Howard University School of Law Welcomes Two New Faculty Members



Howard University School of Law is happy to have added two new faculty members this academic year – Professor Cedric Merlin Powell and Professor Tiffany Williams Brewer.

Professor Cedric Merlin Powell, Broady Endowed Chair & Visiting Professor of Law

Powell is Howard Law’s inaugural Earl C. and Anna H. Broady Visiting Professor Endowed Chair. The chair is awarded to a distinguished and outstanding scholar or contributor to law and social justice, who will add to the global stature, recognition, and legal contributions of Howard University School of Law. In this capacity, Powell teaches course in teaching Professional Responsibility, Critical Race Theory, Constitutional Law, and a symposium on his new book— Post-Racial Constitutionalism and the Roberts Court: Rhetorical Neutrality and the Perpetuation of Inequality (2023)— forthcoming from Cambridge University Press:

Powell earned his B.A. with honors in politics from Oberlin College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change.  Professor Powell served as law clerk to the Hon. Julia Cooper Mack of the D.C. Court of Appeals; Karpatkin Fellow in the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union; and he practiced as a litigation associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York.  Powell’s articles have appeared in the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal, Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice, Howard Law Journal, University of Miami Law Review, Saint Louis University Public Law Review, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, and the Utah Law Review, among others.  

Powell is also co-editor of RACIAL JUSTICE IN AMERICAN LAND USE (Craig Anthony Arnold, Cedric Merlin Powell, Laura Rothstein, and Cate Fosl, Co-Editors) (forthcoming Cambridge University Press).

Powell was awarded the Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr., Trailblazer Award by the Louisville Bar Association.  He is the first law professor to be so honored. Also, he was awarded the 2018 University Distinguished Faculty Service Award for Career Exemplary Service. He was named Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Professor of Law, and Outstanding Faculty Member in 2019. In 2021, Powell was awarded the University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Tiffany Williams Brewer, Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Tiffany Williams Brewer is an Assistant Professor of Law teaching courses in Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Legislation & Regulation and a seminar in Black Women & the Law at Howard University School of Law. She earned her J.D. at Northeastern University School of Law, her MPA and B.A. at Rutgers University. As a former New Jersey Administrative Law Judge, Brewer brings her judicial experience into the classroom and the law school community. Brewer has more than 20 years of teaching experience as a full time and adjunct professor in law and public administration at universities in California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. She has also taught courses in Legal Writing, Administrative Law, and Trial Advocacy and has directed student programs focusing on externships, mock trial and moot court. Brewer is a frequent international lecturer and trainer, having conducted legal writing, trial advocacy and judicial judgment drafting trainings in Saudi Arabia, India and throughout the African continent in conjunction with the African Union. Her scholarly focus spans several areas of her professional expertise, including examining the intersectionality of racial justice, ethics and religion, gender equity, global women’s leadership, criminal justice reform for women and girls.

Brewer was recently appointed by the New Jersey Governor as the first African American to chair the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, an independent investigatory agency empowered to expose organized crime, government fraud and corruption.  Throughout her career, Brewer has served in high profile leadership roles in government, including as an administrative law judge, assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, deputy chief counsel to the NJ Governor, chief counsel to the Speaker of the NJ General Assembly, NJ deputy assistant secretary of state (overseeing the state’s election system), and regulatory officer (agency counsel) at the NJ Civil Service Commission.  In private practice, she has served as a litigation associate at several large law firms in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Brewer started her career as a law clerk to the Hon. Frederick L. Brown in the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  During law school, Brewer had the unique opportunity to serve as an intern at the White House for the Office of Legal Counsel. Prior to law school, she served as the special assistant to U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.

Brewer is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, the Supreme Court of the United States and various federal courts.  As an active leader in the profession, Brewer currently serves as secretary of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association and as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Previously, she served as the ABA deputy representative to the United Nations, as an associate editor to the Litigation News magazine, member of the Section of Litigation Council and as Section of Litigation managing director.

In addition to her legal career, Brewer is a pastor and an advocate for the global advancement of women and girls as Founder & CEO of the Esther Project & the Esther Institute for the Advancement of Women and Girls.  Brewer has been recognized for her global work with the Esther Project by a United States Senator, the NJ Legislature, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (of which she is a member) and numerous organizations and publications.