Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law
B.A., California State University -- Long Beach
J.D., University of California -- Berkeley
Linda S. Greene is the Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the faculty as a full professor with tenure in 1989. Her teaching and academic scholarship are concentrated in the areas of Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Legislation, Civil Rights, and Sports Law. She has also held university-wide administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California at San Diego. She received her B.A. in Health Education from California State University-Long Beach, her J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and a Certificate in Public International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law. She is a member of the California Bar. The American Law Institute elected her to membership in 1991 and inducted her as a life member in 2016.
Before her teaching career, Professor Greene was an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City and a deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles. She was the first African-American woman to teach at Temple University Law School in 1978 and next joined the faculty at the University of Oregon Law School in 1981 where she was a tenured Associate Professor. In 1984, Harvard Law School invited her to become the first African-American woman to teach at the law school. Thereafter, she was a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center, continuing there as an adjunct while she served for three years as a Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. At Judiciary, she specialized in the confirmation of federal court jurisdiction, proposed constitutional amendments, and civil rights legislation across the board.
Her sport interests stem from her middle-distance track and field experience (800 meters, 400 meters, cross-country) during college and law school. Between 1992 and 2001, Professor Greene was the United States Olympic Committee Legislation Committee Chair, its Audit Committee Vice Chair, and co-author of its diversity and inclusion policies. She was a member of the University of Wisconsin Athletic Board from 1990-1995, serving on the Finance, Personnel, and Equity and Strategic Planning Committees. She is a co-founder of Black Women in Sports Foundation and the author of articles and op-eds that explore the intersection of sport and equality.
Her recent scholarship reflects the breadth of her experience. It includes: "Up Against the Wall: Congressional Retention of the Spending Power in Times of 'Emergency'," in 51 Loyola University Law Journal 431-483 (2020); "Talking About Black Lives Matter and #MeToo" (with Lolita Buckner Innis and Bridget J. Crawford), in 34 Wisconsin Journal of Gender, Law, and Society Winter 1-68 (2019); "The Battle for Brown," in 67 Arkansas Law Review 131-157 (2015); "African American Women on the World Stage: The Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing China, 1995," in Black Women and International Law: Deliberate Interactions, Movements and Actions 147-167 (ed. Jeremy I. Levitt 2015); "Before and After Michael Brown: Towards an End to Structural and Actual Violence," in 47 Washington Journal of Law and Policy 1-62 (2015); "Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Gender, Olympic Competition, and the Persistence of the Feminine Ideal," in 31 Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society 57-102 (2016); and "A Tale of Two Justices: Brandeis, Marshall, and Federal Court Diversity," 2017 Wisconsin Law Review 401- 427 (2017). Her works in progress include Toward an Inclusive Constitutional Democracy: The Dissenting Opinions of Thurgood Marshall (2021 Carolina Press with Wendy Scott) on the jurisprudential legacy of Thurgood Marshall and "Back to the Future: Race, the Roberts Court, and Majoritarian Hegemony."
She has been a media, political, and legal analyst for twenty-five years for a variety of media: Wisconsin Public Television; Wisconsin Public Radio; The Isthmus newspaper; Minnesota Public Radio; National Public Radio; the Miami Herald; and The New York Times, where she has written opinion pieces since 1992.
Scholarship & Publications
Linda Greene participated on a panel of UW experts looking ahead to the first presidential debate in September 2020. The presentation, part of the Crossroads of Ideas series hosted by UW's Discovery Building, is available to view on demand.
Linda Greene participated in a panel on education at Boston University's "400 Years of Inequality: Breaking the Cycle of Systemic Racism," held on Oct. 18, 2019. The event was part of a national movement by schools of public health to engage in observing the 400th anniversary of Africans sold into bondage in Jamestown, Virginia.
Linda Greene participated in the roundtable session, “The Kavanaugh Confirmation: Thoughts on Sex and Gender Now that the Dust Has Cleared,” held at the Law and Society Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in June.
Linda Greene co-organized the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society's 2019 symposium, "Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and the Role of Intersectional Legal Analysis." The symposium was held at UW-Madison in April.
Linda Greene participated on the panel “The Transfer of Legislative Power to the Executive,” held at Loyola University of Chicago in April. The presentation was part of the Loyola Law Journal Symposium, “Democracy in America: The Promise and the Perils.”
News & Media
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020Linda Greene discusses Amy Coney Barrett hearings, 'court packing' and Black women in sports
The Capital Times
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020Linda Greene puts first day of Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings into context
Sunday, Oct 11, 2020Linda Greene: What to watch for as Kamala Harris questions Amy Coney Barrett at this week's hearing
Friday, Aug 28, 2020Linda Greene: Athletes have a unique role to play in calls for racial justice
The Washington Post
Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016Linda Greene: Goodell's handling of Tom Brady Deflategate case and Ray Rice abuse scandal represents a sharp contrast
The New York Times
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016Linda Greene explains the nomination process for Supreme Court justices
Here and Now
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016Linda Greene challenges universities to commit resources to building diversity, inclusion on campus
The New York Times
Thursday, Sep 24, 2015Linda Greene: Law schools need to prepare students to pass bar exam
New York Times
Monday, Sep 29, 2014Linda Greene: NFL must examine its culture, not just individual players, to address domestic violence problem
Friday, Aug 1, 2014Linda Greene: Law schools, not apprenticeships, best provide for real world needs
The New York Times
Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014Linda Greene explains Harris v. Quinn, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby SCOTUS rulings
Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014Will the state recognize marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples? Linda Greene weighs in
Tuesday, May 27, 2014Linda Greene on owning an NBA franchise in a 'post-Sterling' world
The New York Times
Friday, Apr 25, 2014Linda Greene discusses Supreme Court affirmative action decision
Wisconsin Public Radio
Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012Linda Greene Examines the Civil Rights Implications of FIFA's Hijab Ban
The Legal Blitz