Deborah Zalesne is a professor of law at the City University of New York School of Law where she teaches in the areas of contract, corporate, and commercial law. She earned a B.A. degree from Williams College, a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law, and an LL.M. from Temple Law School, where she was an Honorable Abraham L. Freedman Fellow.

Prior to teaching, she practiced law with a firm in Denver, Colorado, and clerked for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory K. Scott. Her prior scholarship focused on sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and poverty law. She has more recently published extensively on pedagogy, learning theory, and Contracts.

She recently co-wrote a book with David Nadvorney (published by Carolina Academic Press) entitled, “Teaching To Every Student: Explicitly Integrating Skills and Theory into the Contracts Class.” She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Education, and in the coming year she will become a member of the author team for the fifth edition of the casebook “Contracting Law,” also published by Carolina Academic Press.


Pedagogical Literature


Deborah Zalesne & David Nadvorney, Teaching To Every Student: Integrating Skills and Theory Into The Contracts Class (Carolina Academic Press 2013).

Deborah Zalesne,Racial Inequality in Contracting: Teaching Race as a Core Value,2013 COLUM. J. RACE & LAW 23 (2013).

Deborah Zalesne & David Nadvorney, Teaching Issue Spotting Explicitly and Integrating the Skill of Note Taking into a Doctrinal Class in Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (Carolina Academic Press 2011).

Deborah Post & Deborah Zalesne, Vulnerability in Contracting: Teaching First Year Law Students about Inequality and its Consequences in Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader (Carolina Academic Press 2011).

Deborah Zalesne & David Nadvorney, Why Don’t They Get it? : Academic Intelligence and the Under-Prepared Student as “Other,” 61 J. LEG. EDUC. 264 (2011).

Deborah Zalesne & David Nadvorney, Integrating the Skill of Note Taking into a Doctrinal Class in Emory Exchange for Transactional Trading Materials (2010)

Deborah Zalesne, Making Academics Explicit: Integrating Skills And Doctrine inAcademic Support Resource Guide (2010)

Deborah Zalesne & David Nadvorney, Teaching Issue Spotting Explicitly, 16 The Law Teachers 4 (Fall 2009)

Deborah Zalesne, Integrating Academic Skills into First Year Curricula: Using Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon to Teach The Role of Facts in Legal Reasoning, 28 PACE L. REV. 101 (2008) (with David Nadvorney).

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