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Janai Nelson is Associate Director-Counselor of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund with 10 videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; Her first appearance was at a 2004 Forum as Group Director for Political Participation at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Nelson began practicing law after receiving the NAACP LDF / Fried Frank Scholarship in 1998. He earned his B.A. from New York University and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. Later, Nelson investigated the disenfranchisement of people with criminal convictions and the advancement of democracy in Ghana as a Fulbright scholar at the Legal Resource Center in Accra, Ghana.wikipedia

How old is Janai Nelson?

December 12, 1971 (age 49 years)

NAACP LDF Attorney

Following her Fulbright fellowship, Nelson became director of the Political Participation Group of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she oversaw all litigation and voting-related matters, litigated voting rights and redistricting cases, and worked on criminal justice issues for blacks and other communities. During this time, she argued before the Second Circuit and served as lead attorney in Hayden v. Pataki. She was also on the team representing African and Haitian-American voters in NAACP v. Hood. She was also an attorney in the United States Supreme Court case Banks v. Dretke.

Teaching and scholarships

Prior to returning to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Nelson was Associate Dean of Fellowships and Associate Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, as well as a full-time professor at the University of St. John. . While there, she also created and administered an annual student program at the United States Supreme Court and helped direct the Ronald H. Brown Preparation Program for college students.  The Nelson Fellowship focuses on national and comparative electoral law, race, and democratic theory. Nelson has taught classes on topics such as Electoral Law and Political Participation, Comparative Electoral Law, Voting Rights, Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law and more. Nelson’s most recent publication, The Causal Context of Disparate Vote Denial, 54 A.C.L. Rev. 579, published in 2013, discusses Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the connection between race and voter suppression.wikipedia

TV appearances

Nelson has appeared in numerous television news outlets as a legal minded, civil rights activist, and election law expert. She has appeared several times on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the removal of Confederate relics, the deaths of several young African American men, and other topics. She has also been featured in MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports and asked for explanations on topics such as the murder of Laquan McDonald, his killer Jason Van Dyke, and police brutality.  In addition to these and other media outlets, Nelson has also appeared on The Daily Show with John Stewart to discuss money raised by excessive surveillance in Ferguson, Missouri.


In 2014, Nelson wrote an op-ed for the New York Times that considered the challenges and opportunities for President Barack Obama in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.  Earlier that year, Nelson wrote an op-ed for Reuters on the importance of passing the Voting Rights Amendment Act.

In October 2018, Nelson contributed an op-ed for CNN discussing Brian Kemp’s conflict of interest as a candidate for governor while he was secretary of state. Later that month, he wrote an op-ed for Bustle warning Americans about voter intimidation.


Nelson received the 2013 Derrick A. Bell Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Secret on Minority Groups. That same year, she was also named one of Lawyers of Color’s 50 Minority Professors Under 50, which had an impact on legal education.

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