Professor recommended as inaugural dean of MSU College of Law

MSU Today

Michigan State University 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 an MSU constituent college in the summer of 2020.

The appointment will be effective June 1 pending approval by the MSU board of trustees.

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 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.

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.

“It will be a great honor to serve as the next dean of the Michigan State University College of Law and to continue the great work of previous leaders and members of faculty,” said Greene.

Michigan State University College of Law was founded in 1891 in Detroit, where it produced distinguished lawyers, judges, and community leaders for more than a century. The College of Law moved its instruction to MSU’s campus in 1997 and became a full constituent college in the summer of 2020.


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