Howard University

Okianer Christian Dark-Professional Contributions

In the past, Professor Dark has frequently contributed to the profession through service in a variety of ways. She was active in the Virginia State Bar serving on the Judicial Selections Committee and as a lecturer in the mandatory professional responsibility course. While in Oregon, she was a member of the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon State Bar Task Force on Gender Fairness where she chaired the committees on Intersectionality and Training for the Task Force. The final report of this task force was published in the spring of 1998. This report received national attention from a number of sources including the American Bar Associationís Commission on Women, because of the inclusion of Intersectionality in the study.

In legal education, Professor Dark has served in a number of different capacities. She was Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee of the Law School Admission Council and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council. The Law School Admission Council is best known for the development and administration of the LSAT. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of American Law Teachers. Professor Dark was active in the Association of American Law Schools. She served as Chair of the 1994 New Law Teachers Workshop for AALS and Chair of the AALS Standing Committee on Sections and The Annual Meeting for two years. She was Chair of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education. Most recently, she was a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Oregon School of Law.

Professor Dark often speaks to groups of students who are interested in the field of law or to law students. For example, while she was in Oregon, she participated in programs directed at minority law students in Oregon law schools that were directed by the Affirmative Action Office of the Oregon State Bar.