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University officials have named Camille Nelson as dean of the Suffolk University Law School. Nelson, who spent the past year on the faculty of Hofstra University School of Law, will be the first woman and the first member of a minority group to hold the top administrative position at the 104-year-old law school in Boston. “Camille Nelson joins us in sharing a longstanding conviction that the potential for excellence is unlocked when doors are opened to people of ability from all backgrounds and circumstances, and I am confident that she will continue Suffolk University Law School’s mission of opportunity,” university President David J. Sargent said in a prepared statement. “She is committed to public service and the pursuit of social justice, and we expect that the law school will flourish through her energy, collaborative leadership style and vision.” Nelson will assume her new role at the beginning of September, replacing interim Dean Bernard Keenan. Before joining the Hofstra law faculty last year, Nelson taught at Saint Louis University School of Law for nearly a decade. She taught contracts, criminal law, critical race theory, the legal profession and sports law ethics, and was named the school’s faculty member of the year in 2004. Two year later, she received a university-wide award for faculty excellence. Her scholarship focuses on critical race theory and cultural studies. “Suffolk University is an incredible place, and I am honored to join its ranks,” Nelson said. “It is a community of engaged scholars, dedicated teachers, involved alumni, hard-working professionals and exceptional students.” Before turning to teaching, Nelson was an associate at Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault and clerked for Canadian Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci. She received her law degree from the University of Ottawa and her Master of Laws from Columbia Law School.

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