Symposium Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre - College of Law


The Tulsa Law Review will host a special symposium issue of the law review as part of a commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre with a one day live/hybrid event on May 21, 2021, and publication of the papers in November of 2021.

During the Tulsa Race Massacre, which occurred May 31–June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked residents, homes and businesses in the predominantly Black Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event remains one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history and one of the least-known; news reports were largely squelched, despite the fact that hundreds of people were believed to have been killed and thousands left homeless.

This one-day conference will feature the work of law professors, artists, poets, Black Wall Street business owners and historians.

Suzette Malveaux, provost professor of civil rights law at the University of Colorado School of Law, will provide the keynote address. For six years, Malveaux served as pro bono counsel to the plaintiffs in Alexander v. State of Oklahoma, a suit filed against Tulsa by victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. As part of a team of attorneys, she represented the victims before the federal courts, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Organization of American States) and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Other featured law professors will include Keeva Terry of Howard University School of Law; Andre Cummings of the Bowen School of Law; Amos Jones, executive director of the African American Trust for Historic Preservation; Angela Addae of the University of Oregon School of Law; and many others. Confirmed participants include Dwight Eaton, a descendant and owner of Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge; TU Professor Kristen Oertel, who will present a talk titled Black Indians, Red Dirt: A Brief History of African Americans in Indian and Oklahoma Territories, 1840–1907; and Professor DeWayne Dickens, who will present a talk titled Learning from Greenwood: When Voices Are Silenced.

For further contact information, please email Adam Heavin, Tulsa Law Review editor-in-chief, at

  • Planned Itinerary
    9 a.m.Welcome from Dean Lyn Entzeroth
    Invocation by Rev. Dr. Turner, pastor of Historic Vernon A.M.E. Church
    9:30-10:15 a.m.First Panel Discussion/Excavating the Past, Shaping the Future
    Moderator: Warigia M. Bowman (College of Law, University of Tulsa)
    Alicia Odewale (Anthropology, University of Tulsa), "Archaeology as a Path to Reconciliation in Tulsa's Historic Black Wall Street"
    Angela Addae (School of Law, U of Oregon), "Tale of Two Cities: Reimagining Urban Redevelopment as a Tool for Black Economic Empowerment"
    Andre Cummings & Kalvin Graham (Bowen School of Law, U of Arkansas at Little Rock), "Racial Capitalism and Race Massacres: Tulsa's Black Wall Street and Elaine's Sharecroppers"
    10:15-10:30 a.m.Break
    10:30-11:15 a.m.Second Panel Discussion/Remedies for Wrongs and Law's Limitations
    Moderator: Betsy Rosenblatt (College of Law, University of Tulsa)
    Guha Krisnmamurthi (University of Oklahoma) & Peter Salib (University of Houston), "Reparations, Constitutionality and the Model of Civil Dangers"
    Amos Jones (African-American Trust for Historic Preservation), "Juridical Intimidation from Greenwood Onward: Systemic Racism, Economic Terror and Court Reform"
    Mary Louise Frampton (UC Davis School of Law), "The Law's Failures: From the Tulsa Race Massacre to the Greensboro Massacre to the Present"
    11:15-11:30 a.m.Break
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Lunchtime Keynote Speaker: Suzette Malveaux (University of Colorado Law School)
    (Note: Box lunch concurrent with keynote)
    12:30-1 p.m.Poetry Reading by Quraysh Ali Lansana
    1-1:15 p.m.Break
    1:15-2 p.m.Third Panel Discussion/Wealth and the Health of the Future
    Moderator: Tamara Piety (College of Law, University of Tulsa)
    Film clip from Descended from The Promised Land: The Legacy of Black Wall Street (Director: Nailah Jefferson; Producer: Nick Stuart/Odyssey Impact)
    Karen Gantt (University of Hartford), "Black Wall Street: Wealth and Lessons for Today"
    Lynne Marie Kohm (Regents University), with Peyton Farley and Katrina Sumner (student co-authors), "Empowering Black Wealth in America in the Shadow of the Tulsa Race Massacre"
    2-2:15 p.m.Break
    2:15-3 p.m.Fourth Panel Discussion/Ripples of Racial Violence; Seeds of Change
    Moderator: Chuck Adams (College of Law, University of Tulsa)
    Tom Holland (Department of Defense), "The Elaine, Arkansas, Race 'Riot' of 1919 and the Broadening of Habeas Corpus: A View of What Was Happening in Neighboring Arkansas"
    Rodger Citron (Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center), "New Ways of Looking at Oklahoma City and Legal Education"
    Gail Stephenson (Southern University Law Center), "Were It Not for Tulsa: How the Tulsa Race Massacre's Influence on Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Affected the Desegregation of Higher Education"
    3-3:45 p.m.Black Wall Street Business Roundtable -- What's Happening Today
    Moderator: Keeva Terry (Howard University)
    Dwight Eaton, Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge
    Cleo Harris, Black Wall Street Tees & Souvenirs
    Chief Amusan, The Real Black Wall Street Tour
    DeNeen Brown, Washington Post and University of Maryland Merrill College of Journalism
    3:45-4 p.m.Break
    4-5 p.m.Historians Roundtable
    Moderator: Adam Heavin
    Hannibal B. Johnson (Author), "Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples with Its Historical Racial Trauma"
    Kristen Oertel (History, University of Tulsa), "Black Indians, Red Dirt: A Brief History of African Americans in Indian and Oklahoma Territories, 1840-1907)
    Dewayne Dickens (Culturally Responsive Practices, Tulsa Community College), "Learning from Greenwood: When Voices Are Silenced"
    5-7:30 p.m.Reception
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.Art Installations
    Eddye K.
    Patrick McNichols

