Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Tenure Committee at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has voted to recommend to SULC's Chancellor that Angela A. Allen-Bell, Regina L. Ramsey, and Wendy K. Shea, who are currently associate professors of legal analysis and writing, receive immediate tenure and the title of Associate Professor of Law. The SULC Chancellor announced that he would recommend their tenure to the board of supervisors in March. The tenure committee also voted to award an endowed professorship to Wendy Shea.
Professor Angela A. Allen-Bell is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a 1998 graduate of the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to entering law school, she served as a Program Director for the National Council of Negro Women of Greater New Orleans. After law school, she spent ten years working at an appellate court and, in this capacity, gained an expertise in appellate law. In 2008, she left the judiciary and began her career in academia as a law professor. Professor Allen-Bell frequently lends her time to causes involving social and/or restorative justice, criminal justice reform and prisoner reentry. She is regular speaker to community groups and professional organizations. Her topics range from motivational messages to diversity and cultural competency talks to presentations about social, restorative or criminal justice and/or constitutional, civil or human rights issues. She has the distinction of having worked on several historic advocacy campaigns, such as the Angola 3 case, the case of Soledad Brother John Clutchette and the abolishment of Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury law.
Professor Regina Ramsey is the associate vice chancellor for evening division and emerging programs and serves on the legal analysis and writing faculty. She joined the Southern University Law Center as director of career counseling and development in September 2000. Before joining the Law Center administration, Ramsey was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John Michael Guidry of the First Circuit Court of Appeal. She is also a former associate with McGlinchey Stafford in the firm’s New Orleans office and then in the Baton Rouge office. She is a magna cum laude law graduate who ranked number one in her class. She was editor-in-chief of the Southern University Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board, where she was winner of awards for Best Brief and Best Team in the Intra-school Competition. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, where she was inducted in Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. Her research and scholarship focuses on education law and constitutional law. She is also a frequent CLE speaker on issues of professionalism and ethics.
Wendy K. Shea joined the Southern University Law Center faculty in 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Analysis and Writing. Shea had served as a law clerk for the Illinois Appellate Court of Illinois and taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and DePaul University College of Law. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law where she was a Presidential Honors Scholar and an associate editor for the VUSL Law Review. Shea received her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Mary in North Dakota.
Hat tip to Professor Gail S. Stephenson, the Louisiana Outside Counsel A.A. Lenoir Endowed Professor and Director of Legal Analysis & Writing at the Southern University Law Center.