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Prof. Karen DeSoto

  • Professor Karen DeSoto is a distinguished attorney, community leader, and philanthropist.  She is the Founder of the Center for Legal Justice, P.,C.., which focuses on the law to empower individuals to challenge economic and social injustice. In addition to her legal and academic work, she is an on-air legal analyst on NBC's The Today Show as well as on MSNBC.  Most notably, she was one of the principal analysts during the controversial George Zimmerman murder trial, which garnered international attention.  In 2001, she became the first Hispanic, the first woman, and the youngest person to serve as the Chief Corporation Counsel for Jersey City, New Jersey's second largest city.  She was appointed to this position by the late Mayor and State Senator Glenn Cunningham.  In this role, she managed a large legal department while advising nine department directors on all legal matters.  Prior to joining the NJCU family, Professor DeSoto served as an adjunct Professor at Farleigh Dickinson University where she taught Law and Public Administration.  Professor DeSoto is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  She earned a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Laws in trial advocacy from Temple University.