President Obama announced the nomination of Brooklyn Law School Professor Claire R. Kelly to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of International Trade. Professor Kelly, a member of the faculty since 1997, primarily focuses her scholarship on international business law and teaches courses in international trade law, international business law, and administrative law.
“We are extraordinarily proud of Claire and her nomination to the Court of International Trade,” said Nick Allard, Dean of Brooklyn Law School. “She is an exceptionally accomplished scholar whose leadership and vision are inspiring. Her students through the years have benefited greatly from her excellence as a first-rate scholar, teacher and mentor. We are doubly proud that she is an alumna of Brooklyn Law School: she has set the bar high for her colleagues and peers.”
Professor Kelly’s published works have appeared in top law journals and her recent scholarship has focused on international trade, NGO accountability, and the financial crisis. She is a frequent lecturer in these areas and she has presented her work at leading forums worldwide, including the American Society of International Law and the World Trade Organization. She serves as Co-Director for the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law and has played a major role in developing the Center’s programming and symposia while working closely with the International Business Fellows, advising them on their papers and helping them develop their careers. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and helped co-found the Law School’s Trade Secrets Institute.
“We have no doubt that Claire would be a tremendous asset to the Court, combining her high intellect with grounded common sense and practical experience,” said Joan Wexler, President of Brooklyn Law School. “She has done remarkable work at the Law School and her contributions have helped move this institution forward.”
Professor Kelly is a member of the American Law Institute, and has served on several bar committees. She serves on the board of directors of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA), and chairs CITBA’s Subcommittee on Trade Adjustment Assistance, in addition to co-authoring its Primer on Litigating Trade Adjustment Assistance Cases. Before joining the faculty at Brooklyn Law School, Professor Kelly practiced as an associate in the customs practice group at Coudert Brothers, where she advised companies on governmental compliance and litigated a broad variety of international trade matters. Professor Kelly received her J.D. magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 1993 and her B.A. cum laude in 1987 from Barnard College.