The University of South Carolina Upstate will host its fifth annual Constitution Day celebration on Thursday, September 18 with guest speaker Eboni S. Nelson. Her lecture, “From Brown to Fisher: The Constitutional Case for Equal Educational Opportunities,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom. This public lecture, held in commemoration of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, is free and open to the public.
Nelson graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as a contract teaching assistant for Professor Elizabeth Warren. After graduating from Harvard, she practiced employee benefits in the Houston office of Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP. During her time at the firm, Nelson was an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center where she taught Taxation of Compensation. During the fall 2004 semester, she was a visiting assistant professor at the Law Center where she taught Contracts and Texas Consumer Law.
Nelson’s scholarly interests include various issues related to education law and policy. She is particularly interested in the provision of educational opportunities for disadvantaged students as well as the intersection of consumer law and education issues. Her articles concerning affirmative action in higher education and the constitutionality of race-conscious student assignment plans have appeared in the Journal of College and University Law, the Denver Law Review, the University of Miami Law Review, and the University of Richmond Law Review. Her articles examining issues related to young consumer credit card indebtedness have appeared in the Utah Law Review, the Villanova Law Review, and the Banking & Financial Services Policy Report.
Nelson is the vice chairperson of the South Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She is a member of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Diversity Initiatives Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of Sistercare, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting battered women and their children.