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Areas of Expertise:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights
  • First Amendment
  • Race and the Law

Angela Mae Kupenda

 

Professor of Law

 

Education:

 

  • J.D., Mississippi College School of Law, Graduated with high honors and first in her class, Law Review Associate Editor
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School of Business (S.S. Huebner Fellowship)
  • B.S., Jackson State University, summa cum laude

 

 

Judicial Clerkships:

 

  • Judicial Law Clerk for Senior Judge Paul Roney(former Chief Judge), Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Judicial Law Clerk for Chief Judge Charles Clark, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jackson, MS
  • Clerking Intern for (Former) Justice Fred L. Banks, Jr., Miss. Supreme Court

 

 

Professional Experience:

 

  • Professor of Law, Mississippi College School of Law, 1995-present
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, IN, Fall 2001-Spring 2002
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor of Teaching Excellence, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH, Spring 2001
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Boston College Law School, Boston, MA, Fall 2000
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
  • Consultant, Appellate Litigation
  • Associate, Phelps Dunbar, Jackson, MS
  • Associate, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.
  • Intern, Constitutional Torts Department of the Civil Division U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

 

 

Scholar-in-Residence:

 

  • Visiting Scholar-in-Residence. Fannie Lou Hamer Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, Jackson State University, MS, April - October 2009.
  • Visiting Scholar-in-Residence. Pine Manor Women's College, Chestnut Hill, MA, August-December 2000.
 
 
 

Graduate Faculty:

 

  • Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, since Fall 2012
  • Outside Member of Ph. D. Dissertation Committee, University of Iowa, 2008-09

     

     

Honors & Professional Memberships:

 

  • Mississippi Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Magnolia Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Association of Black Women in Higher Education
  • Society of American Law Teachers
  • MC Law Shirley Norwood Jones Faculty Collegiality Award in 2014
  • MC Law R. Jess Brown Chapter of the Black Law Students Association and Alumni, Special Award in recognition of her contributions to student success in scholarship and “for her dedicated service to her students over the many years,” March 2013
  • External Advisor, JSUAdvance (National Science Foundation grant to improve status of women in STEM and Social and Behavioral Sciences disciplines at HBCU) 2010-11
  • MC Law Dean’s Faculty Professionalism Award 2009-10
  • Fellow (race and professionalism), National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (Georgia State University) 2007
  • Inaugural Fellow (race and professionalism), National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (Georgia State University) 2005
  • Charles F. Crutchfield Professorial Excellence Award, Notre Dame Law School, 2002
  • R. Jess Brown Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, MC Law, Faculty award, numerous years
 
 
 
 

Student Scholarly Advisement and Mentoring: 

 

  • Advised and mentored published scholarly works, authored or coauthored, of "23" different law students/alums from 1998-2014, and "one" undergraduate mentee publication in 2014
  • Advised and mentored "8" law student writing competition wins from 2010-2014, and "one" undergraduate mentee competition win in 2014
  • Advised and mentored "27" student/mentee academic conference presentations of scholarship from 2009-2014

 

 

Publications:

 

