Just heard the great news that IntLawGrrls contributor Penelope Andrews will become President and Dean of Albany Law School in New York.
Her appointment as the 1st woman President in the school's 161-year history will take effect on July 1 of this year.
Penny (right) will leave her current position as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law. (photo credit) She's also been Professor of Law and Director of International Studies at Valparaiso Law School in Indiana, and also has taught law in Germany, Australia, Holland, Scotland, Canada, and South Africa.
She's a native of South Africa, having earned her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Natal in Durban. She also holds an LL.M from Columbia University School of Law in New York.
As posted when we welcomed Penny to IntLawGrrls in 2009, the Penelope E. Andrews Human Rights Award was established at the University of KwaZulu-Natal law school in 2005. Penny's own honors include the Women of South Africa Achievement Award and Albany Law's 2002 Kate Stoneman Award.
She's a world-renowned human rights scholar, on subjects including South Africa, antidiscrimination law and policy, international law, aboriginal law, gender and the law, and the judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights. Her many publications include the forthcoming book From Cape Town to Kabul: Reconsidering Women's Human Rights. IntLawGrrls posts by and about her are available here.