• Sarah Burns
    Professor of Clinical Law
    Sarah Burns supervises the Reproductive Justice Clinic, which represents clients throughout the United States in litigation and policy projects centering on reproductive decision making. Burns is executive director of Washington Square Legal Services, the nonprofit entity under which most NYU Clinical Law Programs practice law. Burns also co-founded and oversees the Mediation Clinic and the Litigation, Organizing & Systemic Change Clinic, conducted in partnership with Make the Road NY and Center for Popular Democracy. Burns combines law with learning in social science to develop effective solutions for problems that institutions and communities face. Burns, who has been on the NYU faculty since 1990, specializes in experiential learning pedagogy, developing simulation and clinical courses in litigation, negotiation, mediation, policy advocacy, and systemic change. Burns began her law practice as a litigating attorney with the Washington, DC, commercial law firm Covington & Burling, representing industry associations in federal regulatory matters that Burns cites as “a key introduction to interest-based and advocacy legal practice so central to all negotiation and coalition work—whether in for-profit or not-for-profit/NGO sectors.” Burns later moved into public interest civil rights practice, undertaking litigation, legislative, and policy advocacy work. She has worked nationwide on cases in federal and state courts, and has advised legislative and regulatory initiatives. Burns graduated in 1979 from Yale Law School, where she edited the Yale Law Journal, and holds master’s degrees from Stanford University in sociology and the University of Oklahoma in human relations.
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  • Peggy Cooper Davis
    John S. R. Shad Professor of Lawyering and Ethics;
    Director, Experiential Learning Lab
    Peggy Cooper Davis joined the NYU Law faculty in September 1983 after having served for three years as a judge of the Family Court of the State of New York and having engaged in the practice and administration of law during the preceding 10 years. She has published two books and more than 50 articles and book chapters, most notably in the premier journals of Harvard, Yale, NYU, and Michigan law schools. Her analyses of cross-racial interactions within the legal system have been widely cited and used in legal training. Her analyses of judicial reliance on the social and psychological sciences have been pivotal to thinking about child placement decision-making in both public law and matrimonial contexts. Her 1997 book Neglected Stories: The Constitution and Family Values and her book-in-progress Enacting Freedom illuminate the importance of anti-slavery and civil rights traditions as guides to the scope and meaning of Fourteenth Amendment liberty interests. Her recent book Enacting Pleasure is a collection of essays exploring the implications of Carol Gilligan’s relational psychology. Davis’s scholarship has also influenced the critique and evolution of legal pedagogy. She now directs the Experiential Learning Lab, through which she develops learning strategies for addressing interpretive, interactive, ethical, and social dimensions of legal practice. Davis has served as chair of the board of the Russell Sage Foundation and as a director of numerous not-for-profit, for-profit, and government entities.
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  • Martin Guggenheim
    Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Clinical Law
    One of the nation’s foremost experts on children’s rights and family law, Martin Guggenheim ’71 has taught at NYU School of Law, where he now co-directs the Family Defense Clinic, since 1973. From 1998 to 2002, he was director of Clinical and Advocacy Programs. Guggenheim has been an active litigator in the area of children and the law and has argued leading cases on juvenile delinquency and termination of parental rights in the US Supreme Court. He is also a well-known scholar, having published more than 50 articles and book chapters, plus six books, including What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights (2005). His research has focused on adolescent abortion, First Amendment rights in schools, the role of counsel for children in court proceedings, and empirical research on child welfare practice, juvenile justice, and family law. As a student at NYU Law, he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Scholar. Guggenheim is a Founding Organizer of the National Alliance for Parent Representation, American Bar Association. He also is currently serving as an advisor for the American Law Institute’s Restatement on Children and the Law.
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  • Randy Hertz
    Vice Dean;
    Professor of Clinical Law;
    Director, Clinical and Advocacy Programs
    Randy Hertz came to NYU School of Law in 1985 as one of the first to join the new clinical tenure track. A graduate of Stanford Law School, where he was the articles and symposium editor of the Law Review, he clerked for Robert F. Utter, chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court, and later worked at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he handled criminal trials and appeals. Hertz is an editor-in-chief of NYU Law’s Clinical Law Review, the first scholarly journal to focus on clinical legal education and one of the few peer-edited law reviews in the country. Hertz is the co-author of a two-volume book on habeas corpus that is regularly used by practicing lawyers and routinely cited by judges. He is a co-author with University Professor Anthony Amsterdam of a trial manual for criminal defense lawyers, and, with Professor Amsterdam and Law School Professor Martin Guggenheim, of a trial manual for defense lawyers in juvenile delinquency cases. Hertz teaches the Juvenile Defender Clinic and Criminal Litigation.