  • Mama Told Us, But We Always Were Hardheaded:  Simple Race Lessons for Complicated Times, Book is work in progress
  • The Laughter and The Terror, co-authored with her mother Minnie L.P.D. Moore (A recount of five generations of a Black family in Mississippi), Book is a work in progress
  • Tell it to the Court:  Judge A. Leon Higginbotham’s 1991 open charge and Justice Clarence Thomas’ 25 year evidentiary response, Article in progress, with co-authors Carlyn Hicks and Stephen Parks
  • Equality Lost in Time and Space, Article in progress
  • Academic Peace-Time Strategies Post-Tenure, A guide especially for underrepresented groups, Essay in progress, with co-author Professor Tamara Lawson (St. Thomas University School of Law)
  • On the Receiving End of Influence: Helping craft the scholarship of my students and how their work influences me, Essay in progress
  • Proposals to Unlock the Cartels, Book review essay, of Daria Roithmayr’s book, Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock in White Advantage (New York 2014), Book review essay in progress
  • Relics from the Past Still Coloring a High Price for Leisure for Blacks in the Deep South, Article, in The Monograph Series, International Research Forum, National Association for Hispanic and Latino Studies (forthcoming 2014)
  • Will the South Rise Again and, if so, in what Form?:  Lessons about resisting the fear of cultural understanding, forthcoming in ___ The John Marshall Law Review___ (Chicago, LatCrit Symposium Issue) (forthcoming 2014)
  • Transforming Climates for the Academic Woman of Color:  Facilitating Greater Understanding in the Workplace Climate and in Social Structures, Invited Paper, co-authored with Dr. Loretta A. Moore (Jackson State University), Dr. Michelle D. Deardorff (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), Dr. Evelyn J. Leggette (Jackson State University), Publication forthcoming in the proceedings of The Twelfth Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering Technology (LACCEI ‘2014)
  • Challenging Presumed (Im)Morality:  A Personal Narrative (essay), 29 Berkeley Journal of Gender & Justice 295 (2013-14) 
  •  Reflections on PRESUMED INCOMPETENT:  The Intersections of Race and Class for Women of Color in Academia Symposium — The Plenary Panel, 29 Berkeley Journal of Gender & Justice 195 (2013-14), Co-authored with other plenary panelists Law Professors Maritza I. Reyes, Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Stephanie M. Wildman, and Adrien Katherine Wing (follow up March  2013  conference held at Berkeley celebrating the  book, Presumed Incompetent:  The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, edited by Professors Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Angela P. Harris, Utah State University Press, 2012) 
  • Innovations in the Classroom, Taking a Soak in the Law (short essay), American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Teaching Methods, Newsletter, Spring 2014
  • Deliberately Pursue: The Talk (short essay), The Center for Diversity in the Legal Profession, CUNY, Newsletter, Spring 2014  
  • Using Feathery Birds to Disguise Hateful Speech: AVATAR; Hillary – The Movie; Citizens United; and How Birds of the Same Feather Flock Together, 49 Gonzaga Law Review 1 (2013-14) (Lead Article) 
  • Book Review of the book, Liberty and Security by Conor Gearty, The Law and Politics Book Review, Rule of Law Post 9/11 Issue, vol. 23, no. 10, 2013, published by The Law and Courts Section, The American Political Science Association
  • May It Please the Court? A Short Story, 6 the crit, Critical Legal Studies Journal 69 (2013) (University of Idaho College of Law)
  • Facing Down the Spooks (essay), in book, Presumed Incompetent:  The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Angela P. Harris, eds. (Utah State University Press, 2012) 
  • Technological Cultural Disconnects, Impacts on Equality:  USA Legal Discourse, published in Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Appropriate Technology, Section on Policy and Standards, South Africa, edited by Hattie Carwell, Bradford Grant, Gada Kadoda, John Tharakan, John Trimble and Charles Verharen, Pretoria, South Africa, pages 261-67, November 2012
  • Motherhood and the Constitution:  (Re) Thinking the Power of Women to Facilitate Change, 15 University of Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest 501 (2012)
  • (Re) Complexioning a Simple Tale:  Race, Speech and Colored Leadership, 48 The California Western Law Review 399 (2012)
  • (Re) Sculpting a Movement in the Classroom:  Post-Obama Inauguration Challenges for Educators for Change, 1 Journal of Race, Gender and Poverty, Southern University Law Center 51 (2009-10)
  • Negotiating Social Mobility and Critical Citizenship: Institutions at a Crossroads, co-authored with Dr. Michelle D. Deardorff (JSU, Political Science Department), 22 University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 335 (2011)
  • Academic War Strategies for Nonviolent Armies of One (essay), 4 the crit Law Journal, University of Idaho 111 (2011)
  • Risking Collaborative Learning (essay), and Why I Teach (essay), in book Gerry Hess, Steven Friedland, Sophie Sparrow and Michael Hunter Schwartz, Techniques for Teaching Law II (Carolina Academic Press 2011)
  • Political Invisibility of Black Women:  Still suspect but No Suspect Class, 50 Washburn L.J. 109 (2010), co-authored with former students Letitia Simmons Johnson and Ramona Seabron-Williams
  • The Struggling Class:  Replacing an Insider White Female Middle Class Dream with a Struggling Black Female Reality, 18 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law 725 (2010)
  • The Obama Election and a Blacker America: Lawfully Creating Tension for Change, 1 Faulkner Law Review 187 (2010)
  • Why Punished for Speaking President Obama’s Name within the Schoolhouse Gates? And can educators constitutionally truth-en marketplace of ideas about Blacks? , with co-author, MCSOL Acting Acquisitions Librarian, Tiffany R. Paige, 35 Thurgood Marshall Law Review 57 (2009)
