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Book by Brown-Nagin receives Order of the Coif award

Tomiko Brown-Nagin spoke at Furman’s 2023 Commencement.

Last updated December 7, 2023

By Tina Underwood

Furman University alumna Tomiko Brown-Nagin has received the 2023 the Order of the Coif award for her book “Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality.” The Order of the Coif is an honor society for United States law school graduates. The annual award recognizes “outstanding publications that evidence creative talent of the highest order.”

Harvard Law Today describes Brown-Nagin’s book “a deeply researched biography that explores the life and times of the pathbreaking lawyer, politician, and judge Constance Baker Motley.”

A 1992 Furman history graduate, Brown-Nagin is dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School. She earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997 and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University in 2002. She received an honorary doctorate from Furman in 2023.




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