Kimberly Jade Norwood

Professor of Law; Professor of African & African American Studies


B.A., 1982, Fordham University
J.D., 1985, University of Missouri

Curriculum Vitae





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Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6416
Email: norwood@wulaw.wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 561

Courses Taught

Advanced Civil Procedure/Litigation Strategies
Civil Justice Clinic
Civil Procedure
Education Law & Social Policy: K-12
Pretrial Practice and Procedure
Products Liability
Race, Education & the Law
Stereotypes & Biases: Unconscious Courtroom Drama
Struggle for Education in Black America: From Slavery through the Reconstruction


After law school Professor Norwood clerked for the Honorable Clifford Scott Green, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She then joined the law firm of Bryan, Cave LLP in St. Louis, Missouri as a litigation associate for several years before joining Washington University in 1990. At the law school Professor Norwood has focused her research on black identity issues, colorism within the black community, and the intersection of race, class, and public education in America. She has also created and developed a unique service learning program for which she has won several awards (both local and national) that allows law students to receive law school credit and high school students to receive mentoring and guidance for a possible future career in the law. The experience also involves actual court exposure before judges in their respective courtrooms. Watch the video to get a better sense of the courtroom experience.

As part of the law school’s Africa Public Interest Law & Conflict Resolution Initiative, Norwood has supervised public interest externships for law students working in Ghana and Kenya. Norwood has also taught law courses overseas at Universiteit Utrecht in The Netherlands, Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. She taught legal research and writing for the law school as an adjunct for several years before joining the law faculty and she has also taught in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Program.

In 2012, Professor Norwood hosted a conference commemorating the 40th anniversary of a major desegregation lawsuit filed in 1972 in St. Louis, MO. The conference, "Liddell at 40: Commemorating the Desegregation Movement in St. Louis and a Look at the Future of Urban Education," celebrated the efforts of Minnie Liddell to bring quality education to black children in St. Louis city public schools. That lawsuit toiled in the court system for twenty seven years and ultimately became one of the the largest voluntary desegregation case in the nation's history. For more information click here

She also is both Editor and Contributor on a book, published in 2014 by Routledge, entitled “Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias & the Myth of a Post-Racial America.” A conference on "Global Perspectives on Colorism," organized by Professor Norwood and the Whitney R Harris World Law Institute, will take place at the law school April 2-3, 2015. Click here to learn more about the conference.

Norwood was the Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker for the University on January 19, 2015. For the text of her speech, click here. Her next book, "Ferguson Fault Lines: Social and Legal Reverberations," will be published in the fall of 2015. For a summary of her recent work, see the story “A New Normal” at http://law.wustl.edu/news/pages.aspx?id=10424.

Norwood is also very active with her law students outside of the classroom. In addition to her famous potluck dinners, she also has participated in the expansion of the teacher student relationship in a most unusual manner. Click here for an example of how a former law school alumna became an invaluable resource for Norwood.