Peggy Cooper Davis
Covington & Burling Distinguished Visiting Professor
Peggy Cooper Davis is the John S.R. Shad Professor of Lawyering and Ethics at New York University School of Law. Over the ten years before she began her thirty-four year career at NYU, she practiced public interest civil rights and corporate law and served as a Judge in New York Family Courts. Her scholarly work is influential in the areas of child welfare, constitutional rights of family liberty, and interdisciplinary analysis of legal pedagogy and process. Professor Davis’s 1997 book, Neglected Stories: The Constitution and Family Values, illuminates the importance of anti-slavery traditions as guides to the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. Her 1989 article Law as Microaggression is a basic text for teaching cultural competence. ˆShe has published more than fifty articles and book chapters, most notably in the premier journals of Harvard, Yale, NYU and Michigan law schools. For more than 10 years, Davis directed the Lawyering Program, a widely acclaimed course of experiential learning that distinguishes NYU Law School’s first-year curriculum. She now directs the Experiential Learning Lab, through which she works to develop and test progressive learning strategies and to create professional education courses that systematically address the interpretive, interactive, ethical, and social dimensions of practice.