Dean Andrews Included Among Nation's Most Influential Minority Attorneys

3/17/2014 | Facebook | Twitter | Email
Dean Andrews Among Most Influential U.S. Minority Attorneys

President and Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was recently named to Lawyers of Color's Third Annual Power List Issue, which bills itself as a compendium of “the most influential minority attorneys in the country.”

Dean Andrews is featured alongside Attorney General Eric Holder and the National Urban League President Marc Morial, as well as corporate and government general counsel, law school deans, law firm managing partners and practice group heads.

Dean Andrews also recently delivered the Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture at Northeastern University School of Law. Her lecture, "Universal Feminisms and Localized Masculinities: How Should Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Deal with Violence Against Women?," considered how transitional justice should address sexual violence in times of war and social conflict. 

Now in her second academic year at Albany Law School, Dean Andrews' teaching and advocacy for indigenous populations, with a focus on women’s rights, have spanned numerous countries, including Australia, South Africa, Germany and the United States. Her most recent book is From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights.

Dean Andrews grew up in apartheid South Africa, fighting for equal rights. An annual award in her name—The Penelope E. Andrews Human Rights Award—is given by the South African law school at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a frequent speaker and media resource on legal education, international human rights law, including women’s rights, and South African legal and constitutional issues.

Lawyers of Color was initially founded as On Being A Black Lawyer but now also produces publications for lawyers of South Asian American, Pacific Asian American, Hispanic and Native American heritage.