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Wendy F. Hensel

Dean and Professor of Law    

J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
B.A., with highest honors, Michigan State University


Disability Discrimination


Wendy F. Hensel, dean and professor of law, teaches and writes about disability law, policy and ethics in American society. An expert on employment discrimination and special education, she frequently is invited to speak on these topics around the country. Her scholarship has appeared in leading books, peer-reviewed publications and law reviews. Her work has been cited by courts, national media outlets and interdisciplinary scholars, both nationally and internationally.

Prior to serving as dean, Hensel was Georgia State Law’s first associate dean for research and faculty development. In that role, she created cutting-edge professional development programs and established best practices in legal education for the faculty. She also led the college in developing and implementing its most recent strategic plan and a comprehensive eight-year assessment cycle to evaluate and strengthen the law school’s curriculum.

Hensel graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and clerked for Judge Orinda Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She practiced labor and employment law with the law firm of Alston & Bird, where she litigated discrimination cases and counseled Fortune 500 companies on compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. She is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities and serves on the board of directors for several organizations committed to their full inclusion in society

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