Lolita Buckner Inniss

Dean and Provost's Professor of Law

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Wolf Law Building Room 323
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 323C

Lolita Buckner Inniss is the 17th dean, the second woman dean, and the first Black dean of the University of Colorado Law School, where she is also Provost's Professor of Law and an affiliate of the Center for African & African American Studies. As Dean she has worked to broaden access and equity for students, has led the largest faculty hiring process in the history of Colorado Law, has shepherded one of the largest clinical gifts in the history of the school, and has given heightened attention to faculty status issues. She received her A.B. from Princeton University, her J.D. from UCLA, and earned an LL.M. with Distinction and a Ph.D. in law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, in Canada. Her current areas of research are legal history and property law. A highly regarded leader and scholar with a prominent national and international voice in her fields, Dean Inniss is an elected member of the American Law Institute, Chair-elect of the AALS Women in Legal Education section, a member of the AALS Deans' Steering Committee and is the United States Special Rapporteur to the International Academy of Comparative Law on the topic of contemporary slavery. She is the author of scores articles and essays, and of the prize-winning legal history book The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson (Fordham University Press, 2019, 2020). She is also the co-author of a book in progress, Talking About Black Lives Matter and #MeToo (with Bridget Crawford) (University of California Press, forthcoming 2024).


Talking About Black Lives Matter and #Metoo, (with Bridget Crawford) (University of California Press, forthcoming 2023).
Slavery and the Postbellum University, 74 SMU Law Review (forthcoming 2021).
It's About Bloody Time and Space, 41 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law (forthcoming 2021) (Invited author).

Published Books

The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson, (Fordham University Press, 2020). A scholarly review is available at Humanities and Social Sciences Online.


Race, Space and Surveillance: A Response to #LivingWhileBlack: Blackness as Nuisance, by Taja-Nia Henderson and Jamila Jefferson-Jones, American University Law Review Forum 213 (2020) (Invited author).
(Un)Common Law and the Female Body, 61 Boston College Law Review Electronic Supplement (2020)(Invited author).
'While the Water is Stirring': Sojourner Truth as Proto-agonist in the Fight for (Black) Women's Rights, 100Boston University Law Review1637 (2020) (Invited author).

Book Chapters

Property Law Revolution, Devolution, and Feminist Legal Theory, inFEMINIST JUDGMENTS:REWRITTEN PROPERTY OPINIONS OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT (Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod and Elena Maria Marty-Nelson, eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021) (Invited guest essayist).
Roxanne Shante's 'Independent Woman': Making Space for Women in Hip Hop, inHIP HOP LAW AND POLICY (Gregory S. Parks and Frank Rudy Cooper, eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021).
The Lucky Law Professor and the Eucatastrophic Moment, inPRESUMED INCOMPETENT II (Carmen Gonzalez, ed., University Press of Colorado, 2020) (Invited author).
Ships' Ballast as an Object of International Law, in INTERNATIONAL LAW'S OBJECTS: EMERGENCE, ENCOUNTER AND ERASURE THROUGH OBJECT AND IMAGE (Jessie Hohmann and Daniel Joyce, eds., Oxford University Press, 2019) (Invited author).
Cecelia Kell v. Canada, in FEMINIST JUDGMENTS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, (Hart Publishing, September 2019) (with Jessie Hohmann and Enzamaria Tramontana).