Linda Greene

Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law

Telephone: 608-262-6351
Office: Room 9105, Law School

B.A., California State University -- Long Beach
J.D., University of California -- Berkeley

Teaching Areas:
Civil Procedure
Civil Rights
Constitutional Law

Recently Taught Courses
740 Constitutional Law II
802 Civil Procedure II
904 SP Con Law: Politics & Equality
904 SP Con Law: Politics & Equality


Linda S. Greene, a Full Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School since 1988, is the Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law. Her teaching and academic scholarship includes Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Legislation, Civil Rights, and Sports Law. In Spring 2014, she taught Civil Procedure as well as Politics and Equality. Her current scholarly projects include a book on the Jurisprudence of Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, Thurgood Marshall: Towards an Inclusive Constitutional Democracy (with W. Scott), Erie and the Future of Civil Federalism, and an examination of the Race Jurisprudence of the Roberts Court.

Professor Greene has also held several administrative positions. She was Administrative Associate to the University of Wisconsin System Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1996, University of Wisconsin Madison Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1999 to 2004, and in 2013 the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of California San Diego.

Following graduation from the University of California at Berkeley Law School in 1974, Professor Greene began her career as a civil rights attorney on the staff of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City. There she specialized in employment discrimination, housing discrimination class actions, and death penalty litigation. She began teaching law in 1978, first as an Assistant Professor at Temple University and later as a tenured Associate Professor at University of Oregon. Professor Greene has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Georgetown law schools and has taught abroad in Germany, Ghana, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan. 

From 1986 to 1989, Professor Greene was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee where she specialized in matters involving judicial confirmation, federal courts, and constitutional law. She provided legal advice in connection with the nomination and confirmation of federal court judges by the U.S. Senate, including consideration of five Supreme Court nominees. In 1988, she was a senior advisor to the Jackson and Dukakis Democratic Presidential Campaigns.

Professor Greene joined the University of Wisconsin Law School faculty in 1989. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, she has served on many important committees including the University Committee, the Athletic Board, the Social Studies (Sciences) Executive Committee, the Law School Faculty Appointments Committee, and the Law School Tenure Committee.

For five years she was Associate Vice Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During this time she led UW Madison's faculty strategic hiring effort that increased the number of women scientists and engineers, minority faculty, and interdisciplinary hires. Her responsibilities included new faculty programs, dean and department chair professional development, and the women faculty mentoring program. She conducted a campus-wide review of women faculty salaries, initiated a faculty-wide salary review process, was Faculty Ombudsperson, and established a campus-wide ombuds office.

During her service as the first University of California San Diego Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion appointed by the University of California Board of Regents, she launched the Division of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She counseled diverse campus and community groups and worked to strengthen support for diverse students by developing program, staff, and infrastructure support for the Black Resource Center and the Raza Resource Centro. She pursued broad outreach to other multicultural student groups and promoted campus-wide involvement in UC San Diego's recruitment of underrepresented minority students. She co-led the effort to recruit and retain more diverse faculty including comprehensive workshops for Deans, Search Committee Chairs, and Search Committee Members. She broadened the role of Associate Vice Chancellors for Faculty, Diversity, and Engagement and Faculty Equity Advisors. She partnered with University Development to refocus diversity-related development staff and program activities, contributed to a campus-wide strategic plan that embraced equity/diversity/inclusion as core values, and led the development of a campus-wide Equity/Diversity/Inclusion strategic plan.

Outside of the University, Professor Greene has led efforts to recruit minorities and women into academia. She has served as President of the Society of American Law Teachers, Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Minority Groups, and Chair of the University of Wisconsin Law School William H. Hastie LL.M Fellowship Program.

She promotes equal opportunity in sports and athletics. In addition to her much cited work on educational equality and NCAA initial eligibility standards, Professor Greene is a co-founder of the Black Women in Sport Foundation and has led efforts to diversify coaching and administrative ranks in intercollegiate athletics. In addition, for twelve years she was a leader in the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), where she chaired the USOC Legislation Committee, was vice chair of the USOC Audit Committee, and the co-author of the USOC's inaugural diversity policies.

She is also an avid supporter of the arts. She was a Board member of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and was also a member of its Permanent Collection Committee. She was a member of the Arts Committee of the Union League Club of Chicago as well as its Art Acquisitions and Collection Management Subcommittees. She is also an art consultant specializing in emerging artists.

She is a public speaker on many topics as well as a political and legal analyst for print, radio, and television. In Wisconsin, she is well known for her hundreds of appearances for ten years on Weekend, Wisconsin Public Television's news and public affairs show.

She enjoys several leisure pursuits. They include running, biking, and hiking. She reads biographies and autobiographies of artists, writers, and political leaders. And whether at home or on travel, she visits important architectural works, art studios, art galleries, and art museums.

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