Degna P. Levister, Clinical Law Professor, Supervising Attorney, co teaches in the Elder Law Clinic and teaches in the Lawyering program. In 2012, she was awarded an MA degree in Philosophy and Education from Columbia University Teacher's College. She graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where she was awarded the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship, after receiving a B.A. from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Before joining the faculty at the Law School, she ran the Urban Justice Center's Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project, which provides direct civil legal representation to the poor via soup kitchen/food pantry outreach clinics. Her prior work was in a variety of positions at the Legal Aid Society including in the Brooklyn Office For The Aging, the Criminal Appeals Bureau, and the Civil Division.
Professor Levister previously co-taught in the Economic Justice Project, where she served as interim director, the Health Law Concentration, in the Irene Diamond Professional Skills Center and in the Pipeline to Justice Program. In addition to her legal career, Professor Levister is a Registered Professional Nurse with experience in labor and delivery, pre and post-surgical care and emergency psychiatric care.
Why I Teach at CUNY Law?
"I teach at CUNY Law School because of the students. These are people motivated to make a difference in the world, and I am honored to be a part of helping them to identify and achieve their individual social justice goals."