Njeri Rutledge


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Njeri Mathis Rutledge is a legal expert, professor, judge, writer and former prosecutor.  Before joining academia, she served as a prosecuting attorney for Harris County, one of the largest district attorney offices in the nation. She graduated from Spelman College and Harvard Law School.

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About Njeri

As a former prosecutor, Njeri (pronounced Nah shuh ree) is a legal expert specializing in criminal law and procedure. She has more than 20 years of experience in the law and has worked as both a practitioner and an academic. She is a law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston and an opinion columnist for USA Today. She graduated from Harvard Law School and Spelman College. She is a subject matter expert on topics related to criminal justice reform, criminal law and procedure, race and diversity, labor and employment law, among others.

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Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy

Njeri has:

  • Prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, presented cases to the grand jury, and tried dozens of jury trials as an assistant district attorney.
  • Reviewed and authorized search warrants and protective orders, provided magistrate warnings and presided over trials during her tenure as an associate judge for over a decade.
  • Testified as an expert before the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military regarding crime victim compensation
  • Published both scholarly law review articles and opinion pieces with Maryland Law Review, Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, The Hill, Medium, USA Today among others.
  • Serves as an Opinion Columnist with USA Today Board of Contributors.