Case-Based Teaching

Lisa A Croomes, J.D.

October 13, 2010


Human rights activist, lawyer, and Howard University professor—Lisa Crooms is an expert teacher of contracts, constitutional law, international human rights law, and the impact of gender on the theory and practice of law.  She has developed her expertise through a lifetime dedicated to upholding the law to protect the rights of the poor, the abused, and the disenfranchised.

Professor Crooms has served as a board member for the U.S. Human Rights Network, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, and Women’s Institute for Leadership Development for Human Rights.  She has also worked with the Washington Office on Africa and the American Committee on Africa.  In addition, she coordinated the Non-Governmental Organization 2007 shadow report to the United Nations on the elimination of racial discrimination and a similar report on U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Professor Crooms has also advised institutions such as the Sentencing Project, the International Rights Law Group, and Amnesty International USA.  She has participated as well in international consultations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and the US.

However, Professor Crooms is first and foremost a teacher.  A Fulbright scholar, she delivered the Anna E. Hirsch Lecture at the New England School of Law and the Hull Lecture on Women and Social Justice at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She also presented a paper on “Using Human Rights in Clinical Education” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools.   In addition, as this video will reveal, she has earned a solid reputation at Howard’s School of Law as one of the best practitioners of the Case-Based Teaching method. 

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