Women of Color in the Legal Profession: Fireside Chat with Dean Browne Lewis

The Women of Color Task Force fireside chat series consists of interviews with women of color from various practice areas.

The Women of Color Task Force fireside chat series consists of interviews with women of color from various practice areas.

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About the Program

Join the ABA YLD Women of Color Task Force for the first installment of the Fireside Chat Series. During each Fireside Chat, women of color in the legal profession share personal stories and valuable insight into their career paths, offering advice for having a successful and fulfilling legal career.


  • Browne Lewis, Dean, North Carolina Central University Law School


  • Josephine Vanderhorst, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services


About Dean Lewis

Dean Lewis researches in the areas of artificial intelligence, assisted reproductive technology, environmental racism, and inheritance law. Her scholarship has appeared in prominent law reviews. She is the author of two books, Papa’s Baby: Paternity and Artificial Insemination (New York University Press) and The Ethical and Legal Consequences of Posthumous Reproduction: Arrogance, Avarice and Anguish (Routledge Publishing). Her most recent book on death and dying is forthcoming from Edward Elgar Publishing Company. She is one of the editors and a contributing author of Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Trusts and Estates Opinions (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Dean Lewis is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Board of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). She has received several prestigious national and international awards. Dean Lewis has been a visiting scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and The Hasting Center.

While a visiting researcher at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, Dean Lewis conducted research on physician-assisted suicide. As a Senior Fulbright Specialist, she lectured and conducted research at Haifa University and Hebrew University in Israel. Dean Lewis was a Core Fulbright Scholar at King’s College in the United Kingdom. After being one of only six law professors selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Public Health Law Scholar, she worked with the Cleveland Public Health Department to study the public health consequences of allowing minors to purchase small cigars.

Dean Lewis has made numerous national and international presentations. She has presented at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Harvard Law School. Dean Lewis has been a guest lecturer at the International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Rome, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic, the World Congress on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law in Jerusalem, Israel and Limassol, Cyprus, and the New Zealand Bioethics Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2016, she had the honor of delivering a Gresham College Lecture in Central London, England.

Dean Lewis graduated number one in her class from Grambling State University, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University, a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey Institute, a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota School of Law and an L.L.M. in energy and environmental law from the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to attending law school, she received summer fellowships to study at Carnegie-Mellon University, the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dean Lewis started her professional career as a statistician and ADR trainer at the Conflict and Change Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In her free time, Dean Lewis writes fiction, paints, learns computer languages, and plays the piano.

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