University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA Aug. 1997 May 2000
Juris Doctor

Virginia Law Review, Member, Articles Review Board; Dillard Fellow; member, Black Law Students Association; conducted student led “interviews” of faculty candidates where candidates questioned students about campus life.

Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Cambridge, MA Sept. 1992 June 1996
A.B. Government, Magna Cum Laude

Harry S. Truman Scholar; Board of Directors, Phillips Brooks House Association, Inc., the student run public service 501(c)(3) corporation; Coordinator, Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program.

Academic Experience

Professor of Law July 2012-present
Associate Professor of Law July 2009-June 2012
Tenured as a Full Professor. Teach Constitutional Law, Race and the Law, Law Review Seminar, and Criminal Procedure; serving as the College of Law representative to the Faculty Senate, which is the University-wide mechanism for implementing faculty governance; served as an elected representative to the Senate Executive Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Faculty Senate that works directly with the University President; serving as Faculty Advisor to the Law Review Committee; playing a significant role in planning the Law Review 2014 Symposium; serving as Chair of the Faculty Recruitment Committee; served as Chair of the Curriculum Committee; past and present member of the Curriculum Committee, Faculty Recruitment Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Academic Standards Committee; served on the Failed States Symposium committee; co-advisor (2009-2012) and advisor (2012-2013), Pride Law; past advisor, Black Law Students Association.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dec. 2011-July 2013
Chief academic administrator in the College of Law
Worked to establish operational policies and procedures regarding academic objectives, particularly regarding curricular direction and the push to increase assessment and data collection/analysis
Monitored course syllabi in order to ensure that instructors in required courses were drafting learning outcomes that met COL program outcomes
Monitored exams in order to determine whether or not they were appropriate for law students
Developed a first-stage curriculum map
Began developing a plan for calibrated grading across courses
Began developing a plan for data collection in order to determine whether or not students are achieving the learning outcomes in their classes
Developed new course evaluation forms
Met with academic and administrative personnel to disseminate information, identify problems, and ensure adherence to goals/objectives;
Advised staff and students on problems relating to policies, program administration, and personal matters, and recommending solutions
Represented the College of Law before the ABA and WASC (during WASC’s visit to the University of La Verne)
Determined course schedules
Hired and supervised adjunct personnel
Offered assistance in orientation programs
Numerous other responsibilities

Assistant Professor

Taught Constitutional Law I and II, Race and the Law, Constitutional Reform, and Torts I and II; served on Faculty Recruitment, Curriculum, and Inclusiveness Committees; Advisor, OUTLaw; served the law school community through substantial interaction with students by participating in various student life activities.


Rethinking Section Five: Deference, Direct Regulation, and Restoring Congressional Authority to Enforce the Fourteenth Amendment, 65 RUTGERS L. REV. 667 (2013).

The Shifting Doctrinal Face of Immutability, 19 VA. J. SOC. POL’Y & L. 169 (2012).

Exploring the Impact of the Marriage Amendments: Can Public Employers Offer Domestic Partner Benefits to Their Gay and Lesbian Employees? 17 VA. J. SOC. POL’Y & L. 83 (2009).

Something Old, Something New: Civic Virtue and the Case for Same-Sex Marriage, 17 UCLA WOMEN’S L. J. 53 (2007).


Stigma, Anti-Sodomy Statutes, and the Lost Promise of Lawrence (discussing the discriminatory impact on the LGBT community of maintaining anti-sodomy laws on the books).

Dignity, Windsor, and the Fundamental Right to Marry (discussing courts’ increased willingness to accept fundamental rights claims in the same-sex marriage context after the Supreme Court decision in Windsor)

Selected Presentations and Workshops

Stigma, Anti-Sodomy Statutes, and the Lost Promise of Lawrence, presented at LatCrit 2013 Biennial Conference (Chicago, IL) (October 2013); to be presented at the Fourth Annual Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (Chicago, IL) (November 2013)

Marriage Wars: The Consequences of Windsor and Beyond, Riverside County Bar Association, CLE Brown Bag Series (Riverside, CA) (October 2013)

Rethinking Section Five: Deference, Direct Regulation, and Restoring Congressional Authority to Enforce the Fourteenth Amendment, presented at the La Verne Academy Faculty Lecture Series (La Verne, CA) (April 2013)

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the Free Speech/Diversity Crossroad, presented at the 2008 Conference for the American Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Villanova University (Villanova, PA) (September 2008).