  • Donning Judicial Robes, Cloaking Racial Views:  Judicial Speech on Matters Involving Race, Especially on the Jena Six, with coauthors Evelyn Holden and Ke Yuan, 36 Southern University Law Review 207 (2009)
  • The State as Batterer:  Learning from Family Law to Address America’s Family-Like Racial Dysfunction, 20 University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 33 (2009)
  • Loss of Innocence, essay in book, Law Touched Our Hearts:  A Generation Remembers Brown v. Bd. of Education, edited by M.W. Robinson and R.J. Bonnie (Vanderbilt 2009)
  • Encyclopedia Entries, Wood v. Strickland, NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware, Paul v. Davis. Speech in Public Schools, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States, D. Tanenhaus, ed. in chief,  (Macmillan Reference 2008)
  • Reversing White Flight and Reversing Black Flight:  Legal Integrative (In)Voluntary Movements Post PICS, with co-author Dr. Jacqueline M. Jackson, 34 Thurgood Marshall Law Review 93 (2008)
  • Law, Life and Literature:  A critical reflection of life and literature to illuminate how laws of domestic violence, race, and class Bind black women: A critical reflection of Alice Walker’s book The Third Life of Grange Copeland, 42 Howard Law Journal 1 (1999), reprinted in casebook, Domestic Violence by Nancy K.D. Lemon, page 150 (West 2005), page 142 (West 2009). 
  • Book Review, Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, by Bebe Moore Campbell (using literature to teach politics), published in the Law and Politics Book Review (an electronic periodical published by The Law and Courts Section, The American Political Science Association), (Vol. 18 no. 4, April 2008) 303-05.
  • It’s Simple: How Diversity Benefits Whites and How Whites can Simply Benefit Diversity, Publication 6 Seattle J. Soc. Justice 649 (2008). 
  • A Metaphorical Contract Between Blacker and Whiter America, 37 U. of Memphis Law Review 707 (2007).
  • Seeking Different Treatment, or Seeking the Same Regard: Remarketing the Transracial Adoption Debate, 26 Boston College Third World Law Journal 97 (2006)
  • Moving from Fear to Courage, and Replacing Preaching with Reaching, published by the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, University of Florida Levin College of Law (2006)
  • To Whom this May Concern: Re: Brown III, 27 North Carolina Central University Law Journal 216 (2005)
  • Voices and Choices: On Choosing to Stir from the Bottom (Marginalized Citizens and Globalization), introductory essay published in online book, Democracy and Globalization, Symposia on Democracy Series, #4, edited by Charles L. Nieman (2005), http://upress.kent.edu/books/Nieman.htm.
  • Diversity: Do You Really Want It? (Essay), 21 Law & Inequality Journal 415 (2003) (University of Minnesota).
  • On Teaching Constitutional Law When my Race is in their Face (Essay), 21 Law & Inequality Journal 215 (2003) (University of Minnesota).
  • For White Women: "Your Blues Ain't Like Mine," but we all hide our faces and cry: Literary illumination and questioning for black and white sister/friends, 22 Boston College Third World Law Journal 67 (2002).
  • Law, Life and Literature: A critical refection of life and literature to illuminate how laws of domestic violence, race, and class bind black women; A critical refection of Alice Walker's book The Third Life of Grange Copeland, 42 Howard Law Journal (1998) (Lead Article).
  • Law, Life and Literature: Using literature and life to expose transracial adoption laws as adoption on a one way street (with former students A. Thrash, J. Riley Collins, L. Dukes, S. Lewis, and R. Dixon),17 Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal 43 (1998).
  • Aren't Two Parents Better than None: Whether Two Single African American Adults (who are not in a traditional marriage or a romantic or sexual relationship with each other) should be allowed to jointly adopt and coparent African American children, 35 University of Louisville Journal of Family Law 703 (Fall 1997).
  • Aren't Two Parents Better than None, part II: Contractual and statutory basics for a "new" African American coparenting and joint adoption model (with former students A. Wallace, J. Travis, B. Dorsey and B. Guy), 9 Temple's Political and Civil Rights Law Review 59 (1999).
  • Making Traditional Courses more Inclusive: Confessions of an African American female professor who attempted to crash all the barriers at once, 31 University of San Francisco Law Review 975 (Summer 1997).
  • Why Isn't What's Good for the Goose, Also Good for the Gander ?: Confronting the truth and reframing the affirmative action question,24 Southern University Law Review 141 (1997).
  • A New Standing Requirement for First Amendment Litigants?: Bar Owners Resting on Their own Bottoms or still Resting on the Bare Bottoms of Nude Dancers (with former students L. Barry and M. Fijman), 8 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 81 (1998).
  • Remand Law: An Unfair Burden (with Judge W.L. Kidd), 28-4 Trial Lawyers Quarterly 14 (Summer/Fall 1998).
  • Establishing Federal Appellate Jurisdiction by Filing A Timely and Effective Notice of Appeal or Petition, (with Attorney L.T. Munford),11 Fifth Circuit Reporter 313 (March 1994).
  • After the Election, Where do we go from here?, Op'ed, The Jackson Advocate, Mississippi, November 11, 2004, at A4.
  • Unchaining Ourselves from Chronic Illnesses ... and Other New Slaveries, Health Op'ed, The Reporter Newspaper, Ohio, July 10, 2004, at B1.
  • Unchaining Ourselves from chronic illnesses, Part I and II, Health Oped, The Jackson Advocate Newspaper, Mississippi, June 24, 2004, at A12, and July 1, 2004, at A12.
  • Why I Teach?, Op/ed piece,The Law Teacher at 12 (Fall 2003).
  • Where Do We Go From Here? Indirect Affirmative Action and Direct Positive Action-the Way out of the New Slavery? Op/ed, The Reporter Newspaper, Ohio, July 12, 2003, at A2
  • Law School Professors Comment on the Campus Boycott of Justice Clarence Thomas: Did they Do the Right Thing?, Remarks, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Autumn 2002, number 37, p. 115,118.
  • Risking Collaborative Learning, The Law Teacher (spring 2002),http://www.law.gonzaga.edu/ILST/newsletters/spring02/kupenda.htm
 