    Alexus Upton (undergraduate student, University of Tulsa)
  • Author Biographies

    Angela E. AddaeAngela Addae

    Angela E. Addae is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where she focuses on civil rights law, social enterprise law and race and the law. Her research primarily explores the intersection of race and organizations, and her most recent project examines how municipal redevelopment policies affect Black-owned businesses. Her work has appeared in publications such as the William and Mary Journal of Race, Gender, & Social Justice and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Professor Addae earned her JD from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and her doctorate from the University of Arizona School of Sociology. She is also a proud alumna of Fisk University.

    Rodger CitronRodger Citron

    Rodger Citron is the associate dean for research and scholarship and a professor of law at Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he teaches Civil Procedure and Administrative Law. He is a graduate of Yale College, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, and Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, Citron clerked for the Hon. Thomas N. O’Neill Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Before becoming a law professor, he worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and an attorney-advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Citron’s law review articles have been published in a number of law reviews, including the Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation, South Carolina Law Review and Administrative Law Review. His articles also have been published on Slate, Justia and SCOTUS blog and in the National Law Journal, Legal Times and Hartford Courant.

    Andre CummingsAndré Douglas Pond Cummings

    André Douglas Pond Cummings holds a JD, cum laude, from Howard University and is a professor of law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where he teaches Business Organizations, Contracts I and II, Corporate Justice, Entertainment Law and Hip Hop & the American Constitution. Cummings has written extensively on issues regarding investor protection, racial and social justice, and sports and entertainment law, publishing in many journals, including the Washington University Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Utah Law Review, Tulane Law Review, Howard Law Journal, Marquette Sports Law Review, Iowa Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, Thurgood Marshall Law Review and Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice. Cummings has also published three books: Corporate Justice (with Todd Clark in 2016), Hip Hop and the Law (with Pamela Bridgewater and Donald Tibbs in 2015) and Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in 21st-century Sports Law (with Anne Marie Lofaso in 2010).

    bald man wearing glasses, blue shirt, blue tie and dark blazerDewayne Dickens

    Dewayne Dickens, PhD, is director of diversity, equity and inclusion for Tulsa Community College (TCC) and supports student success at TCC through leadership, life balance and equity coaching. Dickens has served as an English faculty at TCC for over 18 years. Board affiliations include the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, the Greater Tulsa African American Affairs Commission, the Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice, Racism Stinks, Oklahoma Humanities and KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory. He recently joined Leadership Tulsa’s Thrive Tulsa to collaborate with other community leaders in promoting partnerships for social advocacy for unheard voices.

    Peyton FarleyPeyton Farley

    Peyton Farley is a second year law student at Regent University. While in law school, Peyton has developed a love for mentoring which is evident through her service as a graduate assistant for the Academic Success Program and a law student mentor in The Bridge Builders Esq. National Mentorship Program for Aspiring Black Lawyers. Peyton graduated manga cum laude from Hampton University in 2017 with a B.S in Business Management. Prior to law school, she worked in the Office of Procurement at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.

