Angela Burton, Associate Professor (on leave), joined the Law School faculty after five years as Director of the Children's Rights and Family Law Clinic at Syracuse University College of Law and several years teaching first-year lawyering at NYU School of Law. She teaches first-year Lawyering Seminar, Law and Family Relations, and seminars addressing children's rights.
Professor Burton received her J.D. from NYU School of Law and her B.S. from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Her varied work life has included stints as an aspiring actress and legal secretary, in addition to being a staff attorney on the Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, an associate counsel on the Clinton Presidential Transition Team and at the private firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, and senior planner at the Vera Institute of Justice.
Among other professional affiliations, she is a member of the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review, the Executive Board of the Clinical Legal Education Association, and Workways, a multidisciplinary group of educators and practitioners devoted to developing and assessing innovative approaches to legal education.
Her publications include “Cultivating Ethical, Socially Responsible Lawyer Judgment: Introducing the Multiple Lawyering Intelligences Paradigm into the Clinical Setting,” a Clinical Law Review article discussing the application of multiple intelligences theory in legal education, and "Hey! There's Ladies Here!!: Reflections on Becoming Gentlemen," a co-authored NYU Law Review article describing the effects on legal education of women's presence in law school. Her current research examines the implications of the explosion in prescriptions of psychotropic drugs to children and youth, particularly those in state custody (foster care and juvenile correctional facilities). Her article, "They Use It Like Candy: How the Prescription of Psychotropic Drugs to State-Involved Children Violates International Law" will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. She has made many presentations on legal education and on issues involving children and families.
Law Review Articles
Cultivating Ethical, Socially Responsible Lawyer Judgment: Introducing the Multiple Lawyering Intelligences Paradigm Into The Clinical Setting, 11 Clinical L. Rev. 15 (2004).
"Hey! There's Ladies Here!!" Reflections on Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School, and Institutional Change, by Lani Guinier, Michelle Fine, and Jane Balin; Women in Legal Education: A Comparison of the Law School Performance and Law School Experiences of Women and Men, by Linda F. Wightman, Law School Admission Council; What Difference Does Difference Make?: The Challenge for Legal Education, by Elizabeth Mertz with Wamucii Njogu and Susan Gooding; [and] Cultivating Intelligence: Power, Law, and the Politics of Teaching, by Louise Harmon and Deborah W. Post, 73 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1022 (1998) (co-written with Sarah Berger, Peggy Cooper Davis, Elizabeth Ehrenfest Steinglass & Robert Levy).
Why I Teach at CUNY Law?
"I teach at CUNY Law because of its public interest mission and because it is a true learning community. Every day there are numerous opportunities to teach with and learn from someone - whether it be students, faculty, or staff members."