Dr. Eric W. Claville is currently the Assistant Dean for the School of Liberal, an Assistant Professor of Political Science and History, and the Director of the Pre-Law Institute at Hampton University. There, he teaches legal courses, including Constitutional Law and Civil Rights, Law and the Judicial Process, Legal Research, Legal Writing, Ethics, and Legal Theory. He also teaches courses in Public Policy and History. Additionally, he is a faculty member in the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute.
As Assistant Dean for the School of Liberal Arts, Dr. Claville is tasked with assisting the Dean with the day to day tasks of the administration of the largest school within the university. Additionally, under the direction of the Dean, Dr. Claville heads fundraising efforts, for the School of Liberal Arts, reviews complaints and mediate grievances to resolution.
As a scholar, Dr. Clavilles’ areas of research interests and scholarship are in laws and public policy during the time period of slavery, Reconstruction, Segregation, and Jim Crow, including Slave Codes and Black Codes, and increasing the numbers of underrepresented groups into the legal field and legal academy.
Prior to joining the Hampton University family he was on staff at Southern University Law Center as an Academic Support Professor (ASPer), where he advised, taught legal skills and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law. Additionally, Dr. Claville is a C.L.E.O. Scholars Professor and Consultant through the American Bar Association (ABA) Council on Legal Education (C.L.E.O.). His law practice specialization areas are in Tort Actions and Civil Litigation. He is licensed in the State of Louisiana, Federal District Courts in the 5th Circuit and is a Certified Mediator.
Dr. Claville is a 2000 graduate of the Southern University Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and a 2006 cum laude honors graduate of Southern University Law Center where he received his Juris Doctorate. He is also a 2009 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Masters of Library and Information Science.
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