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Cristina Rodriguez ’95, ’00JD: new face at—and of—the Law School

If the US Supreme Court can do it, why not Yale Law School?

That’s what some students and alumni have wondered about the absence of Latinos from the ranks of the law’s schools tenured faculty. “How can it be that the Supreme Court has a Latina justice [Sonia Sotomayor ’79JD, a past Yalie of the Week], and YLS has never had a tenured Latino faculty member?” one alum asked the Yale Daily News last year.

Now the wait is finally, officially over: Cristina Rodriguez ’95, ’00JD, will join the faculty this month, law dean Robert Post ’77JD announced on January 7.

Rodriguez currently works in the US Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, but has spent most of her legal career at New York University. A Rhodes Scholar and former clerk for Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, she also happens to be “the nation’s leading theorist of immigration law,” Post says:

“Her work is both practical and cutting edge, and she brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge. She is a superb teacher, and I expect that she will be a mentor to generations of students.”

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