John L. S. Simpkins is Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Diversity Initiatives at the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, SC. He has observed or served as a consultant in constitution-building processes in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. He currently serves as a member of the African Network of the International Association of Constitutional Law as well as the American Bar Association Task Force on International Electoral Standards. Prof. Simpkins is co-founder of the Center for a Better South and a Senior Associate at the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership at Furman University. He also serves as a political analyst with WYFF Channel 4 in Greenville and WCBD Channel 2 in Charleston. He has published essays on South Africa, Southern politics, and African-American culture in the New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The State, and The Oxford American. He serves as a board member of the Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Trident United Way, the South Carolina Aquarium, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, and the Lowcountry Housing Trust. He also is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Prof. Simpkins received an A.B. in Government from Harvard College and a J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law.
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Common Tenure of Property: Experiences of Africans and African-Americans, Gloucester Conference, Gloucester, United Kingdom (2007)