We reported in February with the release of The Power 100 Special Edition that there were 24 black deans leading law schools. Well, we are delighted to inform you that this number just increased by one. Penelope Andrews, herself a Power 100 Honoree, has been named president and dean of Albany Law School. We boasted of her accomplishments in her Power 100 Profile.
Professor Andrews is Associate Dean and Professor of Law. In 2011, the Columbia Law School graduate served as chair of the AALS Section on Minorities, which works to increase diversity in the legal academy. Dean Andrews returned to CUNY Law School in 2010, where she had served on the faculty for more than a decade, from Valparaiso Law School and a concurrent Chair in Law at La Trobe University in Australia. She has been a visiting professor at several law schools, including the University of Maryland, the University of Natal, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Potsdam, and the University of Amsterdam. In 2002 she was the Stoneman Fellow of Law and Democracy at Albany Law School and the Parsons Visitor at the University of Sydney.
In 2004 she was a resident at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy, working on a manuscript on women’s human rights law. She has written extensively on constitutional and human rights issues in the South African, Australian, and international contexts, and appears frequently on panels addressing issues of comparative constitutional law, international human rights, women, and racial minorities.
She is an editor of two books, The Post-Apartheid Constitutions: Reflections on South Africa’s Basic Law, and Law and Rights: Global Perspectives on Constitutionalism and Governance. Her forthcoming book, From Cape Town to Kabul: Reconsidering Women’s Human Rights, will be published in 2012. She has received several awards for her human rights work, including a scholarship in her honor to benefit disadvantaged black South Africans at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She sits on the Boards of several law journals and previously served as the editor of the International Review of Constitutionalism.
Penelope Andrews, an associate dean at the City University of New York School of Law, will become in June. Andrews will be the first woman president of Albany Law since it opened in 1851. Mary Ann Cody, chair of the school’s board of trustees, said Andrew’s training and background make her ideal to lead Albany Law. “Legal education is facing unprecedented challenges, and we feel Dean Andrews has the vision and skills to capitalize on our school’s unique strengths to meet those challenges,” she said.
Andrews, who has taught in law schools in Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, Scotland, Canada and her native South Africa, said she hopes her background will help to make Albany Law’s programs, such as the Government Law Center, more prominent nationally and internationally. “I think Albany Law School is in many ways shy” about what it does, she said. “They should be shouting about it more.”
Albany Law graduates have traditionally filled the ranks of New York state government and the courts. But Andrews said she sees her role “as trying to bring my international experience to both broaden American legal education” and to create opportunities for Albany Law graduates around the United States and abroad.
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