Lisa Alexander appointed to advisory committee for federal civil rights commission

Lisa Alexander, assistant professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, has been appointed to the Wisconsin Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

The Commission on Civil Rights, an independent U.S. government agency founded in 1957, works with federal and state governments to examine and resolve issues related to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, disability and sexual orientation. The commission submits reports, findings and recommendations to the president and the Congress, and issues public service announcements to discourage discrimination. Members of state advisory committees assist the federal commission with its fact-finding, investigative and information dissemination functions.

Alexander will serve a two-year term as a special government employee without compensation. Her appointment became effective in January 2013.

“I am honored to be appointed to the commission during this important time in its history,” Alexander says. “I hope to help advance meaningful research on civil rights issues to help mitigate racial and ethnic disparities in our state.”

Alexander’s research focuses on the role of private law in contemporary urban redevelopment, public/private partnerships in urban real estate, low-income housing law and policy, community economic development, local government law and regional governance, and the role of non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurs in urban reform. At UW Law School, she teaches contracts, business organizations, and housing and community development.

Professor Alexander’s previous civil rights experiences include appointments at Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C , the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Housing Section, and at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she was selected as an Earl Warren Civil Rights Scholar. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Submitted by Law School News on January 30, 2013

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