NCCU Law School Dean Malik Edwards Named to 2023 Lawyers of Color Power List

Posted March 30, 2023, 5:11PM

Malik Edwards, Ph.D., interim dean of the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law was named to the Lawyers of Color’s Power List 2023.

The Lawyers of Color is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities. The power list recognizes the most influential minority attorneys and allies in the nation.

“I am honored to have received this distinction bestowed by the Lawyers of Color Foundation,” said Edwards. “As dean of the NCCU School of Law, I am dedicated to  promoting a diverse and inclusive law school environment that pursues initiatives to increase access, admission, retention and graduation of leaders in the legal profession.”

Edwards previously served as associate dean for faculty affairs and scholarly enrichment and John D. Fassett Professor of Law at NCCU School of Law. He is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work explores the use of social and systemic supports to understand racial disparities and to develop remedies to address these disparities.

His scholarship includes law review articles, peer-reviewed journals, and book chapters that explore the use of social science evidence in equity contexts. Edwards connects his scholarship to his teaching of constitutional law, property, administrative law, and education law.

Edwards is committed to increasing minority representation in the legal profession through collaborations across NCCU’s campus and among historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). He has been successful in gaining extramural funding to support NCCU School of Law’s pipeline programs. As principal investigator, he helped NCCU become the first HBCU to receive a Law School Admission Council PLUS grant. Edwards has also worked with units across the university’s campus on Title III and HBCU - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) grants.

Edwards received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in the Education Policy Program and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

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