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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 is Professor of Legal Ethics and Legal Profession and Associate Dean of Faculty Development at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She 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 and issues associated with the downturn in legal education. Her most recent articles appear in The Journal of Legal Education (“Buyers Remorse? An Empirical Assessment of the Desirability of a Lawyer Career,”(2013); Florida International Law Review, “Navigating the Gap: Reflections on Two Decades of Studying Gender Disparity in Law,” (2013); and Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, “Parenthood Status and Compensation in Law Practice,” (2013). Since 1997, Professor Sterling has been one of the co-principal investigators on the “After the JD” study, the first national, longitudinal study of careers of lawyers in the U.S. 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) a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation (Academic Year 2002-2003), and Visiting Professor at Southwestern Law School (2008). Professor Sterling is called upon to give lectures about gender in the legal profession and the results of the After the JD study. Recently she has addressed the NALP Foundation meeting on the Third Wave Results of AJD (2014), Association of American Law Schools (2014), ABA Mid-Year Meeting (2014) and the Law and Society Association (2014).
- 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.