Deborah Zalesne, Professor, earned a B.A. from Williams College, a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law where she was Articles Editor of the Denver Law Review, and an LL.M. from Temple Law School where she was an Honorable Abraham L. Freedman Fellow. Prior to joining the CUNY faculty, she taught commercial law at Temple Law School, practiced corporate and commercial litigation with a law firm in Denver, Colorado, and clerked for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory K. Scott. She also served as an advisor to the Russian Commission on Securities and Exchanges, where she helped draft sections of the Russian Corporate Code under a USAID grant, and was an advisor to the Women's Legal Center in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a member of the boards of Beyond the 11th, a charitable organization devoted to supporting disenfranchised widows in Afghanistan, and Iris House, a Harlem-based not-for-profit that addresses the unique needs of women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
She has published numerous articles on sexual harassment, discrimination, and poverty law in such journals as Harvard Women's Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Women's International Net, Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, and the South African Journal of Human Rights, and has made presentations on these issues in the U.S., South Africa, Poland, Hungary, Israel, and Australia. She has also published widely in the area of legal pedagogy. She has a book (co-authored with David Nadvorney) forthcoming with Carolina Academic Press entitled, "Teaching to Every Student: Integrating Skills and Theory into the Contracts Class." She teaches in the areas of contracts, corporations, and commercial law.