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Constance L. Rice

Connie Rice
Born (1956-04-05) 5 April 1956
Washington, D.C., USA
Alma mater Harvard University
New York University
Occupation Civil rights attorney

Constance L. “Connie” Rice (born April 5, 1956) is a prominent American civil rights activist and lawyer. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Advancement Project in Los Angeles. She has received more than 50 major awards for her work in expanding opportunity and advancing multi-racial democracy. She is a second cousin of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.[1]


  • Biography 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Career 1.2
  • Honors 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Early years

Rice was born in Washington, D.C.. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard College in 1978. She won the Root Tilden Public Interest Scholarship to New York University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor in 1984.

After law school, Rice served as law clerk to the Honorable [2]


In her non-litigation work in the 1990s, Rice served as counsel to the Watts gang truce and spearheaded a statewide campaign to save equal opportunity programs. Mayors Tom Bradley and Richard Riordan appointed Rice to the governing board of Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power where she served as president and enacted contracting reforms and environmental advances. In 1998, Rice helped lead a successful campaign to place aggressive public school reformers on the governing board for Los Angeles’ public schools.[3]

As a litigator, Rice has filed class action civil rights cases redressing police misconduct, [2]

In 2013, Rice participated in an internal review of the Los Angeles Police Department's firing of Christopher Dorner (who cited racism as the basis of his termination, and subsequently the reason for his shootings). After a lengthy review of the LAPD's firing of Christopher Dorner, Rice has concluded that the firing was justified and that Dorner's allegations of racism were unfounded.[4]

She has also provided commentaries for [2]


In 1998, the [2] In May 2014, she also received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Pepperdine University.


  1. ^ CNN Programs - People in the News
  2. ^ a b c d NOW. Politics & Economy. Income and Ineqality. Constance Rice: Biography | PBS
  3. ^ Los Angeles Staff | Advancement Project Los Angeles
  4. ^ "Review: Firing of ex-LAPD officer Dorner justified". USA Today. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Connie Rice Profile

External links

  • Advancement Project
  • PBS profile
  • NPR commentaries
  • Power Concedes Nothing: a conversation with Connie Rice at The Crawford Family Forum
  • Power Concedes NothingLA Times Book Review:
  • (official)
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