Graduate Lawyering Faculty Biographies

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Irene Segal Ayers
Phone: 212-998-6347
Furman Hall, Room C34

Irene Segal Ayers is Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program. She joined the NYU faculty in 2005, and has taught in both the NYU Lawyering program and the Graduate Lawyering program. Prior to joining the faculty, she practiced international intellectual property and technology law. Ayers is a 1999 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was elected Order of the Coif and was awarded the Timothy Walker Founders Scholarship, the College of Law’s most prestigious scholarship. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from Bryn Mawr College and the Indiana University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Before becoming a lawyer, she taught undergraduate English literature and writing for eight years.


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Karen Ross
Vanderbilt Hall, Room B45H

Karen M. Ross is the founding Director of the Legal English Program and the Deputy Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program.  She began teaching at NYU Law in 2010 as an Adjunct Professor of Law and was appointed to the full time faculty in 2015.  Before teaching, Ms. Ross worked in private practice and as a law clerk to judges in the state court system. She also served as an administrative law judge in New York City for various city agencies. Ms. Ross received a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Tufts University. Ms. Ross is the author of Essential Legal English in Context: Understanding the Vocabulary of US Law and Government (NYU Press, 2019).


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Gerald Lebovits

Gerald Lebovits is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Lawyering program. A judge since 2001, Justice Lebovits presides in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. He previously presided in the New York City Civil Court, the New York City Criminal Court, and the New York City Housing Court. After completing his Civil Law license in French at the University of Ottawa in Canada in 1979, he received a Master of Civil Law at Tulane University School of Law in 1980 and, in 1986, an LL.M. from NYU, where he studied international and comparative criminal justice. This is his 31st year teaching law. Students at three law schools have elected him Adjunct Professor of the Year.


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Alice E. Burke

Alice Burke is an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Lawyering.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of Practice at Seton Hall University. Previously, Ms. Burke was a Writing Specialist at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.  
Before entering academia, Ms. Burke represented management in labor and employment matters as an Assistant General Counsel at Exelon Corporation and in private practice with Vedder Price (Chicago), Clifton, Budd, & DeMaria (New York City), and at Shawe & Rosenthal (Baltimore).  Professor Burke graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Mississippi University for Women.