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  • Sylvia Law
    Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, Medicine and Psychiatry;
    Co-Director, Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program
    For more than four decades, Sylvia Law ’68 has been one of the nation’s leading scholars in the fields of health law, gender justice, poverty, and constitutional law. She has played a major role in dozens of civil rights cases before the US Supreme Court and in lower state and federal courts, and she has testified before Congress and state legislatures on a range of issues. In 1983, Law became the first lawyer in the United States selected as a MacArthur Fellow. She is the co-director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Program and chair of the Rose Sheinberg Lecture program at NYU School of Law. She has been active in the Society of American Law Teachers, served as its president from 1988 to 1990, and was honored by the organization with the 2001 Great Teacher Award. In 2004, Law was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  • David A.J. Richards
    Edwin D. Webb Professor of Law
    A teacher of criminal law and constitutional law at NYU School of Law, David Richards is the author of 20 books and numerous articles, and has developed influential arguments on decriminalization and toleration as a key constitutional value; the role of history in constitutional interpretation; gay rights; and the distorting impact of patriarchy on interpretation in law and religion. For the past 10 years, Richards has taught an interdisciplinary seminar on resisting injustice with NYU University Professor Carol Gilligan, which led to the publication of their book The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance, and Democracy’s Future (2008), and, most recently, Richards’s The Rise of Gay Rights and the Fall of the British Empire: Liberal Resistance and the Bloomsbury Group (2013), Resisting Injustice and the Feminist Ethics of Care in the Age of Obama: “Suddenly,…All the Truth Was Coming Out” (2013), and Why Love Leads to Justice: Love Across the Boundaries (November 2015). A graduate of Harvard College (1966) and Harvard Law School (1971), Richards secured his DPhil in moral philosophy from Oxford University (studying with H. L. A. Hart and G. J. Warnock) in 1970. His doctoral dissertation, A Theory of Reasons for Action, was published by Oxford University Press in 1971.
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  • Linda Silberman
    Clarence D. Ashley Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law
    Linda Silberman, the Martin Lipton Professor of Law, teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Comparative Procedure, International Litigation, and International Commercial Arbitration. She is co-director of NYU’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law. She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Private International Law (UK) and Revista Española de Derecho Internacional (Spain). She is also a member of the Academic Council of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a board member of the Institute of Judicial Administration. She was recently appointed as a member of the International Advisory Council to the Family Justice Courts of Singapore. Her own scholarship covers a wide variety of domestic and transnational subject areas: conflict of laws; domestic and comparative procedure; transnational litigation, in particular judicial jurisdiction and judgment recognition; class actions; international arbitration; and international child abduction. Her articles have been cited by state and federal courts, including the US Supreme Court, as well as by the courts of other nations. Silberman has played an important role at the American Law Institute (ALI), serving as an adviser on three different projects: the Restatement Third of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration, the Restatement Fourth of the Foreign Relations Law of the US, and the Restatement Third on Conflict of Laws. Previously, she was co-reporter (with Andreas Lowenfeld) for ALI’s Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: Analysis and Proposed Federal Statute. Silberman has testified in Congress on judgment recognition, first on libel tourism and later on the need for a federal statute on recognition and enforcement. She has been active in the New York City Bar Committee on International Commercial Disputes as well as the City Bar Committee on Arbitration. She is also a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. Silberman recently served as a distinguished research scholar at Queen Mary School of International Arbitration in London and earlier as a scholar-in-residence at WilmerHale in London. Silberman is co-author of Civil Procedure: Theory and Practice (fourth edition, 2013) and Civil Litigation in Comparative Context (2007). Silberman has been invited to give the general course on Private International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2020.
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  • Kenji Yoshino
    Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law
    Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and the Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. A graduate of Harvard (AB summa cum laude), Oxford (MSc as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale (JD), he specializes in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature. Yoshino taught at Yale Law School from 1998 to 2008, where he served as Deputy Dean and the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law. He is the author of three books: Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights; A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice; and Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial. Yoshino has published in major academic journals, including the Harvard Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. He has also written for more popular forums, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He makes regular appearances on radio and television programs, such as NPR, CNN, PBS and MSNBC. In 2011, Yoshino was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers for a six-year term (serving as President of that body in the 2016-17 academic year). He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Talent Innovation, on the Board of the Brennan Center for Justice, and on the External Advisory Panel for Diversity and Inclusion for the World Bank Group. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award in 2016 and the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.
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