President and Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was recently appointed as a member of the Test Development and Research Committee for the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the organization that administers the LSAT and helps facilitate the law school admission process.
Before joining Albany Law School as its first permanent female dean in July 2012, Dean Andrews was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. Prior to joining CUNY, she was a professor of law and director of international studies at Valparaiso Law School, where she taught courses such as International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law.
Dean Andrews, who was born and raised in South Africa, has extensive international experience, including teaching at law schools in Germany, Australia, Holland, Scotland, Canada and South Africa. An annual award in her name—The Penelope E. Andrews Human Rights Award—was inaugurated in 2005 at the South African law school of University of KwaZulu-Natal. Along with numerous other awards, she holds a “Women of South Africa Achievement Award,” as well as Albany Law’s Kate Stoneman Award, which she received in 2002.
In 2005 she was a finalist for a vacancy on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in South Africa on constitutional matters. She has consulted for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and for the Ford Foundation in Johannesburg, where she evaluated labor law programs. She earned her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, and her LL.M from Columbia University School of Law, New York.
Dean Andrews has published extensively on topics centered on gender and racial equality, South African legal issues, Australian legal issues, and international justice. Her most recent book is From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women's Human Rights.