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THE ATTORNEY...

Nkechi Taifa is Founder, Principal and CEO of The Taifa Group, LLC, a social enterprise firm whose mission is to advance justice. She is the founder and convener of the Justice Roundtable, a broad network of advocacy groups advancing progressive justice system reform, as serves as Senior Fellow at the Center for Justice at Columbia University. She served as Founding Director of the Howard University School of Law's award-winning Equal Justice Program from 1996-2002, and as an adjunct professor at Howard Law and American University Washington College of Law.  Throughout her career she has served as legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Office; policy counsel for the Women's Legal Defense Fund; staff attorney for the National Prison Project and Network Organizer for the Washington Office on Africa.  In her private law practice from 1987-1991, Taifa represented indigent adult and juvenile clients, and specialized in employment discrimination law.

SCHOLARLY WRITINGS

Law Review Articles authored by Taifa:

Selected Articles/Blog Posts/Book Chapters/& Video Interviews 

authored by Taifa

  • "Emmett Till:  A New DOJ Investigation is Welcomed," Watching Justice (May 12, 2004)

  • "Roadblocked Reentry: The Prison After Imprisonment" (November 13, 2003)

  • Report, "Re-Enfranchisement! A Guide for Individual Restoration of Voting RIghts in States that Permanently Disenfranchisement Former Felons." Advancement Project (September 2002)

  • Script for Mock Trial, "Justice on Trial: Racial Disparities in the American Criminal Justice System, written and produced for the National Bar Association 2001.

  • Proceedings - "Human Rights in the U.S.: The Unfinished Story of COINTELPRO  and U.S. Political Prisoners"  (September 14, 2000) Congressional Black Caucus Forum hosted by Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, containing official transcript of remarks.  See also video of Taifa testimony at the Proceedings on the Cointelpro.

  • Panelist, "Racial Profiling: Good Police Tactic or Harassment?" CATO Institute (May 15, 2001)

  • Report Introduction, "The Impact of the Criminal Justice System on Women and Their Families,"  2.1 Center for Research on African American Women Journal 11 (2001)

  • "Reflections From the Frontlines - An Insider's Perspective on the Crack Cocaine Controversy," 10:4 Federal Sentencing Reporter 200 (1998).

  • "Beyond Institutionalized Racism: The Genocidal Impact of Executive, Legislative, & Judicial Decision-Making in the Crack Cocaine Fiasco," National Bar Association Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 5 (1996).

  • Drug Laws 100 Times Harder on Blacks, Focus Magazine, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (April 1995).

  • "Laying Down the Law, Race by Race: Criminal Sentencing Falls Disproportionately Harsh on Blacks and Latinos" Legal Times (October 10, 1994).

  • "The Crime Bill: A Civil Liberties Perspective," National Bar Association Magazine (Sept/Oct 1994).

  • ACLU Analysis of Major Civil Liberties Abuses in Senate Crime Bill (principal drafter) January 7, 1994.

  • "Race + Three Strikes = Injustice," National Law Journal (March 2, 1994)

  • "Mandatory Minimum Sentences Open Up a Pandora's Box," National Prison Project Journal (July 1993).

  • Contributing author to Reparations Yes: The Legal and Political Reasons Why Blacks Should be Paid for the Enslavement of Our Ancestors.