Native American scholar named dean of CUNY law school
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The City University of New York (CUNY) named a Native American woman as dean of the law school on Wednesday, February 23.
Sudha Setty, who is an outstanding scholar and an experienced and collaborative legal leader, will be the first person of South Asian descent to lead a CUNY school. His term officially begins on July 1.
“I am thrilled and honored to serve as the next Dean of CUNY School of Law,” Setty said. “This law school was founded with the mission of public service, social justice, inclusiveness and accessibility.”
The former are not unfamiliar to Setty, who recently served as dean of law school at Western New England University and became the first woman of South Asian descent in the United States to serve as dean of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
“In this moment, the nation and the world have recognized what CUNY has known all along: that our society needs more lawyers educated in these core values to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.” she added.
“I look forward to working with all members of the CUNY community as the law school seeks to make the world a fairer, fairer, and better place.”
Setty brings with her decades of academic leadership experience and social justice legal expertise.
In her previous role, she helped establish the school’s Center for Social Justice to provide a framework for organizing by engaging in economic and racial justice and social issues. She also led the charge to include a racial justice court requirement.
She earned her Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Fellow, and her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
“Dean Setty has a sustained track record as an antitrust litigator, pro bono civil rights attorney, constitutional law scholar and leader in legal education, as well as a pioneering administrator and leader,” said Chairman William C. Thompson Jr. “We are delighted to welcome him to CUNY Law.
Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said Setty has “a demonstrated ability to combine visionary goal setting with skillful governance, and to build, fund, and sustain programs that achieve those goals.”
“His extensive experience and commitment to using legal education to advance social justice will build on the law school’s progress as the nation’s top public interest law school,” Rodríguez said. . “CUNY is lucky to have him.”