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Nekima Levy-Pounds

Professor
Degree
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law
B.A., University of Southern California
Office
MSL 332
Phone
(651) 962-4959
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4959
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is the director of the Community Justice Project (CJP), an award-winning civil rights legal clinic. The CJP is a part of the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services. Levy-Pounds teaches and supervises law students as they use the law as a tool to advance the cause of social justice in poor communities of color through problem-solving, legal research and writing, community engagement and legislative advocacy. Levy-Pounds’ goal in founding the CJP was to take a more holistic approach to addressing complex issues affecting the poor and working poor.

In addition to her work in the CJP, Levy-Pounds is an active contributor to the field of civil rights and criminal justice by serving as a consultant to local civil rights organizations and community groups, a commentator in local media, and a lecturer and speaker in national and international forums. Her scholarly interests include African Americans and the law, the impact of the war on drugs on African American children and families, the treatment of women in prisons, and intersecting issues of race, class, and the criminal justice system. Levy-Pounds also focuses on juvenile justice issues, police and community relations, and the school to prison pipeline facing children of color.

Because of her work in the Community Justice Project, Levy-Pounds was selected by Minnesota Senator Al Franken to advise the senator in his decision to support Elena Kagan for the United States Supreme Court.

Nekima Levy-Pounds Curriculum Vitae 

Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
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LAWS 941 - 01 Clinic:Community Justice Prjct See Details * *
CRN: 43243 Instructor: Nekima V. Levy-Pounds Students in the Community Justice Project engage in legislative advocacy, problem-solving, legal research and writing, community outreach, and help to shape public policy on cutting-edge civil rights issues. Following the sub-Saharan African ideology of “Ubuntu,” students focus on creating systemic changes in the arenas of economic development, criminal justice, juvenile justice, reentry, and public education. The Community Justice Project also works to build bridges with stakeholders in community, local government, law enforcement, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Enrollment with permission only

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0900-1015M - - - - - -
1330-1455- T - R - - -
LAWS 944 - 0 Clinic: Adv Community Justice - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43248 Instructor: Nekima V. Levy-Pounds A small number of students who have completed a semester in the Clinic Community Justice Project may be asked to participate in the Community Justice Project as advanced students. Enrollment by permission only.

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LAWS 950 - 16 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43319 Instructor: Nekima V. Levy-Pounds Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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