Deborah N. Archer

Director, NYU School of law Civil Rights Clinic

Deborah N. Archer is an Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law. She is a nationally recognized expert in civil rights and racial justice, and teaches and writes in the areas of racial justice, civil rights, and clinical pedagogy. In the Civil Rights Clinic, Archer and her students represent indigent, institutional, and pro bono clients in a range of civil rights matters, including employment discrimination, educational equity, voting rights, and criminal justice reform. Archer is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was awarded the Charles G. Albom Prize, and Smith College. She previously worked as an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where she litigated in the areas of voting rights, employment discrimination, and school desegregation. She was also a member of the faculty at New York Law School for fifteen years and an associate at the firm Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. Archer is currently a member of the Board of Directors and General Counsel to the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union. She previously served on the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, the nation’s oldest and largest police oversight agency, and the 2018 New York City Charter Revision Commission. Archer received the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award and the 2014 Haywood Burns/Shanara Guilbert Award from the Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. Archer was recently recognized by the New York Law Journal as one of New York’s Top Women in the Law.