 

 

Lectures, Panels and Presentations: 

 
 
  • Presenter, Incubator Paper Presentation, The Call and the Response: Justice Clarence Thomas and his almost 25 years of responses to "The Open Letter from Federal Judge Leon Higginbotham,” 8th Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writers Workshop, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, June 2014
  • Chair and Discussant of Session, What’s in a Name? Law, Feminism, and Identity, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2014
  • Presenter, Will the South Rise Again and, if so, in what Form?:  Lessons about resisting the fear of cultural understanding, International Research Forum-National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, Mississippi College, April 2014 
  • Introduced and Moderated Keynote Presentation, The Law Review Symposium: Readdressing the Voting Rights Act, Where is our Nation after Shelby County v. Holder, Mississippi College School of Law, March 2014
  • Speaker, A Black History Review, Black History Month Program, at Pilgrim Branch Missionary Baptist Church, February 2014
  • Commentator, Work in Progress Session on the Fourteenth Amendment, 2013 Northeastern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, December 2013 
  • Panelist, Networking Challenges and Opportunities, discussing success strategies for faculty members from underrepresented groups, LatCrit-SALT (Society of American Law Teachers) Annual Junior Faculty Development Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, October 2013
  • Roundtable Presenter, with other contributors to the book Presumed Incompetent, brainstorming responsibilities of institutions, administrators and senior faculty in addressing inequities in the academy, 2013 Biennial LatCrit Critical Legal Theory Conference:  Resistance Rising:  Theorizing and Organizing Cross-Sector Movements, Chicago, Illinois, October 2013 
  •  Presenter, The Path to Academic Success, MC Law R. Jess Brown Black Law Students' Association (BLSA) Academic Retreat, August 2013
  • Plenary Panelist with other co-contributors from the book, Presumed Incompetent, at the Fourth Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Women of Color Conclave, Virginia.  This event funded by the National Science Foundation, and is the largest national assembly of women faculty of color, representing all academic STEM disciplines, June 2013
  • Session Chair and Discussant, Women's Rights:  Having it All, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, May 30-June 2, 2013
  • Roundtable Panelist, discussing film and race and presenting ongoing work examining commercial speech, political speech, film, and hate speech, Gonzaga Law School conference, “The Pursuit of Justice:  Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality Conference,” Spokane, April 2013 
  • Speaker, Plenary Panel of several co-contributors to Presumed Incompetent:  The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Angela P. Harris, eds. (Utah State University Press, 2012, also available on Amazon.com), at the Symposium of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice, hosted by the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, held in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, March 2013
  • Speaker, “Are We There Yet? No . . . But I hope we are on our way,” honored by her local high school, Forest Hill High School, where 39 years ago was the first Black student to become Valedictorian at the school and delivered a Black History Month talk, February 2013
  •  Peer Reviewer, for the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, January 2013
  • Presenter, Technological Cultural Disconnects, Impacts on Equality:  USA Legal Discourse, Plenary Paper Session II:  Policy Papers, Fifth International Conference on Appropriate Technology, Pretoria, South Africa, November 2012
  • Panelist, On Teaching Class to Law Students, Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship 2012 Conference, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, October 2012 
  • Presenter, May It Please the Court? A Short Story, University of Idaho College of Law 2012 Fall Conference of the crit, Critical Legal Studies Journal, October 2012
  • Presenter, Benefitting from Mid-Semester Revelations, MC Law R. Jess Brown Black Law Students' Association Academic Retreat, September 2012
  • Panel Moderator, "Workshop on Constitutional Law: President Obama and the Courts:  The Appointment Process, Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2012 Conference (SEALS), Amelia Island, Florida, August 2012
  • Discussion Group Panelist, "Post-Civil Rights and Post Racial--Teaching and Training the Next Generation of Advocates," Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2012 Conference (SEALS), Amelia Island, Florida, August 2012
  • Plenary Panel Presenter, “The Burden of Being Black and Female in the Classroom,” at the Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2012
  • Thought in Progress Presenter, "The Permanence of the 'Reasonableness' of Governmental Racial Fear, at the Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2012
  • Lecturer, “Race in America Then and Now:  ‘Post-Racial’ Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement,” a nationally open, college course collaboration between the St. Paul, Minnesota Based, Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy at Jackson State University, June 2012
  • Panelist, “Oral History Panel—Women in the Movement,” Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy at Jackson State University, Institute’s 2012 Student Summer Workshop, “The Southern Civil Rights Movement:  The Pivotal Role of Young People,” June 2012
  • Workshop Presenter, "Steps in the college and high school students’ journeys from high school, college and pre-law, to law school, to their beginning careers," The Reuben V. Anderson Pre-Law Program’s 5th Annual Summer Camp, Tougaloo College, Mississippi, June 2012
