Southwestern Appoints Nyree Gray '99 as First Diversity Director
Building on its longstanding commitment to diversity, Southwestern Law School has appointed Professor H. Nyree Gray as its first Director of Diversity Affairs. This new position entails the support, recruitment, retention, personal development and successful academic matriculation of students from varied racial, ethnic, cultural and other diverse backgrounds.
As an advocate for diversity, Professor Gray will work closely with the Admissions Office, faculty, alumni and the law school's other departments to develop and support programs that attract and retain students from various groups.
"We are fortunate to have as our new Director of Diversity Affairs a member of the Southwestern community who is familiar with our students, our historical commitment to diversity and our need for an expanded effort to recruit and ensure the success of students from underrepresented and disadvantage backgrounds," Southwestern Dean Bryant Garth said.
Professor Gray, a 1999 Southwestern graduate, has practiced law for seven years and has been a member of the law school's adjunct faculty since January 2006, teaching Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating and serving on the Faculty Ad hoc Bar Examination Task Force.
"Southwestern is committed to being a catalyst of change in the legal community," Professor Gray said. "All schools are dealing with the lack of diversity in the legal profession. Southwestern has a long standing tradition of giving access to people from all walks of life and I am proud to be part of that tradition."
Professor Gray's areas of practice have included contractual litigation, labor and employment law. Each year since 2005, she has been selected as a "Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star" - a distinction for lawyers considered in the top 2.5 percent of their practice area. Professor Gray has experience in litigating plaintiff employment discrimination claims in the areas of race, age, gender and sexual harassment in both state and federal courts and has successfully argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
She has been a featured lecturer on employment law, alternative dispute resolution and conflict management at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, Riverside, among other professional forums. Professor Gray earned her B.A. degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the California State Bar.