Linda Greene

Linda Greene is Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. Her teaching and academic scholarship includes constitutional law, civil procedure, legislation, civil rights and sports law. Her current scholarly projects include “Thurgood Marshall: Toward an Inclusive Constitutional Democracy” (with W. Scott), “Erie and the Future of Civil Federalism” and an examination of the race jurisprudence of the Roberts Court.

She began her career as a civil rights attorney on the staff of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City. From 1986-1989, she was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where she specialized in matters involving judicial confirmation, federal courts and constitutional law. She provided legal advice in connection with the nomination and confirmation of federal court judges by the U.S. Senate, including consideration of five Supreme Court nominees. For five years, she was associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As the first University of California San Diego vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion appointed by the University of California Board of Regents, she launched the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Outside of the university, she has led efforts to recruit minorities and women into academia and promotes equal opportunity in sports. For a decade, she was a legal and political analyst for Wisconsin public television, and her more recent commentary may be found in wide-ranging media including The New York Times.

She received a JD in 1974 from Berkeley Law at the University of California.