Professor Kirsten Dauphinais appointed to US Commission on Civil Rights Advisory Committee
UND Law Professor Kirsten Dauphinais was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights for the State of North Dakota.
Advisory Committee members conduct reviews and produce reports and recommendations concerning local civil rights issues, including justice, voting, discrimination, housing, education, and other important themes. The Commission, by Congressional mandate, establishes Committees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Appointees serve four-year terms and are unremunerated.
“Kirsten’s background will make her an excellent representative in this important role on the advisory committee for the citizens of North Dakota,” said Dean Kathryn Rand. “Kirsten’s work in this regard contributes to the strong connection we have with our state as North Dakota’s law school. I’m very pleased that so many of our faculty and staff directly serve our state in similar roles.”
Dauphinais, the Law School Builders of the Profession Professor of Law, received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1996 and her B. A. in Political Science magna cum laude from Colgate University in 1993. She entered academia in 2001 and taught for four years as a Legal Writing Instructor at the Howard University School of Law before joining the UND faculty in 2005. She currently serves as the law school’s Director of Bar Passage and Academic Success.
In 2011, Dauphinais was the law school’s recipient of the UND Foundation’s North Dakota Spirit Award for significant contributions in teaching, scholarship, and service. She lectures and publishes in the fields of legal pedagogy, legal education and profession, and law and psychology.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was created by the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and has received numerous reauthorizations and extensions from congress since the original act. The commission was created to be an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding government agency to enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. The commission studies alleged deprivations of voting rights and alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. The U.S commission on Civil Rights is the only agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters.