Rose Sheinberg Lecture Program

The Rose Sheinberg Lecture Program invites a scholar working on cutting-edge issues of gender, race, and class to participate in a day of informal discussion, classroom teaching, and formal lecture to bring a variety of ideas, insights, and initiatives to the Law School community. The Program is endowed by Jill and Richard Sheinberg, Dale J. and Arthur Galston, and the estate of Joel Dolkart in memory of Rose Sheinberg '50.

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The 30th Annual Rose Sheinberg Lecture will take place on April 4th, 2024 at 5:30PM. This year's speaker is professor and author Imani Perry.

Beginning with her experience of studying race and the law as someone who lives with chronic disease disabilities, Professor Perry will offer thoughts on how the law not only consistently fails those who live with disabilities but has historically functioned as a disabling force in Black American life. She invites a consideration of how a racial justice-oriented disability jurisprudence might be pursued given our fraught history. 

About Rose Sheinberg

Rose Sheinberg, arms open wide and smiling

Rose Sheinberg received her JD from NYU Law in 1950, when she was 45 years old. She was drawn to the law while teaching mathematics in high schools of New York City. In 1940, the Rapp-Coudert Committee started to ferret out progressive, “leftist” teachers in New York City schools. Motivated in part by the committee’s activities, Sheinberg began taking classes at NYU in the evenings while she continued to teach full-time. After graduating, Sheinberg entered into a small legal partnership and practiced in New York City.

Born on August 13, 1904, Sheinberg refused to follow the conventions of her time. During the 1940s, New York City prohibited its teachers from marrying, so Sheinberg became the lifelong unmarried partner of Herbert Williams. Her partnership with Williams, originally from Jamaica, scandalized the educational authorities of her time. Undaunted, Sheinberg and Williams continued to share their lives until Williams’ untimely death.

In addition to her work as a lawyer and teacher, Sheinberg traveled widely and retained a global perspective all her life. She was a wise mentor and role model. She died in May 1988, and the memory of her life inspired the establishment of the Rose Sheinberg Lecture Program at New York University School of Law.

Members of the Sheinberg Committee

  • Natasha Menon '24
  • Ana Olivarreita Trejo '24
  • Byul Yoon '25
  • Coleman Powell '25
  • Emma Austin '25
  • Gaila Pino '25