Member Spotlight


HBA-DC Member Spotlight: Sherley Cruz

 Professor Sherley Cruz has dedicated her career to public interest and serving marginalized communities.  She is currently teaching, as a Practitioner in Residence, with American University’s Washington College of Law’s Civil Advocacy Clinic.  As a WCL faculty member, Professor Cruz supervises law students on economic justice cases such as wage theft, debt claims, and related housing matters.  Prior to joining WCL, Professor Cruz was the Director of Litigation and Education and a Clinical Fellow at Suffolk University Law School with the Housing Discrimination Testing Program and Accelerator Practice.  While at Suffolk, she supervised law students handling housing discrimination cases and conducted community legal education regarding fair housing duties and responsibilities.  


 Professor Cruz also created and taught an innovative community lawyering seminar that explored the lawyer’s role in community organizing and campaigns.  Professor Cruz started her teaching career as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Law where she led the Employment Rights Clinic. In the spring of 2018, WCL’s Public Interest Program recognized Professor’s Cruz’s commitment to public interest by awarding her with the 2018 PIP Faculty award.   


 Before becoming a Professor, Professor Cruz worked as a staff attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in the Employment Law.  Her work with GBLS included representing low-wage and immigrant workers with unemployment, wage and hour, discrimination, workplace harassment, and working condition issues, in addition to supporting immigrant worker centers with organizing campaigns and community actions. Professor Cruz has also served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts’s Fair Labor Division. 

 Born in the Dominican Republic, Professor Cruz has a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from Boston University.  She has been an active leader in community and bar associations. Some of her service includes Chair of the DC Hispanic Bar Public Service Committee, Vice President of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Professors, the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.  The National Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune recognized Professor Cruz as a 2015 Boston Rising Star.  In 2012, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Lawyers Weekly recognized Professor Cruz as an Up and Coming Lawyer. 


 The HBA-DC salutes Professor Cruz's accomplishments in this Member Spotlight.  For information on nominating a member for the HBA-DC Member Spotlight, click here.


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