  • Panel Discussant, Panel of Section on Race, Class, and Ethnicity, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, April 2012
  • Paper Presenter, Motherhood and the Constitution:  (Re) Thinking the Power of Women to Facilitate Change, 8th International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Vancouver, Washington, February 2012
  • Panel Presenter, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Journal of Law and Public Policy and the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, Panel Discussion, Race Talk in the Age of Obama, February 2012
  • Panel Moderator, Teaching Innovations, AALS Annual Meeting, Workshop on the Future of the Legal Profession and Legal Education: Changes in Law Practice:  Implications for Legal Education, Washington, D.C., January 2012
  • Workshop Participant, The Academic Woman:  Balancing Responsibilities, Expectations and Biases, JSUAdvance, Jackson State University, Jackson, Dec.  2011
  • Luncheon Speaker, Challenges of diversity in the workplace and tools for managing diversity, Capitol Area Human Resources Association, Jackson, Nov. 2011
  • Presenter, “Oh Gosh…It’s November and I’m lost in all my classes!”—How to manage a Planned Panic!,”  Presentation at R. Jess Brown BLSA Meeting, Nov. 2011
  • Paper Presenter, First amendment jurisprudence the court overlooked in Citizens United:  Hillary and Avatar, the films; How Birds of the Same Feather Flock Together, Loyola Con. Law Colloquium, Chicago, Oct. 2011
  • Paper Presenter, (Re) Complexioning a Simple Tale: Race, Speech and Colored Leadership, LatCrit XVI, San Diego, CA, Oct. 2011
  • Workshop Presenter, How to Succeed in Law School, R. Jess Brown BLSA 1L Academic Retreat, August 2011
  • Paper Presenter, Motherhood and the Constitution, AALS Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality, Washington, D.C., June 2011
  • Presenter and External Summer Writing Retreat writing coach in residence, “Overcoming Challenges to One’s Scholarship Agenda,”  JSUAdvance Summer Writing Retreat (National Science Foundation), Canton, Mississippi, June 2011
  • Presenter, “Oral history—Women in the Movement, What I did and what young women and girls can do today to help forge equality,” Fannie Lou Hamer Institute’s Student Summer Workshop, The Southern Civil Rights Movement:  The Pivotal Role of Young People, Jackson State University, June 2011
  • Panel Presenter, Faculty Work Panel, Academic War Strategies for Nonviolent Armies of One, American Association of University Professors, AAUP Conference on the State of Higher Education, Washington, D.C., June 2011
  • Paper Co- Presenter, Negotiating Social Mobility and Critical Citizenship:  Professors at a Crossroads (co-presenter with Dr. Michelle Deardorff, JSU-Political Science), Southeastern-Southwestern-Midwestern Law Faculty of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, March 2011
  • Panel Discussant, Constitutional Conflicts, Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2010
  • Organizer, Moderator, and Writing Advisor for panel of papers of MC Law students and alumni from her seminars, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, LatCrit Conference, October 2010 (presenters were Mission First Staff Attorney Carlyn Hicks ‘10, Law Librarian Stephen Parks ‘10, New York Attorney Ke Yuan ‘08, and 3L Justin Townley ‘Dec.10)
  • Speaker, New Mount Zion M.B. Church, Jackson, Mississippi, Women’s Day Program, Domestic Violence platform, October 2010
  • Presenter, Motherhood and the Constitution, Seton Hall University School of Law, New Jersey, Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, September 2010
  • Panelist,  Pipeline to Academy Program, Seton Hall University School of Law, New Jersey, Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, September 2010
  • Presenter, Motherhood and the Constitution, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, Women as Intercultural Leaders Conference, September 2010
  • Presenter, 3rd Annual Tougaloo College, Reuben V. Anderson Pre-Law Program Summer Camp for high school seniors and undergraduates interested in legal education, hosted by MC Law, summer 2010, co-presenter student research assistant 3L Talibah-mawusi Smith
  • Presenter, Mock Constitutional Law class, MC Law hosted Just the Beginning Foundation, summer 2010, co-teacher student research assistant 3L Talibah-mawusi Smith 
  • Roundtable Presenter, Transformative Law, The Law and Society Association, Chicago, in May 2010
  • Discussant, Executive Power and the Constitution Panel, Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2010
  • Co-presenter, Retrospective 40 year examination of Police Shootings at Kent state and Jackson State, Work in progress presentation, with Terry Neyland (class of 2010), Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, University of South Carolina School of Law, March 2010
  • Panelist, The International Praxis of Transformative Law and Radical Reframing in African American Families, 4th Annual UCLA Critical Race Studies Symposium, Los Angeles, California, March 2010
  • Presenter, Opportunities for Excellence, MCSOL R. Jess Brown Chapter Black Law Students Association, Law Student for a Day, March 2010
  • The State as Batterer:  Learning from Family Law to Address America’s Family-Like Race Dysfunction, Panelist, Communities of Justice, 2009 Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference and University of Dayton Richard R. Baker Colloquium, in November 2009
  • Panelist, Race, Class and Family, LatCrit Conference, American University, Washington, D.C., October 2009
  • Panelist, President Obama’s First Year and the Classroom effect, Texas Wesleyan Univ. Sch. Law, October 2009 
  • Panelist, The Obama Effect on the Legal Profession, with Acting Acquisitions Librarian Tiffany r. Paige, Thurgood Marshall Law School, October 2009
