Margaret Satterthwaite, Faculty Director
Satterthwaite graduated from NYU School of Law in 1999, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. She is a Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU School of Law, Associate Professor of Clinical Law, and co-director of the International Human Rights Clinic. Her scholarship focuses on human rights and counter-terrorism, economic and social rights, and the rights of migrants. Satterthwaite joined the NYU faculty in 2006 after many years in the human rights field. Her human rights career began before law school: between 1990 and 1996, she co-founded and then directed Amnesty International USA's program on the human rights of those persecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation. After receiving her law degree, Satterthwaite clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The following year she was the Furman Fellow at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Human Rights First). In 2002, Satterthwaite clerked at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Between 2002 and 2003, Satterthwaite was a human rights consultant with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). In 2003, she was hired as Research Director of NYU's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. She has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA, worked as an investigator for the Truth and Justice Commission in Haiti, and conducted human rights work in countries such as Nigeria, Northern Ireland, and Yemen.
Deirdre von Dornum, Executive Director
Deirdre von Dornum joined NYU School of Law from the Federal Defenders of New York, where she served from 2002 to 2013, first as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Southern and Eastern Districts, and from 2011-2013, as the Deputy Attorney-in-Charge for the Eastern District of New York. At Federal Defenders, Deirdre advocated for indigent clients charged with federal crimes, and handled a wide range of cases from investigation to appeal. She supervised numerous attorneys in trials, hearings, motion practice, sentencing litigation, and client counseling, as well as investigators and social workers in litigation and client support. Deirdre has also co-taught the yearlong Federal Defender Clinic at NYU Law, and taught as a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School in evidence, criminal procedure, and sentencing.
Prior to joining Federal Defenders, Deirdre was a litigation associate at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr in New York, where she specialized in white collar criminal defense and securities litigation. She also did extensive pro bono work during that time, including assisting the Capital Defenders of New York in LaValle v. New York and representing immigrants in proceedings in Immigration Court and before the Second Circuit.
Deirdre earned a B.A. in Classics from the University of California at Los Angeles, a M.A. from Princeton University, where she was a doctoral candidate in Classics, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Review and Essay Editor for the Columbia Law Review. After graduating, she clerked for Judge Anita B. Brody of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court.