Lolita Buckner Inniss, A.B., J.D., LLM, PhD
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 Title: Professor
 Dept: Law
 Office: LB 165
 Phone: 216-687-2311
 Email: L.BUCKNER-INNISS@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tjqMhEEi88
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. LB 165, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Canadian law, comparative constitutionalism, gender, critical discourse analysis, law and literature, law and film, legal geography, legal history, memory race, property law, slavery, visual regulatory norms, women and the law,
 
Education:
A.B., Princeton University
J.D., University of California at Los Angeles
LL.M., Osgoode Hall, York University
Ph.D., Osgoode Hall, York University
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. Lolita Buckner Inniss teaches several courses including property law, criminal law, comparative racism and the law and real estate transactions.  She has served in a number of campus leadership positions, such as secretary of the University-wide Faculty Senate, an elective position, and chair of the University-wide Admissions and Standards committee. She holds a Ph.D. in Law with a specialization in Comparative Equality Jurisprudence, African Diaspora Studies and Feminist Legal Theory from Osgoode Hall, York University. She also holds an LL.M. with Distinction from Osgoode Hall, York University, where one of her principal topics was African American reparations, a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was an extern for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and an editor of the National Black Law Journal. Dr. Inniss also holds an A.B. from Princeton University, where she majored in Romance Languages and Literature with certifications (minors) in African American and Latin American Studies. From 2012 to 2014 she held the Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professorship in Women's Studies, a distinguished visiting chair at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where she offered interdisciplinary gender, race and law courses to undergraduates.


Her research addresses geographic, historic and visual norms of law, especially in the context of comparative constitutionalism, gender and race.  She is the author of dozens of articles, essays and other writings that have appeared in Texas Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and other distinguished publications in the United States and beyond. Her current major research project is a book titled The Princeton Fugitive Slave: James Collins Johnson, an account of race, gender, slavery and the law at Princeton University. Dr. Inniss is also one of the contributors to a volume titled International Law's Objects (Oxford University Press), a work addressing the legal and metaphoric aspects of various objects in international law.

SELECTED RECENT SCHOLARSHIP (SEE THE "PUBLICATIONS" LINK ABOVE FOR A FULLER LIST)

*FORTHCOMING WORK and SELECTED WORK IN PROGRESS*

--Book:THE PRINCETON FUGITIVE SLAVE: JAMES COLLINS JOHNSON (in progress; under review, Rutgers University Press)

--Book Chapter: "Aboriginal Women and Property: A Feminist Re-writing of Kell v. Canada," with Jessie Hohmann and Enzamaria Tramontina in FEMINIST INTERNATIONAL JUDGMENTS, Troy Lavers, Loveday Hodson, editors (in progress)

--Book Chapter: "International Law, Slavery, and Ship's Ballast" in INTERNATIONAL LAW'S OBJECTS, Jessie Hohmann, editor, Oxford University Press (in progress)

*SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK*
--"Analysis of Grenada's Referendum Act,co-authored with Sean Gralton and Josh Scheiner, (Expert Report, American Bar Association/United Nations Development Program, ed., December 21, 2015)

--Article: Cherokee Freedmen and the Color of Belonging, 5 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF RACE AND LAW 100 (2015)

--From Space-Off to Represented Space: Hill's Reimagining Equality, 28 BERKELEY JOURNAL OF GENDER, LAW AND JUSTICE 138 (2013).

--"Other Spaces" in Legal Pedagogy, 28 HARVARD JOURNAL OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC JUSTICE (Formerly HARVARD BLACKLETTER LAW JOURNAL) 67(2012)

--Bridging the Great Divide: A Response to Linda Greenhouse and Reva B. Siegel's Before (and After) Roe v. Wade: New Questions About Backlash, 89 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW  963 (2012)

--Archibald Campbell "Spader" Seruby, The Peanut King, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Higginbotham, editors, AFRICAN AMERICAN NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY (Oxford University Press: 2012)

--Lea VanderVelde's Mrs. Dred Scot, 24 CANADIAN JOURNAL OF WOMEN AND THE LAW (2012) (with Kim Brooks, Sonia Lawrence, Emily Grabham and Maneesha  Deckha)

--Review Essay, Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution, TEXAS LAW REVIEW DICTA (2011),
 
Honors and Awards:
--2014-NEW JERSEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PUBLICATION GRANT
--2014-OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR AWARD, LUTIE LYTLE LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP
--2012-2014 ELIHU ROOT VISITING PROFESSOR OF WOMEN'S STUDIES, HAMILTON COLLEGE
--2012-2013 FRIENDS OF THE PRINCETON LIBRARY RESEARCH AWARD
--2011-2012 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY-CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE FELLOW
--2011 HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, HARVARD UNIVERSITY DOCTORAL WORKSHOP MEMBER, HARVARD INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL LAW & POLICY
--2011 CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP INITIATIVE AWARD
--2010 JOSEPH C. HOSTETLER-BAKER & HOSTETLER CHAIR IN LAW
--2009 CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY PROVOST'S MERIT AWARD
 
Professional Experience:
Before coming to Cleveland-Marshall, Dr. Inniss served as a clinic director at Seton Hall University Law School in New Jersey, where she led the Immigration Clinic. She also served as a clinic director at Widener University Law School in Delaware, where she founded and led an Immigration Clinic. Before joining the legal academy, Dr. Inniss was a founder and leader of two law practices in New Jersey where she focused on real estate transactions and litigation, immigration law, and criminal law. She was also a pro bono attorney for the National Lawyer's Guild Immigration Project. Currently she serves as a pro bono attorney with the American Bar Association/United Nations Development Program, where her most recent project was a legislative analysis report for the Government of Grenada.
 
Professional Service:
RECENT PRESENTATIONS, MEDIA APPEARANCES AND MEDIA QUOTES
-- "For Trusted Trump Insider, Longtime Passion For Writer Leads Into a Storm," Letter to the Editor, NEW YORK TIMES July 21, 2016

--Keynote Speaker, Princeton University Prize in Race Relations Award Ceremony, April 14, 2016 Cleveland, Ohio

--Speaker, "Ship Ballast as an Object of International Law", Queen Mary University Conference for Authors, Objects of International Law March 30-April 2, 2016

--Panelist, National Lawyers Guild/Criminal Law Society Screening of Film _Prison Kids_, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law March 7, 2016

--Al Jazeera America News Live Interview Regarding the Bill Cosby Pretrial Hearing, February 2, 2016

--Response to Yale's Halloween E-mail, Notes, THE ATLANTIC MAGAZINE, November 12, 2015