  • Blacker America: Lawfully Creating Tension for Change, also titled Another Chance for Change (a reflection on the Obama Presidency and what it means for America, Keynote Speaker, Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Lecture Series Workshop, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, in October 2009
  • Blacker America: Lawfully Creating Tension for Change, also titled Another Chance for Change (a reflection on the Obama Presidency and what it means for America), Panelist, Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law-Fred Gray Civil Rights Symposium, The Obama Effect on the Legal Profession, in October 2009
  • Reducing the need for Affirmative Action, Panelist, Affirmative Action:  Requiem or Renaissance Conference, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in September 2009
  • From College Freshman to Successful Lawyer:  Steps to Success, Presenter,Reuben V. Anderson Pre-Law Program, 2nd Annual Pre-Law Summer Camp, on Tougaloo and Mississippi College School of Law Campuses, June 2009
  • Constitutional Law Resource, Collaborating with Indiana University, Computer Science Professor Raquel L. Hill, Ph.D. (one of the first Black Ph.D.s in Computer Science from Harvard) who is engaged in research creating technology to protect the privacy rights of medical patients in collaboration with Jackson State University Computer Science Chair and Professor Loretta A. Moore, Ph.D. (IIT, Chicago), June 2009
  • Comparative Cross-National Family and Gender Issues, Panel Moderator, 31st International Congress on Law and Mental Health, New York University Law School, Jun/July 2009
  • The State as Batterer:  Learning from Family Law to Address America’s Family-Like Race Dysfunction, Presentation, 31st International Congress on Law and Mental Health, New York University Law School, in June/July 2009
  • Institutionalizing Access to Justice, Discussant, Law and Society Association, Denver, Colorado, May 2009 
  • On Reaching Your Goals, Remarks, University of Mississippi Black Law Students’ Association Banquet, Oxford, Mississippi, in May 2009
  • Success Strategies, Commencement Program Speaker, Pilgrim Branch M.B. Church, Brandon, MS May 2009
  • Law and Jurisprudence:  The Haves and the Have Nots in the Legal System, Panel Discussant, Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, in April 2009
  • The Struggling Class:  Replacing the White Female Middle Class Dream with a Struggling Black Female Reality, Panelist, Southeast/Southwest Law Faculty of Color Scholarship Conference, Phoenix School of Law, in March 2009
  • Blacker America: Lawfully Creating Tension for Change, also titled Another Chance for Change (a reflection on the Obama Presidency and what it means for America, Roundtable participant, African American Historical Research & Preservation 2009 Black History Conference, Seattle University, in March 2009
  • Blacker America: Lawfully Creating Tension for Change, also titled Another Chance for Change (a reflection on the Obama Presidency and what it means for America), Invited Speaker, Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota, in February 2009
  • Blacker America: Lawfully Creating Tension for Change, also titled Another Chance for Change (a reflection on the Obama Presidency and what it means for America, Invited Speaker, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, in Worthington, Minnesota, in February 2009
  • The Civil Rights Movement and the Law, Then and Now, Led Class Discussion, Turbulent Sixties Course, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, in Worthington, Minnesota, in February 2009
  • A Children’s March for the Past and Future, Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday,Narrator, Pilgrim Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Brandon, Mississippi, January 2009
  • Survival Strategies, Speaker, Magnolia Bar Judicial Symposium for Black Law Student Associations in Mississippi, January 2009
  • Academic War Strategies for Women of Color, Panel Presentation, Association of Black Women in Higher Education, Princeton University, October 2008
  • From 1808:  A 200+years journey from contract chattel to metaphorical contract negotiator,Presentation, The University of Toledo College of Law, Ohio, Conference Commemorating the 1808 federal prohibition on importing slaves, October 2008
  • Women are in the House:  Interdisciplinary Explorations of Social Justice Movements, Panel Moderator, Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Lecture Series Workshop, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, October 2008
  • The State as Batterer: Learning from Family Law to Address America’s Family-Like Race Dysfunction The State as Batterer: Learning from Family Law to Address America’s Family-Like Race Dysfunction, Upcoming Presentation, Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Boston University School of Law, Upcoming September 2008
  • Converting Challenging Conversations in the Classroom into Learning Opportunities, Plenary Presentation, 2008 American Association of Law Schools, Workshop for New Law Teachers, June 2008
  • Teaching Specialty Courses, Small group leader, 2008 Association of American Law Schools, Workshop for New Law Teachers, June 2008
  • The State as Batterer: Learning from Family Law to Address America’s Family-Like Race Dysfunction, Presentation, Law and Society Association, Montreal, Canada, May 2008
  • Diversity and Education Workshop, Workshop Organizer and Faculty Chair, Mississippi College School of Law, May 2008
  • An Educator’s Affirmative and Constitutionally Supported Duty: Promoting Positive Race Speech, Presentation, Joint Conference of the Asian Pacific American Law Faculty and the Western Law Teachers of Color, University of Denver, Strum College of Law, April 2008