Exploring the Impact of the Marriage Amendments: Can Public Employers Offer Domestic Partner Benefits to Their Gay and Lesbian Employees?, presented at the following: (1) University of Missouri School of Law Faculty Exchange Workshop (Columbia, MO) (September 2007); Hofstra University School of Law Colloquium on Law and Sexuality (Hempstead, NY) (February 2008); and (3) The Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop (Denver, CO) (June 2008).

Something Old, Something New: Civic Virtue and the Case for Same-Sex Marriage, presented at the following: (1) Rutgers School of Law Faculty Exchange Workshop (Camden, NJ) (March 2006); and (2) Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia Feminist Law Teachers Conference (Philadelphia, PA) (February 2007).

Free Speech and Equality, presented at the Villanova University Constitution Day Forum (Villanova, PA) (September 2006).

Media Appearances

The Beautiful Struggle, KPFK: Guest speaker discussing National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Beautiful Struggle, KPFK: Guest speaker discussing the intersection of race and the law in the context of the Trayvon Martin shooting

Professional Experience

Drafted petition for certiorari to United States Supreme Court and drafted reply brief; drafted opening and reply appellate briefs; drafted motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, judgment on the pleadings, demurrers, bankruptcy fee applications, and various other motions, oppositions, and reply briefs; worked as lead associate on five cases; took and defended depositions; prepared extensive trademark parody research in support of United States Supreme Court petition for certiorari; made various court appearances; participated in numerous discovery tasks, including witness interviews, document review, issuance of subpoenas, issuance of document requests, requests for interrogatories, requests for admission, and other activities; completed six day trial advocacy training course modeled on the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Law Clerk for the Honorable Richard W. Roberts
Drafted numerous bench memoranda and opinions in a variety of areas, including: (1) employment discrimination alleged by secret service agents; (2) criminal procedure and Vienna Convention issues in a federal prosecution of South American drug dealers; (3) plea agreements and sentence calculations pursuant to the United States Sentencing Guidelines; (4) application of the Americans with Disabilities Act in an HIV discrimination case; (5) section 1983 civil rights case brought by an individual accused of using illegal drugs in the workplace; (6) constitutional authority of a federally-created District of Columbia entity to close a local hospital; (7) contract disputes; (8) implementation of regulations regarding oil and gas leasing in the Alaska National Petroleum Reserve planning area; (9) numerous evidentiary issues relating to the admission of evidence and testimony in federal drugs and guns cases.

Dillard Fellow, Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant
Reviewed, critiqued, and corrected legal research and writing memoranda, briefs, and other papers for 15 first year law students.

BALLARD SPAHR ANDREWS AND INGERSOLL, Philadelphia, PA July 1999 Aug. 1999
Summer Associate
Prepared research memoranda on a variety of subjects, including predatory pricing, estate law, and patent law; prepared handbook describing employee rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

WILLIAMS AND CONNOLLY, Washington, D.C. May 1999 June 1999
Summer Associate
Prepared research memoranda on a variety of subjects, including jury tampering, New York tort law, and media law.

JONES DAY REAVIS AND POGUE, Cleveland, OH May 1998 Aug. 1998
Summer Associate
Prepared research memoranda on a variety of subjects, including the Delaware business judgment rule, construction law, tort law, and employment law; drafted contracts
U. S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE, ANTITRUST DIV., Washington, D.C. Aug. 1996 Aug. 1997
Honors Program, Paralegal
Served as lead paralegal on a major radio consolidation case arising under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association
Member, California State Bar (since December 2000)
Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Member, National LGBT Bar Association
Appointed to the Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, May 2006
Served as a board member for AIDS Law Pennsylvania, 2006