Dr. Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law will be the keynote speaker for the annual Lyceum event at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). The free, public event will take place Tuesday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cross-Phipps auditorium of Caldwell Hall. Aiyetoro will give a presentation on her research project entitled, “Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System.”
Aiyetoro joined the UALR law school faculty in 2004. She graduated, cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law where she was inducted into the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. Before joining the faculty she had a career as a human rights attorney. She began her legal career as a staff attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section where she litigated cases involving the rights of the institutionalized and developed an expertise in prisoner rights. She joined the ACLU National Prison Project in 1981 where she remained until 1992. Since 1992 she has served as the Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the Director of Administration for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., a consultant to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Chief Legal Consultant for the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA).
Aiyetoro was also an adjunct professor with the American University, Washington College of Law from 1997 through 2003, a visiting scholar with the University of California at Santa Barbara, Center for Black Studies, Spring 2003 and a visiting professor at West Virginia University College of Law, Fall 2004.
Professor Aiyetoro has extensive experience working domestically and internationally to obtain remedies for historical and present day wrongs to people of color, women and other oppressed groups. She represented the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) (2000-2001) at the World Conference Against Racism, including attending all the preparatory meetings and serving as a leader of the African and African Descendant Caucus. In 1995 she coordinated the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s delegation to the United Nations’ Conference on Women in Beijing and also represented the organization at the 2000 Beijing Plus 5. Professor Aiyetoro has written several publications which include: Why Reparations to African Descendants in the United States Are Essential to Democracy, J. Gender Race & Justice; Historic and Modern Social Movements for Reparations: The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) and its Antecedents, 16 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev.687 (2010)(co-author Prof. Adrienne D. Davis); Can We Talk? How Triggers for Unconscious Racism Strengthen the Importance of Dialogue, Nat’l Black L.J. at Columbia University, http://journals.cdrs.columbia.edu/nblj/index.php/nblj/index Fall 2009; Truth Matters: A Call for the American Bar Association to Acknowledge Its Past and Make Reparations to African Descendants, 18 Geo. Mason U. Civ. Rts. L.J. 51 (2007). Her full faculty profile can be found at http://ualr.edu/law/faculty/adjoa-a-aiyetoro/ .
For more information about the event, please call (870) 575-8415.