  • An Educator’s Affirmative and Constitutionally Supported Duty: Promoting Positive Race Speech, Presentation, Invited Session of the Women of Color Caucus, 31st Annual Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Meeting, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, April 2008
  • Taking Risks when your Presence puts you at Risk: Guidelines for Women and Faculty of Color, Panel Presentation, Society of American Law Teachers’ Teaching Conference, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, March 2008
  • The State as Batterer: Learning from Family Law to Address America’s Family-Like Race Dysfunction, Presentation, Visiting Scholar, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville, February 2008
  • It’s Simple: How Diversity Benefits Whites and How Whites can Simply Benefit Diversity, Presentation, at Brown Undone? Seattle School District Symposium, Seattle University School of Law, February 2008
  • Potential of the Law for Realizing Equality:  Past, Present and Future, Lecturer/Panelist, Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, December 2007
  • Race, Professionalism, Ethics and Moral Commitment, Invited Fellow, National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism Workshop, Georgia State University, November 2007 
  •  Diversity and Education, Visiting Scholar, Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Presenter, Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, October 2007 
  • Examining the Black Female Struggling Class through the lens of Life and Literature,Presentation, 2007 Obermann Humanities Symposium, From Bourgeois to Boojie; Black Middle Class Performances, University of Iowa, October 2007
  • Learnig from Family Law to Address America's Family-Like Race Dysfunction, Presentation, International Society of Family Law, North American Regional Conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 2007
  • Race, Gender, and Class, Participant, Class Crits II Workshop, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, University at Buffalo Law School, New York, May 2007 
  • "An Affirmative Response to Hate Speech: Promoting Positive Race Speech as a Policy Solution," Presentation, Southeastern/Southwestern Law Faculty of Color Conference, Florida A&M University College of Law, Ontario, Florida, March 2007; Presentation, Third International Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington, March 2007; Presentation, Heresy, Blasphemy, and Freedom of Expression, an International, Multi-Disciplinary Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, January 2007 
  • Striving for Balance: Racial Sensitivity, Fairness and Recognition, R. Jess Brown Chapter of the Black Law Students Association Program, Panelist, MCSOL, February 2007 
  • "Will you be a player, or will you be Played in the Legal System," Constitutional Speaker, Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS, September 2006 
  • Co-moderator, "How to Raise and Discuss Issues of Race in the Classroom," Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Teaching Conference, Boston Massachusetts, September 2006
  • "Dispelling Misconceptions, Presentation on Race and Teaching," Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Mid-year Conference: New Ideas for Law School Teachers: Teaching Intentionally, Vancouver, Canada, June 2006
  • "A Metaphorical Contract  between White and Black America," Presented at Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 2006; Presented at Inaugural Spring International Contracts Conference, Diversity of Contract Law, Fort Worth Texas, February 2006
  • "Gaining Admission to Law School," Panelist at Minority Pre-Law Day, Mississippi College/University ofMississippi co-sponsored program, February 2006 
  • Inaugural Fellow, National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, Georgia State, September 2005
  • Constitutional/Citizenship Day Speaker, "Full Citizenship Rights: Are We There Yet?", Jackson State University, September 2005
  • On keeping the torch glowing ... Speaker, R. Jess Brown Black Law Students’ Association Graduation Banquet, Mississippi College School of Law, May 2005.
  • A Metaphorical Contract Between White and Black America, Panelist, Fourth Biennial International Conference, on Intercultural Research, Kent State University, May 2005
  • Seeking Different Treatment, or Seeking the Same Regard: Remarketing the Transracial Adoption Debate, Invited Panelist, Boston College Third World Law Journal Symposium, March 2005
  • Moving from Fear to Courage, and Replacing Preaching with Reaching, Invited Panelist, Race and the Law Curriculum Workshop, University of Florida Levin College of Law, February 2005
  • To Whom this May Concern: Re: Brown III, Responder, Mississippi College School of Law, Brown v. Bd. of Education Program, October 2004
  • Voices and Choices: On Choosing to Stir from the Bottom (Marginalized Citizens and Globalization), Invited Discussant, Fourth Annual Symposium on Democracy, Kent State University, April 2003.
  • Addressing Issues of Diversity in the Classroom: Do We Really Want “It”? Presented Faculty Administrators workshop, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH, February 2001.
  • One Black Woman’s Story: Lessons from the past for understanding for the future. Speaker for Black Law Students’ Association Black History Program, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH, February 2001.
  • Diversity, Part II: Constructing “Our Path” to Diversity. Presented Faculty/Administrators workshop, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH, April 2001.
  • Scholar-in-Residence. Pine Manor Women’s College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Addressing Issues of Diversity in the Classroom, Do You Really Want It? Presented Faculty / Administrators workshop, November 2000; Preparing for and Surviving Law School, panelist on Student workshop, November 2000; Seeing the “I” in Us: On race, gender, the law and change, lectured in Women and the Law class, November 2000.
