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Dr. Debra M. Strauss

Professor of Business Law
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Debra M. Strauss is Professor of Business Law at Fairfield University Charles F. Dolan School of Business, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Legal Environment of Business, International Law, and Business Law and Ethics. In addition, she has collaboratively developed and taught for the Honors Program, "Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Critical Environmental Policy and Legal Challenges for the 21st Century."

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School, Debra Strauss served as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles L. Brieant, then-Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and was a Food and Drug Law Institute Scholar. In addition, she practiced law at Rogers & Wells in New York (now Clifford Chance LLP), specializing in commercial litigation. She returned to Yale Law School as Director of Judicial Clerkships and went on to lead the National Judicial Clerkship Study on behalf of the American Bar Association and the National Association for Law Placement. Professor Strauss was also a member of the adjunct faculty at Pace University School of Law, where she developed and directed the Federal Judicial Extern Honors Program.

Professor Strauss has written numerous articles on the courts, judicial clerkships, and diversity issues. She is the author of the definitive book in the field—Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships (BarBri Group 2002; 2nd edition, West Academic Publishing 2017). In the areas of international law and food safety, Professor Strauss has been noted for presenting models for civil lawsuits against terrorist groups and the labeling and monitoring of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. Her work has been extensively cited by policymakers, legal authorities, and the courts as well as by other academics in the United States and internationally.

Professor Strauss is Past President of the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business. She is also a member of the American Bar Association International Law Section, the ABA Food and Agriculture Task Force, the Federal Bar Council, and the International Law, Ethics, and Environmental Law and Sustainability Sections of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. At Fairfield University, she has served in numerous leadership roles, including Chair of the Academic Council, Chair of the Faculty Salary Committee, the Academic Council Executive Committee, Executive Committee of the Faculty Welfare Committee/A.A.U.P., and several other committees across the campus.

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