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Gowri Krishna

Gowri Krishna
Associate Clinical Professor of Law &
Director of the Community Economic Development Clinic

A.B., Washington University in St. Louis

J.D., Fordham University

Gowri Krishna joined the RWU Law faculty in the fall of 2013 to start up the Community Economic Development Clinic. Her areas of interest include transactional lawyering in support of the new economy based on principles of democracy, justice and sustainability. She brings experience in creating community-based institutions including worker cooperatives made up of low-wage, immigrant workers. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Prof. Krishna taught in the Community Economic Development Clinics at the University of Michigan Law School and at Fordham University School of Law.

After law school, Prof. Krishna was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship from 2006-2008 to work in the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City, where she remained a staff attorney prior to joining the faculty at Fordham in 2010. At the Urban Justice Center, Prof. Krishna provided transactional legal support (e.g., contract drafting and negotiating, corporate, tax, real estate, and regulatory compliance matters) to numerous community-based organizations.

She earned her AB, magna cum laude, in social thought and analysis and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, and her JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Selected Publications

Community Economic Development Lawyers and the New Democratic Economy, ABA Business Law Section, Community Economic Development Committee Newsletter (July 2014). Read here.

Worker Cooperative Creation as Progressive Lawyering? Moving Beyond the One-Person, One-Vote Floor, Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 33:2 (2013).