Michelle J. Anderson, Dean of the CUNY School of Law since 2006, has led the School through a period of great renewal and transformation in development, facilities, programs, and recognition. Under Dean Anderson's leadership, CUNY Law has strengthened its public interest mission and increased its academic standards. CUNY Law obtained PreLaw Magazine's ranking as the "Best Public Interest Law School" in the nation, continued its unbroken string of national top ten U.S. News & World Report rankings for "Best Clinical Training" (currently it ranks 3rd in the nation), achieved Princeton Review's national top ten rankings for "Best Law Professors" and "Most Diverse Faculty," and earned the National Jurist ranking as the second most diverse law school in the nation. The School also earned membership in the Association of American Law Schools and received praise from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its integration of theory and practice.
Dean Anderson is a leading scholar on rape law. Her research has been published in the Yale Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Rutgers Law Review, Southern California Law Review, and University of Illinois Law Review, among others.
Dean Anderson is a 1989 honors graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned the Chancellor's Award for outstanding academic achievement. She graduated from Yale Law School in 1994, where she was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal. At Yale, she received research fellowships from the Orville H. Schell Center for International Human Rights and the Ford Foundation in Public International Law.
Following law school, Dean Anderson clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for Judge William A. Norris. She then worked at Georgetown University Law Center in the Appellate Litigation Program and Institute for Public Representation where she earned an LL.M. in Advocacy and represented clients pursuing a range of civil rights claims and criminal appeals.
Dean Anderson has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She was on the faculty at Villanova University School of Law for eight years, and she has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.