In addition to teaching, Ms. Singel’s professional activities include serving as the Chief Appellate Justice for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and former service as the Chief Appellate Judge for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. From 2006 – 2009, she served as President and Board Member of the Michigan Indian Judicial Association. On March 29, 2012, the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent President Barack Obama's nomination of her to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Ms. Singel is also an elected member of the American Law Institute, where she is the Co-Reporter for the project to develop a Restatement of the Law of American Indians.

Ms. Singel is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. She received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Angela Riley

Angela R. Riley is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and Director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. She is also the Director of UCLA's J.D./M.A. joint degree program in Law and American Indian Studies. Her research focuses on issues related to indigenous peoples’ rights, with a particular emphasis on cultural property and Native governance. Her work has been published in the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review,California Law Review, Washington Law Review and others. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma and her law degree from Harvard Law School.

After clerking for Chief Judge T. Kern of the Northern District of Oklahoma, she worked as a litigator at Quinn Emanuel in Los Angeles, specializing in intellectual property litigation. In 2003 she was selected to serve on her tribe’s Supreme Court, becoming the first woman and youngest Justice of the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma. In 2010, she was elected as Chief Justice. She now serves as Co-Chair for the United Nations - Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership Policy Board, which is a commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and calls for its full realization through the mobilization of financial and technical assistance. She is also an Evidentiary Hearing Officer for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.

Gerald Torres

Gerald Torres is Marc and Beth Goldberg Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Cornell

Law School and the Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the University of Texas. Professor Torres is former president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He is a leading figure in critical race theory, environmental law and federal Indian Law. He came to UT Law in 1993 after teaching at The University of Minnesota Law School, where he also served as Associate Dean. Torres has served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to then U.S. attorney general Janet Reno.

His book, The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2002) with Harvard law professor Lani Guinier, was described by Publisher's Weekly as "one of the most provocative and challenging books on race produced in years." Torres' many articles include "Translation and Stories" (Harvard Law Review, 2002), "Who Owns the Sky?" (Pace Law Review, 2001) (Garrison Lecture),"Taking and Giving: Police Power, Public Value, and Private Right" (Environmental Law, 1996), and "Translating Yonnondio by Precedent and Evidence: The Mashpee Indian Case" (Duke Law Journal, 1990). Torres has served on the board of the Environmental Law Institute, the National Petroleum Council and on EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He is currently Vice Chair of Earth Day Network and Board Chair of the Advancement Project as well as serving on the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Texas League of Conservation Voters. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. Torres was honored with the 2004 Legal Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for his work to advance the legal rights of Latinos. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Stanford and Yale law schools.


Media Matters: Flipping the Script on Race

Alison Roh Park

Alison Roh Park has worked in communications strategy and implementation for social justice organizations operating on a local to international scale for the past 10 years. With a focus on racial justice, she has provided communications support on campaigns including the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice and other media rights and access campaigns with the Center for Media Justice, and on groundbreaking litigation on NYPD stops-and-frisks and racial discrimination by the FDNY, and torture under the Bush administration with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She has appeared on Univision and Telemundo and has been quoted in national and international media on issues of international human rights, gender justice, and institutional racism. She currently teaches Asian American studies and media studies at Hunter College, the City University of New York and blogs for RaceFiles.com. Alison Roh Park is also a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, Kundiman fellow and has been recognized by the Poetry Society of America and Poets and Writers Magazine. Photo credit: Yoon Kim

Akiba Solomon

Akiba Solomon is the Managing Editor of Colorlines.com and an NABJ-Award winning journalist, editor and essayist from West Philadelphia. Online, she has written about the intersection between gender and race for Colorlines.com and culture for Ebony.com. As Colorlines.com’s inaugural reporting fellow, Solomon reported on reproductive health access for women of color during and immediately after President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. A graduate of Howard University, the Brooklyn resident co-edited Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts (Perigee, 2005), an anthology of original essays and oral memoirs about Black women and body image. Solomon has also been a researcher for Glamour, a health editor for Essence and a senior editor for the print versions of Vibe Vixen and The Source. She has also written for a range of publications on a freelance basis, including Redbook, Vibe and Heart & Soul. As a panelist, she has spoken about women’s and social justice issues through the lens of hip-hop culture at a range of institutions including The Schomburg Center for the Research in Black Culture, Stanford University, Yale University, Harvard University and The University of Chicago.

Ian Haney Lopez

Ian Haney López is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. One of the nation’s leading thinkers on how racism has evolved in the United States since the civil rights era, Ian’s current research emphasizes the connection between racial divisions and growing wealth inequality in the United States. His most recent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, lays bare how conservative politicians exploit racial pandering to convince many voters to support policies that ultimately favor the very rich and hurt everyone else.

Ian is also the author of White by Law as well asRacism on Trial, books that explore the legal construction of race. A constitutional law scholar, he has written extensively on how once-promising legal responses to racism have been turned into restrictions on efforts to promote integration. He has been a visiting law professor at Yale, New York University, and Harvard, where he served as the Ralph E. Shikes Visiting Fellow in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He holds a master’s in history from Washington University, a master’s in public policy from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard. In 2011, Ian received an Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, awarded to scholars whose work furthers the integration goals of Brown v. Board of Education, and he currently serves as a Senior Fellow at Demos.

Michèle Stephenson

Michèle Stephenson is a graduate of McGill University and Columbia University School of Law. After serving as law clerk for the Honorable Judge Jack B. Weinstein in the Eastern District of New York, and following a previous career in international development in West Africa, Stephenson’s legal work brought her to human rights and racial justice advocacy at Peter Gabriel’s organization, WITNESS. Her eclectic background and experiences ultimately led to her true passion: non-fiction storytelling. An early pioneer in the Web 2.0 revolution, Stephenson used video storytelling to structure advocacy campaigns and train advocates from around the globe.

Stephenson’s work has been broadcast on PBS, Showtime, the Sundance Channel and the Starz Network. She is also a recipient of the Sundance Institute, Tribeca All Access, Tribeca New Media Fund and BAVC fellowships. Her recent documentary film,
American Promise, is the winner of the 2013 African-American Critics Association Award for Best Documentary, The Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and the Full Frame Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. She is also a recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media.