  • For White Women: "Your Blues Ain't Like Mine," but we all hide our faces and cry: Literary illumination and questioning for black and white sister/friends, Delivered a public lecture as an invited scholar at Stephen F. Austin University, Nagodoches, Texas in April 2000.
  • Law, Life and Literature: The law, race and domestic violence, Delivered a public lecture as an invited scholar at Florida International University, Miami, Florida in March 2000.
  • Different, Challenged, But Determined, Keynote Speaker on a Leadership Forum for Black Professionals at the Maudsley Hospital, London, England, September 1999.
  • Different, Challenged, But Determined, Keynote Speaker on a Leadership Forum for Black Professionals at the Maudsley Hospital, London, England, September 1999.
  • I Can Do It !, Presented on Minority Law Recruitment Day (for high school students), Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, IN, February 2002.
  • Especially for Minorities: How to Prepare for Law School from the Inside Out, Presented at Minority Law Forum (for college students), Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, IN, in November 2001.
  • Succeeding in Law School, Presented for First Year Black Law Students of Notre Dame in September 2001.
  • Law, Life and Literature: A critical refection of life and literature to illuminate how laws of domestic violence, race, and class bind black women, presented at Fourth Annual Mid Atlantic Law Faculty of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Rutgers Camden Law School, Camden, New Jersey, February 1998; presented at the Gender, Sexuality and Law Conference held at Keele University, Staffordshire, England, June 1998; presented at the Eighth Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers, Boston University, August 1998; presented at the International Critical Legal Studies Conference, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom, September 1998; presented at Women and Power Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, February 1999; presented at Visible Women and Southern History II Conference, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 1999.
  • Law, Life and Literature: Using literature and life to expose transracial adoption laws as adoption on a one way street, presented at 1999 International Critical Legal Studies Conference, Birbeck College,University of London, England,September 1999.
  • Conversations: Grading Law Faculty of Color. Facilitator for Mid-Atlantic Faculty of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Penn State-Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA, February 2001.
  • One black woman's story: Lessons from the past for understanding for the future, lecture to the Experimental Race Relations Class at Mississippi College, Jackson, Mississippi in April 2000.
  • Aren't Two Parents Better than None: Whether Two Single African American Adults (who are not in a traditional marriage or a romantic or sexual relationship with each other) should be allowed to jointly adopt and coparent African American children, presented at Third Annual Mid Atlantic Law Faculty of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, February 1997; presented at International Critical Legal Studies Conference, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom, September 1998; presented at National Conference on the Black Family in America, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, March 1999; discussed as guest on the Community Connection Radio Talk Show, WLOU 1350 AM,Louisville, Kentucky, March 1999; presented at International Society of Family Law Conference (North American Region), Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 1999; presented at 24th International Association of Law and Mental Health Congress, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, June 1999.
  • Making Traditional Courses more Inclusive: Confessions of an African American female professor who attempted to crash all the barriers at once, presented at the University of San Francisco Symposium on Legal Education in memory of Professor Trina Grillo, San Francisco, California, March 1997; presented at Pine Manor College\'s Center for Inclusive Leadership and Social Responsibility, Conference on New Ways of Learning and Leading in the Classroom, the Workplace and the Community, Chestnut Hill,Massachusetts, April 1998; presented at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions Conference, Lincoln, Nebraska, April 1998.
  • Black Women in the New South, Moderator of panel at the 24th International Association of Law and Mental Health Congress, University of Toronto, Canada, June 1999.
  • Ways Women Thrive in the Legal Academy, panelist at the invitational "Summit on Women in Legal Education: Gentlemen No More," November 1997, Mills College, Oakland, California.
  • Especially for Minorities: How to Prepare for Law School from the Inside Out,prsented to Pre Law seminar Class at Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, in February 1998, November 1999; presented at Minority Pre Law Day, at Mississippi College School of Law, in February 1998,February 1999, February 2000, February 2005; presented to Pre Law seminar class at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, in November 1999.
  • Establishing Federal Appellate Jurisdiction by Filing A Timely and Effective Notice of Appeal or Petition, presented at Continuing Legal Education Seminar, State and Federal Appellate Practice Seminar, sponsored by Mississippi College School of Law, February 1994.
  • State and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, CLE presentation at Civil Trial Procedures Seminar sponsored by National Business Institute, Jackson, Mississippi, January 1995.
  • Appeals in Circuit and Chancery Courts, CLE Presentation at Appellate Practice Seminar sponsored by Mississippi College School of Law, March 1995.