Lisa Crooms is a law professor and academic dean at Howard Law School. She teaches Constitutional Law, Gender and the Law, International Human Rights Law and Supreme Court Jurisprudence
A human rights activist since 1984, Crooms has worked with the Washington Office on Africa and the American Committee on Africa. Professor Crooms was one of the founding members of the US Human Rights Network and served on the Board of Directors previously. She is a former board member for the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development for Human Rights. She also served as the coordinator for the 2008 U.S. CERD review and the 2006 U.S. ICCPR review.
She has served as an advisor to institutions including The Urban Justice Center, Unifem, the Sentencing Project, the International Human Rights Law Group (Global Rights) and Amnesty International - U.S.A. In 2003 Crooms was a Fulbright Scholar at the Norman Manley Law School – University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica where she conducted research on the relationship between gender, violence and law in the construction of Jamaican post-independence national identity.
Professor Crooms received her B.A. in Economics from Howard University in 1984 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1991.