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Janai S. Nelson

Janai S. Nelson

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Associate Director-Counsel
New York, NY, USA


Janai Nelson is the seventh Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the country’s first civil and human rights law organization. As an organizational thought-leader at LDF, Ms. Nelson works with the President and Director-Counsel to determine and execute LDF’s strategic vision and oversee the operation of its programs.  She is also one of the lead counsel in Veasey v. Abbott, a federal challenge to Texas’s voter ID law.   Prior to joining LDF in June 2014, Ms. Nelson was Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Associate Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law where she is also a full professor of law.

Ms. Nelson received the 2013 Derrick A. Bell Award from the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Minority Groups and was named one of Lawyers of Color’s 50 Under 50 minority professors making an impact in legal education.  Prior to joining St. John's faculty, Ms. Nelson was a Fulbright Scholar at the Legal Resources Center in Accra, Ghana.  She began practicing law as the 1998 recipient of the NAACP LDF/Fried Frank Fellowship, following federal district and appellate court clerkships.  Ms. Nelson later became Director of LDF’s Political Participation Group, overseeing all voting related litigation and matters, litigating voting rights and redistricting cases, and working on criminal justice issues. Ms. Nelson has appeared in various media as an expert on race, civil rights, constitutional law and election law, and regularly speaks at conferences and symposia nationwide.

Janai S. Nelson is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Equality in Voting - 20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion - 20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation - 20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term - 20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Equality in Voting - Equality in Voting, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation, Monday, August 06, 2018
Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term - Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion, Monday, August 06, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion, Monday, August 06, 2018
Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term - Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
Equality in Voting - Equality in Voting, Monday, August 06, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Equality in Voting - Equality in Voting, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion, Monday, August 06, 2018
Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation - Supreme Court October 2017 Term: Immigration and Deportation, Monday, August 06, 2018
Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term - Overview of the Supreme Court October 2017 Term, Monday, August 06, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 20th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2017 Term, Thursday, August 09, 2018, New York, NY
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