Ruby Andrew: Project Director

Ruby Andrew is an associate professor at Southern University Law Center. Her research areas are legislative policymaking and child protection, and her current research is on legal representation for children in cases of abuse and neglect. In 2013, she received Southern University System’s award for Outstanding Researcher at SULC for her law review articles.


Before joining the SULC faculty, Prof. Andrew was Legislative Director for a USAID-funded project in Indonesia, where she established legislative clinics at eight public law schools. She trained Indonesian law professors and lawmakers in policymaking methods and supported their drafting work. The resulting bills established national regulations in banking, corruption control, criminal law, elections, and land use, among others.


Prof. Andrew has worked as a policy analyst for the Congressional Research Service, analyzing bills for the Senate and House. As a legislative expert, she has consulted for non-profit organizations and legislatures in states including California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Arkansas, and Rhode Island.


Prof. Andrew is a graduate of Brown University, where she received her A.B. in linguistics and in Russian literature. She earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Legislative Services. She earned her J.S.M. from Stanford Law School, where she held the Carl B. Spaeth Fellowship in Law Teaching.

Susan East Nelson: Researcher and Administrator

Susan East Nelson has spent her 18-year career working as a journalist, lobbyist, non-profit executive, communications director, and helping numerous clients navigate the legislative process as a both a legislative director and political consultant. She has also written research reports and drafted legislation on child pornography victim reparations, community food access, and sustainable building.


Just prior to attending law school, Ms. Nelson founded PFD Consulting, a small-business consulting firm that supports non-profit organizations and small businesses in communications strategy, fund development, grant writing and government relations. Ms. Nelson helps her clients find solutions to their toughest problems by creating the organizational capacity to advocate for mission and maximize efficiency. Ms. Nelson’s career also includes over five years with the world-wide strategy firm Booz Allen Hamilton where she worked as an acquisition, change management and communications expert in the federal government sector.


As a law student, Ms. Nelson focused on public law and this focus on led her to the summer program at Vermont Law School where she studied U.S. Food Policy. As a result of her summer education experience, she has devised a plan to bring a community food cooperative to Baton Rouge’s largest food desert. She presented her research at the 71st Annual Professional Agriculture Workers Conference (PAWC) at Tuskegee University in December 2013, where she updated attendees on the current developments in the U.S. Farm Bill. As a result of the presentation, she co-authored a research paper that was published in the Professional Agriculture Workers Journal and has been downloaded hundreds of times as a source on rural and urban solutions to food access.

Wendy Shea: Legal Editor

Wendy Shea is an Associate Professor of Legal Analysis & Writing at the Southern University Law Center. She teaches in the areas of criminal law and legal analysis and writing. She is the coauthor of a Louisiana criminal law textbook and treatise. Prof. Shea was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award from Southern University, and she was selected co-professor of the year by the SBA for the 2015-2016 school year.


Prof. Shea is actively involved with youth education programming through the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation. She acts as a classroom attorney for the Junior Partners Academy, providing monthly civics programming to second and third grade students. She also prepares problems for the Summer Law Institute and is involved with the High School Mock Trial competition and Law Day.


Prior to joining the SULC faculty, Prof. Shea worked for the Appellate Court of Illinois and taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and DePaul University College of Law. Shea has also worked as a public policy liaison for two Latin American solidarity organizations in Chicago.