Dr. Adrien Katherine Wing to Speak at Mercer Law School


Adrien Wing, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs and Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, will be visiting Mercer Law School on Feb. 18-19, 2016. On Thursday, Feb. 18, Wing will be the keynote speaker at the Encountering Diversity Dinner and Discussion, which will be held at the Mercer University Center in the President's Dining Room at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 for faculty, alumni and friends. For more information about the event and to buy a ticket, visit http://encounteringdiversitydinner.eventbrite.com.

In addition, Dean Wing will be speaking at the Law School on Friday, Feb. 19, as part of a CLE entitled “Encountering Diversity – A Look Into Critical Race Feminism: Should the Law Consider Both Race and Gender?” The cost of the CLE is $25 at the door, which includes 1 CLE Hour and 1 Ethics Hour.

Discounted tickets are available for those who wish to attend both the dinner and the CLE. Please contact Natalie Sundeen or visit the Mercer Law CLE website here for additional information.

Prior to joining the University of Iowa College of Law faculty in 1987, Dean Wing spent five years in private practice in New York City specializing in international law issues regarding Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. She also served as a representative to the United Nations for the National Conference of Black Lawyers. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton with high honors in 1978, Dean Wing earned her Master of Arts degree in African studies from UCLA in 1979. She obtained her Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree in 1982 from Stanford Law School, and was awarded the Stanford African Student Association Prize. While in law school, she served as an editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law, as an intern with the United Nations Council on Namibia, and as Southern Africa Task Force Director of the National Black Law Students Association.

Dean Wing has advised the founding fathers and mothers on three constitutions: South Africa, Palestine, and Rwanda. She organized an election-observer delegation to South Africa, and taught at the University of Western Cape for six summers. She also advised the Eritrean Ministry of Justice on human rights treaties. She was the first African American woman ever to be tenured at the University of Iowa College of Law, and has served as a mentor, educator and role model for students there for close to 30 years.