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John Jay’s Professor Browne-Marshall Recognized for Her Dedication to Issues of Justice

New York, NY, February 17, 2009 –  Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Associate Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is the 2009 recipient of the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s (NYCLA) Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award. She was honored for her contributions to the legal profession and to policy issues of concern to vulnerable groups, specifically children, women, and people of color in the United States, Africa, and Europe.

“We are proud of Professor Browne-Marshall’s accomplishments and her dedication to issues of equality and civil rights. She has distinguished herself nationally and internationally as a leader in this field.” said Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was an educator, journalist, mother, politician, internationally renowned speaker, anti-lynching advocate, wife, author, and suffragette. I am deeply honored to receive an award bearing the name of a woman who did so much for gender equality and racial justice.” said Professor Browne-Marshall.

The award, co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, is named in honor of the African- American civil rights advocate Ida B. Wells-Barnett who fought against segregation and in support of women’s rights. Professor Browne-Marshall accepted the award at the Seventh Annual Ida B. Wells Justice Award Reception on Wednesday, February 11 in New York City.

Professor Browne-Marshall, an attorney with a litigation background in civil rights, children's healthcare, education, and criminal justice issues, teaches constitutional law at John Jay College.  She is the Chair of the Board of Directors for The Law and Policy Group, a think tank that analyzes laws and policies which affect the lives of children, women, and people of color.  A former Legal Advisor to the Permanent Representation to the United Nations in Geneva and New York of the African Bureau of Educational Sciences/OAU, she has presented interventions before the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on issues of racial justice. In addition to teaching courses on constitutional law and evidence, Professor Browne-Marshall is the author of two books, The Constitution: Major Cases and Conflicts and, more recently, Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present.

The New York County Lawyers' Association ( was founded in 1908 as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual identity. Since its inception, it has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations.  In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit