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Fallon Speaker

Director Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic

Assistant Professor of Law, Legal Practice

Curriculum Vitae

  • Profile

    Professor Fallon Speaker is a Feminist, Reproductive Justice Transformer, Social Justice Leader and Movement Lawyer.


    Professor Speaker is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of The Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic.


    Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor Speaker served as a Staff Attorney and Team Leader in the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders where she represented parents in child protective proceedings who were accused of abuse or neglect. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Cardozo School of Law and the Director of the Mainzer Family Defense Clinic, where she taught and supervised students in child protective hearings. During her time at The Bronx Defenders, Professor Speaker became very active in policy, lobbying, community organizing, and movement lawyering. She played in integral role in coalition building and creating legislation to reform the child welfare system and state central registry. Professor Speaker received her undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While at the University of North Carolina School of Law, she was a Senior Editor for the Southern Region Black Law Students Association Law Journal. As a third-year law student, she published "An Endless Battle: the Rise of Anti-Abortion Legislation and Decline of the Woman’s Fundamental Right to Reproductive Privacy," Southern Region Black Law Students Association Law Journal (2013).


    Professor Speaker is originally from Ayden, North Carolina. In her spare time, she owns and operates a boutique all natural skincare company and enjoys spending time doing outdoor activities with friends and family, such as hiking, running, and mountain climbing.


    Professor Speaker is a member of the New York Bar.

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    • Presentations

      Presenter, "Mamas of Color and Mental Health: The Harm of State Intervention via the Child Protection System," Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, (August 2019)


      Panelist, "Race, Class, and Privilege," 2019 Community- Orientated Defender Network Conference, National Legal Aid & Defender Association (June 2019)


      Presenter, "Mamas of Color and Mental Health: The Harm of State Intervention via the Child Protection System," ABA National Conference on Parent Representation, (April 2019)


      Presenter, "Balance for Better: Building Gender Equity in Public Service," Balance for Better Symposium, New York University (March 2019)


      Presenter, "Mamas of Color and Mental Health: The Harm of State Intervention via the Child Protection System," National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, American University College of Law (March 2019)

    • Bar Admissions

      Virginia


      New York

    • Professional Experience

      Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic (2019 - present)
      University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA


      Director and Adjunct Professor for Mainzer Family Defense Clinic (2017 - 2019)
      Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY


      Team Leader and Staff Attorney (2012 - 2019)
      The Bronx Defenders, Bronx, NY


      Certified Student Practitioner (2012 - 2013)
      University of North Carolina School of Law, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Chapel Hill, NC


      Guardian Ad Litem (2011 - 2013)
      North Carolina Guardian Ad Litem Program, Orange County District Court, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Publications
    Journal Articles

    Policing Marijuana: When Parents are Penalized for being Poor, Black and Tangled up in Child Welfare, Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights & Social Justice (2020).

    An Endless Battle: the Rise of Anti-Abortion Legislation and Decline of the Woman’s Fundamental Right to Reproductive Privacy, 6 Southern Region Black Law Students Association Law Journal 161 (2012).