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Okianer Christian Dark, JD

Professor Dark joined the faculty at the Howard University School of Law in the fall of 2001. She teaches Torts I, Torts II, Products Liability and Health Law. She is a member of the law school committees on Student Affairs, Law Journal and the Clyde Ferguson Lecturer. She also is Chair of the Law School’s Brown@50 Committee.

Professor Dark came from the United States Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon where she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division and the supervisor of the Community Relations Unit. She joined the United States Attorney’s Office in May 1995 and remained until July 2001. At the time that Professor Dark joined the USAO in Portland, she was a full professor of law at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, in Richmond, VA. She joined that office because she wanted the opportunity to work with Kristine Olson, the newly appointed United States Attorney, who wanted the USAO to become an effective community partner with a variety of constituencies throughout the district of Oregon. Ms. Olson also had litigation priorities that included affirmative civil rights work; hate crimes enforcement, prosecution of Violence Against Women cases and the development of environmental justice cases. In order to achieve these objectives, Professor Dark developed a unit known as the Community Relations Unit within the office to oversee these initiative areas and to work cooperatively with constituencies.

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