    Mary Louise FramptonMary Louise Frampton

    Mary Louise Frampton is the director of the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies at King Hall, UC Davis School of Law. She teaches in the areas of restorative justice, structural inequality, critical race theory, tribal justice and policy advocacy. Her research focuses on restorative justice as a racial justice tool and she has been the principal investigator on numerous research studies examining its efficacy in schools, juvenile court systems, law enforcement and deeply divided communities. Prior to joining UC Davis, Frampton was on the faculty at Berkeley Law for 16 years, where she directed the Hon. Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice. Her publications include After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy, and a New Reconstruction. Frampton received the 2020 UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as the 2019 Derrick Bell Legacy Award of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association. She was also an AALS National Bellow and a UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Public Scholar. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, Frampton was a civil rights litigator for 30 years before joining the academy.

    Karen GanttKaren Gantt

    Karen Gantt is an associate professor of business law at the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business. She teaches business law and law for entrepreneurs among other courses for undergraduate and MBA students. Prior to teaching, Gantt served as legal and regulatory counsel for several specialty insurance companies. She was an insurance and business law lecturer at Howard University, her alma mater, prior to her current position. Gantt’s research interests include land loss, gentrification and economic development issues; corporate formations, regulatory compliance and social responsibility; and the intersection of religion and corporate operations. She has participated on several nonprofit boards and hopes to again pursue mission trips to Guatemala and elsewhere in the not-too-distant future. In her spare time, she enjoys organic gardening, inventing new recipes and taking her rescue dog on long walks.

    Kalvin GrahamKalvin Graham

    Kalvin is in his third year at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law’s part-time program, from which he plans to graduate in May 2022. Prior to beginning the program in 2018, Kalvin attended Harding University from 2010 to 2014 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies. Kalvin stayed at Harding to complete a master’s degree in English education and from 2014 to 2015 he served as the the university’s debate coach and helped to create and teach two different courses for the Honors College: one on Neuroaesthetics and one on plants that have played a significant role in the course of history. Kalvin currently works as an MEP designer for a consulting engineering firm, a lighting design consultant, a researcher for the National Center for State Courts and a research assistant to professor André Douglas Pond Cummings.

    Thomas HollandThomas Holland

    Thomas Holland is a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Missouri, and a JD from the University of Hawaii. For almost 25 years he was the scientific director of the Department of Defense laboratory in Hawaii that searches for and identifies missing and unaccounted-for American military personnel. In that role, he led recovery missions to places such as North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, China, Iraq and Kuwait. During his tenure at the lab, the skeletal remains of over 1600 missing men were identified and returned home, including the Vietnam War Unknown Soldier. He is a licensed attorney in Arkansas and the District of Columbia, and is one of only about 100 board-certified forensic anthropologists in the world. He is a consultant on forensic science and international humanitarian law to numerous organizations, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, and is the author of several previous novels and numerous scientific and legal articles and book chapters. He currently is director of partnerships and innovations at the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Washington, D.C.; however, the views and opinions expressed in his article and presentation are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Defense/POW MIA Accounting Agency, United States Department of Defense or the United States Government.

    man with short hair wearing a black turtleneck jumper and large blazerHannibal B. Johnson

    Hannibal B. Johnson, a Harvard Law School graduate, is an author, attorney and consultant specializing in diversity, equity and inclusion issues, human relations, leadership and non-profit leadership and management. He has taught at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Oklahoma State University and The University of Oklahoma. Johnson serves on the federal 400 Years of African-American History Commission, a body charged with planning, developing, and implementing activities appropriate to the 400th anniversary of the arrival, in 1619, of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia. He chairs the Education Committee for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and serves as local curator of its world-class history center, Greenwood Rising. His books, including Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma, chronicle the African American experience in Oklahoma and its indelible impact on American history. Johnson’s play, Big Mama Speaks—A Tulsa Race Riot Survivor’s Story, was selected for the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival and has been staged in Caux, Switzerland. He has received numerous honors and awards for this work and community service.

    Amos JonesAmos Jones

    Amos Jones is a Top 100, Super Lawyers-rated American who practiced with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner for three years before joining the legal academy in North Carolina for seven, earning unanimous promotion to the rank of associate professor of law in 2015. In 2006-07, he was a Fulbright/Visiting Scholar at Melbourne, and in fall 2015 was Academic Visitor to the Faculty of Law at Oxford. In May 2019, he was honored with the Albert M. Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from the publishers of Who’s Who in America. While a student at Harvard Law School in 2005, he escorted numerous Greenwood survivors in Washington with their lead attorney, Professor Charles Ogletree, in filing a Supreme Court petition to enable them to bring legal claims in court and lobbying members of Congress for public support. He currently is adjunct professor of First Amendment Law at Trinity Washington University and principal of the Amos Jones Law Firm in D.C. He is the founder of the African-American Trust for Historic Preservation in Lexington, Ky.

