Professor Shirley Lin to join the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University’s Faculty

March 18, 2021
Shirley Lin

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is pleased to announce that Shirley Lin will join its faculty in Fall 2021. Currently, Professor Lin is an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law.  She researches and teaches in the areas of civil rights, employment law, and contracts. Her most recent article, Bargaining for Integration, is forthcoming in the N.Y.U. Law Review.

“I am honored and delighted to be joining the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, which has long instilled the values of public service, leadership, and excellence in its students,” said Professor Lin.  “Haub Law’s faculty, students, alumni, and staff have long been leaders in legal education. I look forward to contributing to their important work. As a first-generation college graduate, I am excited by this opportunity to help develop the next generation of legal advocates.”

Professor Lin graduated from City University of New York School of Law in 2010, where she was the Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil Rights & Human Rights and Managing Articles Editor for the New York City Law Review. Prior to law school she graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she was a dual major in Spanish and Women’s Studies and was honored with the Hannah T. Croasdale Award for advancing women’s rights.

Upon graduating from law school, Professor Lin clerked for the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Following her clerkship, she litigated matters involving employment law and commercial law, first as a Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund and then as a senior associate at Outten & Golden LLP. She has counseled and represented clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including race, religion, gender, LGBTQIA+, disability, and national origin discrimination, wage-and-hour, whistleblower, § 1983, contracts, and tort claims.  In 2018, Professor Lin joined the New York University School of Law faculty as an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering.  

“The Elisabeth Haub School of Law is proud of the legal education it provides to students, combining excellent classroom instruction with vast opportunities for practical experience,” said Dean Horace Anderson. “Professor Lin’s career exemplifies this approach. Her experiences as a law clerk, Skadden Fellow, law firm senior associate, and NYU Law School professor will make her a wonderful teacher and mentor for our students.” 

“I am thrilled to welcome Professor Lin to our faculty,” said Emily Gold Waldman, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Operations.  “She is already known as a rising star in the employment law and employment discrimination fields.  Her scholarship applies her civil rights background to legal issues involving the regulation of relationships, identity formation, and legal theory in new and exciting ways.”

Professor Lin has also published in Lewis and Clark Law Review and in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, among other publications. She is a frequent commentator and presenter in the areas of employment and labor law, discrimination, and regulation. She is a co-editor of the Human Rights at Home Blog and a member of the New York City Bar Association Civil Rights Committee. She is also fluent in Spanish and conversant in Cantonese.

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University offers JD and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, N.Y., opened its doors in 1976 and has over 9,000 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory.

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