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Jocelyn Benson

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Jocelyn Benson is the Dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan. She is a co-founder of the Military Spouses of Michigan and a board member of the Southern Poverty Law Center. She was the Democratic Party's nominee for Michigan Secretary of State in the November 2010 election and is the author of "State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process."

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  • Benson has also worked as a summer associate for voting rights and election law for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and as a legal assistant to Nina Totenberg at National Public Radio.



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  • Prior to attending law school, Benson also lived in Montgomery, Alabama, where she worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center as an investigative journalist, researching white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations.



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  • Benson earned her Master's in Sociology as a Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, in the United Kingdom, conducting research into the sociological implications of white supremacy and neo-Nazism. Prior to attending law school, Benson also lived in Montgomery, Alabama, where she worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center as an investigative journalist, researching white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations.



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  • As Dean she significantly expanded the law school's opportunities for experiential learning and established two "marquee" programs: the Levin Center at Wayne Law, chaired by former United States Senator Carl Levin, and the Program on Entrepreneurship and Business Law,[6] which helps aspiring business professionals in underserved communities participate in the economic revival of Detroit.



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