Meet Some of Our Faculty of Color

If you are looking for a law school with a history of diversity, we encourage you to take a serious look at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Lisa Alexander
Assistant Professor of Law | J.D., Columbia University
Business Organizations, Community Law, Contracts, Housing & Urban Community Development Law
Originally from New York, Professor Alexander focuses her scholarly interests on the study of transactional legal strategies to foster equitable urban community development that minimizes displacement, mitigates poverty and promotes racial and social justice. She is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, a publication of the American Bar Association. Professor Alexander practiced in the Chicago Office of Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., where she focused on community economic development, non-profit organizations, affordable and fair housing, and residential and commercial real estate. She was also awarded a competitive Equal Justice Works Fellowship (formerly NAPIL), and with it worked as a staff attorney at the Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.

Tonya Brito
Professor of Law | J.D., Harvard University
Family Law; Civil Procedure; Children, Law and Society

A native New Yorker, Professor Brito teaches family law and several advanced courses she developed, including Children, Law & Society and Adoption & Policy. Her scholarly interests include open adoption, family law, children's legal issues and poverty law. She has written on the relationship between family law and welfare law, the promotion of marriage as anti-poverty policy, the image of mothers in poverty discourse, and how working mothers fare under spousal support law. She is currently working on a number of projects, including a qualitative study of the role of law and trust in open adoption and an anthology of readings on children, law and society. Before entering academia, Professor Brito practiced law for several years in Washington, D.C., and served as a judicial law clerk on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Anuj C. Desai
Associate Professor of Law | J.D., University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
Master's in International Affairs, Columbia University
Constitutional Law, Copyright, Cyberlaw, Trademarks

Professor Desai brings a diverse set of professional experiences to his teaching at the Law School, including having served as legal assistant to the American judges at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, and working at the U.S. State Department and in the Legal Resource Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa. His current research interests focus on the intersection between international law and communication and information technology. His publications have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Federal Communications Law Journal, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

Linda S. Greene
Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law | J.D., University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law

A California native, Professor Greene is one of the nation's most prominent African-American women in legal education. She began her career as a civil rights attorney at the NAACP, and went on to serve as Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she participated in the Senate's consideration of five U.S. Supreme Court nominees. She is former Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Minority Groups and former President of the Society of American Law Teachers. She serves on numerous boards and foundations, including the President of the Society of American Law Teachers, and co-founded the Black Women in Sports Foundation.

Alexandra V. Huneeus
Assistant Professor of Law | J.D., University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Human Rights, International Law, Latin American Law, Law & Society

Before joining the UW faculty in 2007, Professor Huneeus was a fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. She is currently working on a project that examines the role national courts play in regional human rights systems, focusing on the Inter-American System for Human Rights. Prior to her work in law, Professor Huneeus worked as an editor and journalist in Santiago, Chile, and San Francisco, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, Business Week, El Mercurio, and America Economia.  

James E. Jones, Jr.
Professor Emeritus and Professor of Industrial Relations Emeritus
J.D., University of Wisconsin  | M.A., University of Illinois
Administrative Law, Arbitration

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas and the segregated school systems of the '30s, '40s and '50s, Professor Jones wrote the first executive order for President Kennedy establishing the framework for public sector collective bargaining, as well as rules and regulations from 1961-69 relating to affirmative action in employment. He established the first discrimination law course at Wisconsin, in 1970. He continues to do labor arbitration and other internal union dispute settlement nationally. Joining the U.S. Department of Labor upon graduation from the UW Law School in 1953, he progressed from legislative attorney to Counsel for Labor Relations, Director of the Office of Labor Management Policy Development, and Associate Solicitor in the Office of Labor. He has received numerous awards for his lifetime achievement.

Thomas W. Mitchell
Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Howard University | LL.M., University of Wisconsin
Land Use, Property Law, Remedies, Rural Community Development

A native of San Francisco, Professor Mitchell won a substantial Ford Foundation grant to document the way in which state property laws have served to dismantle the land holdings of rural black farmers. He has testified before a panel in the U.S. House of Representatives on matters pertaining to black land loss in the rural South, supervised students working on behalf of communities that need legal assistance to retain their property and natural resources: black and Appalachian communities in the South, Native American communities in the Dakotas and New Mexico, and Mexican-American communities along the Texas-Mexico border. Professor Mitchell's land tenure interests have also taken him to Zimbabwe and South Africa. He has published articles in academic journals on land tenure in rural America.

