Howard University


Contracts, Constitutional Law, and Gender and Law

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Professor Lisa A. Crooms teaches Constitutional Law, Gender and the Law, International Human Rights Law and Supreme Court Jurisprudence. Professor Crooms received her B.A. in Economics from Howard University in 1984 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1991.

A human rights activist since 1984, Crooms has worked with the Washington Office on Africa and the American Committee on Africa. She is currently a board member for the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, the U.S. Human Rights Network and the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development for Human Rights. She is also a coordinator of the U.S. coordinated Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) 2007 shadow report to the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. In 2006, she served in the same capacity for a similar effort regarding U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

She has served as an advisor to institutions including The Urban Justice Center, Unifem, the Sentencing Project, the International Human Rights Law Group (Global Rights) and Amnesty International - U.S.A. In 2003 Crooms was a Fulbright Scholar at the Norman Manley Law School – University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica where she conducted research on the relationship between gender, violence and law in the construction of Jamaican post-independence national identity.

In addition, she has delivered various lectures including the Anna E. Hirsch Lecture at the New England School of Law and the Hull Lecture in Women and Social Justice at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Finally, she has participated in a number of international consultations including meetings held in the U.S., Switzerland, Malaysia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, and Trinidad.


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updated: November 9, 2012