Since receiving her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985, Anne has focused her law practice on litigating civil rights cases in federal courts. In recognition of her outstanding achievements as a civil rights attorney, she received the coveted “William Robert Ming Advocacy Award” from the NAACP at its July 2007 National Convention in Detroit.
Anne also holds a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland-College Park. She has served as a faculty member at several colleges and universities, including Spelman College in Atlanta, Howard University in Washington, DC, and New Jersey City University. As a criminologist, Anne has conducted empirical research, and published articles and books on criminal justice topics. Anne frequently gives keynote speeches on civil rights, crime prevention, and urban education. She also serves as an expert witness.
Anne has given dozens of keynote speeches. Among her major addresses are a Wingspread Briefing on Crime Prevention and the Wilmington, Delaware NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet. She has appeared on scores of television and radio programs, including the McNeil Lehrer Newshour and CNN.
In addition to practicing law, Anne serves as senior international correspondent for the Jackson Advocate Newspaper (the largest weekly newspaper in Mississippi). Among the stories she has covered are the International AIDS conferences in Thailand and Austria, the political crisis in Zimbabwe, economic development in Japan and India, educational initiatives in Turkey, and, most recently, the revolution in Egypt.
In 2012, Anne name was included among those listed in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Wall of Honor, located at Dulles International Airport. In 1977, Anne was the first African American female in Atlanta to earn a private pilot’s license. Since then, she has developed aviation education programs designed to increase the number of African American youth entering the aviation industry. In 2005, she helped organize a group of African American female pilots’ visit to Rue, France to honor the men providing flight training to Bessie Coleman (the world’s first licensed African American pilot in 1921).
- State trial and appellate courts in Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (located in Chicago, IL)
- State trial and appellate courts in Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (located in Denver, CO)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (located in Philadelphia, PA)
- University of Wisconsin (Madison) – J.D, 1985
- University of Maryland (College Park) – Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, 1984
- State University of New York (Albany) – M.S., Criminal Justice, 1975
- Washington State University – B.S., Psychology, 1973
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Life Member)
- American Bar Association
- For business executives – “Avoiding Lawsuits: Five Easy Steps To Ensure Employees Comply With Laws Prohibiting Employment Discrimination”
- For attorneys and civil rights activists – “Emerging Issues in Civil Rights Litigation”
- For criminal justice professionals and community organizers – “Reducing Urban Crime By Sustaining Community-Based Crime Prevention Efforts”
- Inner City Crime Control, published by the Police Foundation in 1990.
- “Excluded: The Current Status of African American Scholars in the Field of Criminology and Criminal Justice,” published by the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency in 1991.
- African American Perspectives on Crime Causation, Criminal Justice Administration and Crime Prevention, published by Butterworth-Heinemann in 1996.
- An Action Plan to Prevent Racially Motivated Hate Crimes, published by the Denver NAACP in 1997.
- Educational Crisis: A Denver NAACP Report, published in 1998.
- Emerging Issues in Civil Rights Litigation, published by the National Business Institute in 1998.
- “Foreword” to African American Classics in Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by Gabbidon, Greene and Young, published by Sage in 2001.
Dr. Sulton also contributed to the National NAACP’s Criminal Justice Manual published in 2001, compiled a school violence prevention report in 2001, authored an empirically-based crime prevention report in 2003, and given several continuing legal education lectures to lawyers since 2005.
As a member of the press, Dr. Sulton has authored scores of articles on domestic and international topics, including education, civil rights, and HIV/AIDS.