Richard Monette

Associate Professor of Law; Director, Great Lakes Indian Law Center
J.D., University of Oregon | M.A., University of North Dakota
Indian Law, Property, Torts

Professor Monette specializes in drafting provisions for constitutions and codes for Indian Tribes. He assisted the Havasupi Tribe in drafting seven substantive amendments to their constitution. He also worked with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma to draft an entirely new constitution, which was approved in April 2006 in an election also conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He has had many years of experience assisting tribes with constitutional reform projects, including drafting a new constitution in 1992-3 for the Hochunk tribe. He was a staff attorney with the Indian affairs committee and served as director of legislative affairs for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. He has been elected twice as chairman of the Turtle Mountain Tribe, and has served as Chief Judge for Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

Pilar N. Ossorio
Associate Professor of Law and Bioethics
Ph.D., Stanford University (Microbiology and Immunology)
J.D., University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
Biotechnology Law, Intellectual Property, Law & Medicine, Patent Law

Professor Ossorio teaches at the Law School, at the School of Medicine and Public Health, and is Program Faculty in the graduate program in Population Health. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, she was Director of the Genetics Section at the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association. After receiving her Ph.D., she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cell biology at Yale University School of Medicine and worked as a consultant for the federal program on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of the Human Genome Project. She is a member of the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, a national committee to monitor and revise voluntary guidelines on the conduct of human embryonic stem cell research; a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); and a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Bioethics.

Asifa Quraishi
Assistant Professor of Law
S.J.D. Harvard Law School | L.L.M., Columbia Law School | J.D., University of California-Davis
Constitutional Law, Islamic Law

Professor Quraishi is a specialist in Islamic law and legal theory. Her expertise ranges from U.S. law on federal court practice to constitutional legal theory, with a comparative focus in Islamic law. Her professional experience includes serving as a judicial law clerk with Judge Edward Dean Price on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and as the death penalty law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She made news in 2001 when she drafted a clemency appeal brief in the case of Bariya Ibrahim Magazu, who was sentenced to flogging for fornication in Zamfara, Nigeria. Her project titled "Lost in Non-Translation: What's Missing When We Say Shari'a and Why It Matters for Feminism, Human Rights and Constitutionalism," received a national Carnegie Scholar grant in 2009. She is founding member of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML) and the California group American Muslims Intent Learning and Activism (AMILA). She is an associate of the Muslim Women's League, and has served as past president and board member of Karamah: Muslim Women for Lawyers for Human Rights.

Stephanie Tai
Assistant Professor of Law
Ph.D., Tufts University | J.D., Georgetown University
Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Law and Science, Natural Resources Law

Raised in the South by two chemists, Professor Tai entered the legal profession to learn how to improve the use of science in environmental protection. She has written on the consideration of scientific studies and environmental justice concerns by administrative agencies, and is currently studying the role of scientific dialogues before the judicial system. Her teaching interests include environmental justice, risk regulation, and comparative Asian environmental law. She began her legal career as an appellate attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she briefed and argued cases on a range of issues, from the protection of endangered cave species in Texas to the issuance of dredge and fill permits under the Clean Water Act. Professor Tai served as a judicial law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Court.

Joseph R. Thome
Professor Emeritus | LL.B., Harvard University
Comparative Law, Contracts

Professor Thome's research and teaching focus on the process of legal reform in Latin America and on legal issues of social and economic change in Latin America and Africa. He served as a consultant for the World Bank in Equatorial Guinea and for the U.S. Agency for International Development to evaluate its projects across Latin America, and lectured and consulted on land tenure issues in South Africa. He had a long relationship with the university's Land Tenure Center, participating in several projects in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, and conducted research and lectured on land tenure, legal reform and other law and development issues in Argentina, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, South Africa, and Uruguay. Professor Thome was born and spent his childhood in Costa Rica. He is bilingual in Spanish-English, and fluent in Portuguese.

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