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Bennett Boskey Professor of Law
Harvard Law School
Lani Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where in 1998 she became the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship. She teaches courses on professional responsibility for public lawyers, law and the political process, and critical perspectives on race, gender, class and social change. Before her Harvard appointment, she was a tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A graduate of Radcliffe College of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Guinier began her career as a civil rights attorney and served in the Civil Rights Division during the Carter Administration as special assistant to Assistant Attorney General Drew S. Days. In the 1980’s, she headed the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Guinier’s research and scholarly writings address issues of race, gender, and democratic decision making. She consistently seeks new ways of approaching questions of racial and social justice while calling for candid public discourse on these topics.