Teaching & Legal Scholarship


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Njeri Rutledge is a legal expert, professor, judge, writer and former prosecutor.  She serves as an Opinion Columnist for USA Today and is a tenured professor at South Texas College of Law Houston. She graduated from Spelman College and Harvard Law School.

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Njeri loves teaching and has been a member of the legal academy for more than 15 years. Her recently taught classes include:

  • Texas Criminal Procedure
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Criminal Litigation Drafting
  • Legal Research & Writing

As a legal scholar, Njeri’s research agenda includes criminal justice, domestic violence, crime victims, race, labor and employment law, election law and constitutional law.  Examples of her legal scholarship can be found on my SSRN author page here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=806330

Selected Scholarly Publications:

Walking the Tightrope: Reflections of a Black Female Law Professor published in Campbell Law Review – https://scholarship.law.campbell.edu/clr/vol43/iss2/5/

Employers Know Best? The Application of Workplace Restraining Orders to Domestic Violence Cases – https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3760850

Looking A Gift Horse in the Mouth – Victim Compensation Funds and the Underutilization by Domestic Violence Victims published in Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy : – https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1888068

Time to Mourn: Balancing the Right of Free Speech Against the Right of Privacy in Funeral Picketing published in Maryland Law Review – https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=984055

Turning A Blind Eye: Perjury in Domestic Violence Cases published in New Mexico Law Review – https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1162926

Selected Academic Presentations:

Presenter, Beyond Normalizing Racism – A Call to Action, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion of Lone Star College – Tomball, Diversity Summit, Good Trouble: From Dialogue to Action, March 9, 2021. The recording is available at: https://lonestar.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/lonestar/recording/d8680ae4f815459287dcad824fbf7b6d/playback

PanelistVisible Invisibility, sponsored by the South Texas College of Law Houston Women’s Law Society, webinar, October 29, 2020

PanelistSay Her Name: Breonna Taylor A Day Long Symposium: Panel Two – Procedural Problems, sponsored by the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law, webinar, October 23, 2020. The recording is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAZltZvQQms&list=PLyvr9skdvgVNbr20TeLqieppGEG3jgi4v.

Panelist, Allyship & Racial Justice, sponsored by the Houston Young Lawyers Association, webinar, September 29, 2020.  The recording is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLB1feYEhHs&list=PLyvr9skdvgVNbr20TeLqieppGEG3jgi4v&index=2&t=1749s.

PanelistBlack Lives Matter & Racial Justice, sponsored by the South Texas College of Law ACLU, webinar, September 23, 2020.

Panelist, Creating Your Academic Business Plan, at the Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop and Writing Retreat, July 2017.

Panelist, Eighth Public Meeting of the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Victim Compensation and Restitution in Washington, D.C., March 2015 minutes and report available at https://jpp.whs.mil/Public/docs/04-Meetings/20150313/20150313_Minutes_Final.pdf and https://jpp.whs.mil/public/docs/08-Panel_Reports/02_JPP_Rest_Comp_Report_Final_20160201.pdf.  

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