Sunday, July 23, 2006
Syracuse University College of Law CrimProf Paula C. Johnson was named a Haywood Burns / Shanara Gilbert Awardee at the Northeast People of Color [NEPOC] Legal Scholarship Conference in Nassau, Bahamas.
This honor recognizes the outstanding work Johnson has done to advance scholarship in the area of race, gender and the law, to contribute as a mentor and as an organizing force in the community of color in the legal academy and to give back through community service.
Johnson served as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), a national organization of nearly 800 law professors. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park; her J.D. from Temple University School of Law; and her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. At Syracuse University, she co-directs the Sierra Leone Project and teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, voting rights, professional responsibility, and a seminar on women in the criminal justice system.
NEPOC is an organization of law faculty of color primarily from Northeast law schools that puts together an annual conference dedicated to the exploration of contemporary legal issues. The Haywood Burns/ Shanara Gilbert Awards began as a celebration of the contributions of two beloved members of the legal academy, Haywood Burns and Shanara Gilbert. They have continued as an annual tradition at NEPOC and the award ceremony itself is often a highlight of the conference.