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Albany Law School Professor Ava Ayers has announced that she will be stepping aside as the Director of the Government Law Center to focus full-time on her teaching responsibilities.
A national search for a new director has started and Ayers will remain Director until a successor is found. After Ayers, the director will be a non-faculty position allowing the director to focus solely on the operation and success of the GLC.
“Ava’s leadership of the GLC has been exceptional,” said President and Dean Alicia Ouellette. “The work of the GLC is more important now than ever. I want to personally thank Ava for her success in elevating the visibility of the Center and for advancing Albany Law School’s effort to be a powerful agent for good in our community,” Ouellette said. “I know I speak for the entire Albany Law community in thanking Ava for all she has done. We know she will continue to do great things as a full-time faculty member.”
The GLC thrived under Ayers’ leadership. The GLC Fellows program grew into a unique three-year, structured mentoring and learning program; the law school hosted a visit from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; the center authored and published a series of “explainers” on immigration, elder, and election law among others; and the GLC released an important report on access to justice in rural communities.
Ayers will continue to work with the GLC and lead the Center’s important work on police reform. Both Ayers and the GLC will remain critical resources for municipalities across the state planning new policing policies and practices. Ava will also teach an innovative course entitled Law of Government, developed in consultation with the Government Law Center’s Advisory Board and other stakeholders to prepare students for excellence in government service.