D. Wendy Greene

Professor and Director of Faculty Development


Cumberland School of Law
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35229

B.A., cum laude, English, Xavier University of Louisiana

J.D., Tulane University Law School

LL.M., The George Washington University Law School

Wendy Greene is a Professor of Law and Director of Faculty Development. 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 or has taught 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 and in 2009, she received the Lightfoot, Franklin & White Award for Best Junior Faculty Scholarship for her article, “Title VII: What’s Hair (and Other Race-Based Characteristics) Got to Do With It?”, 79 Col. L. Rev. 1356 (2008). 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 and has also been influential and positively cited in civil rights cases.

Professor Greene is also actively engaged in myriad communities. She is: 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 (ACLU) of Alabama. Since entering the academy, Professor Greene has continuously served on the Executive Committee of the National Bar Association Law Professors Division, Executive Planning Committee of the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference among a number of national, regional, and local academic and bar committees.  For her commitment to civil rights history and advocacy, she was also designated a member of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 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. Professor Greene graduated from Tulane University Law School. Professor Greene also earned a Masters of Law degree from the George Washington University Law School where her areas of scholarly focus were comparative slavery and race relations law in the Americas and the Caribbean and employment discrimination law. 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.

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