New York, NY (December 11, 2018) – New York Law School (NYLS) Dean Anthony W. Crowell and Associate Dean William P. LaPiana proudly announced three additions to NYLS’s distinguished faculty: Penelope (Penny) Andrews, Alvin L. Bragg Jr., and Gowri Krishna.
“Penny Andrews, Alvin Bragg, and Gowri Krishna have dedicated their careers to advancing social justice and equality,” Dean Crowell said. “Our students will benefit from their expertise in human rights, criminal justice and civil rights, and community economic development. As Dean of ‘New York’s law school,’ I am particularly proud that their work supports racial justice in New York City and across the world.”
Penelope (Penny) Andrews
Raised in South Africa under apartheid, Penny Andrews has focused her career on advancing social justice and international human rights through legal education. She joins NYLS in January 2019 as Visiting Distinguished Professor of Law and will teach comparative and international law courses. She will also serve as Co-Director of NYLS’s Racial Justice Project, focusing on international and South African issues.
Professor Andrews served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town in South Africa until fall 2018. During the fall 2018 semester, she has been a Scholar in Residence at Columbia University School of Law. In November 2018, she was elected President of the Law and Society Association, the largest association of socio-legal scholars. She also served as President and Dean of Albany Law School from 2012 to 2015. Prior to that role, she was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. Professor Andrews has served as an acting judge on the Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa, and much of her scholarship has focused on the judiciary.
Throughout the past three decades, she has taught courses in international law, human rights law, comparative law, and gender and racial equity at Albany Law School, Columbia Law School, CUNY Law School, Touro Law Center, Valparaiso Law School, the University of Maryland Law School, and law schools in Australia, Canada, Germany, Scotland, and South Africa. She is an editor of the International Journal of Law in Context, a member of the editorial board of numerous journals, has authored four books and dozens of chapters and articles, and has won high-profile awards, including the National Bar Association’s 2015 Ronald H. Brown International Award. She has also consulted for the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the Ford Foundation. Professor Andrews earned her B.A. in Economic History and Comparative African Government and Administration and her LL.B. from the then-University of Natal in South Africa. She earned an LL.M. from Columbia Law School.
Alvin L. Bragg Jr.
Alvin Bragg is Chief Deputy Attorney General in the New York State Office of the Attorney General. In that role, he reports directly to the Attorney General and helps oversee the office of more than 1,500 people. He joins NYLS in January 2019 as Visiting Professor of Law and will teach criminal law courses. He will also serve as Co-Director of NYLS’s Racial Justice Project, focusing on U.S. issues.
Professor Bragg brings a wealth of experience from his distinguished public service career. His previous positions at the New York State Attorney General’s Office include Chief of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit (2015–18), where he oversaw investigations of law enforcement conduct resulting in the death of unarmed civilians, and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice (2013–17), where he oversaw the Social Justice Division, which includes the Charities, Civil Rights, Environmental Protection, Health Care, and Labor Bureaus.
From 2009 to 2013, Professor Bragg was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. There, he prosecuted white-collar and street crimes. As Chief of Litigation and Investigations for the New York City Council from 2006 to 2009, he oversaw the City Council’s litigation and argued before the New York State Court of Appeals in a groundbreaking case concerning separation of powers. He was an Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Office of the Attorney General from 2003 to 2006 and an associate at Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. from 2000 to 2003, where he litigated white-collar criminal matters. Immediately following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Professor Bragg earned his A.B. in Government cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Gowri Krishna is an experienced clinical educator with a strong focus on economic, racial, and social justice. She joined NYLS in August 2018 as Associate Professor of Law and Director of NYLS’s new Nonprofit and Small Business Clinic. Through the clinic, Professor Krishna and NYLS students counsel New York City nonprofit and community-based organizations, worker cooperatives, and neighborhood-based entrepreneurs that could not otherwise afford legal services on matters such as corporate formation, tax and real estate issues, and contracts.
Professor Krishna previously served as Supervising Attorney at the Urban Justice Center from 2015 to 2018. She led the expansion of the Center’s Community Development Project, which represents worker cooperatives and nonprofit groups throughout New York City on a broad range of corporate matters, including structuring, governance, tax, and employment issues. Prior to that role, she taught community economic development clinics at Fordham Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, and Roger Williams University Law School. She began her career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Urban Justice Center, where she led a project that provided legal services to low-wage immigrant worker groups.
Professor Krishna is an expert on immigrant-owned worker cooperatives and has presented on her work at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting and the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Annual Meeting. She also chaired the Community Economic Development Committee of the ABA’s Business Law Section and regularly organizes meetings of New York City community economic development attorneys. In addition, she has published scholarship on worker cooperatives and movement lawyering. She earned her B.A. in Social Thought and Analysis and Political Science from Washington University of St. Louis magna cum laude and her J.D. from Fordham Law School, where she was highly active in public service and human rights groups.