NEPOC and the Northeast Corridor Collective of Black Women Law Professors
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NEPOC AND THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR COLLECTIVE OF BLACK WOMEN LAW PROFESSORS
ANITA L. ALLEN 0
0 from University of Michigan; M.A. from University of Michigan; and B.A. from New College of Florida , USA
I entered law teaching in 1985. The first few years were lonely. When the NECC was created it became the centerpiece of my identity in our profession throughout the 1990s. The smart and courageous women of color in the group helped me clarify my relationship to writing and to the powers and institutions impacting my work. I had the pleasure of hosting the group twice, once in my Washington D.C. condominium, in about 1990, and another time in my house in Chevy Chase, in about 1997. I wrote my first piece of voice scholarship as part of the project that was eventually published in the Berkeley Women's Law Journal. That essay, entitled "On Being a Role Model" tackled head-on the argument of my late friend, Derrick Bell, that black women law students need black women role models. It became my most reprinted essay; and a shorter version was published in a peer reviewed philosophy journal.