Meera E. Deo

Meera E. Deo is the Director of LSSSE and Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA. Throughout her academic career, Deo’s scholarship has utilized original empirical research to examine legal education, including national, longitudinal, and mixed-method studies of the law student experience and the first formal empirical study of the personal and professional lives of legal academics. She holds a doctorate in Sociology from UCLA, and earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley. As a law student and new attorney, Deo was an intervening-defendant and member of the legal team supporting affirmative action in the landmark case of Grutter v. Bollinger. She practiced law with the ACLU National Legal Department and the California Women’s Law Center before joining academia. Deo has held previous appointments at Berkeley Law, UCLA School of Law, and UCI Irvine School of Law. Her published work has appeared in leading law journals including UC Davis Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, the Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice, and the Journal of Legal Education.