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Cheryl L. Wade

Harold F. McNiece Professor of Law
Master's degree, St. John's University
J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

Cheryl L. Wade is the "Dean Harold F. McNiece" Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law. She teaches Issues of Race, Gender and Law, Business Organizations, Corporate Governance and Accountability, and Race and Business.  Professor Wade is a member of the American Law Institute, a national organization of prominent judges, lawyers and academics who work to clarify, modernize and reform the law.

Professor Wade has written book chapters and law review articles on securities, education law and the intersection of race and business.  She has been invited to present at and write for many symposia including articles published by Boston University Law Review, Tulane Law Review, The Maryland Law Review, The Washington & Lee Law Review, and The Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice.  Her articles have been cited in several leading law reviews.  One of her articles on education law, When Judges Are Gatekeepers:  Democracy, Morality, Status and Empathy in Duty Decisions (Help From Ordinary Citizens) was listed in The National Law Journal's Worth Reading Column.  Another article, Corporate Governance as Corporate Social Responsibility: Empathy and Race Discrimination, was excerpted in a text entitled “Corporate Governance: Law, Theory and Policy.  Her article, Transforming Discriminatory Corporate Cultures:  This is Not Just Women’s Work was listed on the Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten Download List for Diversity Studies.

Professor Wade has been invited to present at many university conferences and workshops on issues of corporate and civil rights law including the UCLA School of Law Critical Race Theory Workshop, the Theory and Practice of Business Decision Making At Boston College School of Law, Boston University’s conference on “The Role of Fiduciary Law and Trust in the Twenty-First Century” and the Western New England School of Law Clason Speaker Series.  Professor Wade was chosen among several applicants to participate in the "Corporate Citizens in Corporate Cultures: Restructuring and Reform" workshop sponsored by the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Cornell Law School. She delivered the keynote address at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law Symposium on Shareholder Activism.

Professor Wade is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences organized by the Society of American Law Teachers, The American Association of Law Schools, The National Bar Association, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, The Law and Society Association, and The Association of University Women.  She was invited to appear on the opening plenary session for the 2009 American Association of Law Schools Midyear Conference on Business Associations.  In 2008, her paper was selected to be presented at the American Association of Law Schools’ Section on Securities Regulation.  The paper was presented at the AALS Annual Meeting and published with the other panelists’ papers in the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate and Financial Regulation. Professor Wade has appeared on radio and cable television programs discussing issues relating to corporate and civil rights.

Professor Wade organized a symposium, “People of Color, Women and the Public Corporation: Conference on Racial and Gender Equity in the Business Setting”, sponsored by St. John’s University School of Law.  This symposium brought together leading scholars in the areas of corporate governance, critical race theory, employment discrimination and feminist legal theory.  The papers from this symposium were published in the St. John’s Law Review.   Professor Wade is a regular contributor to a blog on issues about social justice and corporate governance at

Professor Wade was a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington and Lee School of Law in the fall, 2003.  In 2001, she taught Law and Race in Sydney, Australia at the University of New South Wales.

Professor Wade has received two teaching awards from St. John’s University School of Law’s Deans.  Prior to joining the faculty at St. John's Law School, Professor Wade served on the faculty at Hofstra Law School. While at Hofstra, Professor Wade was chosen to serve as an associate for The Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets.  Professor Wade received the Outstanding Faculty Member and Outstanding Alumna Award from The Hofstra Black Law Students Association in 1996, and received faculty recognition awards from the group in 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.  Before joining the Hofstra faculty, Professor Wade was an associate in the corporate department of the New York City law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. For several years, Professor Wade served on the Board of Directors of the Women's Action Alliance, a not-for-profit corporation devoted to the study and analysis of issues related to the sociological development and empowerment of women and girls. She served as the chair of the Task Force on Diversity in Law Faculty Hiring, which was part of the Committee on Law Student Perspectives of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Professor Wade served on the 2009 Scholarly Papers Review Committee of the American Association of Law Schools.

Before attending law school, Professor Wade was a teacher of Spanish and bilingual education for the Board of Education of the City of New York. She received a Masters' degree in Spanish from St. John's University where she was installed in Sigma Delta Pi, an honor society for the study of foreign languages.

Professor Wade was awarded a Juris Doctorate with distinction from the Hofstra University School of Law where she was a member of the Law Review. She graduated in the top 2% of her law school class. While a student at Hofstra Law School, Professor Wade received the Law School's Citation of Excellence for Corporation Law Courses and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association's Thurgood Marshall Award.

Cheryl L. Wade