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Associate Professor of LawOdeana R. Neal
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 511

Administrative Assistant: Melanie Hanson
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 413


J.D., Harvard University, 1986
A.B., cum laude, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, 1983

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Human Rights
Interviewing, Negotiating & Counseling
Juvenile Justice
Sexual Orientation and the Law

Neal joined the faculty in 1989 after being a supervising attorney in the D.C. Law Students in Court Program. She had previously worked at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and clerked for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. For the 1993-94 academic year, she was on leave as a visiting faculty member at Syracuse University School of Law.

Neal has been active in the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Minority Groups, serving on its executive committee for several years and chairing the section one year. Her scholarly interests include race and the law, sexual orientation and the law, and clinical legal education. Her writings have appeared in the Berkeley Women's Law Journal, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, New York Law School Law Review, and the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.

Neal is a member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts bars and is a volunteer for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic of Washington, DC.

Selected Publications

Articles and Essays

Writing Rules Does Not Right Wrongs, 7 Temple Political & Civil Rights L. Rev. 303 (1998)

The Limits of Legal Discourse: Learning From the Civil Rights Movement in the Quest for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights, 40 N.Y. L. Sch. L. Rev. 679 (1996)

Myths and Moms: Images of Women in the Termination of Parental Rights, 5 Kan. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y. 61 (1995)