Associate Professor of Law
Director, Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic
Britney Wilson joined the faculty of New York Law School in May 2021 as an Associate Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic.
Before NYLS, Professor Wilson was a staff attorney at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) where she litigated federal civil rights class action litigation concerning excessive fines and fees, discriminatory policing, and disability rights, particularly the provision of home and community-based services to people with disabilities and disability discrimination in healthcare.
Before NCLEJ, Professor Wilson was a Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and a Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow in the Racial Justice Program at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) where she litigated a range of complex federal litigation on racial justice issues including discriminatory policing, abusive immigration detention practices, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminalization of poverty, fair housing and lending, and inclusion in higher education.
Born with Cerebral Palsy, Professor Wilson has written and spoken extensively about disability, and the intersection of race and disability for various outlets, including The Nation Magazine, This American Life, NPR, and Colorlines. She has also testified about issues facing people with disabilities before both local and international governing bodies, including the New York City Council and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Her scholarship has been published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Journal of Legal Education. She was selected as a Health Law Scholar by the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics and the Saint Louis University Center for Health Law Studies. Her current research interests include civil rights history and litigation, social movements, the implications of the function of race and disability in society, and legal history.
Also an accomplished writer and artist, Professor Wilson has published and performed short stories, creative nonfiction essays, and poetry, including on the HBO series Brave New Voices.