Faculty Information

  • Biography

    B.Sc., University of Toronto  
    LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School of York University  
    LL.M., Columbia University School of Law
    (associate editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law)

    Donna E. Young has taught at Albany Law School since 1993. Prior to coming to the Law School, she worked in litigation at Cornish Roland, a labor law firm in Toronto, Canada, as a consultant at the Ontario Human Rights Commission examining the procedural and adjudicatory treatment of race discrimination cases in Canada, and at the City of New York, Mayor's Office of Labor Relations, Legal Department. She was awarded a Fellowship from Cornell Law School's Gender, Sexuality, and Family Project and was a Visiting Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School's Institute of Feminist Legal Studies in Toronto. She taught as an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School in 1994-1996 while obtaining an LL.M. From 2004 to 2005 Professor Young was a Visiting Scholar at the Facolta di Giurisprudenza, Universita Roma Tre in Rome, Italy, and a consultant to the International Development Law Organization in Rome during which time she traveled to Uganda to conduct fieldwork on the interaction of women's property rights and HIV/AIDS.

    As a law student, she was a human rights intern at the Centre for Ethnic Studies in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she worked on comparative constitutional reform projects. Professor Young researches in the areas of law and development, comparative labor/employment law, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and international labor and human rights law. She has been invited to present her work at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany, Hungary, France, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.K. She teaches Criminal Law, Employment Regulation, Federal Civil Procedure, and Gender and Work. She is admitted to practice in the state of New York.

    Professor Young is on leave for 2014-2015 and has joined the staff at the AAUP, Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance, in Washington, D.C.

  • Courses

    Criminal Law
    Syllabus (.pdf) 

    Employment Regulation
    Syllabus (.pdf)

    Federal Civil Procedure
    Syllabus (.pdf)

    Gender and Work
    Syllabus (.pdf)

  • Presentations & Panels

    Tenure, Austerity, and Academic Freedom at U.C. Davis Law School, ClassCrits Conference, "Poverty, Precarity, & Work: Struggle & Solidarity in an Era of Permanent(?) Crisis." November 14, 2014.

    Keynote Speaker, Equality Across Borders: The 14th Amendment in Comparative Perspective, Siena College, Constitutional Law Day, September 25, 2013.

    Moderator, The Role of Clinics in Comparative Perspective, Access to Justice Conference to Honor David McQuoid Mason University of KwaZulu Natal University School of Law, Durban, South Africa, December 10 - 13, 2012

    Moderator, The Future of Health Care Reform, Capital District LERA and Albany Law School’s Labor and Employment Law Society, November 7, 2012 (Moderator)

    Moderator, Africa and International Law: Taking Stock and Moving Forward, Albany Law School, April 12-14, 2012

    Panelist, Labor Movements, Yale Law School Robert M. Cover Retreat New Hampshire, March 2-4, 2012

    Diversity Roundtable Discussion, Albany Law School, October 18, 2011

    OUTLAW Roundtable Discussion, Albany Law School, October 14, 2011

    Moderator, Protecting Workers Rights, Albany Law Review Symposium Albany Law School, September 28, 2011

    Commencement Speaker, University at Albany, Department of Africana Studies, May 14, 2011

    Post Race Posthaste: Towards an Analytical Convergence of Critical Race Theory and Marxism, Third National People of Color Conference, Seton Hall, New Jersey September 9-12, 2010.

    Discrimination and Equality in the Global Workplace, Latcrit International Comparative Law Colloquium, Paris, France, July 27, 2010.

    Food Security and Women's Vulnerability to HIV in Uganda, LatCrit South-North Exchange on "The Global Politics of Food: Sustainability and Subordination," Mexico City, Mexico, May 6-8, 2010

    To the Stars Through Difficulties: The Legal Construction of Private Space in the Wizard of Oz, Taking Oz Seriously, Albany Law School, November 13, 2009.

    The Economics of Vulnerability: Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference 2009, "America's New Class Warfare?", University of Buffalo Law School, October 23-24, 2009.

    The Spread of HIV/AIDS Among Women Through Domestic Violence and Food Insecurity, SHUR Annual Conference, Rome, Italy, June 4, 2009

    Defining Race Symposium, Albany Law Review and Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, November 14, 2008.

    Forum on Race and Education: A Rehearing of Brown v. Board of Education, New York State Bar Association, Albany Law School Government Law Center, NYSUT, Capital Black and Hispanic Bar Association, May 6, 2008

    Legal Education: Law, Poverty and Economic Inequality, Valparaiso University School of Law, April 3-4, 2008

    Is it Race or Gender?: Discussions about the Roles of Race and Gender in this Presidential Race, Albany Law School, March 11, 2008

    On the Backs of Our Children: The International Trade in Child Domestic Labor, Albany Law School, Amnesty International, Feb 1, 2008.

