According to the publication Harvard Law Today, 43-year-old Dehlia Umunna, the first Nigerian to be appointed as a professor in Harvard School of Law (HSL), has been a lecturer at Harvard Law School since 2007.
She is the author of the article “Rethinking the Neighbourhood Watch: How Lessons from the Nigerian Village Can Creatively Empower the Community to Assist Poor, Single Mothers in America”, which was published in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.
Umunna is the deputy director and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), through which she supervises third-year law students in criminal and juvenile proceedings and arguments before Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court.
Furthermore, she is a board member of the District of Columbia Law Students Law Clinic, serves as a faculty member for Gideon’s Promise (formerly the Southern Public Defender’s Training Centre) and is a frequent presenter at Public Defender training sessions across the country.
Speaking on her appointment, Umunna said, “I am blessed and honoured to join Harvard Law School’s remarkable faculty.
“I relish this extraordinary opportunity to continue work that I am truly passionate about, and I am grateful for the deep interest and commitment of the school to issues of criminal justice, mass incarceration, indigent defence and social justice.”