Meet first Nigerian to be appointed as a professor at Harvard Law School

Meet first Nigerian to be appointed as a professor at Harvard Law School

- History now records 43-year-old Dehlia Umunna as the first Nigerian to become a professor at Harvard School of Law

- Umunna is the deputy director and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute (CJI)

- The accomplished lady is also a board member of the District of Columbia Law Students Law Clinic

Dehlia Umunna, a Nigerian woman is now been celebrated after her appointment as a professor at prestigious Harvard Law School.

Legit.ng reports that the appointment makes her the first Nigerian to secure such an honourable position.

Umunna who is the deputy director and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) has been lecturing at the prestigious school since 2007.

She is also an author and her teaching interest and research focuses on criminal law, criminal defence and theory, mass incarceration and race issues.

Speaking on her appointment, Umunna said: “I am blessed and honoured to join Harvard Law School’s remarkable faculty.

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Meet first Nigerian to be appointed as a professor at Harvard Law School

Umunna holds a Law degree from the George Washington University Law Centre. Photo: UGC.
Source: UGC

The 43-year-old Nigerian was further celebrated for her service to the HLS community. She once received Harvard Law School’s Dean’s Award for Excellence and the Southern Public Defender Training Centre Outstanding Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

Accordingly, the honour, Legit.ng learnt, sees her as a stellar student supervisor, staff manager, lecturer, coach and mentor.

The professor holds a law degree from the George Washington University Law Centre, a Master’s in Public Administration (MC) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino.

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From 2002 to 2007, Umunna was an adjunct professor of Law and Practitioner in Residence at American University, Washington College of Law.

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