Alumna Priscilla Ocen named a PEN America Fellow

20181024 Priscilla OcenPriscilla Ocen '07, a former Critical Race Studies Teaching Fellow at UCLA Law and a professor at Loyola Law School, has been named a 2018 Writing for Justice Fellow by PEN America. PEN America merges human rights work with literature and journalism to protect free expression in the United States and internationally.

Ocen will work with ProPublica journalist Nina Martin to raise awareness of community-based supervision as an alternative to incarceration, especially in regard to African-American women. Martin has written about women's health and legal issues for more than 30 years at several prominent national publications.

Ocen, who co-authored the study Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, with UCLA Law Distinguished Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw and Binder Clinical Teaching Fellow Jyoti Nanda, teaches criminal law, family law, and a seminar on race, gender, and the law at Loyola, and is vice-chair of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Civilian Oversight Commission.