Camille A. Nelson Named Dean of the Law School at American University

NelsonCamilleThe Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C., has named Camille A. Nelson as its next dean. She will become dean on July 25.

Professor Nelson was dean of the Suffolk University Law School in Boston from 2010 to 2015. She continues to teach at the law school. Before joining the faculty at Suffolk University, Professor Nelson taught for nearly a decade at the Saint Louis University School of Law. Before entering the academic world, she was a clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada. She was the first Black woman to clerk for Canada’s highest court.

A native of Jamaica, Professor Nelson is a graduate of the University of Toronto and earned a law degree at the University of Ottawa. She also holds a master’s degree in law from Columbia University.


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  1. Susan J. Feathers says:


    • nice job Camille... says:

      Hi Camille…congratulations….big loss for Boston….great for you and American University!! David.

  2. Jonathan Talley says:

    I wish you the most sincere Congratulations as you embark on the next chapter in your life’s book. I was a pleasure making your acquaintance while in Boston and I wish you nothing but the best that life has to offer.

  3. Adelaide Solomon-Jordan says:


    Are you and Maine Law School Dean “doing lunch? ”
    Sistahs RULE!

    Black Elder Sistah in Maine

  4. Carlene says:

    Hi Camille so proud of all your accomplishments. I’m also from Jamaica and would love to meet you one day. Best wishes in your new and future endeavors.

  5. Carolyn Whitehorn says:

    Congratulations. I am delighted to see you as the Dean at American, my law school.

  6. Patricia Rodney, PhD, MPH says:

    Congratulations Camille, A great accomplishment.

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