Professor Deleso Alford, J.D., LL.M.
Deleso Alford is a Shreveport, Louisiana native and Visiting Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center and Adjunct Faculty and Associate Professor of Medicine (Medical Education) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine Health Sciences Campus. At Southern University Law Center, Professor Alford taught Civil Procedure and Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure (Fall 2018) and is currently teaching Torts II and Law and Racism (Spring 2019). Prior to her visiting position, she taught Bioethics and the Law, Torts I and II, Race and the Law, and Critical Race Theory at Florida A&M University College of Law (2008 – 2018). At Barry University School of Law, Professor Alford taught Legal Research and Writing I and Legal Research and Writing (2006 – 2008).
She earned a B.S., magna cum laude at Southern University A&M College, a J.D. at Southern University Law Center, and an LL.M. at Georgetown University Law Center (GULC), Washington, DC. Additionally, Professor Alford holds a certification in Clinical Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Professor Alford is doing ground-breaking work bridging legal and medical education by telling stories—what she refers to as "HER stories" the unique and particularized lived experiences of black women intersecting with health care and research. She has moved her scholarship into classrooms, benefiting both law and medical students with her racially inflected lessons.
During the Summer 2012, Professor Alford served as the Inaugural Diversity Visiting Scholar for the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center wherein she focused on her scholarly research during three distinct periods: U.S. Enslavement- The denial of personhood of people of African descent, generally, and women; 1932-1972- the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee’s denial of the personhood of women directly impacted by the so-called “study”; and 1951- The denial of the personhood of Mrs. Henrietta Lacks, origin of HeLa cells. In 2018, Professor Alford returned back to UNM for a short-visit to lecture and conduct sessions on the practical application of her scholarly research, specifically The “HER-story” of Experiments on Enslaved Women, the use of enslaved women, without anesthesia, for gynecological experiments by Dr. J. Marion Sims, known as the father of American gynecology; The “HER-story” of The Women of Tuskegee , the overlooked women directly involved/ impacted by the notorious U.S. Public Health Services Syphilis Study at Tuskegee; and The “HER-story” of Mrs. Henrietta Lacks- whose immortal cells are used by research scientists worldwide, yet she was never compensated during her lifetime. Professor Alford has been selected to serve as UNM’s Annual Speaker for the Family Planning Division, and a Grand Rounds lecturer for the UNM OBGYN Department in April 2019. She will conduct a Special Topics session entitled, The “Good Doctor”: Exploring Professionalism and the Development of U.S. Gynecology through the Lens of Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy at LSU Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine during the Spring 2019.
During Fall 2018, Professor Alford was the invited Speaker for a Lunch and Learn session co-sponsored by University Central Florida (UCF) Student National Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Her topic was (Her)story & (His)tory: A Perspective on the Narrative of Medical Gynecology in Pursuit of Cultural Competence and Health Equity. Her numerous service contributions include providing Continuing Legal Education (CLE) training during the National Bar Association (NBA) International Affiliates Meetings held in Brazil, 2014; Cuba, 2016 and Canada, 2017 as member of the Law Professor's division. Recently, Professor Alford facilitated a CLE credit approved session entitled, Cultural Competency: A Core Lawyering Skill at Southern University Law Center.
Professor Alford’s forthcoming book, Tuskegee's Forgotten Women: The Untold Side of the U.S. Public Health Services Syphilis Study (Praeger 2019), sheds light on how women were directly involved in and/or impacted by the U.S. Public Health Services Syphilis Study. This book offers an acknowledgment of the importance of women's voices, and especially black women's voices, in history.