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An experienced law professor and leader in legal education for more than twenty years, Professor Bernier has significant administrative experience in establishing several nascent law schools and accreditation. She also brings program development, implementation and legal expertise to her anti-bias consulting practice. While her law teaching is comprehensive, social justice is her primary focus in constitutional law. Her most recent course Women’s Rights and the Supreme Court is offered at the University of Illinois School of Law. She also served as a consultant and Director of Legal Oversight for the MacArthur Racial Healing grant recipient Family Agriculture Resource Management Service in 2022-23. Professor Bernier invests in the future by teaching in summer outreach programs where she introduces younger students to law and social policy.

​Professor Bernier earned her law degree from Howard University and thereafter earned an L.L.M. from Temple University Law School. Additionally, she holds a certificate from the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France and a Diploma from the University of Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France. She has published extensively in legal periodicals such as: The Harvard Women’s Law Review, Dickinson Journal of International Law, The International Lawyer, Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal, Washington and Lee Journal of Race and Ethnicity, William and Mary Women’s Law Journal, Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy and others. Selected Bar Association Memberships include: The Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, The United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Bar.

“The paradox of education is precisely this—that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.”—James Baldwin’s 1963 Talk to Teachers speech

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