    Comparative Perspectives on Race, Slavery, and Social Exclusion: Thoughts on the 200th Anniversary of the End of the Slave Trade
    International Conference of Law and Society in the 21st Century, Berlin, Germany, July 26, 2007

    Domestic Violence and the Spread of HIV/AID Among Married Women
    International Conference of Law and Society in the 21st Century, Berlin, Germany, July 26, 2007

    The Comfort of Home: Children as Domestic Workers
    30th International Congress on Law & Mental Health, Children in the Post-Nuclear Family University of Padua, Padua, Italy, June 25, 2007

    On the Backs of Our Children: Chocolate, Other Comforts and Child Labour
    Law Union Annual Meeting, University of Toronto, February 10, 2007

    Equality and Discrimination in International Labour Law
    University of Western Ontario School of Law, "Labour Law and the Global Workplace" October 20-21, 2006

    40 Acres and a Mule: Affirmative Action Now
    Boston College School of Law, October 13, 2006

    Cross-Border Feminism in the 00s and Beyond
    Feminism and Legal Theory Workshop, University of Wisconsin Law School, June 27, 2003

    Affirmative Action Law in the United States
    State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, January 30, 2003

    Working Across Borders: Gender, Work and the Law
    Faculty Seminar Series, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, June 19, 2002

    Working Across Borders
    Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, June 1, 2002

    Sexual Harassment Law (CLE)
    New York State Assembly, December 7, 2000

    Racial Releases
    Queen's University Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, September 15, 2000

    The Ontario Human Rights Complaint Process
    Tulane-Albany Summer Program at McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal, July 13, 2000

    Various Perspectives on Comparative Law
    Fourth Annual Northeastern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 15, 2000

    Litigating Labor Rights
    American Association of International Law Annual Meeting, Wash. D.C., April 8, 2000

    Transborder Transgressions
    Annie MacDonald Langstaff Workshop, Institute of Comparative Law, Faculty of Law McGill University, February 9, 2000

    Sexual Harassment in Public Schools
    SUNY New Paltz, Women's Studies Annual Conference, November 6, 1999

    Works in Progress Report
    Regional Conference on Sociolegal Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, May 7, 1999.

    Transborder Transgressions
    American Association of International Law (ASIL), Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., March 24, 1999

    Comparative Latinas/os: Identity, Law and Policy in LatCrit Theory
    Third Annual LatCrit Conference, University of Miami Law School, May 7-8, 1998

    The Legal and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project
    Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology Symposium, April 2, 1998

    What's Gender Got To Do With It?: The Significance and Contribution of Women in Legal Education
    Albany Law School, February, 1998

    Critical Race Theory and Comparative Law
    Critical Race Theory Conference, Yale Law School, November, 1997.

    Seeing Women Transnationally
    SUNY Women Studies Department Video Series, October, 1997 (Facilitator)

    Law School Culture and Legal Pedagogy
    Northeastern Students of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Albany Law School, October, 1997

    Critical Race Theory: A Comparative Approach
    American Society of International Law (ASIL), Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April, 1997

    LatCrit Theory and Post/Neo Colonialism: A Comparative Discussion of the Conquest and Subjugation of Indigenous Peoples in the Area Now Known as the United States and its Territories, Second Annual LatCrit Conference, St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, May 2-3, 1997

    Vindicating Women's Rights Through Domestic Law
    Comparative Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January, 1997

    After Critique
    8th Annual Critical Race Theory Workshop, Washington, D.C., November, 1996

    Race & Ethnicity in the Law: Classroom Dynamics, Legal Pedagogy and Law Students of Color
    Northeastern Students of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Western New England College School of Law, October, 1996

    Gender and Labor Relations
    International Conference on Law and Society, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, July, 1996

    Affirmative Action: The New Civil Rights Movement?
    Conference on "Women of Color and the Law: Confronting the Myth of Neutrality and Seeking Visibility," Columbia University School of Law, March, 1996

    Two Steps Removed: The Paradox of Diversity Discourse for Women of Colour in Law Teaching
    Conference on "Women in the Academy," Columbia University School of Law, March, 1996

    Feminist Perspectives on Law
    University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, February, 1996

    The Politics of Innocence and Guilt: Bias in the Ontario Human Rights Complaint Process
    Women and the Arts Lecture Series, Carleton University, Ottawa, February, 1996

    Law and Labor of Color
    Law and Society Association Meeting, Toronto, June, 1995

