aiyetoro_adjoa_sqAdjoa A. Aiyetoro joined the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law faculty in 2004. She was Professor of Law and the Director of the Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System Research Project. The project released a comprehensive report of its research findings in August 2015. Aiyetoro served as the inaugural director of UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity from July 2011 to December 2012.

Before joining the law faculty Professor Aiyetoro had a career as a human rights attorney and social worker. As a social worker, she served as the supervisor for the Malcolm Bliss Community Mental Health Center’s Model Cities’ outpatient program. Aiyetoro began her legal career as a staff attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section where she litigated cases involving the rights of the institutionalized and developed an expertise in prisoner rights. She joined the ACLU National Prison Project in 1981 where she remained until 1992.

Since 1992 Aiyetoro has served as the Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the Director of Administration for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., a consultant to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, organizing its 1995 delegation to the United Nations Beijing Conference on Women, represented the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) at the preparatory meetings for and the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) held in South Africa, and the Chief Legal Consultant for the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA). In March 2014 Professor Aiyetoro received the Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work’s Distinguished Alumni Award and in April 2014 she received the Arkansas ACLU’s Civil Libertarian of the Year Award.