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Deborah N. Archer
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law
Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Director, Racial Justice Project

2015-NYLS-Prof-Deb-Archer-21-235x225-235x224An expert in the areas of civil rights and racial discrimination, Deborah N. Archer is a Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law and Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. Dean Archer was previously an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where she litigated at the trial and appellate level in cases involving affirmative action in higher education, employment discrimination, school desegregation, and voting rights. She was also a Marvin H. Karpatkin Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union, where she was involved in federal and state litigation on issues of race and poverty. Prior to joining New York Law School, Dean Archer was an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

As Co-Director of the Impact Center, Dean Archer works with students and faculty to leverage the power of law and legal education to advance social justice, enrich the professional development of NYLS students, and have a positive impact on public interest law. And, as Director of the Racial Justice Project, she continues to work to protect the constitutional and civil rights of people of color and increase public awareness of racism, racial injustice, and structural racial inequality. Dean Archer has also participated as amicus counsel in several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeal, including Ricci v. DeStefano, Fisher v. University of Texas, Shelby County v. Holder, and Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project.

Dean Archer graduated with honors from Smith College in 1993 and was awarded her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1996. She clerked for Judge Alvin Thompson in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Dean Archer is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union. She was selected as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and has also served on the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Civil Rights Committee and on the Committee on Civil Rights of the New York State Bar Association.

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Tamara C. Belinfanti
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Center for Business and Financial Law


Professor Belinfanti’s scholarship focuses on corporate governance system design and the relationship between corporations and communities. In 2013, Professor Belinfanti was named an Aspen Ideas Scholar for her work on the roles and rights of corporations in the broader societal sphere. She has written on corporate governance in the context of the proxy advisory industry, corporate purpose, executive compensation, and most recently shareholder rights and stewardship. She is frequently invited as an expert to present her work at both academic and industry conferences. Professor Belinfanti teaches Corporations, Contracts, and Corporate Practice, which is a transactional skills course that she developed.

Prior to joining the New York Law School faculty, Professor Belinfanti was a corporate attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she counseled domestic and international clients on general corporate and U.S. securities regulation matters, and was co-editor of the securities law treatise, U.S. Regulation of the International Securities and Derivatives Market (Aspen, 2003).

Professor Belinfanti is a Board Trustee of the Brooklyn Museum. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2000.

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Jessica A. Bibby
Jess is a 3L at New York Law School focusing on food justice, family law, criminal justice, and civil rights. She spent last summer at the California Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Enforcement Section and is currently a Student Attorney in the Civil Rights Clinic at New York Law School. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and holds a B.F.A. in Advertising from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Jess was also a N.C.A.A. Division I and II women’s soccer player throughout her college career. She plans to work in civil and/or juvenile legal services following graduation in May 2017.


Katelyn Canning

Katelyn is a 4L evening student at New York Law School focusing on corporate governance, intellectual property, and social entrepreneurship. She is also an Executive Editor for the New York Law School Law Review. Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, she holds a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University. She discovered her passion for food equity issues after volunteering with, and becoming a member of, numerous food-based non-profit organizations in New York City. She graduates in May 2018.


Vivian Depietro

Vivian is a 3L at New York Law school with a focus on corporate transactional law. Outside of her interest in corporate law, she has a strong focus on food equality, health and wellness, and environmental/food agriculture issues. Born and raised in East Hampton, New York, she holds a B.A in Legal Studies and a B.S. in Anthropology/Sociology from Roger Williams University. After graduation, she will start her legal career as a junior associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP.