Wayne State University Monday announced the appointment of Jocelyn Benson as interim dean of the Law School.
Benson, an associate professor, has been a member of the law faculty since 2005 and is the associate director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. She created and directs the Michigan Allies Project, an effort designed to track hate incidents throughout the state and provide legal support for victims.
“Professor Benson’s diverse experience and passion for law make her the ideal candidate for this appointment,” said Wayne State President Allan Gilmour. “I am confident that she will have a significant and positive impact on Wayne State University’s Law School.”
Benson founded and is the executive director of the nonpartisan Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration, which hosts projects that support transparency and integrity in elections. Last year, the center hosted Michigan’s first Citizens’ Redistricting Competition, inviting residents to draw their own redistricting maps for the state. She also founded and is president of Military Spouses of Michigan.
A Democrat, she ran for secretary of state two years ago but lost to Republic Ruth Johnson.