Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Meera E. Deo, J.D., Ph.D. has been selected as the new Director of the Law School Survey of Student...
Professor Meera E. Deo, J.D., Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary scholar who utilizes empirical methods to interrogate trends in legal education, institutional diversity, and affirmative action. Last year Professor Deo was on research leave to be a Visiting Scholar at UC Irvine School of Law while writing her book, Diversity in Legal Academia, which will be published with Stanford University Press in 2018. She also is a co-editor and contributing author for Legal Education Across Boundaries, forthcoming with Routledge Press. Professor Deo has held visiting positions at Berkeley Law and UCLA School of Law.
Professor Deo practiced civil rights law with the ACLU National Legal Department in New York City, where she worked on impact litigation involving privacy and cyberspace law. She was later Staff Attorney for Women’s Health, and Director of the Breast Cancer Legal Project at the California Women’s Law Center, a statewide women’s advocacy nonprofit based in Los Angeles. The National Science Foundation (NSF), the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, and numerous University of California grants and awards supported her doctoral dissertation on social capital formation among members of law student organizations. Professor Deo serves on the Executive Committee for the AALS Section on Law and the Social Sciences and was an appointee to the California Commission on Access to Justice. She is also an empirical research consultant to the South Asian Network (SAN) and the ACLU of Southern California.
Professor Deo’s interdisciplinary and empirical research on institutional diversity has been cited in numerous amicus briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court. Her scholarship draws from original empirical research to investigate the law student and law faculty experience. She is been collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data for the landmark study Diversity in Legal Academia, which examines how the intersectionality of race and gender affect tenure and promotion, work/life balance, institutional support, and other aspects of the personal and professional lives of American law faculty. She is a regular speaker at national and regional conferences including those organized by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Law & Society. Professor Deo’s scholarship has been published in leading law journals including Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Brooklyn Law Review, the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, the Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice, and the Journal of Legal Education.
Civil Procedure I & II, Law & Society, and Scholarly Legal Writing