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Albany Law School today announced that Andrew Ayers has been named the new Director of the Government Law Center. Ayers most recently served as Senior Assistant Solicitor General in the New York Attorney General's Office.
Beginning Nov. 15, Ayers will lead the first Government Law Center in the country, known for its research and analysis of local and state governments. Ayers will work with the GLC faculty and staff to develop a greater visibility and broaden opportunities for research and for students.
After graduating first in his class from Georgetown Law, Ayers clerked for the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, now a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, during her term on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as Hon. Gerard Lynch on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He began his career as Special Assistant to the General Counsel for Human Rights Watch.
"Located in the heart of one of the nation's most powerful capitals, the Government Law Center has done groundbreaking work for many years around municipal and state governance issues," said Alicia Ouellette, President & Dean, Albany Law School. "We are excited to have Mr. Ayers steer our efforts into new frontiers as the public sector continues to face new challenges. Given the law school's affiliation with the University at Albany, the GLC is positioned well to pursue some new projects with the Center for International Development and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy."
"I look forward to working with the GLC's impressive staff and advisory board, and the faculty at Albany Law, to create research and projects that inform policymakers and the public," said Ayers. "And I'm particularly excited to help connect our students to the many governmental institutions with which Albany Law has developed such a special relationship."
Ayers has served as lead counsel in various high-profile cases involving immigration law, constitutional rights, and environmental law, including cases about the Adirondack Park and Albany County's Pine Bush Preserve.
This year, Albany Law School was ranked 1st in the country by
preLaw magazine for preparing students for careers in government, partly for the work of the GLC and the opportunities it provides students. GLC initiatives include work on
access to justice in rural areas, economic development, equine racing and gaming law, entrepreneurship and emerging tech laws, government ethics, aging law, and more.
Ayers replaces Bennett Liebman, who was serving as interim director.