Next Hofstra Law Faculty Workshop Speaker: Prof. Janai Nelson

Professor Norman I. Silber announced the next speaker in the SPRING 2009 HOFSTRA LAW SCHOOL FACULTY WORKSHOP AND SPEAKER SERIES: Professor Janai Nelson.

Monday, April 20 at 12:10 p.m. in the Hofstra Law School Faculty Lounge.

Professor Janai Nelson, who joined the St. John’s Law School faculty in 2006, is the Assistant Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, where she teaches in the areas of election law and political participation, voting rights, and professional responsibility. Professor Nelson previously directed the Political Participation project at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where she oversaw all voting related litigation and matters, litigated voting rights and redistricting cases, and worked on criminal justice issues on behalf of African Americans and other under-served communities.

She has chosen as the topic of her presentation to consider the problem of criminal disenfranchisement from a comparative perspective, using West Africa (Ghana) as the focal point.. Her working title is “Democracy, Disfranchisement, and the Rule of Law: West Africa’s Tale of a Maturing Democracy.” In the year before she joined St. John’s, Professor Nelson was a Fulbright Scholar at the Legal Resources Center in Accra, Ghana, where she researched the political disfranchisement of persons with criminal convictions and what it portends for the advancement of democracy in Ghana.

Those not on the Hofstra faculty are asked please emailJoyce.A.Cox@hofstra.edu or call 516-463-6339 to reserve a space.

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