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  School of Law–Camden 2009–2011 Faculty, Staff, and Administration Beth Stephens  

Beth Stephens

Professor of Law. Professor Stephens earned her B.A. magna cum laude at Harvard University in 1976 and her J.D. at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California (Berkeley) in 1980. She clerked for two years for Chief Justice Rose Bird of the California Supreme Court, then spent six years in Nicaragua investigating issues of law reform and human rights. As a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York from 1990 to 1996, Professor Stephens litigated international human rights cases in U.S. federal court, representing victims of genocide, rape, torture, and war crimes. In 1995, she earned the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, in recognition of her work on these human rights cases; she was a finalist for the same award in 2001. She earned a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant in 1995 and coauthored a book on this developing line of litigation, International Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Second Edition, 2008). She also taught an international human rights clinic at Yale Law School from 1994 to 1996, and has taught in the Oxford University International Human Rights Program. Professor Stephens continues to litigate pro bono international human rights cases as a CCR cooperating attorney. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and consults on CJA's litigation as well. Her publications include "The Story of Doe v. Unocal," in Human Rights Advocacy Stories (Foundation Press, 2009); "Judicial Deference and the Unreasonable Views of the Bush Administration" (Brooklyn Journal of International Law), "Upsetting Checks and Balances: The Bush Administration's Efforts to Limit Human Rights Litigation"  (Harvard Human Rights Journal ), "Individuals Enforcing International Human Rights Law: The Comparative and Historical Context" (DePaul Law Review), Remedies for International Human Rights Violations" (Yale Journal of International Law), "Federalism and Foreign Affairs: Congress' Power to 'Define and Punish...Offenses against the Law of Nations'" (William and Mary Law Review), and "The Law of Our Land: Customary International Law as Federal Law after Erie" (Fordham Law Review).
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