    Class Position of the Left Academy
    Class and Identity: Crit Networks Conference at American University Washington College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center, March, 1995

    Sexual Orientation and the Discourse on Race and Gender
    Columbia University School of Law, November, 1994

    Feminism in the Workplace
    Columbia University School of Law, June, 1994

    Breaking Silence: Coming Out in the Workplace
    Albany Law School, April, 1994

    Affirmative Action, Veterans Preference and the Public Sector
    Legal Issues in Redefining the Public Sector Workforce, Government Law Center, Albany Law School, March 1994

    An Introduction to Critical Race Theory
    Albany Law School, February, 1994

    Oleanna: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    Capital Repertory Company, Albany, January, 1994

    Feminist Jurisprudence: A Primer
    Albany Law School, October, 1993

    Intersectionality of Race & Gender
    Discussion Across Legal Cultures Conference, Columbia University School of Law, June, 1993

    Legal and Ethical Implications of Science and Technology
    Sri Lankan Association for the Advancement of Science, Colombo, Sri Lanka, June, 1990



  • "Domains of Policy: Law & Society Perspectives on Anti-Discrimination" in The Wiley Handbook of Law and Society (Austin Sarat and Patty Ewick, eds., Wiley, 2015)

  • Exploring the Boundaries of Antidiscrimination Law and Equality in the Global Workplace, 21(1) Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 197 (2012).

  • Post Race Posthaste: Towards an Analytical Convergence of Critical Race Theory and Marxism, 1 Columbia Journal of Race and Law 499 (2012)

  • Introduction to Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, 74 Albany Law Review: State Constitutional Commentary 1565 (2010/2011)

  • The Constitutional Parameters of New York State’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights: Balancing the Rights of Workers and Employers, 74 Albany Law Review 1679 (2010/2011)

  • To the Stars Through Difficulties: The Legal Construction of Private Space in the Wizard of Oz, 20 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 135 (2010)

  • The Jurisprudence of Vulnerability: Property Rights, Domestic Violence And HIV/AIDS Among Women in Uganda, 9 International Review of Constitutionalism 327 (2009)papers.cfm

  • Defining Race Through Law: Enforcing the Social Norms of Power and Privilege, 72 Albany Law Review 1041 (2009) (symposium)http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1573674

  • Hurricane Katrina in OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY (Paul Finkelman, Editor) (Oxford University Press, 2009)

  • Racial Releases, Involuntary Separations and Employment-At-Will, 34 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 101 (2001)

  • Working Across Borders: Global Restructuring and Women's Work, 2001 Utah Law Review 1 (2001)

  • Litigating Labor Rights, 94 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 151 (2000)

  • "Introduction to Part I: Portrayals of Feminism in the Media Feminism" in Law and the Media (Martha Fineman and Martha McCluskey eds., Oxford University Press, 1997)

  • Two Steps Removed: The Paradox of Diversity Discourse For Women of Color in Law Teaching, 11 Berkeley Women's Law Journal (1996), 2 African American Law and Policy Report (1996)

  • "The Treatment of Race at Arbitration" in Labour Arbitration Yearbook (William Kaplan et al. eds., Butterworths, 1992) (with Katherine Liao)

  • The Canadian Constitutional Crisis and the Meech Lake Accord, 3 Thatched Patio: Journal of the Int’l Centre for Ethnic Studies 35 (1990) (with Peter Halewood)

Forthcoming Publications

Selected Achievements

  • ​Professor Donna Young is the Founding President, Albany Law School AAUP Chapter, 2013-2014.

  • ​Professor Donna Young was the recipient of the 2014 Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

  • ​Professor Donna Young has been named to the Lawyers of Color 50 Under 50 list, which is comprised of minority law professors who are making a significant impact in legal education. She was in the publication's Law School Diversity Issue in April 2014.
  • ​Professor Donna Young was the recipient of the 2013 John H. Higgins Alumni Award (BLSA).

  • Professor Donna Young delivered the keynote speech at Siena College on Constitution Day 2013. Her talk was titled "Equality Across Borders: The 14th Amendment in Comparative Perspective."

In the News

  • ​Professor Donna Young was quoted in the Times Union's recap of "Bridging the Gap: Police and Community Relations," a panel discussion held at Albany Law School on September 16, 2015.

  • ​Professor Donna Young was quoted in the article "Businessman Harreld: I'll answer doubts" in the Des Moines Register on September 3, 2015. “Universities are not corporations," she said in response to the situation at the University of Iowa, where the appointment of J. Bruce Harreld as president has been met with scrutiny. "They are academic institutions with a mission to educate students for the common good. When universities are run like corporations ... that mission often gets lost."