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.
Criminal LawSyllabus (.pdf)
Employment RegulationSyllabus (.pdf)
Federal Civil ProcedureSyllabus (.pdf)
Gender and Work Syllabus (.pdf)
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 TradeInternational Conference of Law and Society in the 21st Century, Berlin, Germany, July 26, 2007
Domestic Violence and the Spread of HIV/AID Among Married WomenInternational Conference of Law and Society in the 21st Century, Berlin, Germany, July 26, 2007
The Comfort of Home: Children as Domestic Workers30th 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 LabourLaw Union Annual Meeting, University of Toronto, February 10, 2007
Equality and Discrimination in International Labour LawUniversity 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 BeyondFeminism and Legal Theory Workshop, University of Wisconsin Law School, June 27, 2003
Affirmative Action Law in the United StatesState University of New York (SUNY), Albany, January 30, 2003
Working Across Borders: Gender, Work and the LawFaculty Seminar Series, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, June 19, 2002
Working Across BordersLaw and Society Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, June 1, 2002
Sexual Harassment Law (CLE)New York State Assembly, December 7, 2000
Racial ReleasesQueen's University Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, September 15, 2000
The Ontario Human Rights Complaint ProcessTulane-Albany Summer Program at McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal, July 13, 2000
Various Perspectives on Comparative LawFourth Annual Northeastern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 15, 2000
Litigating Labor RightsAmerican Association of International Law Annual Meeting, Wash. D.C., April 8, 2000
Transborder TransgressionsAnnie MacDonald Langstaff Workshop, Institute of Comparative Law, Faculty of Law McGill University, February 9, 2000
Sexual Harassment in Public SchoolsSUNY New Paltz, Women's Studies Annual Conference, November 6, 1999
Works in Progress ReportRegional 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 ProjectAlbany 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 EducationAlbany Law School, February, 1998
Critical Race Theory and Comparative LawCritical 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 PedagogyNortheastern Students of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Albany Law School, October, 1997
Critical Race Theory: A Comparative ApproachAmerican 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 LawComparative Law Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January, 1997
After Critique8th 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 RelationsInternational 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 TeachingConference on "Women in the Academy," Columbia University School of Law, March, 1996
Feminist Perspectives on LawUniversity of Toronto, Faculty of Law, February, 1996
The Politics of Innocence and Guilt: Bias in the Ontario Human Rights Complaint ProcessWomen and the Arts Lecture Series, Carleton University, Ottawa, February, 1996
Law and Labor of ColorLaw 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 GenderColumbia University School of Law, November, 1994
Feminism in the WorkplaceColumbia University School of Law, June, 1994
Breaking Silence: Coming Out in the WorkplaceAlbany Law School, April, 1994
Affirmative Action, Veterans Preference and the Public SectorLegal Issues in Redefining the Public Sector Workforce, Government Law Center, Albany Law School, March 1994
An Introduction to Critical Race TheoryAlbany Law School, February, 1994
Oleanna: Sexual Harassment in the WorkplaceCapital Repertory Company, Albany, January, 1994
Feminist Jurisprudence: A PrimerAlbany Law School, October, 1993
Intersectionality of Race & GenderDiscussion Across Legal Cultures Conference, Columbia University School of Law, June, 1993
Legal and Ethical Implications of Science and TechnologySri 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)
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 was the recipient of the 2013 John H. Higgins Alumni Award (BLSA).
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."