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A.B., Vassar College
J.D., Georgetown Law

Ava Ayers graduated first in her class from Georgetown Law in 2005. She then clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, now a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, during her term on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also clerked for the Honorable Gerard Lynch on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

After clerking, Ayers worked for nine years in the office of the New York Attorney General, where she was a Senior Assistant Solicitor General. She served both as a supervisor and as lead counsel in various high-profile cases involving immigration law, states’ rights, constitutional rights, environmental law, and other issues.

Ayers is the author of A Student’s Guide to Law School, published by the University of Chicago Press, as well as articles on legal ethics, immigration law, federalism, and other subjects.

 

 

In the News

Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers was featured in the Law.com story, “Latest Iteration of New York Ethics Panel Assigns New Roles to 5 Attorneys,” on February 23, 2023.

Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers was featured in the NY Attorney General Press Release, “Attorney General James Announces Nominee for the Commission on Ethics in Lobbying and Government,” on January 23, 2023.

Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers was featured in the Law 360 story, “Albany Law School Prof Nominated To NY Ethics Committee,” on January 23, 2023.

Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers was featured in the Law.com story, “NY Attorney General Picks Albany Law School Professor to Serve on Ethics Watchdog,” on January 23, 2023.

Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers was featured in the Albany Times Union story, “Attorney general taps Albany Law prof for state ethics post,” on January 23, 2023.

Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers was featured in the Spectrum story, “New York attorney general makes ethics panel nomination,” on January 23, 2023.

Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers was featured in the WTEN story, “Albany Law prof. nominated for state ethics commission,” on January 24, 2023.

Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers was quoted in the University at Albany press release, “CTG UAlbany Study Examines U.S. Voter Registration Practices,” on March 24, 2022.

Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers was featured in the WAMC radio story, “Tear gas, police oversight discussion continues among Albany Common Councilors,” on Oct. 4, 2021

Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers was featured in the National Public Radio story, “New York State Orders Police To Develop Local Plans For Reform” on March 31, 2021.

Ava Ayers Curriculum Vitae