Linda Greene recommended as dean of MSU College of Law

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By MSU Law

EAST LANSING – MSU Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. has recommended Linda S. Greene as the inaugural dean of the MSU College of Law following its transition from an affiliate to a Michigan State University constituent college in the summer of 2020.

The appointment will be effective June 1, 2021, pending approval by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

“The enthusiasm and support of the campus community for Professor Greene was pivotal as together we considered a national slate of leaders for this role,” said Woodruff.

“I look forward to welcoming Professor Greene to our community of scholars and supporting her vision for law at Michigan State University.”

Greene comes to MSU Law from the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Law, where she joined the faculty in 1989 as a full professor and holds the Evjue-Bascom Professorship. She was a visiting professor at both Georgetown University Law Center and Harvard Law School. At Harvard, she was the first African American woman to teach at the law school.

Greene’s administrative work has been distinguished by a commitment to building and supporting diverse, creative learning communities. She served as associate vice chancellor for the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1999 to 2004 and was the inaugural vice chancellor of equity, diversity and inclusion at the University of California–San Diego.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at California State University–Long Beach, her juris doctor at the University of California–Berkeley and a certificate in public international law from The Hague Academy of International Law. Prior to entering academia, Greene served as an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City, a deputy city attorney in Los Angeles and as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I am confident that Professor Greene will be an invaluable addition to the MSU community,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

“Her impressive academic achievements and demonstrated leadership within legal academia make her the right candidate to lead the MSU College of Law during this period of great momentum. We look forward to welcoming her to campus as a colleague.” 

Greene’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law, civil rights law and sports law, where she has written extensively on the intersections between athletics and equality. In addition to publishing, teaching, speaking at conferences and in public fora, and providing expert media commentary,

Greene also performs public service in these areas. She has served as a member of the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Council on Minority Health Disparities, as chair of the Legislation Committee of the U.S. Olympic Committee as well as vice chair of its Audit Committee. Greene served on the University of Wisconsin Athletic Board and is a co-founder of the Black Women in Sport Foundation.

Greene brings decades of leadership experience in the legal community to the MSU Law position of dean. 




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