    Lynne Marie KohmLynne Marie Kohm

    Lynne Marie Kohm, professor and the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA, is known for her research and publications on family law in the context of family restoration and wealth transfer. She has written several books but her most popular is Estate Planning Success for Women, which has been nominated for several awards because of its unique perspective on women and their influence over the transfer of wealth in the next generation. Prior to teaching, Professor Kohm practiced law in New York and Florida, is also licensed to practice in Virginia, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

    Guha KrishnamurthiGuha Krishnamurthi

    Guha Krishnamurthi joined the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston in 2020 as an assistant professor of law. Guha’s research interests are in criminal law, criminal procedure and jurisprudence. Prior to joining South Texas, Guha was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. He also clerked for the Honorable Goodwin H. Liu of the California Supreme Court, the Honorable Andrea R. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He practiced as a litigator at Irell & Manella LLP and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he specialized in general commercial litigation, white-collar crime and antitrust. Guha obtained his JD, with high honors, from the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as Book Review Editor of the Texas Law Review and Manuscript Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Law. He received his BS, with high distinction, in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, his MS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and his MA in Philosophy from the University of Texas.

    Quraysh Ali LansanaQuraysh Ali Lansana

    Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of twenty books in poetry, nonfiction and children’s literature. Lansana is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow and serves as Acting Director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, where he is also Writer in Residence for the Center for Poets & Writers and adjunct professor in Africana Studies and English. Lansana is creator and executive producer of KOSU/NPR’s Focus: Black Oklahoma monthly radio program. A former faculty member of both the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, Lansana served as director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-12, and was associate professor of English/Creative Writing there until 2014. His work Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community was published in March 2011 by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative and was a 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee. His most recent books include the skin of dreams: new and collected poems, 1995-2018, The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience & Change Agent (Haymarket Books, 2017) and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015). Lansana’s work appears in Best American Poetry 2019, and and his forthcoming titles include Those Who Stayed: Life in 1921 Tulsa After the Massacre and Opal’s Greenwood Oasis. He is a founding member of Tri-City Collective.

    woman with long curly hair wearing a blue blouseSuzette Malveaux

    Suzette Malveaux is Provost Professor of Civil Rights Law and director of the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Malveaux graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her JD from NYU School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Law Review, a Root-Tilden Scholar and a fellow at the Center for International Law. While at NYU, she was awarded the NAACP LDF Earl Warren Scholarship, the American Association of University Women Fellowship, the Vanderbilt Medal for “extraordinary contributions” to the law school and the Judge Rose L. & Herbert Rubin Law Review Prize, for making the “greatest contribution in public, international or commercial law.” After graduation, Professor Malveaux clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter of the Southern District of New York. Thereafter, she worked as a litigator specializing in class actions and complex litigation. Thus, civil procedure and related topics are the focus of much of her teaching and extensive scholarship.

    But Professor Malveaux has also been committed to furthering civil rights which constitutes the other major focus of her work. Professor Malveaux has participated in a number of high-profile cases, including Wal-Mart v. Dukes in which she, with her colleagues, represented over 1 million women in the largest employment discrimination case to date.

    It was her commitment to civil rights and civil justice which has brought her to Tulsa. For six years, Professor Malveaux served as pro bono counsel with a team of lawyers representing the plaintiffs in Alexander v. State of Oklahoma, a lawsuit filed against the City of Tulsa by the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre for Constitutional violations. During those six years Professor Malveaux represented the survivors in the federal courts, before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and before the U.S. House of Representatives. Professor Malveaux has described this work as “one of the most important cases I’ve ever worked; I felt very honored to be part of a team of a ‘dream team’ of lawyers.”

    Her work has brought her worldwide attention and acclaim. She has provided commentary for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera English and PBS, and been interviewed for The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticThe National Law Journal and the Congressional Quarterly. She is a member of the American Law Institute, a mark of high distinction in the legal profession.

