Betsy Ginsberg

Director, Civil Rights Clinic

Clinical Associate Professor of Law


B.A., 1994, Wesleyan University

J.D., 1999, New York University

Areas of Expertise

Civil Rights
Prisoners' Rights


Betsy Ginsberg was a member of the lawyering faculty at NYU Law School from 2007 to 2009. Previously, as a staff attorney at the Prisoners' Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society in New York City, she litigated class action lawsuits seeking to reform jails and prisons in New York City and New York State with respect to disability rights, mental health care, and prison guard brutality. She has been the recipient of two public interest fellowships: the Soros Justice Postgraduate Fellowship to support her work at the Prisoners' Rights Project; and the NAPIL Equal Justice Fellowship—this funded her work at the Prison Law Office in San Quentin, California, where she litigated class action institutional reform lawsuits on behalf of California prisoners and parolees. Professor Ginsberg's scholarship explores issues relating to access to courts for civil rights litigants with a particular focus on barriers to relief for institutionalized persons.