Dean Nelson Honored at Annual Black Pre-Law Conference

Nov. 7, 2019

Dean Camille Nelson

On Nov. 8-9, 2019, Dean Camille Nelson will be honored among the nation’s Black law deans at the 15th Annual Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair taking place at the Columbia University School of Law in New York City. Dean Nelson is also a featured speaker at the conference, where she will address “Lawyers as Leaders” in a Ted-talk style presentation.

The National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair, celebrating 15 consecutive years this year, is the nation's premier information-sharing and networking event for aspiring Black lawyers. 

Prior to her appointment as dean of American University Washington College of Law in summer 2016, Dean Nelson was the first woman and person of color to serve as dean of Suffolk University School of Law in Boston. She has taught Contracts, Comparative Criminal Law, Transnational Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Professional Responsibility. Prior to entering academia, Dean Nelson was a litigator, and clerked for the Supreme Court of Canada.

Dean Nelson is an expert on the intersection of critical race theory and cultural studies with particular emphasis on health law, criminal law and procedure, and comparative law. She has published many impactful articles, chapters, and essays that have appeared in many publications, such as Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, and New York University Review of Law & Social Change.

She was recently named among the top 35 Women in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine, and the “Most Influential People in Legal Education” by National Jurist. Dean Nelson also received the Paul Robeson Distinguished Alumni Award from the Black Law Students Association of Columbia Law School in 2017. In recognition of her leadership in diversity and inclusion, Suffolk University Law School’s annual diversity award has been named in her honor.