Legal Ethics and Legal Profession
Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Professor
B.A., 1967, University of California at Santa Barbara
M.A., 1970, University of Hawaii
Ph.D., 1977, University of Denver
Joyce Sterling has devoted more than a decade to the study of the legal profession and legal education. Her recent research has focused on the problems facing women in legal careers compared to their male counterparts. Her most recent article appears in University of Texas Journal of Women and the Law (titled “Sticky Floors, Broken Steps, Concrete Ceilings in Legal Careers”.) Since 1997, Professor Sterling has been one of the co-principal investigators on the “After the JD” Study. “After the JD” is the first national, longitudinal study of careers of lawyers in the U.S. The AJD sample is drawn from the population of lawyers admitted to practice in the year 2000.
Professor Sterling has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (Academic Year 1985-86), Visiting Professor at University of Cincinnati Law School (Fall 1990) and most recently a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation (Academic Year 2002-2003). Professor Sterling is called upon to give lectures about gender in the legal profession. These include the keynote address to the NALP Foundation annual meeting (2004), as well as speaking at the LSAC Annual Meeting, Law Access, Association of American Law Schools, and the Law and Society Association. Professor Sterling’s teaching areas include: History of American Law, Scientific Evidence, Legal Profession (course on legal ethics), and Law and Society Seminar.
- Buyer’s Remorse? An Empirical Assessment of the Desirability of a Lawyer Career, co-authored with Ronit Dinovitzer & Bryant Garth, Journal of Legal Education, forthcoming.
- Foreword to Social Class, Race and Legal Education, co-authored with Catherine Smith, 88 Denv. U. L. Rev. (2012).
- So You Want to be a Lawyer? The Quest for Professional Status in a Changing Legal World, co-authored with Nancy Reichman, Fordham Law Review 2289 (April 2010).
- Exploring Inequality in the Corporate Law Firm Apprenticeship: Doing the Time, Finding the Love, co-authored with Bryant G. Garth, 22 Georgetown J. of Legal Ethics 4:1361 (November 2009).
- The Differential Valuation of Women's Work: a New Look at the Gender Gap in Lawyers' Incomes, Social Forces 88(2) 819–864, December 2009.