Shirley Lin

Shirley Lin

Associate Professor of Law

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

Areas of Expertise
Critical Race Theory
Disability Law
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 in the political economy. Professor Lin's scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the Arizona State Law Journal, Emory Law Journal, and New York University Law Review, among others. She has also contributed chapters to work law treatises and to Gender Justice and the Law: Theoretical Practices of Intersectionality.

Professor Lin serves as the Chair-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools's Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law and is a member of the Civil Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association. 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 School of Law. She was a senior associate at Outten & Golden LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, where she handled civil rights and commercial matters. Upon graduating from 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.

Professor Lin 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, she has 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 board member of Adhikaar, a women-led immigrant workers’ center, both in Queens, New York.