Chief Legal Correspondent
Laura McNeal, J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Laura McNeal is a multi-platform law and policy analyst and prominent education scholar who has made a national reputation by providing innovative solutions to today’s social issues through her commentary, numerous publications and community outreach. Dr. Laura has lectured widely, and contributes to the national debate on race, law, implicit bias, policing and education through op-eds and national media appearances. Recently she provided extensive legal analysis for the BNC Network for the Derek Chauvin trial, restrictive voting laws, and the impeachment trial for former President Trump. Her engaging, powerfully candid commentary has also made her a highly sought-after legal analyst on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Weekends with Alex Witt and CNN’s New Day. Additionally, she was featured in a 1 hour segment of C-Span’s Washington Journal in which she provided expert commentary regarding the lack of police training in how to interact with youth and the state of police-community relations. Dr. McNeal masterfully breaks down complex legal issues and explains them in a way that not only elevates the discussion but allows viewers to understand what role each of us can play in promoting laws and policies that uphold notions of fairness and equity.
For the past 11 years, Dr. Laura worked as a Law and Policy Advisor for the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School where she researched issues of access and equity in various areas such as education, employment and criminal law. Her work with the Harvard Institute also involved conducting implicit bias workshops for educators, lawyers, judges, non-profit organizations and various other entities. Currently, Dr. Laura is the Chief Legal Correspondent for the BNC Network. She also serves as a Professor of Law at the University of Louisville and a summer lecturer at Columbia University in New York. She is committed to using her legal training to be a voice for the voiceless and inform people on how the law impacts their daily lives.
Dr. Laura holds a law degree from Washington University, St. Louis and Ph.D. from Illinois State University.