08.28.09 — Martha F. Davis, a leading scholar and practitioner, has been named associate dean for clinical and experiential education at the School of Law.

“More than 40 years ago, Northeastern University School of Law pioneered an experientially based model of legal education that engages every student and that produces outstanding lawyers with a strong grounding in fundamental values and critical thinking,” said Davis. “Our integrated program is second to none, but we plan to break new ground once again. Building on our historic successes, we will expand our direct engagement with employers, using the insights we gain to further expose and strengthen the connection between theory and experience in a Northeastern law education.”

Davis joined the faculty in 2003 and has published more than 30 law review articles on women’s rights, poverty law and human rights. She won a human rights book award for her co-edited three-volume work — Bringing Human Rights Home — that chronicles the history of human rights in the United States from the perspective of domestic social justice.

As a women’s rights lawyer, she was counsel in several cases before the US Supreme Court, including Nguyen v INS, an equal protection challenge to sex-based citizenship laws.

Davis, a faculty director of the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, chairs the board of directors of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, and is a former vice president and legal director for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.