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Shirley Lin

Shirley Lin

Assistant Professor of Law

J.D., City University of New York School of Law
B.A., Dartmouth College

Areas of Expertise
Critical Race Theory
Employment Law


Professor Shirley Lin researches and teaches critical race theory, employment, and contracts. Her writings explore constructions of race, disability, and gender, and their legal regulation within the political economy. Professor Lin's scholarship has been published in the New York University Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. She has also contributed chapters to Gender Justice and the Law: Theoretical Practices of Intersectionality (FDU Press 2020) and Employment Law and Litigation (Thomson West 2019 & 2020).

Professor Lin currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law. She publishes and speaks frequently to the media on topics including labor and employment, particularly discrimination and worker organizing, and legal theory.

Before joining the Brooklyn Law School faculty, Professor Lin was an Assistant Professor of Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at NYU Law. She was previously a senior associate at Outten & Golden LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, where she advised and litigated on behalf of plaintiffs in civil rights and commercial matters. Upon graduating from the City University of New York School of Law, Professor Lin clerked for the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and completed a Skadden Fellowship with the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund.

She received a dual-B.A. in Spanish and Women's Studies from Dartmouth College, where she graduated cum laude and was honored with the Hannah Croasdale Award. Thereafter, Professor Lin served as an organizer and director of community organizing for New Immigrant Community Empowerment, advocating for the rights of immigrants post-9/11, and as a member of the board of directors of Adhikaar, a women-led immigrant workers’ center, both in Queens, New York.