Andrea McArdle, Professor and Director of Legal Writing, holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, an M.A. in literature from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the Department of Cultural and Social Analysis, NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science. As Director of Legal Writing, she has shaped the development of the Law School's writing-intensive curriculum and is a liaison to the CUNY-wide Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines Initiative.
Before joining the Law School faculty, she taught in the Lawyering Program at the NYU School of Law. As Faculty Coordinator, she guided development of NYU's legal writing curriculum and, as Coordinator of the NYU Lawyering Theory Workshop, developed an interdisciplinary faculty workshop series to provide a framework for thinking about how lawyers work. She has been a Senior Assistant County Attorney for Westchester County and Counsel to the Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency. She also worked in a community-based law practice, concentrating on criminal defense work and general litigation.
Professor McArdle writes at the intersection of law, narrative, and rhetoric, judicial studies, and pedagogy. She has co-edited, and is a contributor to, the anthologies Uniform Behavior: Police Localism and National Politics (Palgrave Macmillan 2006) and Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City (NYU Press, 2001). Her current research and teaching interests include urban land use and community studies.
Why I Teach at CUNY Law?
"CUNY Law's social justice mission brings to the law school an inspiring group of students and faculty colleagues, and dedicated staff members and administrators, with whom I feel privileged to work. This justice aspiration infuses the curriculum, the extra curriculum, our teaching, and every conversation across the CUNY Law community. It challenges us and gives meaning to the work we do."