Adjoa A. Aiyetoro

Associate Professor of Law
AB, 1967, Clark University; MSW, 1969, Washington University; JD, 1978, St. Louis University

Adjoa AiyetoroAdjoa A. Aiyetoro joined the law school faculty in 2004. She graduated, cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law where she was inducted into the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. Before joining the faculty she had a career as a human rights attorney.  She began her legal career as a staff attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section where she litigated cases involving the rights of the institutionalized and developed an expertise in prisoner rights.  She joined the ACLU National Prison Project in 1981 where she remained until 1992. Since 1992 she has served as the Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the Director of Administration for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., a consultant to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Chief Legal Consultant for the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA).

Aiyetoro was an adjunct professor with the American University, Washington College of Law from 1997 through 2003.  She was a visiting scholar with the University of California at Santa Barbara, Center for Black Studies, Spring 2003 and a visiting professor at West Virginia University College of Law, Fall 2004.

Professor Aiyetoro has extensive experience working domestically and internationally to obtain remedies for historical and present day wrongs to people of color, women and other oppressed groups. She represented the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) (2000-2001) at the World Conference Against Racism, including attending all the preparatory meetings and serving as a leader of the African and African Descendant Caucus. In 1995 she coordinated the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s delegation to the United Nations’ Conference on Women in Beijing and also represented the organization at the 2000 Beijing Plus 5.

Professor Aiyetoro’s publications include:

  • Why Reparations to African Descendants in the United States Are Essential to Democracy, J. Gender Race & Justice (forthcoming Spring 2011).
  • Historic and Modern Social Movements for Reparations: The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) and its Antecedents, 16 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev.687 (2010)(co-author Prof. Adrienne D. Davis).
  • Can We Talk?  How Triggers for Unconscious Racism Strengthen the Importance of Dialogue, Nat’l Black L.J. at Columbia University, Fall 2009.
  • Truth Matters:  A Call for the American Bar Association to Acknowledge Its Past and Make Reparations to African Descendants, 18 Geo. Mason U. Civ. Rts. L.J. 51 (2007).
  • The Reality of Obtaining Reparations: Present Day Harms as Vestiges of Enslavement, State of the Race – Creating Our 21st Century:  Where Do We Go From Here?, Jemadari Kamara and Tony Menelik Van Der Meer, eds, (2004).
  • Formulating Reparations Litigation Through the Eyes of the Movement, 58 NYU Annual Survey of American Law Act 457 (2003).
  • National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America: Its Creation and Contribution to the Reparations Movement, Should American Pay: Slavery and the Raging Debate Over Reparations, Raymond A. Winbush, ed., (2003).
  • The Unkept Promise of the 13th Amendment: A Call for Reparations, Women and the U.S. Constitution: History, Interpretation and Practice, eds. Sibyl Schwarzenback and Patricia Smith, New York: Columbia University Press (2003).
  • Formulating Reparations Litigation Through the Eyes of the Movement, 58 NYU Annual Survey of American Law 437 (2003).
  • The Development of the Movement for Reparations for African Descendents, 3 J.L. Soc’y 133 (2002).
  • Police Misconduct and Accountability, Rights for All, Amnesty International, USA, 1998.

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Adjoa Aiyetoro curriculum vitae