Eboni S. Nelson became dean of the University of Connecticut School of Law on July 31, 2020. She came to UConn from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she taught for 13 years. From 2018 onward, she served as the associate dean for academic affairs. At South Carolina Law, she received the Best Classroom Teacher and Outstanding Faculty Service awards.
Before joining the South Carolina Law faculty in 2007, Dean Nelson taught at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and practiced employee benefits law at Bracewell LLP in Houston, Texas. Her scholarship focuses on education law and policy, and she is especially interested in the availability of educational opportunities for disadvantaged and minority students.
Dean Nelson graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and earned her JD from Harvard Law School, where she served as a Contracts teaching assistant to then-Professor Elizabeth Warren.
Throughout her career, Dean Nelson has been committed to public service. She served as the chair of the South Carolina Commission on Consumer Affairs and vice chair of the South Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She has also been a member of the Law School Admission Council Finance and Legal Affairs Committee and the American Bar Association Sabbatical Review Site Team. She is currently a member of the Law School Admission Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Dean Nelson teaches in the fields of Contracts; Commercial Law; Consumer Law; and Race, Class and Education.
Eboni S. Nelson, Assessing the Viability of Race-Neutral Alternatives in Law School Admissions, 102 Iowa L. Rev. 2187 (2017) (with Ronald Pitner & Carla D. Pratt)
Eboni S. Nelson, In Defense of Deference: The Case for Respecting Educational Autonomy and Expert Judgments in Fisher v. University of Texas, 47 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1133 (2013)
Eboni S. Nelson, Young Consumer Protection in the “Millennial” Age, 2011 Utah L. Rev. 369 (2011)
Eboni S. Nelson, From the Schoolhouse to the Poorhouse: The Credit CARD Act’s Failure to Adequately Protect Young Consumers, 56 Vill. L. Rev 1 (2011)
Eboni S. Nelson, Examining the Costs of Diversity, 63 U. Miami L. Rev. 577 (2009)
Eboni S. Nelson, Parents Involved & Meredith: A Prediction Regarding the (Un)Constitutionality of Race-Conscious Student Assignment Plan, 84 Denver U. L. Rev. 293 (2006)
Eboni S. Nelson, What Price Grutter? We May Have Won the Battle, but Are We Losing the War?, 32 J.C. & U.L 1 (2005)
Dean Eboni S. Nelson will join a panel discussion entitled "Historical Barriers: Challenges and Opportunities for Female Attorneys of Color," on Feb. 24, 2021. The online presentation, sponsored by the Diversity Committee of the Women in the Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, offers CLE credits. Speakers will address some of the persistent barriers for women lawyers of color and potentially new challenges and opportunities.