    Alicia OdewaleAlicia Odewale

    Alicia Odewale is an assistant professor of Anthropology at The University of Tulsa. Her research and teaching focuses on archaeological sites of African heritage in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Oklahoma. While she continues to research both urban and rural sites of enslavement in St. Croix, her latest research project based in Tulsa, OK, seeks to reanalyze historical evidence from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, launch new archaeological investigations in the historic Greenwood district and use radical mapping techniques to visualize the impact of the massacre through time on the landscape of Greenwood, utilizing a slow community-based approach. Her research interests include the archaeology of enslavement and freedom in urban contexts, Caribbean archaeology, rural and urban comparative analyses, community-based archaeology, ceramic analysis, transferware studies, mapping historical trauma from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and investigations into different forms of cultural resistance. In addition to her role as faculty at The University of Tulsa, she also serves as the director of the Historical Archaeology and Heritage Studies Laboratory at TU and serves as the co-creator of the Estate Little Princess Archaeological Field School in St. Croix that trains local students in archaeological methods and other STEM related skills for free.

    woman with glasses in front of shelves of booksKristen Oertel

    Kristen Oertel teaches classes on the Civil War and Reconstruction, African-American history, the history of race and gender in America, and the history of sexuality at The University of Tulsa. She writes about how race and gender influenced social and cultural relations in the 19th century, especially during the Civil War era. Her first book, Bleeding Borders, examines how Native Americans, African Americans and women shaped the conflict between proslavery and antislavery settlers on the Kansas-Missouri border immediately before the Civil War. Her second book, Frontier Feminist, narrates the life of Clarina Nichols, a remarkable woman who advocated for temperance, antislavery, and woman’s suffrage in the 19th century. Oertel’s most recent book, Harriet Tubman: Slavery, the Civil War, and Civil Rights in the 19th Century, chronicles the life of this iconic leader of the Underground Railroad. Tubman escaped from slavery and then returned to Maryland to guide dozens of her fellow slaves to freedom, but she also served as a scout and spy for the Union army during the Civil War, advocated for woman’s suffrage, and worked tirelessly for economic justice for freedmen and women after the war. While many of us learned about Tubman as school children by reading one of the more than forty youth biographies of her, Oertel’s biography provides a scholarly, yet accessible account of her life for college students and the adult reading public.

    Peter SalibPeter Salib

    Peter N. Salib is currently a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. This fall, he will join the University of Houston, where he will be an assistant professor at the Law Center and an affiliated faculty member at the Hobby School of Public Affairs. Peter’s research interests include constitutional law, civil procedure, law-and-technology and law-and-economics. Peter’s scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in, among others, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law and the University of Chicago Law Review Online. Before entering academia, Peter clerked for the Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also practiced at Sidley Austin, LLP, where he focused on appeals and critical motions in securities fraud, patent and other matters. Peter earned his JD with High Honors from the University of Chicago Law School. He was also an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where he received a BA in Philosophy.

    Gail Stephenson Gail S. Stephenson

    Gail S. Stephenson is the Louisiana Outside Counsel A.A. Lenoir Endowed Professor at Southern University Law Center (SULC) where she is also the director of legal analysis and writing. She was the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Professor of 2014. Stephenson is a graduate of Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she was Order of the Coif and a member of the law review. Before joining the SULC faculty in 2004, she was administrative general counsel for the Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. Her scholarship interests include cultural competency in teaching, Louisiana’s unique civil-law notary system and the history of the desegregation of American law schools. Her article on the desegregation of public law schools in all 17 states with de jure segregation is forthcoming in the Journal of Law and Education.

    Katrina SumnerKatrina Sumner

    Katrina Sumner is a recent graduate of Regent University Law School where she served as a senior editor of the Law Review and as a law clerk for the School of Law’s Center for Global Justice. In 2021, she received the third-place award in the Law Review’s annual competition for legal scholarship. Prior to law school, Katrina worked for a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk children living in difficult environments around the world.

    Keeva TerryKeeva Terry

    Professor Keeva Terry is an associate professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. She is an accomplished business and legal professional with a demonstrated commitment to teaching and public service. Her scholarship focuses on the development of legal solutions to address systemic personal finance and wealth preservation issues. Professor Terry teaches Wills, Trusts & Estates, Federal Income Taxation and Contracts. Her courses regularly include discussions on the racial wealth gap as she often incorporates economic analysis into discussions of the law. Prior to her career in academia, Professor Terry worked as a consultant for Ernst & Young advising public and private companies on strategic tax planning and as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where she drafted provisions for merger and acquisition agreements, negotiated deal structures and developed financial products for Fortune 500 companies. Professor Terry earned an undergraduate degree with a concentration in economics from Harvard University, an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law.