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Modern America Workshop - Tomiko Brown-Nagin

"Lawyers, the Grassroots, and Social Change: Constance Baker Motley at the Bar and on the Bench" This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Graduate School of Academic Affairs & Diversity. Tomiko Brown-Nagin holds a doctorate in history from Duke and a law degree from Yale, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Furman University. Brown-Nagin teaches courses on American social and legal history, constitutional law, education law and policy and public interest law. She has written widely on civil rights history and law and published in both law and history journals. Oxford University Press recently published Brown-Nagin's book, Courage to Dissent, a work about lawyers, courts and community-based activism during the Civil Rights Era. Brown-Nagin was the Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School in fall, 2008. Prior to entering teaching, Brown-Nagin clerked for Judge Robert L. Carter of the U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York and Judge Jane Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also worked as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. Before entering private practice, Brown-Nagin held the Charles Hamilton Houston Fellowship at Harvard Law School and the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at New York University School of Law.