Michael Rooke-Ley has joined Albany Law School as a visiting professor for the Spring 2013 semester. He will be teaching Constitutional Law and a seminar on the re-segregation of public schools and on the state of affirmative action in higher education. During his 35 years as a law professor, he has taught at eight law schools across the country, and has served as a legal education consultant at law schools in Sri Lanka, Croatia and Uganda. He has also served as a president of the Society of American Law Teachers, the nation’s largest organization of law professors, and as an ABA-AALS site team evaluator of law schools. From his youthful days as a “freedom rider” with CORE in Mississippi and Louisiana, registering voters and engaging in lunch counter sit-ins, and subsequently as a community organizer with VISTA in Texas, Professor Rooke-Ley has been deeply involved in issues of access to justice. In the Grutter and Gratz affirmative action cases, he helped develop and oversaw SALT’s amicus brief, as he has recently done in the Fisher case, currently pending before the Supreme Court. Professor Rooke-Ley has received numerous teaching recognitions over the years and looks forward to engaging, animated and participatory classroom experiences at Albany Law School.
Selected Past Professorships
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, 1979-present (emeritus)
Courses: Constiutional Law, Torts, Family Law, First Ammendment, Employment Discrimination, Law of Race and Gender
Willamette University College of Law, 2008-2009, 1998-2000
Courses: Constiutional Law, Torts, Administrative Law, Gender and the Law, Law and Public Policy, Professional Responsibility
Santa Clara University School of Law, 2005-2008, 1984-1985
Courses: Constiutional Law, Torts, Administrative Law, Gender Discrimination, Family Law, Community Property
Seattle University of Law, 2003-2005
Courses: Constiutional Law, Torts, Administrative Law, Family Law, Current Issues in Law and Social Policy
Nkumba University, Entebbe, Uganda, 2003
Fulbright Senior Specialist (Curriculum Development and Teacher Training)
University of Oregon, Departments of Polical Science, History and Sociology, 1997-2003
Courses: Consitutional Law, Legal Process, American Legal History, Law and Social Policy, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
University of Rijeka, Faculty of Law, Croatia, 2000
Fulbright Visiting Professor and Senior Consultant (Curriculum Development and Teacher Training)
Course: Constitutional Law
Fearing the Mirror: Responding to Beggars in a "Kinder and Gentler" America, HASTINGS CONSITUTIONAL LAW QUARTERLY, volume 19, number 3.
Beggar as Barometer, WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW, volume 91, number 5.
Lessons From The Third World: Spirituality as the Source of Commitment to Affirmative Action, VERMONT LAW REVIEW, volume 14, number 2.
TRANSFORMING LEGAL EDUCATION: A SYMPOSIUM OF PROVOCATIVE THOUGHT, conceived, organized and edited. Forty-five contributors, 640 pages.
The Law School as Model for Community, NOVA LAW JOURNAL, volume 10, number 2.
The Exclusion of Women from Influential Men's Clubs: The Inner Sanctum and the Myth of Full Equality, HARVARD CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES LAW REVIEW, volume 18, number 2.
Class Struggle in the Suburbs: Exclusionary Zoning Against the Poor, HASTINGS CONSTITUTIONAL LAW QUARTERLY, volume 2, number 1.
Book review, Court Years, 1939-1975: The Autobiography of William O. Douglas, NOVA LAW JOURNAL, volume 5, number 2.
Contributor, Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, published by AALS and ALI-ABA.
Contributor, Dedication to Gustave Harrow in Symposium of Law and the Visual Arts, NOVA LAW REVIEW, volume 14, number 2.
Contributor, Panel Discussion on Judge Noonan 's Presentation in Courts and American Society: A Symposium on the Bicentennial of the Federal Judiciary Act of 1789, NOVA LAW REVIEW, volume 14, number 1.
Contributor, Stripping Away the Fictions: Interview with Mr. Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, NOVA LAW JOURNAL, volume 6, number 3.