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Professor Elise Boddie
J.D., Harvard
M.P.P, Harvard
B.A., Yale
Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, State and Local Government

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Elise Boddie

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Boddie joined the Rutgers faculty in 2013 from the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) where she served as director of litigation and oversaw LDF’s nationwide litigation program, including its advocacy in several major Supreme Court and federal appellate cases. From 1999-2005, she litigated complex affirmative action, employment, and school desegregation cases and also served as LDF’s Director of Education and as an Associate Director of Litigation. She is a frequent public speaker and has appeared on television and radio programs and lectured at various law schools around the country regarding civil rights matters.

Boddie received her B.A. cum laude from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. She also holds a masters degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Following a clerkship for Judge Robert Carter in the Southern District of New York, Boddie litigated at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in its New York office as the first recipient of the Fried, Frank/LDF fellowship. She has also taught at New York Law School and Fordham Law School. In 2012, the Law and Society Association awarded her the John Hope Franklin Prize for exceptional scholarship in the field of race, racism, and the law for her article, “Racial Territoriality.” 
She has served on the boards of the North Star Fund, the Passaic County Legal Aid Society and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey and was recently elected to the board of trustees for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. 


“The Sins of Innocence in Standing Doctrine,” 68 Vanderbilt L. Rev. __ (forthcoming, March 2015)

“Critical Mass and the Role of Stereotypes in Equal Protection,” 17 U. Penn. J. Const. L. __ (forthcoming, December 2014)

“The Way Forward: Racial Integration After Ricci, A Response to Michelle Adams,” 96 Iowa L. Rev. Bull. 100 (2011)

“Racial Territoriality,” 58 UCLA L. Rev. 401 (2010)

“Schools Without Borders” (work-in-progress)

Schuette v. BAMN: How the Court Undermined Racial Liberty in the Democratic Process” (Huffington Post, April 30, 2014)

Commentary on Fisher: In with a bang, out with a fizzle, SCOTUSblog (June 24, 2013)

Commentary on Fisher: The importance of diversity within diversity, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 11, 2012)