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Lani Guinier

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Lani Guinier
Guinier in 1993
Carol Lani Guinier

(1950-04-19)April 19, 1950
DiedJanuary 7, 2022(2022-01-07) (aged 71)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Yale University (JD)
  • Attorney
  • Author
  • Law professor
RelativesEwart Guinier (father)
Maurice Paprin (uncle)

Carol Lani Guinier (/ˈlɑːni ɡwɪˈnɪər/; April 19, 1950 – January 7, 2022) was an American civil rights theorist, lawyer, academic and politician. She was a professor at Harvard Law School, and the first woman of color to have a permanent position as professor.[1] She was a Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for ten years. She was born in New York City.

President Bill Clinton nominated Guinier for Assistant Attorney General in April 1993.[2][3] After Democrats and Republicans criticized the nomination, she withdrew it a month later.

Guinier died on January 7, 2022 under hospice care in Cambridge, Massachusetts from problems caused by Alzheimer's disease at the age of 71.[4]


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  1. Harvard Law School - Lani Guinier biography
  2. "Reno Completes Most of Lineup At Justice Dept". The New York Times. April 30, 1993.
  3. Kantor, Jodi (July 30, 2008). "Teaching Law, Testing Ideas, Obama Stood Slightly Apart". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  4. Marquard, Bryan; January 7, 2022. "Lani Guinier, civil rights champion and Harvard law professor, dies at 71 - The Boston Globe". Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 January 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)