Sylvia A. Law is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, Medicine and Psychiatry and the Co-Director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program at New York University School of Law.
Sylvia Law was born in Minnesota in 1942 and attended public schools in Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana. Sylvia Law earned her B.A. (1964) from Antioch University, and her J.D. (1968) from New York University School of Law.
For 3 decades, Sylvia Law has been one of the nation’s leading scholars in the fields of health law, women’s rights, poverty, and constitutional law. Sylvia Law has played a major role in dozens of civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and in lower state and federal courts, and has testified before Congress and state legislatures on a range of issues. In 1984, Sylvia Law became the first lawyer in the United States selected as a MacArthur Prize Fellow. Sylvia Law has been active in the Society of American Law Teachers, served as president of the organization from 1988-1990 and was honored by the organization as Law Teacher of the Year in 2001. In 2004, Prof. Law was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Sylvia Law lives in New York City, Woodstock, New York and Kailua, Hawaii. Sylvia’s son, Benjamin Ensminger-Law was born in 1977 and is a banker in New York City.
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