Faculty Information

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  • Biography

    B.A., Eastern Illinois University  
    M.A., University at Albany  
    J.D., University of Houston Law Center

    Connie Mayer is the Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law and a Clinical Professor of Law. Professor Mayer practiced law with East Texas Legal Services and subsequently worked in a private criminal and civil law practice prior to joining the faculty at Albany Law School. She joined the law faculty in 1986 as the Director of the Disabilities Law Clinic and continued in that capacity until 1992. In 1992, Professor Mayer became the Director of the Albany Law School Clinical Program and expanded the clinic, adding the AIDS/HIV Law Clinic which she directed from 1992-1996, the Domestic Violence Clinic, and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. She continued as the Director of the Clinical Legal Studies Program through 2001 while also serving as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs from 1999 through 2005. In 2005, she became the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

    Professor Mayer has taught various courses including the Disabilities Law Seminar, the AIDS/HIV Law Seminar, Negotiating for Lawyers, Trial Practice I, Trial Practice II and she currently teaches Federal Civil Procedure and Legal Ethics. She serves on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Legal Education & Admission to the Bar. Professor Mayer was the 2011 Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award.  She has published in the areas of disability law and criminal justice issues. Works in progress include an article using empirical data to analyze the impact of non-academic variables on bar passage.

  • Courses

    Introduction to Civil Procedure

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    Trial Practice I: Pretrial Litigation

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    Trial Practice II: Trial Skills

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    Legal Profession

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Bo​oks

 Books Content Query

  • TEXAS REAL ESTATE LAW (Southwest Publishing Co., 1982) (with K. Stanberry)

Publications

  • Addressing the Unique Mental Health Needs of Female Inmates with HIV: What Services are Required under the Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act?, 6 William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law 215 (1999)

  • HIV as a Disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Unanswered Questions after Bragdon v. Abbott, 14 Journal of Law and Health 179 (1999-2000)hiv_as_a_disability_992000.pdf

  • Addressing the Unique Mental Health Needs of Female Inmates with HIV: What Services are Required under the Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act?, 6 William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law 215 (1999)

  • HIV Infected Prisoners: What Mental Health Services are Constitutionally Mandated?, 23 Journal of Psychiatry & Law 517 (1995)

  • Due Process Challenges to Eyewitness Identification Based on Pre-Trial Photographic Arrays, 13 Pace Law Review 815 (1994)

  • HIV as a Disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Unanswered Questions after Bragdon v. Abbott, 14 Journal of Law and Health 179 (1999-2000)

  • HIV Infected Prisoners: What Mental Health Services are Constitutionally Mandated?, 23 Journal of Psychiatry & Law 517 (1995)papers.cfm

  • Due Process Challenges to Eyewitness Identification Based on Pre-Trial Photographic Arrays, 13 Pace Law Review 815 (1994)papers.cfm

  • Survey of Case Law Establishing Constitutional Minima for the Provision of Mental Health Services to Psychiatrically Impaired Inmates, 15(2) New England Journal on Civil and Criminal Confinement 243 (1989)

  • Post-Hinckley Insanity Defense Reform, 11 Mental and Physical Disabilities Law Reporter 54 (January - February 1987) papers.cfm

  • Legal Issues in the Private Operation of Prisons, 22 Criminal Law Bulletin 309 (1986)papers.cfm

  • Book Review, reviewing Gershman, PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT, 21 Criminal Law Bulletin 285 (1985)

  • TEXAS REAL ESTATE LAW (Southwest Publishing Co., 1982) (with K. Stanberry)

  • Damages for Mental Anguish Under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act: Are They Recoverable?, 44 Texas Bar Journal 1193 (November 1981)

  • Policy Implications of Current Legal Trends Surrounding the Mentally Disordered Inmates's Right to Treatment, The American Society of Criminology, 38th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia (October 1986)

  • Insanity Defense Reforms Pre- & Post-Hinckley, Law and Society Association, Washington, D.C., 1989

  • Estimating the Determinants of Discrimination in Criminal Sentencing as an Outcome of Prior Felony Convictions, The American Society of Criminology, 38th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia (October 1986)

Forthcoming Publications

Selected Achievements

  • ​Connie Mayer was named Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Albany Law School.

In the News

  • Interim President and Dean Connie Mayer was quoted in a Jan. 13 New York Law Journal article on new requirements for bar exam eligibility.

    Connie Mayer, the interim president and dean at Albany Law School, said the changes were "great" and that a law clinic environment was like an "apprenticeship" where prospective lawyers could learn practical skills they will need later in their professional lives.

    She said she would have gone further and made a clinical or internship course mandatory.

    "My view is there should be some requirement that a law student should meet with an actual client," she said. "I don't know how you graduate from law school and never actually see a potential client."​​