Law dean known for encouraging creative thinking around diversity in legal education dies at conference

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Law dean known for encouraging creative thinking around diversity in legal education dies at conference

A view of the main entrance to the Central University of North Carolina campus. Photo by RDUpedia, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

The dean of the Central University of North Carolina Law School was found dead in her hotel room on Thursday while in Colorado to attend the Law School Admission Council’s annual conference.

A June 3 announcement from the school does not state the cause of death for Browne C. Lewis.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Lewis’ death was unexpected. Law.com and WTVD also have coverage.

At the time of Lewis’s death, she was a member of the LSAC board of directors.

“We are shocked by the loss of our friend and board member and rekindle our passion for justice and fairness in our brilliant and beloved colleague,” said Kellye Testy, President and CEO. leadership of LSAC, in a statement to the ABA Journal.

Lewis was also a board member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, according to his NCCU School of Law biography. She wanted CALI to be more mindful of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and she was ahead of many in seeing how the issues related to teaching, communication, and socializing through technology, according to John Mayer, executive director of CALI.

“Browne pushed me to be better,” Mayer said in an email to the Journal.

This included his encouragement to use his creativity, coupled with the potential for technological innovation, to uncover and begin to address systemic racism in “legal education, online communities and computer-based instruction,” he said. -he adds.

In 2020, Lewis was named dean of the NCCU School of Law, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1988, then earned an LLM in energy and environmental law from the University of Houston Law Center in 1997, according to Law.com and her LinkedIn profile. .

Before Lewis was named dean of the NCCU School of Law, she was a professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and director of its Center for Health Law and Policy, according to Law.com.