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Njeri graduated from Spelman College and Harvard Law School. She loves writing and speaking about issues related to criminal justice, race, and politics.

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Njeri is a published author and opinion columnist for USA Today.

Below are samples of some of the opinion articles she has written.

Recent Articles

Weary but undaunted – Black Women Made the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Inauguration Happen, USA Today January 20, 2021

Available online at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/01/20/joe-biden-kamala-harris-inauguration-black-voters-column/4215230001/

What Joe Biden needs to do in the first 100 days, USA Today January 20, 2021 Available online at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/01/20/usa-today-contributors-bidens-first-100-days-column/4216744001/

Don’t kill the lawyers, but sanction quite a few
co-authored with Rachel VanLandingham, Medium, December 14, 2020
Available online at: https://medium.com/@judgenrutledge/dont-kill-the-lawyers-but-sanction-quite-a-few-c4ef9c2bf2b5?source=friends_link&sk=62bfc3f21721a160b0e18bc4a747280f

Obama is right about ‘defund the police.’ A terrible slogan makes it hard to win change, 
USA Today, December 7, 2020
Available online at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/12/07/obama-is-right-defund-police-damages-reform-progress-column/3850652001/

‘Kamala-mala-mala:’ If her first name is supposedly so difficult to say, try ‘Sen. Harris’,
USA Today, October 21, 2020,
Available online at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/10/21/kamala-harris-name-pronunciation-david-perdue-trump-race-column/5992734002/ 

‘The end of the beginning’ in the search for justice for Breonna Taylor,
co-authored with Geoff Corn, The Hill, September 30, 2020,
Available online at: https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/518709-the-end-of-the-beginning-in-the-search-for-justice-for-breonna

‘Grand jury made the right call in Breonna Taylor case,
co-authored with Geoff Corn, USA Today, September 24, 2020,
Available at:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/09/24/breonna-taylor-grand-jury-indicted-one-officer-wanton-endangerment-column/3515532001/

Black in America: I Normalized Racism,
USA Today Weekend Edition September 18-20, 2020 at 7A; also available online as:

I thought I never experienced racism. Then I realized I just normalized it,
September 15, 2020,
Available online at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/09/15/racism-every-day-black-women-column/5793258002/.

Other Essays Without Links

A Call for More Black Prosecutors essay published in Meeting at the Table: African American Women Write on Race, Culture & Community (DownSouth Press November 2020).

Essay: Walking the Tightrope: Reflections of a Black Female Law ProfessorProfessor Njeri M. Rutledge accepted for publication in the spring volume of the Campbell Law Review

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