DORIS “WENDY” GREENE is a Professor of Law at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Since joining the Cumberland faculty in 2007, Professor Greene has fast become nationally recognized for her cutting edge research and writing on issues related to race, gender, and law. In 2014, Professor Greene received one of 12 national honors, being named an “Emerging Scholar” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.
A prolific speaker, Professor Greene has presented her scholarship on comparative slavery and race relations law, critical race theory, employment discrimination, and law and literature at over 50 academic conferences domestically and abroad. Notably, Professor Greene served as the Logan Lecturer on the African Diaspora and/or Black History at Howard University in Washington, DC in 2010. Professor Greene is also frequently invited to address student, professional, and community organizations on topics related to: academic success in law school; diversity in the legal profession and legal education; and careers and professional development in legal academia.
Professor Greene teaches Constitutional Law II, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Equitable Remedies, Real Property and seminars on Race and American Law and Critical Race Theory. While at Cumberland, law faculty and students have acknowledged Professor Greene’s excellence in teaching and scholarship. In 2011, she received the Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award for Upper Level Courses. She has also twice been conferred the Lightfoot, Franklin & White Award for Best Faculty Scholarship: in 2009, for her article, “Title VII: What’s Hair (and Other Race-Based Characteristics) Got to Do With It?,” and in 2014, for her article, “Categorically Black, White, or Wrong: Misperception Discrimination and the State of Title VII Protection.” Cited broadly in leading texts and scholarly articles, Professor Greene’s scholarship has appeared in reputed general and specialty law journals, such as the Colorado Law Review, Missouri Law Review, the Iowa Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and the California Law Review Circuit. Moreover, her article, “Title VII: What’s Hair (and Other Race-Based Characteristics) Got to Do With It?.” was positively cited by the Chicago Commission on Human Rights in a civil rights case in which plaintiffs’ successfully challenged a Chicago nightclub’s racially discriminatory grooming policy.
In addition to maintaining a robust teaching and scholarly agenda, between 2012 and 2014 Professor Greene served as Cumberland’s Director of Faculty Development and between 2010 and 2012 as co-chair of Cumberland’s Faculty Development Committee. In both capacities, she was responsible for: coordinating Cumberland’s Works-in-Progress Series, scholarly exchange opportunities, and internal programming for law faculty; promoting faculty scholarship and teaching initiatives; and providing guidance to faculty on professional development and related opportunities.
Professor Greene is also actively involved in the mentorship of aspiring and junior law faculty and myriad professional communities. She serves on the Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop Planning Committee. She is also: the Chair-Elect of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Women in Legal Education; an Executive Committee member of the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination; and a Board Member for the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. Since 2008, Professor Greene has continuously served on the Executive Committee of the National Bar Association Law Professors Division and the Executive Planning Committee of the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. Notably, for her commitment to civil rights history and advocacy, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute designated her a member of the “Freedom Sisters” Exhibit Local Committee of Honor.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Professor Greene graduated cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with an Honors Distinction in English and a double minor in African American Studies and Spanish. She earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Tulane University Law School and a Masters of Law from the George Washington University Law School; at George Washington, Professor Greene’s areas of concentration were employment discrimination law and comparative slavery and race relations law in the Americas and the Caribbean. Following graduation from Tulane, she was employed with a Washington D.C. lobbying firm, and a boutique labor and employment law firm in Houston, Texas specializing in the representation of management.