Tomiko Brown-Nagin to Lecture at W&L on Civil Rights Movement

Lexington, VA Thursday, March 24, 2011


Prof. Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, the Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History at the University of Virginia School of Law, will present a public lecture at Washington and Lee University School of Law on Wednesday, March 30. The lecture will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall.

The title of Brown-Nagin's lecture is "Remembering Movement Lawyers and Rethinking Constitutional History from the Bottom Up." Her talk is based on selections from her book, Courage to Dissent, which is about lawyers, courts, and community-based activism during the Civil Rights Era. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Brown-Nagin holds a doctorate in history from Duke University and a law degree from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She teaches courses on American social and legal history, constitutional law, education law and policy, and public interest law. She has written widely on civil rights history and law, and published in both law and history journals. She was the Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School in fall 2008.

Prior to teaching, Brown-Nagin clerked for Judge Robert L. Carter of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and Judge Jane Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. Before entering private practice, Brown-Nagin held the Charles Hamilton Houston Fellowship at Harvard Law School and the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at New York University School of Law.

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