Linda Green Will Be the Inaugural Dean of the College of Law at Michigan State University

Linda S. Greene will be the inaugural dean of the Michigan State University College of Law following its transition from an affiliate to a Michigan State University constituent college. Professor Greene will begin her new job on June 1.

Professor Greene serves on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Law. She first joined the faculty there in 1989 and holds the Evjue-Bascom Professorship. She was the inaugural vice chancellor of equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of California, San Diego.

“It will be a great honor to serve as the next dean of the Michigan State University College of Law and to continue the great work of previous leaders and members of faculty,” said Professor Greene. “I have been blessed with experience at a sister land-grant university that shares MSU’s commitment to rigorous intellectual endeavor and service to the broader community. I’m honored by the opportunity to lead the College of Law at this exciting moment in its history. I look forward to raising the visibility of the College of Law’s excellence and collaborating on new ventures that will benefit the college and its stakeholders, the university, and the state.”

Professor Greene’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law, civil rights law and sports law, where she has written extensively on the intersections between athletics and equality. Prior to entering academia, Greene served as an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City, a deputy city attorney in Los Angeles, and as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Professor Greene is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. She earned a juris doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley.

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  1. We hope this new hire as Dean of MSU college of law will result in a significant increase of “native born Black Americans” and especially those from the state of Michigan. If not, what’s the purpose of having a so-called Black women in that position. Since Atty. Greene was in charge of D&I at UCSD, did it result in an increase of both retention and graduation for native born Black Americans at UCSD? If not, something’s inherently wrong with this picture and thereby “the community” shouldn’t expect to see an substantive changes with this new hire.

    • @Michael… you make the same fundamental assumption as casual bigots: Because she is African American with expertise in DEI, that her only, or primary, value is insular group actions…putting her scholarly record, academic acumen, and collegiality are secondary. It’s both shameful and ignorant.. Happy to provide a tutorial on higher education administration and “substantive” change.

      • @David….you’re sadly and grossly misinterpreted my initial comments. I would suggest that you work on your reading skills. I never questioned her qualifications. The nature, intent, and purpose of my question was that of ACCOUNTABILITY. Have you heard of it David? By the way, no need for the emotive rant. Not to mention, it appears that you come from the school of bloviating when you have a so-called Black American in a proverbial “lofty position”. Regarding your neoliberal and status quo “tutorial on higher education”, you need to save that for your misguided colleagues and students. I just bet you’re the type of sub-par so-called academic who incessantly seek validation from those in White academia. What’s the probability that you voted for the” neoliberal, dismissive, war mongering, corporatist, anti-Black America and HBCUs Obama and now “Jim Crow Joe” Biden? Last, give me the name of three articles you authored that were published in the top three journals in your respective field. I rest my case david! (the lower case ‘d’ was intentional).

      • Can you say “Black Faces in High Places” David? What type of substantive outcomes will this result in for your community David? Really!

      • Can somebody tell me how many LAPD officers Mrs. Greene sent to jail while working as the Deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles? I rest my case David!

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